Inventor Recognition Program

The UC Santa Cruz Office of Research has created the Inventor Recognition Program (IRP) to acknowledge researchers on a quarterly basis for their U.S. patent awards and to showcase the groundbreaking research that is conducted on the UCSC campus every day. Launched in December 2016, the IRP is meant to recognize the hard work of UCSC faculty, students, and staff and to help them realize the value of their inventions by commercializing their inventions and discoveries.

October to December 2017 IRP Award Winners


 

CURRENT MODE CLOCK DISTRIBUTION

Inventors: Matthew Guthaus, Associate Professor Computer Engineering; Riadul Islam (previously PhD Student at UCSC)

In a high-performance computer system design, the clock network consumes a significant amount of power and causes the most switching noise. High power consumption requires larger batteries while switching noise degrades the accuracy of sensitive sensor measurements in modern Systems-on-Chips. Prof. Matthew Guthaus, faculty in Computer Engineering, and his graduate student Riadul Islam, now a faculty at University of Michigan Dearborn, have developed the concept of a current-mode clock distribution to address these problems. Current-mode clocking senses current flow rather than a traditional voltage swing in clock wires and thereby eliminates most of the noise and power problems in traditional clock distribution schemes. Current-mode clocking simultaneously increases the potential maximum speeds of computer chips for performance improvements.

Guthaus.jpg
Matthew Guthaus
RiadulIslam.jpg
Riadul Islam

SELF-BIASED AND SUSTAINABLE ELECTROHYDROGENESIS DEVICE

Inventors:

Yat Li, Associate Professor Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Hanyu Wang; Gongming Wang

The rapid growth of global population leads to the increasing demand for energy and clean water. Water splitting represents a promising solution for generating hydrogen gas, a clean chemical fuel that can be used in fuel cells. However, fresh water is also a valuable resource for human survival. A better approach would be to use wastewater instead of clean water. This invention describes a microbial-photoelectrochemical device that can simultaneously remove organic waste in the municipal wastewater and recover the wasted energy in organic matters for hydrogen production, with the help of sunlight.  It provides a new solution that can address the need for wastewater treatment and the increasing demand for clean energy.

YatLi.png
Yat Li, Associate Professor

THERAPEUTIC COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR TREATING HIV INCLUDING IDENTIFICATION AND MANIPULATION OF PARTICULAR DOMAINS ASSOCIATED WITH IMMUNOGENICITY


Inventors:

Phillip Berman, Distinguished Professor, Biomolecular Engineering
Sara O’Rourke, Researcher, Biomolecular Engineering
William Scott, Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry

 

This patent describes HIV viral proteins with engineered mutations. In particular, the engineered mutations help expose antibody epitopes in the viral proteins that raise broadly neutralizing antibody responses, which could in turn result in a more effective HIV vaccine.

BermanPortrait.png
Phillip Berman, Distinguished Professor

See all IRP award winners

The IRP is managed by Assistant Vice Chancellor for the Office of Research’s Industry Alliances and Technology Commercialization (IATC), Dr. Mohamed Abousalem. 

For more information about the IRP, the honorees, their patents, other campus inventions and discoveries, or IP portfolio management services, please contact the IATC.

Check out the list of technologies available from the University of California.

University of California, Santa Cruz
Industry Alliances & Technology Commercialization
Kerr Hall — Room 413
Santa Cruz,CA 95064
Tel: 831.459.5415
innovation@ucsc.edu