Made It Happen: From Graduate Student to Startup to Success

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 12:00pm
Event Location: 

Sabino Room, Student Union Memorial Center


A Conversation with Student Technology Entrepreneurs

How does research make its way from a concept to becoming an impactful product in the marketplace? Learn how your innovative work can grow into an exciting, impactful career path through invention and entrepreneurship. 

Shiva Planjery, Ph.D., UA Alumnus and CEO of Codelucida

With the big data booming and technology companies incorporating flash memory into all kinds of devices, the demand for reliable, solid-state memory is growing at an exponential rate. 

To address the challenge, Shiva Planjery, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, focused his dissertation work on developing a new breed of error correction technology. 

With help from Tech Launch Arizona, Planjery and his dissertation advisors (who are also co-inventors) launched a startup – Codelucida – which has gone on to secure funding, win awards and create industry impact. Today that company resulting from his research has opened many opportunities and given rise to an unanticipated and exciting career path. 

Dawson Baker, Doctoral Student, College of Optical Sciences

Named 2019 TLA Student Innovator of the Year, Dawson developed a way to incorporate nanoparticles in glass. He completed the National Science Foundation-sponsored Innovation Corps program at Tech Launch Arizona, which has invested asset-development funds in his project.  Dawson will speak to the opportunity to create and advance intellectual property as part of the student experience and to chart a future path.

Along with your questions, topics for discussion will include building technology ventures and the services and people available at the UA to help you generate the maximum impact from your inventions. 

Lunch will be provided for all who register in advance.

This event is primarily for faculty, researchers, graduate students and staff. 

Please register on the TLA website by Monday, September 9 so we have an accurate count for our lunch order. 

Event Coordinator: 
Ellen Ogley
(520) 621-7262
Event Contact Department: 
Tech Launch Arizona