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Innovations at Research Park

Innovations at Research Park

By Research Park & Project20 Media

Tune in to hear insightful conversations on fascinating industry innovations with members of the Research Park community- startups, corporations, students, and alumni.

The Research Park at University of Illinois is a leading hub for tech commercialization with a unique environment that cultivates startups and increases capabilities for established companies. The mixed-use composition promotes creative collisions and interdisciplinary collaborations, strengthening the bridge between campus and community. Located at UIUC, Research Park has 120+ companies and growing. researchpark.illinois.edu
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Paul Couston: Using Technology to Improve the Lives of First Responders

Innovations at Research ParkSep 14, 2021

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Paul Miller: Flats or Spikes CEO Shares his Journey as a Serial Entrepreneur

Paul Miller: Flats or Spikes CEO Shares his Journey as a Serial Entrepreneur

Paul is the Co-Founder and CEO of Flats or Spikes. Flats or Spikes is building a "community of expertise and science in running in a brand new way". With their product, athletes of all levels can benefit from science and analytics-based expertise.

Tune in to the episode to hear about Paul's successful career in agtech, his transition from academia to entrepreneurship, his pivot into a new domain, his entertaining anecdotes, and his candid advice on what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.

Visit researchpark.illinois.edu/podcast for our entire catalog of episodes.




May 18, 202325:21
The Latest in AgTech: From the Research Park AgTech Summit

The Latest in AgTech: From the Research Park AgTech Summit

Welcome to a new year of the Innovations at Research Park podcast! We are so excited to continue bringing you new conversations, new insights, and new perspectives from the Research Park community. 


This episode highlights conversations held on-location with several panelists from the Research Park’s 8th annual AgTech Summit held on March 7, 2023:

Kim Kidwell - Associate Chancellor for Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives at UIUC. Discusses UIUC's continued presence in agtech innovation, among other topics.

Brad Arnold- SVP, General Manager Precision, AGCO Corporation. Discusses trends in precision ag and data management among other topics.

Michael Tai- Co-founder & CEO, Boston Bioprocess. Discusses importance of bioprocessing techniques for agricultural and non-food products such as alternative proteins, among other topics.

Eric Barnard- Co-Founder and CTO at Farmers Risk. Discusses farmer risk management through advanced analytics, among other topics.

Dennis Beard- Managing Partner & Tim Hoerr - CEO, Serra Ventures. Discusses venture capital investment in agtech space, among other topics.

Nick Reinke- CEO, HabiTerre. Discusses quantifying agricultural outcomes, among other topics.


Mar 31, 202350:32
Celebrating Research Park Interns

Celebrating Research Park Interns

As 2022 wraps up, we'd like to highlight the outstanding students that made this another great year for Research Park. Tune in to hear from David An and Natalie Xiong, two winners of this year's Research Park Intern Awards. They discuss their perceptions of RP, memorable moments, skills gained, and advice for students listening who are curious about what Research Park has to offer.

From the team behind the pod and host Tanmay Shah, thank you to our listeners for continuing to support this podcast series! Happy Holidays, and we'll see you in 2023.


Dec 05, 202234:45
Jack Marck: Accelerating AgTech Innovation at UIUC

Jack Marck: Accelerating AgTech Innovation at UIUC

Jack is the Managing Director of the Illinois AgTech Accelerator, a 12-week program designed for early-stage agtech startups to gain traction and improve business models.

Tune in to hear Jack share fascinating success stories, the importance of AgTech innovation, how you can get involved as a student founder, and more!

Visit researchpark.illinois.edu/podcast for other podcast episodes.

Nov 15, 202223:01
Cozad 2022 Winners Showcase

Cozad 2022 Winners Showcase

This is a very special episode of the series, and a bit different than our usual podcasts. The Cozad New Venture Competition is an annual event at University of Illinois which attracts student teams looking to get funding and support for their innovative ideas. There were some incredible winners this year, and this episode profiles the 3 top place finishers-- all who received thousands of dollars in funding from the Research Park and other UIUC entities. Tune in to hear from Jonathan Politzki (Nephra), Jeffrey Lu (Ferritiva), and Namin Shah (Haylon Technologies) as they talk about about their ventures, Cozad journeys, and tips for aspiring student entrepreneurs.

Visit researchpark.illinois.edu/podcast for other podcast episodes.

Jun 14, 202242:05
Chinmay Soman: Robotics and the Future of Agriculture

Chinmay Soman: Robotics and the Future of Agriculture

Chinmay is Co-Founder and CEO of EarthSense, an agricultural robotics and AI company that is developing a technology platform to support the next generation of sustainable and large-scale agriculture.

Tune in to hear the fascinating origin story of his company, his perspective on agtech trends, and more!

Visit researchpark.illinois.edu/podcast for other podcast episodes.

May 27, 202215:17
Dr. Mani Golparvar & Scotty Greenburg: Using AI To Revolutionize the Construction Industry

Dr. Mani Golparvar & Scotty Greenburg: Using AI To Revolutionize the Construction Industry

Dr. Mani Golparvar, Co-Founder, and Scotty Greenburg, Head of Marketing, join the podcast to share how their company Reconstruct is using AI to revolutionize construction planning & management for thousands of projects around the world.  

Reconstruct is a tech company founded in Champaign and now based in Menlo Park, California. Their AI powered Visual Command Center has revolutionized monitoring of large scale construction projects, and Reconstruct is now the industry "leader in remote quality control and progress monitoring".

Learn more at https://reconstructinc.com.

Visit researchpark.illinois.edu for job postings, other podcast episodes, and more.

Apr 29, 202230:22
Eli Lazar: SNOOZing with Tech

Eli Lazar: SNOOZing with Tech

Eli is the Co-Founder and CTO of SNOOZ, a consumer electronics company that focuses on controlling airflow and acoustics to turn a bedroom into a haven for sleep. SNOOZ’s flagship product is a white noise machine and they are currently in 2000 hotel rooms around the country.

Tune in to this episode to hear about Eli's journey from UIUC student to CTO, his inspiration to create this product, and what's on his roadmap for the future of the company!

Visit getsnooz.com to get yours today, and visit researchpark.illinois.edu for job postings, other podcast episodes, and more.

Mar 14, 202234:14
Trevor George & Meghan Reynolds: Disrupting the Marine Industry with Tech

Trevor George & Meghan Reynolds: Disrupting the Marine Industry with Tech

Trevor is the Site Director for the Brunswick Corporation’s Innovation center located in the Research Park, and Meghan is a Software Engineering Intern. Brunswick is an industry leader in the marine space and they manufacture recreational boats, marine engines, and other products.  The Brunswick I-Jet Lab at the University of Illinois Research Park works on prototypes to modernize and improve customer experience. 

Tune in to this episode to hear about what Brunswick works on at the Research Park, their recent CES Show display, and the intern experience!


Feb 15, 202231:06
Deana McDonagh: The Importance of Design

Deana McDonagh: The Importance of Design

Dr. Deana McDonagh is a Professor of Industrial Design at the University of Illinois as well as the Designer-in-Residence at the Research Park. Dr. McDonagh is an experienced strategist who works with startups at the Research Park to help them incorporate design thinking in their development workflow in order to improve user experience and create delightful products for consumers. 

Tune in to the episode to hear about her journey, perspective on design in tech, and what kind of support she offers to students & faculty at Research Park. 

Visit researchpark.illinois.edu for job postings, social  platforms, and more.

Dec 20, 202130:04
Paul Couston: Using Technology to Improve the Lives of First Responders

Paul Couston: Using Technology to Improve the Lives of First Responders

Paul is the Co-Founder & CEO of Ascent Integrated Tech, a startup company in the Research Park that is building technology to improve safety for people in hazardous environments including firefighters, industrial operators, and aviation mechanics. 

Paul is a seasoned entrepreneur and well-known in the student startup ecosystem on campus, having previously co-founded a technology company for solar integration for which he raised more than $2.5M in private equity funding. 

Tune in to the episode to hear about his journey and what invaluable advice he offers to other young entrepreneurs about going all-in and overcoming mental obstacles to achieve success.

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Sep 14, 202137:30
Aadeel Akhtar: "Redefining Human" through Advanced Prosthetics

Aadeel Akhtar: "Redefining Human" through Advanced Prosthetics

Dr. Aadeel Akhtar is Founder and CEO of PSYONIC, a prosthetics company on a mission to “redefine what it means to be human through advances in biointegrated technologies”.

He joins the podcast to shed light on his exhilarating entrepreneurial journey, from winning startup competitions to partnering with U.S. Army sergeants to being selected as an MIT Top 35 Under 35 Innovator. He also dives into ways in which he & his team overcame significant obstacles and where he thinks the prosthetics industry is headed next.

Head over to project-20.co/researchparkpodcast to leave show feedback. Visit researchpark.illinois.edu for job postings, social platforms, and more.

Aug 11, 202139:06
Gerald Wilson: Insights from a Startup Journey & Empowering Other Entrepreneurs

Gerald Wilson: Insights from a Startup Journey & Empowering Other Entrepreneurs

Dr. Gerald Wilson is President and CEO of Autonomic Materials, a homegrown U of I startup, and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Research Park. He joins the show to share lessons learned on his fascinating startup journey as well as provide insight into how he helps budding entrepreneurs as an EIR.

Head over to project-20.co/researchparkpodcast to leave show feedback. Visit researchpark.illinois.edu for job postings, social platforms, and more. 




Jul 06, 202134:34
John Cole: Transforming Cancer Care with SimBioSys

John Cole: Transforming Cancer Care with SimBioSys

John Cole, Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer of Research Park startup SimBioSys, joins the podcast! He discusses the breakthroughs his team has created for "transforming decision making and patient experience in cancer care” through a powerful software platform.

Tune in to hear more about his entrepreneurial journey, success stories & lessons learned, and partnership with the Research Park community.

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Jun 10, 202134:49
Srijith Srinath: The Research Park Intern Experience

Srijith Srinath: The Research Park Intern Experience

Srijith Srinath joins the podcast to share his insights on being a Research Park intern turned full-time employee at Motorola Solutions Innovation Center. Tune in to hear what kind of experiences he had as an internship applicant, what tips he offers for having a successful summer, and what takeaways he provides for anyone unsure about pursuing the internship experience.

Head over to project-20.co/researchparkpodcast to leave show feedback. Visit researchpark.illinois.edu for job postings, social platforms, and more.

Apr 06, 202127:57
Laura Frerichs: Research Park Origins, Impact, and Student Talent Pipeline

Laura Frerichs: Research Park Origins, Impact, and Student Talent Pipeline

Laura Frerichs joins the show to discuss how the UIUC Research Park has built its brand over 20 years, highlight what impact it has made in the Champaign community, and showcase a few of the many stories of homegrown entrepreneurship & student talent.

Laura is the Executive Director of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Research Park, "where she oversees operations & development, manages entrepreneurship programs, and supports the University’s economic development efforts."

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Mar 17, 202128:52
Mark Moran: Breakthroughs in AgTech

Mark Moran: Breakthroughs in AgTech

Mark Moran joins the show to discuss AgTech innovations at John Deere, fueled by student projects at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Research Park.

Mark is the Site Director for the John Deere Technology Innovation Center at Research Park, as well as the Lead for John Deere’s next-generation sensing technology for their IoT devices.

Head over to project-20.co/researchparkpodcast to leave show feedback. Visit researchpark.illinois.edu for job postings, social platforms, and more.

Mar 08, 202127:44