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  September 18, 2000

Connecticut Innovations' Yankee Ingenuity
Technology Awards for 2000

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Company/ies Location UConn Dept. Funding
(CT Innovations
& Company Funds)
Project Objectives
JDS Uniphase Bloomfield Physics $298,268 (CI), $140,000 (Co.) Meet demands of future communication networks by improving high-speed optical fiber transmission and networking using time division multiplexing.
Plant Technology, Bristol
Mums, Wm. Pinchbeck
Storrs, Bristol, Guilford Plant Science $291,958 (CI), $226,961 (Cos.) Reduce/eliminate negative environmental and health, implications of genetically engineered plants by removing, transgenes after they've served their function.
FuelCell Energy,
Proton Energy Systems
Danbury, Rocky Hill Chemical Engineering $265,372 (CI), $269,638 (Cos.) Make fuel cells more commercially viable for transportation and power-generation applications by improving fuel cell performance through development of membrane electrode assemblies.
Sikorsky Aircraft Stratford Mechanical Engineering $155,697 (CI), $120,000(Co.) Increase helicopter longevity and improve riding comfort necessary for non-military use by developing lighter-weight vibration-cancellation devices.
TransSwitch Corp. Shelton Electrical &Systems $290,750 (CI), $224,274 (Co.) Meet the need for larger bandwith in the exploding Internet and Multi-Media areas by developing faster, cost effective chip technology.
Engineering Smart Drug Systems Inc. Mystic Animal Science $175,393 (CI), $190,000 (Co.) Increase efficiency, quality and/or profitability of pork production through assessment of more effective systems for, delivering porcine somatotropin.
Argus VR International Farmington Computer Science & Engineering $150,360 (CI), $140,600 (Co.) Develop innovative techniques for treating phobias using virtual reality desensitization.
Rogers Corp. Rogers Chemical Engineering & Polymer Science $230,773 (CI), $144,700 (Co.) Meet the demands of high-frequency wireless and high speed digital markets by creating advanced circuit-board materials.
Bristol Mums, Wm. Pinchbeck Bristol, Guilford Plant Science $75,000 (CI), $154,670 (Cos.) Capitalize on growing export market for state's ornamental, horticulture products by developing superior strains of roses and chrysanthemums.