Research Tracks

A publication of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Baylor University

January 20, 2016
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Greater Waco Chamber recognizes BRIC start-up with 2015 Business Innovator Award

John Fitch, founder and owner of Birkeland Current, looks on as a machine assembles components of

John Fitch, founder and owner of Birkeland Current, looks on as a machine assembles components of the company’s automated proximity control system.

The OVPR joined business and community leaders from across Central Texas last month at a luncheon to honor the nominees for the 2015 Business Innovator Award. Presented annually by the Greater Waco Chamber, the award recognizes individuals or organizations that help make Central Texas a hub for creative excellence.

We would like to congratulate Birkeland Current and Pruf Energy Solutions on being named the 2015 Business Innovator Award winner. The two companies are working together to develop a wireless energy monitoring and control system that will bring energy savings through automated proximity controls and solid-state LED lighting technology.

The other nominees for this year’s award were: CollegeChoiceToday, Chariot Innovations, and Birkeland Current/Langerman Foster Engineering.  All four nominees are based in the Baylor Research & Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) and have participated in coaching provided by LAUNCH: The Innovative Business Accelerator.

Dr. Truell Hyde, Baylor’s vice provost for research, says the recognition of these firms is an important validation of the BRIC’s role in driving innovation in Central Texas.

It’s exciting to see the hard work and tireless support of so many in the Waco community coming to fruition in such a tangible fashion.  It’s also wonderful to see this occurring with the BRIC and LAUNCH not yet three years old.  As Baylor, the Chamber and the business community continue to move forward, I feel certain our best days are ahead.

June 10, 2015
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BRIC stakeholders briefed on progress

Dr. Hyde addresses representatives of area municipalities, economic development organizations, foundations and educational institutions at the June 3 stakeholders meeting.

Dr. Hyde addresses representatives of area municipalities, economic development organizations, foundations and educational institutions at the June 3 stakeholders meeting.

Dr. Truell Hyde, Baylor’s vice provost for research, provided representatives of a number of Waco-area organizations with an update on the growth of the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) at a meeting on June 3.

Among the latest BRIC developments Hyde described was the formation of LEx Laboratories, a collaboration between Waco-based Education Service Center Region 12, Fort Worth architecture firm Huckabee, Inc., and Baylor University tasked with developing innovative and readily adaptable learning spaces. He also reported that aerospace giant L3, Inc. recently had doubled the size of its engineering footprint in the BRIC, and told attendees of engineering and innovation firm Birkeland Current’s just-completed move to the BRIC.

Click here to read the full story about the event on the BRIC website.

Video: Baylor faculty & graduate students explain what makes the BRIC an ideal setting for research and discovery

May 19, 2015 by Baylor OVPR | 0 comments

Faculty and graduate students explain how the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) benefits their research in a new video produced by the Baylor Graduate School.  Check out the video above, then click here to learn more about the BRIC.

November 4, 2014
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Upcoming event: BRIC Foundations series presents Paul Evans of Southwest Research Institute

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American manufacturing is experiencing a renaissance. Long identified with such terms as “good old American know-how” and “Yankee ingenuity,” American industry is again rising to world prominence after decades of decline. It is a rebirth driven in large part by dramatic increases in productivity made possible by advances in manufacturing processes and technologies. Yet there remain many obstacles to a full realization of the potential of the American manufacturing sector.

Join us for: “Enabling Manufacturing Innovation in America”
Mr. Paul T. Evans, P.E.
Director, Manufacturing Systems Department
Southwest Research Institute

WHEN
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
6:00PM – 7:00PM

WHERE
BRIC Symposium 3160
Reception before the lecture at 5:30PM at the BRIC Symposium 3160 atrium.

MORE INFORMATION
Contact Sherri Honza at 254-710-1271 for more information.

April 7, 2014
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Upcoming event: BRIC Foundations Series presents lecture by Nick Farah of L-3 Integrated Systems Group

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The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is proud to present Mr. Nick Farah, the president of the Platform Systems Sector in L-3 Communications’ Integrated Systems Group, for the second event in the BRIC Foundations Lecture Series. Continue Reading →

November 12, 2013
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Upcoming Event: Colloquium on Medical Imaging

This week, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, along with the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Computer Science, presents the Colloquium on Medical Imaging.

WHAT
The Colloquium on Medical Imaging will feature speakers from Baylor and other top research institutions who will discuss the current state of medical imaging research and directions for future study.

Applications of physics, mathematics and computer science to challenging problems in proton and ion therapy
Reinhard W. Schulte, M.D.
Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, Calif.

Superiorization via feasibility-seeking projection methods and applications
Yair Censor, D.Sc.
Department of Mathematics, University of Haifa, Israel

PROton FUTURIS: What Baylor can bring to proton and ion therapy 
Keith Evan Schubert, Ph.D.
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Baylor University

WHERE
Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC)
Suite 3160

WHEN
Friday, Nov. 15, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

MORE INFORMATION
Click here to read abstracts and short bios on each speaker.  Click here to view the full event schedule.  Contact Dr. Keith Evan Schubert at  254-710-3348 for more information.

November 6, 2013
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Former General Tire employees return to the BRIC

Former General Tire employees and their families learned about the renovation that turned the former manufacturing plant into a state-of-the-art research facility.

Nearly two dozen former employees of the General Tire Co. visited the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) last week as part of “General Tire Fridays at the BRIC,” a series of tours offered by Baylor and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.

The BRIC inhabits a building that was used as a manufacturing facility for General Tire from the 1940s until the mid-1980s. The building and surrounding land were donated to Baylor in 2008 by the Clifton Robinson family and H. Bland Cromwell. After extensive renovations, the former General Tire plant is now the cornerstone of the planned Central Texas Technology and Research Park.

Bobby Cryns, the BRIC’s facilities manager, led former General Tire employees and their family and friends through the BRIC, discussing the building’s renovation and the attributes of the structure that make it so well-suited to scientific research. Along the way, he pointed out General Tire artifacts that have been incorporated into the BRIC’s design.

While former employees said the sleek, newly remodeled research facility bears little resemblance to the factory where they worked, remaining features like heavy concrete support columns and high-capacity freight elevators brought back memories of people and events from years gone by.

Wayne Davidson, a tire builder and security officer at General Tire from 1966 to 1975, recalled a time when an elevator malfunctioned during an overnight shift, leaving a worker trapped with no way to summon help.

Prior to beginning the tours, groups paused for a group picture in front of the historic General Tire sign that now hangs in the BRIC’s lobby.

“There wasn’t a phone for him to call anyone, but he had a pistol with him,” said Davidson. “So he pried the door open enough to get his hand out and fire off some rounds to let us know he was stuck.”

Jack Pedigo, who worked as head of maintenance for the entire facility until the plant closed in 1985, smiled as he recalled his time at General Tire.

“It was a great job,” he said. “I’d go back to work tomorrow.”

Cryns said hearing personal stories from those who worked at General Tire decades ago gives him a stronger sense of the history of the building and its place in the community, both then and now.

“More than anything, these tours are about letting the folks who worked here tell us their stories about what made this place meaningful to them,” said Cryns. “It makes me really proud to honor that history with the work we do at the BRIC.”

October 16, 2013
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Upcoming event: OVPR welcomes Nobel laureate for inaugural lecture in BRIC Foundations series

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is pleased to welcome Nobel laureate and senior NASA astrophysicist Dr. John C. Mather for the inaugural lecture in the new BRIC Foundations International Speaker Series.

Mather and co-researcher Dr. George Smoot shared the 2006 Nobel Prize in physics for their work with the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite. The COBE satellite provided the first space-based measurements of the cosmic microwave background radiation remaining from the Big Bang and yielded valuable insight into the early stages of the universe’s development (click here to read more about Mather and Smoot’s Nobel-winning research).

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October 14, 2013
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Former General Tire employees invited to tour BRIC during “General Tire Fridays” in November

Baylor University and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research welcome former employees of the General Tire Company to “General Tire Fridays” at the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC).

On the first four Fridays in November (Nov. 1, 8, 15 and 22), former General Tire employees and their families are invited to visit the BRIC to share stories and memories while they tour the new BRIC building and see the former General Tire plant’s transformation first-hand.

Tours are available from 3:00-4:00 p.m. and from 4:00-5:00 p.m. each of the four dates. The event is free, but registration is required. Group sizes are limited, so early registration is recommended. Click here to register online, or call Jill Combs at 710-6779 to register by phone.