Dr. Youssef and graduate students receive Special Recognition Award at 30th Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium

A team of two graduate students and a faculty member, named ‘Team FOAM’, was competitively selected through a proposal process as part of the 8th cohort in the California State University I-CORPS program to learn about advanced techniques and methods for customer discovery and pathways towards commercialization. The I-COPRS program is a National Science Foundation sponsored project to introduce scientists and engineering to evidence-based entrepreneurship.  Team FOAM consisted of Nathan Reed (MSME student), Scott Newacheck (Ph.D. student) and Dr. George Youssef (Assistant Professor), who worked collaboratively for over 10 weeks on interviewing end-users, domain experts, and professionals in the area of orthotics and foam manufacturers. The team presented their findings and experience during the 30th Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium and won the Judges Special Recognition Award. The team continues to work on developing their foam technology while seeking industrial collaborators to transfer the technology.