Through the Orb project, that was in part designed to explore matching industry needs and expertise, I developed a business relationship with the Virginia Newport News’ Tech Center Research Park Executive Director Jeff Johnson and a NASA Langley Research Center’s (LaRC) Regional Economic Development Lead Christie Funk. As a result, Jeff and Christie contacted me in the fall 2017 with a follow-up project designed to challenge the current NASA’s patent search portfolio’s push model with an innovative approach to matching patents to regional industry’s needs. The project’s relatively modest budget of $17,000 was primarily destined towards two interns who would be working on this project. Through a series of discussions I proposed a different approach to the newly imagined pull model that offered a search system built out of a combination of parallel search modules. As a result, I was offered the Project Manager position and recruited two Computer Science interns who worked on this project from January until May 2018. The resulting prototype built from the ground-up was showcased to the NASA Langley Director, key State officials, and Angel investors. Its reception was overwhelmingly positive, resulting in the team filing a disclosure through the NASA LaRC. Further, the system is currently being considered as the replacement for the existing NASA-wide Patent search portal. Given NASA’s ownership of this project, no publications are planned at this point in time.
Ivica Ico Bukvic (Project Manager)
Christie Funk (Regional Economic Development Lead, NASA Langley Research Center)
Jeff Johnson (Tech Center Research Park)
Alec Helyar (CS)
Justin Rhee (CS)