2015 Patent Applications

DECEMBER 2015

  • December 2015 | U.S. Utility: “Low Profile Coupled Inductor Substrate with Transient Speed Improvement,” by Fred C. Lee, University Distinguished Professor of electrical and computer engineering (ECE); ECE assistant professor Qiang Li; and students Yipeng Su and Dongbin Hou.
  • December 2015 | U.S. Utility: “Coupled Inductor for Interleaved Multi-Phase Three-Level DC-DC Converters,” by Fred C. Lee; Mingkai Mu, research scientist with the Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES); CPES visiting scholar Sizhao Lu; and Yang Jiao, a student.
  • December 2015 | U.S. Utility: “Optimal Battery Current Waveform for Bidirectional PHEV Battery Charger,” by Dushan Boroyevich, the American Electric Power Professor of Electrical Engineering; ECE professor Paolo Mattavelli; and Lingxiao Xue, a student.
  • December 2015 | U.S. Divisional: “Infectious Genomic DNA Clone and Serological Profile of Torque Teno SUS Virus 1 and 2,” by X.J. Meng, University Distinguished Professor of biomedical science, and Yao-Wei Huang, research assistant professor of biomedical science.
  • December 2015 | Foreign: “Self-Cleaning/Non-Wetting Coating for Corrosion Protection of Metallic Structures,” by mechanical engineering professor Ranga Pitchumani and students Atieh Haghdoost and Mehdi Kargar.
  • December 2015 | U.S. Provisional: “Heat Flux Sensored by Depositing Electrically Conductive Ink in Substrate Through-Holes as One or Both of the Thermophile Materials,” by Thomas E. Diller, professor of mechanical engineering, and students Rande James Cherry and Chris Cirenza.
  • December 2015 | U.S. Provisional: “Distributed Temperature Sensing System Using Optical Sapphire Waveguide,” by Anbo Wang, the Clayton Ayre Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Gary R. Pickrell, professor of materials science and engineering; and students Bo Liu and Zhihao Yu.
  • December 2015 | U.S. Provisional: “Sensemaking of Network Traffic for Android Application Security,” by Danfeng (Daphne) Yao, associate professor of computer science, and Hao Zhang, a student.
  • December 2015 | U.S. Provisional: “Ion Gel for Electrolyte Applications,” by Louis A. Madsen, associate professor of chemistry, and Ying Wang, a student.
  • December 2015 | U.S. Provisional: “3D Nanoparticle/Bacterial Cellulose Nanocomposite for Analyte Detection,” by Peter Vikesland, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Haoran Wei, a student.
  • December 2015 | U.S. Provisional: “Drivers with Equalizers for Paralleled Switches,” by ECE professor Khai Doan The Ngo and students Lujie Zhang and Zichen Miao.
  • December 2015 | U.S. Provisional: “A Portable Tuned Mass Damper with Simple Tuning/Design for the Reduction of Vibrations in Civil Engineering/Architectural Structures,” by Mehdi Setareh, a professor in the School of Architecture and Design.
  • December 2015 | U.S. Provisional: “Bibenzoate Copolyesters and Methods to Produce Them,” by chemistry research professor Richard S. Turner, chemistry professor Timothy E. Long, and students Haoyu Liu and Ryan J. Mondscheinn.
  • December 2015 | U.S. Provisional: “Novel Copolyesters Based on Bibenzoic Acids, Terephthalic Acid with Various Diols,” by Richard S. Turner, Timothy E. Long, Haoyu Liu, and Ryan J. Mondscheinn.
  • December 2015 | Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT): “Devices, Systems and Methods for Real-Time Monitoring of Electrophysical Effects During Tissue Treatment,” by ICTAS director Roop L. Mahajan, biomedical engineering and mechanics (BEAM) professor Rafael V. Davalos, BEAM professor John L. Robertson, and students Mohammad Bonakdar, Eduardo L. Latouche, Christopher B. Arena, and Michael B. Sano. With support from the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS).

NOVEMBER 2015

  • November 2015 | Foreign: “Method and Apparatus to Detect Deviations from Authorized Software Execution Using Power Fingerprinting,” by Jeffrey H. Reed, professor of electrical and computer engineering (ECE), and Carlos R. Aguayo Gonzalez, a student.
  • November 2015 | Continuation: “Chimeric Infectious DNA Clones, Chimeric Porcine Circoviruses and Uses Thereof,” by X.J. Meng, University Distinguished Professor of biomedical science, and Martijn Fenaux, a student.
  • November 2015 | Continuation: “Using Power Fingerprinting (PFP) to Monitor the Integrity and Enhance Security of Computer Based Systems,” by Jeffrey H. Reed and Carlos R. Aguayo Gonzalez.
  • November 2015 | Provisional: “CAN Bus Intrusion Detection System,” by Sam Abbott-McCune, a student.
  • November 2015 | Provisional: “BIM-Compatible Decision Support Method and System for Architectural Design Assistance,” by James R. Jones, an associate professor in the School of Architecture and Design, and Kongkun Charoenvisal, a student.
  • November 2015 | Provisional: “Method to Manufacture Highly Conductive Vias and PROM Memory Cells by Application of Electric Pulses,” by ECE professor Marius Orlowski and students Gargi Ghosh and Anshuman Verma.
  • November 2015 | Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT): “Vaccines and Diagnostics for Novel Porcine Orthoreoviruses,” by Elankumaran Subbiah, associate professor of virology at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine; X.J. Meng; Dianjun Cao, research scientist in biomedical science; and Athmaram T. Narayanappa, a student.
  • November 2015 | Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT): “Transmitting Wideband Signal through an Electronically Small Antenna Using Antenna Modulation,” by ECE associate professor Majid Manteghi.

OCTOBER 2015

  • October 2015 | U.S. 371: “Hybrid Detector Modules and Dynamic Thresholding for Spectral CT,” by Ge Wang, the Pritchard Professor and director of the biomedical imaging division of the Virginia Tech - Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, and students Jiyang Chu and Wenxiang Cong.
  • October 2015 | U.S. Provisional: “Reset Method to Tighten the Distributions of Vset and Vreset in Resistive Switching Memory Devices,” by ECE professor Marius Orlowski and Gargi Ghosh, a student.
  • October 2015 | U.S. Provisional: “Methods and Apparatus of High-Sensitivity Quantitative Phase Microscopy,” by Yizheng Zhu, ECE assistant professor.
  • October 2015 | U.S. Provisional: “Micro-machined Sample Injection Unit for Miniaturized Gas Chromatography System,” by ECE associate professor Masoud Agah and Muhammad Akba, a student. With support from the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS).
  • October 2015 | U.S. Provisional: “A Nonlinear Droop Method to Improve Volage Regulation and Load Sharing in DC Systems,” by Dushan Boroyevich, the American Electric Power Professor of Electrical Engineering; Rolando Burgos, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering; and Fang Chen, a student.
  • October 2015 | U.S. Provisional: “Methylerythritol Phosphate Pathway Inhibitors,” by Paul R. Carlier, chemistry professor; Maria Belen Cassera, assistant professor of biochemistry; Emilio Fernando Merino, biochemistry research scientist; and Zhong-Ke Yao, chemistry postdoctoral associate.
  • October 2015 | PCT: “Compositions and Formulations of Methylerthritol Phosphate Pathway Inhibitors and Uses Thereof,” by Paul R. Carlier, Maria Belen Cassera, Emilio Fernando Merino, Zhong-Ke Yao, and Maryam Ghavami, a chemistry student.
  • October 2015 | PCT: “Power Converter,” by Khai Doan The Ngo, ECE professor, and Shigeharu Yamagami, CPES visiting engineer.
  • October 2015 | U.S. Provisional: “Sphingosine Kinase Inhibitors,” by Webster L. Santos, associate professor of chemistry, and Kevin R. Lynch, a student.

SEPTEMBER 2015

  • September 2015 | U.S. National Stage: “Inhibiting Neurotransmitter Reuptake,” by Paul R. Carlier, chemistry professor; Elliott Richelson, pharmacology professor with the Mayo Clinic; and students Christopher J. Monceaux and Abdul Fauq.
  • September 2015 | Utility: “Method and Apparatus for Driving a Power Device,” by Khai D. Ngo, electrical and computer engineering (ECE) professor, and Jongwon Shin, a visiting scholar at the Center for Power Electronics Systems.
  • September 2015 | Plant Variety Patent: “LCS Compass / VA10HRW-13 Wheat,” by Carl A. Griffey, professor of crop and soil environmental science.
  • September 2015 | Provisional: “A Tethered Device for Maneuvering Underwater Vehicles,” by mechanical engineering associate professor Kevin B. Kochersberger.
  • September 2015 | Provisional: “Biometric Identification and Biometric Authentication of Individuals Using a Dynamical Model of ECG Signal,” by Lynn Abbott, ECE associate professor; Zachary R. Doerzaph, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute research scientist; and Abhijit Sarkar, a student.
  • September 2015 | Provisional: “High Frequency Electroporation for Targeting Malignancies,” by Rafael V. Davalos, professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics (BEAM). With support from the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS).
  • September 2015 | Provisional: “Methods of Preparing Sphere Coatings for Antibiofilm Materials,” by chemical engineering professor William Ducker and Yow-Ren Chang, a student. With support from ICTAS.
  • September 2015 | Provisional: “Novel Hydroxyalkyl Cellulose Derivatives Prepared by Olefin Cross-Metathesis,” by Kevin J. Edgar, professor of sustainable biomaterials; Yifan Dong, chemistry student; and Jacob Troutman.
  • September 2015 | Provisional: “Polybenzimidazoles Based on Monomers Derived From 4,4'-Dichlorodiphenyl Sulfone,” by James E. McGrath, University Distinguished Professor and Ethyl Corporation Professor of Chemistry in the College of Science; Judy S. Riffle, chemistry professor; and Benny D. Freeman.
  • September 2015 | Provisional: “A Computationally-Scalable Method for Providing Privacy-Preserving Authentication,” by ECE professor Jung-Min Park and Vireshwar Kumar, a student.
  • September 2015 | Provisional: “Electronic Device Fibers,” by Gary R. Pickrell, professor of materials science and engineering (MSE); Daniel S. Homa, senior research associate in the materials science and engineering department; and Alessandro Cito.
  • September 2015 | Provisional: “Fluid/Gas Interface Sensing Based on Traverse Wave and Pulse Train Technique,” by Anbo Wang, the Clayton Ayre Professor of electrical and computer engineering; Yunjing Wang, an ECE research associate; and Bo Liu, a student.
  • September 2015 | Provisional: “GEM*STAR,” by physics professor Robert B. Vogelaar.
  • September 2015 | Provisional: “Method and Apparatus for Defining Dynamic Separation Regions to Protect Primary Users from Interference in Dynamic Spectrum Sharing,” by Jung-Min Park and Sudeep Bhattarai, a student.
  • September 2015 | Patent Cooperation Treaty: “A Multivalent Brucella Vaccine for Protection Against Mycobacterial Infections and Methods of Using the Same,” by Nammalwar Sriranganathan, professor of biomedical science; Gerhardt G. Schurig, professor of biomedical science; and students Hamzeh Al Qublan, Garrett Paul Smith, and Stephen M. Boyle.
  • September 2015 | Patent Cooperation Treaty: “Stem Cell Compositions, Systems and Uses Thereof,” by Jennifer G. Barrett, associate professor of large animal clinical sciences.
  • September 2015 | Patent Cooperation Treaty: “Sphingosine Kinase Inhibitors,” by Webster L. Santos, chemistry associate professor; and Kevin R. Lynch, a student.
  • September 2015 | Patent Cooperation Treaty: “Gelation, Aerogel Formation and Reactions Thereof, to Produce Non-Random Functionalization of Poly (Aryl Ether Keytones),” by chemistry professor Robert B. Moore and Xijing Yuan, a student.

AUGUST 2015

  • August 2015 | U.S. 371: “Self-Cleaning/Non-Wetting Coating for Corrosion Protection of Metallic Structures,” by mechanical engineering (ME) professor Ranga Pitchumani and students Atieh Haghdoost and Mehdi Kargar.
  • August 2015 | Utility: “Sulfur-Resistant Palladium or Palladium-Alloy Membranes for Hydrogen Separation,” by S. Ted Oyama, a part-time faculty member in chemical engineering (CE), and students Samhun Yun and Sheima Jatib Khatib.
  • August 2015 | Utility: “Cognitive Reconfigurable RF Technology,” by Jeffrey H. Reed, professor of electrical and computer engineering (ECE), and students Eyosias Y. Imana and Tae Young Yang.
  • August 2015 | Foreign: “Prototype United States Porcine Torque Teno Virus (Porcine TTV) and Uses Thereof,” by X.J. Meng, University Distinguished Professor of biomedical science, and Yaowei Huang, research assistant professor of biomedical science.
  • August 2015 | Provisional: “Increased Efficiency and Oxygen Resistance of Ru,Rh,Ru Water Reduction Photocatalysts with the Addition of Polyelectrolytes,” by chemistry professor Robert B. Moore and students Theodore R. Canterbury and Shamindri M. Arachige. With support from the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS).
  • August 2015 | Provisional: “Guanidine-Based Aminothiazole Inhibitors of Sphingosine Kinase,” by Webster L. Santos, associate professor of chemistry, and students Elizabeth S. Childress, Kevin R. Lynch, and Yugesh Kharel.
  • August 2015 | Provisional: “A Method of Capacitor Voltage Ripple Reduction for Modular Multilevel Converter,” by Fred C. Lee, University Distinguished Professor of electrical and computer engineering; ECE assistant professor Qiang Li; and Yadong Lyu, a student.
  • August 2015 | Provisional: “Saline Formulation for Acutely Preventing Sudden Cardiac Death During Metabolic Demand,” by Steven Poelzing, associate professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, and Sharon A. George, a biomedical engineering student.
  • August 2015 | Provisional: “A Novel and Advanced Nano Adjuvant for Vaccines Eliciting Antibody Responses,” by professor Chenming (Mike) Zhang and postdoctoral associate Yun Hu, both in the biological systems engineering department.
  • August 2015 | Provisional: “Adaptive Optics Based Multimode Sensing, Imaging, and Cryptography,” by Anbo Wang, the Clayton Ayre Professor of electrical and computer engineering, and ECE associate professor Yong Xu.
  • August 2015 | Provisional: “User Adjustable Arc-based Navigation Method for Large Screen Smartphones,” by John Knox Burton, a professor in the School of Education; Kibong Song of the Center for Instructional Technology Solutions in Industry and Education; and Kenneth R. Potter, instructor in the Office of Educational Research and Outreach.
  • August 2015 | Plant Variety Patent: “VA07H-31WS Barley (Amaze 10),” by Carl A. Griffey, professor of crop and soil environmental science.
  • August 2015 | Provisional: “Method for Plasma Spray Electrode Wear State and Characteristic Identification,” by Romesh C. Batra, the Clifton C. Garvin Professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics / engineering science and mechanics (BEAM/ESM); Gary R. Pickrell, professor of materials science and engineering (MSE); and students Taylor Blair, Michael Cybulsky, Raymond Sinatra, Mark Hudson, and McIntyre Peter Roy.
  • August 2015 | Provisional: “Thermal Spray Diagnostics,” by Romesh C. Batra, Gary R. Pickrell, Taylor Blair, Michael Cybulsky, Raymond Sinatra, and student Matthew Gold.

JULY 2015

  • July 2015 | Utility: “Design and Manufacture of Generalized Flow Profile-Producing Devices (Stream Vane),” by Walter F. O’Brien, the J. Bernard Jones Professor of mechanical engineering (ME), and ME students Anthony M. Ferrar, William C. Schneck, Kevin M. Hoopes, and Justin Bailey.
  • July 2015 | Utility: “A Methodology for Assessing the Biomechanical Performance of Helmets,” by Stefan Duma, head of the department of biomedical engineering and mechanics (BEAM) and the Harry Wyatt Professor in engineering, and BEAM assistant professor Steven Rowson.
  • July 2015 | Divisional: “Treatment Planning for Electroporation-Based Therapies,” by Rafael V. Davalos, BEAM professor; John L. Robertson, BEAM professor; John H. Rossmeisl, assistant professor of small animal clinical sciences, and students Paulo A. Garcia and Robert E. Neal.
  • July 2015 | Utility: “Prognostic and Diagnostic Methods Based on Quantification of Somatic Microsatellite Variability,” by Harold "Skip" Garner, professor and director, Medical Informatics and Systems Division, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI); and Zalman Vaksman, a student.
  • July 2015 | Provisional: “Fiber Optic Technology for Ultra-high Aspect Ratio Micro Drilling,” by Anbo Wang, the Clayton Ayre Professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Chennan Hu, a student.
  • July 2015 | Provisional: “Modular Design, System Architecture, and Enabling Software for Design and Control of a Bacteria-Guided Mobile Robot,” by Warren C. Ruder, assistant professor of biological systems engineering, and Keith C. Heyde, an engineering mechanics student.
  • July 2015 | Provisional : “Novel Peptides Stimulate the Formation of Inhibitory Brain Synapses,” by Michael Fox, associate professor, and Jianmin Su, research assistant professor, both with the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI).
  • July 2015 | U.S. 371: “Methods and Compositions for Identifying Global Microsatellite Instability and for Characterizing Informative Microsatellite Loci,” by Harold “Skip” Garner and students Lauren J. McIver and Hongseok Tae.

JUNE 2015

  • June 2015 | Continuation: “Pool Cleaner with Laser Range Finder System and Method,” by Alexander Leonessa, associate professor of mechanical engineering, and students Christopher H. Cain and Brian J. Boothe.
  • June 2015 | Utility: “Functionalized Metal Oxides as a Stationary Phase and a Surface Template for Micro Gas Chromatography Separation Columns,” by Masoud Agah, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering (ECE) and Hamza Shakeel, an electrical engineering (EE) student.
  • June 2015 | Provisional: “Method for Plasma Spray Electrode Wear State and Characteristic Identification,” by Romesh C. Batra, the Clifton C. Garvin Professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics / engineering science and mechanics (BEAM/ESM); Gary R. Pickrell, professor of materials science and engineering (MSE); and students Taylor Blair, Michael Cybulsky, Raymond Sinatra, Mark Hudson, and McIntyre Peter Roy.
  • June 2015 | Provisional: “Novel Compositions and Methods for Hemichannel Inhibition,” by Robert G. Gourdie, professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) Gourdie Lab; and Linda Jane Jourdan, lab manager, VTCRI Gourdie Lab.
  • June 2015 | Provisional: “Finding Important People in Images,” by ECE assistant professor Dhruv Batra and Clint S. Mathialagan, a computer engineering student. With support from the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS).
  • June 2015 | Provisional: “Thermal Spray Diagnostics,” by Romesh C. Batra, Gary R. Pickrell, Taylor Blair, Michael Cybulsky, Raymond Sinatra, and student Matthew Gold.
  • June 2015 | Provisional: “Two-Dimensional Concentrated Stress Structure Low Frequency Piezoelectric Vibration Energy Harvesters,” by mechanical engineering professor Shashank Priya, and students Nathan Sharpes and Abdessattar Abdelkefi. With support from ICTAS.
  • June 2015 | Provisional: “Multi-Body Linear Terminator Wave Energy Converter,” by George Hagerman and Philip Balitsky, both research associates with the Advanced Research Institute (ARI).
  • June 2015 | Provisional: “Hybrid (Clay/Carbon) Nanotubes for Next Generation Natural Gas Storage Tanks,” by Marwan Al-Haik, associate professor of BEAM/ESM.
  • June 2015 | PCT: “Energy-Efficient Extraction of Acid Gas From Flue Gases,” by Y.A. Liu, the Frank Vilbrandt Professor of chemical engineering, and students Stuart J. Higgins and Yueying Yu.

MAY 2015

  • May 2015 | Utility: “3D Printing Part Removal and Interface For a 3D Printing Vending Machine,” by Kevin D. Kline, a mechanical engineering student.
  • May 2015 | Utility: “Ladder Chair,” by architecture student Alex Taylor.
  • May 2015 | Provisional: “Method and Apparatus for Measuring Static Friction at High Speeds,” by David A. Dillard, the Adhesive and Sealant Science Professor in bioengineering and mechanics (BEAM); Christopher B. Williams, associate professor of mechanical engineering; and mechanical engineering students Mark Cockerill, Kevin DeWillie, Matt Domaratzky, Madeline Scholl, Keith Szkodny, George Uehling, and Logan Sturm.
  • May 2015 | Provisional: “Methods to Protect the LTE Control Channel Spoofing,” by Jeffrey Reed, professor of electrical and computer engineering (ECE); Vuk Marojevic, ECE research associate; and Mina Labib, a computer engineering student.
  • May 2015 | Provisional: “A Device for Preserving Showering Comfort at Reduced Water Temperature and Flow Rate,” by David Bradley Clark II, a visiting instructor, and Greg Tew, associate professor, both in the School of Architecture and Design.
  • May 2015 | Provisional: “Fiber Battery,” by materials science and engineering (MSE) professor Gary R. Pickrell and Daniel S. Homa, MSE senior research associate.
  • May 2015 | Provisional: “Method and System for Product Defect Identification from User Reviews,” by Weiguo (Patrick) Fan, professor of accounting and information systems; Xuan Zhang, a computer science and application student; and Lijie Tang, a civil engineering student.
  • May 2015 | Provisional: “Deterministic Particle Transport for Medical Image Reconstruction (DMIR),” by Alireza Haghighat, professor of mechanical engineering, and Katherine Royston, a nuclear engineering student.
  • May 2015 | PCT: “Keratin Nanomaterials and Biomaterials Made From Keratin Nanomaterials,” by Mark Van Dyke, BEAM associate professor, and Maria Rahmany, a biomedical engineering postdoctoral associate. With support from the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS).
  • May 2015 | PCT: “Selective Cell Modulation with Electric Fields,” by BEAM professor Rafael V. Davalos; Michael B. Sano, BEAM electrical analyst; and students Paulo A. Garcia and Christopher B. Arena.

APRIL 2015

  • April 2015 | U.S. 371: “Method of Bonding Woody Material without Additives,” by Scott H. Renneckar, adjunct professor of sustainable biomaterials, and students William T. Church, Jeffrey A. Dolan, Robert S. Wright, and Zhiyuan Lin.
  • April 2015 | Utility: “Predictive Planning Measures For Therapeutic Irreversible Electroporation,” by Rafael V. Davalos, professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics, and Christopher B. Arena, a student.
  • April 2015 | Provisional: “Improved Current-Mode Control with Single-Step Load Transient,” by Fred C. Lee, University Distinguished Professor of electrical and computer engineering (ECE); Qiang Li, ECE assistant professor, and students Virginia Li and Pei-Hsin Liu.
  • April 2015 | Provisional: “A Novel Driving Scheme for Synchronous Rectifier in CRM Flyback,” by Fred C. Lee, Qiang Li, and Xiucheng Huang, an electrical engineering student.
  • April 2015 | Provisional: “Adaptive SR Driving Scheme for Resonant Converter,” by Fred C. Lee, Qiang Li, and students Chao Fei and Weiyi Feng.
  • April 2015 | Provisional: “Universal System Structure for Low Power Adapters,” by Fred C. Lee, Qiang Li, and Xiucheng Huang.
  • April 2015 | Provisional: “Multi-Step Simplified Optimal Trajectory Control (SOTC) Based on Only VO and ILoad,” by Fred C. Lee, Qiang Li, Weiyi Feng, and Chao Fei.
  • April 2015 | Provisional: “New Current Mode Control for Better Transient and Noise Performance,” by Fred C. Lee, Qiang Li, and EE student Syed Bari.
  • April 2015 | Provisional: “A Method for Jointly Adapting an OFDM Waveform and the Demodulator for Interference Mitigation and Harsh Channels,” by ECE professor Jeffrey Reed, ECE research associate Vuk Marojevic, and Matthew Carrick, an EE student.
  • April 2015 | Provisional: “Methods for Personalized Medicine: GBM Diagnosis and Treatment,” by Robert G. Gourdie, professor with the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) Gourdie Lab; Samy Lamouille, research assistant professor, VTCRI Gourdie Lab; Zhi Sheng, assistant professor, VTCRI Sheng Lab; and Robin Varghese, a student.
  • April 2015 | Provisional: “Boost Power Amplifier with Improved Bandwidth,” by Khai Doan The Ngo, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Yincan Mao, an EE student.
  • April 2015 | Provisional: “Boost Power Amplifier Operated at the Synchronous Switching Frequency with Small Input Inductance and High Efficiency,” by Khai Doan The Ngo and Milisav Danilovic, an EE student.
  • April 2015 | Provisional: “Apparatus for Dispersion of Coal Agglomerates,” by Roe-Hoan Yoon, the Nicholas T. Camicia Professor of mining and minerals engineering; Gerald H. Luttrell, the E. Morgan Massey Professor of mining and minerals engineering; and Nikhil Gupta, a postdoctoral associate in mining and minerals engineering.
  • April 2015 | Divisional: “Method of Using Lanthionine Synthetase Component C-like Proteins as Molecular Targets for Preventing and Treating Diseases and Disorders,” by Josep Bassaganya-Riera, a research professor at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI); Raquel Hontecillas, VBI research associate professor; and Pinyi Lu, a student.
  • April 2015 | Provisional: “Facile Syntheses of Dibenzo-24-Crown-8 and Dibenzo-30-Crown-10,” by chemistry professor Harry W. Gibson and Hanlie R. Wessels, a chemistry student.
  • April 2015 | Provisional: “Spice-C2: A Scalable Parallel Circuit Simulator Using the Direct Method on a Heterogeneous Cloud,” by ECE professor Sedki M. Riad; Yasser Y. Hanafy, adjunct professor in ECE; and students Ahmed E. Helal, Amr Bayoumi, and Ahmed Samieh.
  • April 2015 | Provisional: “Vaccines Conferring Heterologous Protection Against Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus,” by X.-J. Meng, University Distinguished Professor of biomedical science; Debin Tian, a postdoctoral associate in biomedical science; and students Lei Zhou and Yanyan Ni.
  • April 2015 | Provisional: “Embedded Active Fiber Optic Sensing Network for Structural Health Monitoring in Harsh Environments,” by Anbo Wang, the Clayton Ayre Professor of electrical and computer engineering, and students Chennan Hu, Bo Dong, Zhuoxuan Li, and Jianmin Gong.
  • April 2015 | PCT: “Four-Dimensional (4D) Combustion Monitoring Using Endoscopic and Tomographic Techniques,” by Lin Ma, associate professor of aerospace and ocean engineering.
  • April 2015 | PCT: “System for Assessment of Hemodialysis Efficacy,” by John L. Robertson, professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics (BEAM), and Ryan S. Senger, BEAM associate professor.

MARCH 2015

  • March 2015 | PVP: “VA-08B-85 Barley (Secretariat),” by Carl A. Griffey, professor; research associate Wynse S. Brooks, and Mark E. Vaughn, research specialist senior, all in the in crop and soil environmental science department. With support from the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS).
  • March 2015 | Foreign: “2-Stage LED Driver With Multi-Channel Constant Current CLL Resonant Converter,” by Qiang Li, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; Fred C. Lee, university distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering; and students Xuebing Chen and Daocheng Huang. With support from ICTAS.
  • March 2015 | U.S. 371: “System and Method of Stationary Source Computed Tomography,” by Guohua Cao, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics, and Ge Wang, the Pritchard Professor and director of the biomedical imaging division of the Virginia Tech - Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences.
  • March 2015 | Divisional: “Contactless Dielectrophoresis for Cell Sorting or Enrichment,” by Rafael V. Davalos, professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics (BEAM); Michael B. Sano, BEAM electrical analyst; and students Hadi Shafiee and John L. Caldwell. With support from ICTAS.
  • March 2015 | Utility: “Hybrid Interleaving Structure With Adaptive PLL Loop For Constant On-Time Switching Converter,” by Fred C. Lee, Qiang Li, and Pei-Hsin Liu, an electrical engineering student.
  • March 2015 | Utility: “Transient Performance Improvement for Constant On Time Control,” by Fred C. Lee, Qiang Li, Pei-Hsin Liu, and Syed Bari, an electrical engineering student.
  • March 2015 | Utility: “Compact Inductor Employing Redistributed Magnetic Flux,” by Khai Doan The Ngo, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Han Cui, an electrical engineering student.
  • March 2015 | PVP: “VA10W-123 Soft Red Winter Wheat (Wheat, Common,102015123),” by Carl A. Griffey.
  • March 2015 | Provisional: “Scalable Nano-patterning of Planar and Non-planar Surfaces,” by Amrinder S. Nain, assistant professor of mechanical engineering (ME); Bahareh Behkam, ME assistant professor; and Zhou Ye, an ME student.
  • March 2015 | Provisional: “Privacy Helper 7 and Privacy Helper 8,” by France Belanger, the R.B. Pamplin Professor of accounting and information systems, and Robert Crossler, an assistant professor of information systems at Mississippi State University who earned a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.
  • March 2015 | Provisional: “A Rapid and High Content Assay that Measures Cyto-ID-Stained Autophagic Compartments and Estimates Autophagy Flux with Potential Clinical Applications,” by Zhi Sheng, assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute’s Sheng Lab.
  • March 2015 | Provisional: “Synthesis of Hydroxyl-substituted Polysaccharide Derivatives,” by Kevin Edgar, professor of sustainable biomaterials, and Xiangtao Meng, a macromolecular science and engineering student.
  • March 2015 | Provisional: “Magnetic Geometry with Programmed Field Distribution,” by Khai Doan The Ngo and Han Cui.
  • March 2015 | PCT: “Water-Dispersible Polysaccharide Derivatives,” by Kevin Edgar, Xiangtao Meng, and chemistry student Yifan Dong.
  • March 2015 | Utility: “Cooperative Positioning Using RF Pattern Matching,” by R. Michael Buehrer, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and students Reza Monir Vaghefi and Scot Douglas Gordon.

FEBRUARY 2015

  • February 2015 | Continuation: “Electroporation With Cooling to Treat Tissue,” by Rafael V. Davalos, associate professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics (BEAM); John L. Robertson, BEAM professor; John H. Rossmeisl, assistant professor of small animal clinical sciences; and students Paulo Garcia and Robert E. Neal. With support from ICTAS.
  • February 2015 | Utility: “2-Stage LED Driver With Multi-Channel Constant Current CLL Resonant Converter,” by Fred C. Lee, University Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE); ECE assistant professor Qiang Li; and students Xuebing Chen and Daocheng Huang.
  • February 2015 | Provisional: “Micro Extraction and Analysis of Organic Compounds from Aqueous Environmental Samples and Bodily Fluids,” by ECE associate professor Masoud Agah and Muhammad Akbar, a student.
  • February 2015 | Provisional: “Lattice Boltzmann Methods for Porous Media with Integrated Averaging (LBPM-WIA),” by James E. McClure, a computational scientist in research and cluster computing.
  • February 2015 | Provisional: “Interior 5D Micro-CT,” by BEAM assistant professor Guohua Cao. With support from the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS).
  • February 2015 | Provisional: “Rapid Screening of Transformed Data Leaks with Efficient Algorithms and Parallel Computing,” by Danfeng (Daphne) Yao, an associate professor of computer science, and Xiaokui Shu, a student.
  • February 2015 | Provisional: “An Advanced Omnidirectional Impact Absorber,” by Javid Bayandor, an associate professor of mechanical engineering, and Scott Victor Perino, a student.
  • February 2015 | Provisional: “Pharmacologic Targeting of Cell Adhesion to Modulate Conduction,” by professor Robert G. Gourdie; associate professor Steven Poelzing; and postdoctoral associate Rengasayee Veeraraghavan, all with the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI).
  • February 2015 | Foreign: Three applications were submitted for “Prototype United States Porcine Torque Teno Virus (Porcine TTV) And Uses Thereof,” by Yaowei Huang, research assistant professor of biomedical science, and X.J. Meng, University Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Science.
  • February 2015 | PCT International: “A Transmitter for Transmitting A High-Rate Data Transmission Through Direct Excitation,” by Majid Manteghi, ECE associate professor, and Mohsen Salehi, a student.
  • February 2015 | Provisional: “Fused Fiber Nanonet Based Single and Multi-Cell Diagnostic and Drug Testing Platform,” by Amrinder S. Nain and Bahareh Behkam, both assistant professors of mechanical engineering.

JANUARY 2015

  • January 2015 | U.S. Provisional: “Methods of Transmitting an Arbitrary Signal from a Small Narrow Band Antenna,” by Majid Manteghi, ECE assistant professor.
  • January 2015 | U.S. Provisional: “Premature Ventricular Excitation Classification Algorithm for Predicting Spontaneous Arrhythmias,” by Steven Poelzing, associate professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute; and Amara Greer-Short, a student.
  • January 2015 | U.S. Provisional: “Low-Profile Coupled Inductor Substrate with Transient Speed Improvement,” by Fred C. Lee, University Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE); Qiang Li, ECE assistant professor; and students Yipeng Su and Dongbin Hou.
  • January 2015 | U.S. Provisional: “Novel Coatings To Prevent Bacterial Adhesion and Colonization of Medical Implants,” by chemical engineering professor William Ducker and Mehdi Kargar, a student.

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