Comet Calendar, The Official Event Calendar for UT Dallas en-us This week's events for Research at UT Dallas NSF I-Corps Information Session at SMU Wednesday, Sep 28
(8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.) Location: Palmer Conference Center Caruth Hall, Suite 406B Dallas, TX 75205.

If you are interested in commercializing your research but need training and funding, the National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps program is for you. 

This $50,000 grant program focuses on preparing scientists and engineers to translate their innovative research into successful products in today’s global marketplace. This unique, seven-week program pairs teams with NSF-trained instructors to evaluate their proposed business model utilizing processes including Lean Startup and Customer Development. 

The University of Texas at Dallas and Southern Methodist University are partnering on a free information session for their researchers interested in understanding the program and its requirements. The presentation includes a panel of two former principal investigators, one entrepreneurial lead, and a previous mentor who will present their experiences and answer questions. More information about the I-Corps Teams can be found here

The information session is free to attend and will be held at the SMU campus in collaboration with UT Dallas. Register here and you will receive an email with parking information and directions to the SMU campus. 

Lunch and Learn: Collaborating with the Air Force Research Laboratory Thursday, Sep 29
(12 p.m. - 1 p.m.)

Dr. Timothy J. Bunning, the Chief Scientist of the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), will discuss the best ways for academic researchers to create successful programs with the AFRL. Dr. Bunning knows from experience; he has served many roles within the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate including in-house researcher, project engineer, research team leader, branch chief, division technical director, division chief, and mentor. Now, he shares responsibility to define, advocate, and implement a strategic vision for the research and development activities within the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate. 

This event is free to attend and lunch will be provided, but you must register by emailing

Interested in meeting one-on-one with Dr. Bunning during his visit to UT Dallas? Email Beth Keithly to make arrangements.