Technology Entrepreneurship Initiative (TEI)


Oklahoma State University’s Technology Entrepreneurship Initiative (TEI) is dedicated to identifying and supporting faculty-created technological innovations – innovations that were born inside OSU’s classrooms and laboratories. The mission of TEI is to accelerate the commercialization of viable concepts, inventions, and products while promoting a university wide spirit and understanding of entrepreneurship. The program launched in 2009 and faculty members are taking and embracing the entrepreneurial spirit – already six promising technologies developed by OSU faculty in Stillwater and Tulsa are on the commercialization path. In 2010, the TEI program received a two-year grant from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance ( to enable the program to include graduate students from across the campus, in addition to MBA scholar students. The grant also provides support for materials, research, and prototypes.

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The Technology Entrepreneurship Initiative seeks to enhance the university’s status as a leading research institution through the promotion and marketing of some of its faculty members’ greatest innovations. The initiative enhances the culture of entrepreneurship by fostering cross-campus relationships through multi-disciplinary projects. The initiative will help grow Oklahoma’s reputation as a place where innovation is at the heart of achievement and where university investment is recognized as a value added contribution.

The TEI is also seeking to add significant value to the university’s intellectual property investment. It serves to provide an outlet for burgeoning student entrepreneurs to immerse themselves in hands-on experiential learning. Ultimately, the initiative creates a new corps of entrepreneurs who will leave OSU better enabled to enact positive change in whatever ventures they may join or lead.


OSU’s Riata Center and the Office of Intellectual Property Management have joined forces to identify, mentor and accelerate campus research activities so that they can more profitably transition to entrepreneurial business ventures. The Program Director is Mr. Steve Wood, a successful technology entrepreneur, OSU alumnus, and CEO of Cowboy Technologies, LLC . He is supported by Dr. Craig Watters, Interim Director of the Riata Entrepreneurship Center, Dr. Steve Price, Vice-President of Technology Development, and Dr. Bruce Barringer, Interim Head of the School of Entrepreneurship. Steve works with faculty and doctoral students from all schools, colleges and departments on campus to support their innovations and connect them to resources that are critical for successful commercialization. Students from the Spears School of Business play an instrumental role in creating plans to take these innovations to market, and putting the plans into action by creating sustainable business ventures.

CIE Scholars and Technology Entrepreneurship

The Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Scholars Program were launched in the fall semester of 2009. CIE Scholars are the top students in the OSU MBA program. The leaders and shapers play a major role in the OSU Technology Initiative. With the help of EEE faculty support the CIE Scholars directly interact with the faculty innovators/inventors to lead the business planning efforts for commercializing these technologies. The Riata Center for Entrepreneurship has and will continue to invest in and support faculty research activities, through the CIE Scholars Program and through providing on-campus work space to help these fledgling businesses grow.

Related Support

To lend further aid to entrepreneurial faculty and enhance the OSU Technology Initiative, the Office of Intellectual Property recently launched CoSTART, a program that allows faculty members to take time from their teaching and research responsibilities to dedicate up to a year in pursuing a business venture based on their technology innovation. In addition, OSU provides laboratory space and equipment to faculty-led start-up ventures. The university will also assume the costs associated with searching and applying for patents as well as deferring licensing fees for faculty members interested in pursuing their own ventures. Finally, support is provided through the OSU Cowboy Bootcamps for Entrepreneurs and the Riata Entrepreneurial Internship Program.

Projects for 2013-2014

  1. Team 3D
    A Portable 3D digitizing device for Indoor Navigation or Environmental mapping.
    A Technology that uses sensors indoors to identify pathways as well as heat loss through walls.

    Dr. Weihua Sheng
    Engineering South 405

    Team Members
    Sheline Schutz, Entrepreneurship
    Shilpa Somraj, Business Administration
    Diane Cooper, Entrepreneurship

  2. Team Secure Data
    Secure Cloud Computing Data Storage.
    A novel way to secure data in the cloud with increased Security.

    Dr. Subhash Kak
    MSCS 219
    Department Of Computer Science

    Team Members
    Suhail Shaikh, Mgmt. Information Systems
    Bohla Panta, Entrepreneurship
    Anuashka Sharma, Mgmt. Information Systems

  3. Team Gyro
    Gyroscopic Clothes Washing Machine.
    A washing machine that consists of a globe shaped container for the clothes that tumbles in multiple directions.

    Dr. Satish Bukkapatnam
    Department Of Industrial Engineering And Management

    Team Members
    Sky Reeder, Business Administration
    Libin Daniel, Mechanical & Aerospace Eng.
    Isarin Durongkadej, Business Administration

  4. Team Green Roof
    Lightweight Green Roof Media.
    A lightweight material that will allow for growing grass on rooftops for energy use efficiencies.

    Dr. Jason Vogel
    AGH 218B

    Team Members
    Tori Morgan, Business Administration
    Lisa Harris, Business Administration
    Haily Doss, Leisure Studies

  5. Team Fluorescent
    Suicide Vectors for Stable Tagging of Foodborne Human Pathogens with Fluorescent Proteins. A method to attach fluorescent proteins to pathogens such as Salmonella, Listeria, and Hepatitis for detection and treatment.

    Dr. Li Ma
    127 Noble Research Center

    Team Members
    Yujie Guo, Entrepreneurship
    Christian Odafin, Chemical Engineering
    Navaneet Erragunta, Business Administration

  6. Team Concrete
    Additive for Mitigation of Alkali Silica Reaction in Concrete. Adding a Lithium compound to dry concrete mix can prevent a chemical reaction that causes concrete to expand in the presence of moisture and crack the concrete.

    Dr. Tyler Ley
    405-744-5189 207
    Engineering South

    Team Members
    Philip Gunderson, Business Administration
    Wali Islam, Chemical Engineering
    Zak Elkarghli, Business Administration