Tech Transfer Office gears up
As director of Hopkins' Office of Technology Transfer, Nina
Siegler wrestles with complicated research concepts and
cutting-edge lab contraptions. But she likes to think of her job
in very simple terms. Siegler operates, she says, like an
old-fashioned marriage broker.
"Picture an hourglass," Siegler says. "On one
side are ideas and inventions developed here at Hopkins. On the
other side is the world at large. My office sits in the little
tube at the center, the one that connects the two sides of the
hourglass. We try to arrange marriages between inventions created
by Hopkins researchers and companies that want to make commercial
products based on these inventions."
To accomplish this matchmaking, Siegler and her
staff help faculty and staff members to obtain patents,
copyrights and licensing agreements for technology breakthroughs
that arise in seven of the university's nine divisions. (The
School of Medicine and the Applied Physics Laboratory have their
own offices of technology transfer.) Projects can range from
instructional CD-ROMs developed in the Krieger School of Arts and
Sciences to miniature pumps invented by Whiting School engineers
to music software devised by faculty members at the Peabody
Start of 'Great Excavations' at
Tons of bricks are about to hit the Homewood campus like Š
well, like a ton of bricks.
Flatbed trucks have begun rolling onto campus
with the first of 1 million or more bricks to be delivered over
the next few months. The pavers will be laid down this summer,
replacing acres of asphalt walks and roads in perhaps the most
dramatic remaking of Homewood since Johns Hopkins first occupied
the ridge above Charles Street 86 years ago.
It's a whole lot of bricks.
The initial order of 900,000 will arrive on 139
trucks, one to two trucks per day, said Steve Campbell, interim
executive director of Facilities Management. Each truck carries
12 pallets, with 540 bricks per pallet.
A staging area has been set up south of the
AMRs and just north of Homewood House Museum. After Spring Fair,
a second area will open in the southern end of the lower quad.
The bricks will be stored in those two spots until the project
gets under way, immediately after commencement.
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