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Poster announcing Grand Opening of Advanced Prototyping Lab
Advanced Prototyping Laboratory Grand Opening

It is a pleasure to announce the long awaited grand opening of the MARC's Advanced Prototyping Laboratory. This resource will serve as an advanced maker space and laboratory for innovation and new product design. Its capabilities allow for state-of-the-art processes to create using materials such as metal, plastic, wood, and others. The equipment will support building prototypes involving light CNC machining, laser cutting and engraving, printed circuit board manufacturing, electronics, single board computers, precision welding (TIG and MIG), and many other capabilities. The lab offers workstations with CAD/CAM software and a FANUC CNC simulator. Additionally there are tools to perform metrology and materials characterization as well as fabrication and assembly. The MARC envisions this laboratory as a place with advanced capabilities to compliment other campus resources such as maker spaces.  

The grand opening event will be held in room 2210 of the Roy F. Mitte building on Wednesday, September 18th from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Come and imagine what you can build, then schedule time to build your dream prototype!  


Ron Zimmer speaks at Digital 360 Summit at STAR Park on May 22, 2019
CABA's CEO, Ron Zimmer, speaks at Digital 360 Summit at STAR Park on May 22, 2019

On May 21-22, STAR Park co-hosted the first annual Digital 360 Summit. An invitation only event held in conjunction with CMG, brought 100 of the nation's thought leaders in SMART infrastructure, buildings and utilities together for a series of workshops and panel presentations exploring the future of technology applications. A representative sample of attendees included: Jay Zoellner, CEO of Edison Energy; Michael Pesin, Deputy Assist. Sec. for Advanced Grid R&D at DOE; Mike Bates, GM for Energy Solutions, Intel; Brad Williams, VP Industry Strategy, Oracle; Steve Tarnowski, Director Electric Vehicles, General Motors; Mike Carlson, President Digital Grid North America at Siemens; Jon Wellinghoff, Former FERC Chairman; Charles Dickerson, COO at Austin Energy; George Bjelovuk, VP of Energy Solutions at Siemens; Kenan Ogleman, VP of Commercial Operations at ERCOT; Paul Lau, Chief Grid Officer at SMUD; Lawanda Parnell, CIO at PEC; Scott Hinson, CTO at Pecan Street; Arun Vedhathiri, Director of New Energy Solutions at National Grid; Greg Tamberlane, VP of Digital Assets Solutions at Signature Bank; Jim Steffes, EVP of Corporate Affairs at Direct Energy / Centrica; and Ron Zimmer, CEO CABA.

At the event, Texas State University Provost Gene Bourgeois announced a new initiative to make STAR Park a "research neighborhood" available for collaborative research, demonstration projects and experiential learning. SMART components will be incorporated into the design of all new development at the 58 acre research park. Dr. Bourgeois said;" We have assembled the foundation for a robust and unique program driving the future of the built environment. We are seeking strong industry partnerships to work with us to make that vision a reality and we look forward to engaging with you as we move forward."

MSEC Entreprenuer Teams to Compete

SurgePower team members from left to right: Babatunde Adebiyi, Palak Modi, Dr. Michael Opoku, and Grace Luangisa

SurgePower team members from left to right: Babatunde Adebiyi, Palak Modi, Dr. Michael Opoku, and Grace Luangisa

TX20 team members from left to right: Dr. Michael Opoku, Thi Nguyen, Conor Brantley, and Dr. Archana Gujjari.

TX20 team members from left to right: Dr. Michael Opoku, Thi Nguyen, Conor Brantley, and Dr. Archana Gujjari.

Congratulations to MSEC entrepreneurial teams, SurgePower Materials and TX20! The two Texas State University student groups are among the eight collegiate finalists chosen to compete in the annual Ocean Exchange BIG Pitch event Oct. 7 – 9 in Savannah, Georgia.

Surge Power Materials and TX20 student innovation teams will present in front of delegates from business, non-government organizations, academia and government. The winning pitch receives a $10,000 cash award, sponsored by the Georgia Southern University College of Business Administration.

The undergraduate and graduate innovations competing were selected because of their intent to improve economies, health, and the environment, and fit under the theme of sustainability. is a 501c3 with the sole mission to help advance the adoption of solutions in the field of sustainability.

-Sandra Pantlik | October 2, 2018

New Ventures Pitch Competion

We are pleased to announce the inaugural Texas State University New Ventures Pitch Competition.  Led by the Material Applications Research Center (MARC) in collaboration with Texas State's I-Corps Site, MSEC, Service Learning, and STAR Park, the  New Ventures program is designed to support innovation and entrepreneurship.  Selected teams will be granted free space for 12 months in the STAR One technology business incubator, assigned an Entrepreneur in Residence for support, provided internal pricing for use of university equipment and a one-time $20,000 grant to support startup and growth activities.

Ideally teams will have 3-5 members and in order to be eligible, teams must have at least one member who has an active Texas State University ID (faculty, staff and/or students) at the time of application.  Teams must be developing or scaling a proprietary product, process, or service.  To be competitive teams should be beyond the ideation stage, however it is anticipated that they will be pre-revenue.  Specific technology sectors are not being targeted beyond the requirement that the technology must be proprietary and impactful.

Applications are available on line at  The deadline for application is 5:00 p.m. CT, Thursday, April 11, 2019.  If you would like additional information please contact Mr. Jeff Zhao via email at