Technology Transfer and Commercialization

The Center for Electromechanics at The University of Texas at Austin is boots-on-the-ground in the Technology Transfer and Commercialization arena.

Tech Transfer and Commercialization is a core competency – CEM was commercializing technology from its inception – and it spun out its first company in the mid-1980s.

Throwing technology “over the transom” doesn’t work. Tech Transfer takes commitment and resource from both sides. CEM brings clients into our shop from inception and puts people into the field to complete the job. In fact, the entrepreneurial culture at CEM has resulted in former UT employees joining the staff at our partner companies.

CEM has had success in commercialization across a spectrum of Texas and US industry and has several efforts in progress. Past projects include transportation, energy and manufacturing sectors. Current efforts include renewable power, smart grids and biofuel production.


Technology Commercialization Examples

  • Electromagnetic gear systems for wind power
  • Superconducting motors     
  • Gigawatt synchronous generators
  • Flywheels for utilities and transportation
  • Electromechanical lysing and production of algae-based fuel
  • Electromechanical active suspensions for military and commercial vehicles
  • Millisecond welding process for pipelines
  • Composite materials manufacturing processes
  • Basic flywheel design and manufacturing techniques
  • Electromechanical ground actuation for geological survey
  • Very high current DC generators
  • Power system models
  • Compact and light-weight 30 MW synchronous power generator


  • Parker Kinetic Designs, Inc.
  • Balcones Research, LLC
  • OpenAlgae

Licensees & Users of CEM Technology

  • Alliant Tech Systems
  • Curtiss Wright Corporation
  • General Atomics, Inc.
  • Institute for Advanced Technology
  • L3Com
  • Parker Drilling Company
  • TECO Westinghouse
  • US Army
  • US Navy
  • Vycon Corporation


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