Prototype

Welcome to Prototype, NSF’s Science360 interview program that opens a window into the minds of successful innovators. Through interviews with leading NSF-supported entrepreneurs and researchers, Prototype guests share how they carried their breakthroughs from the laboratory to the marketplace and public sector. Hosted by NSF public affairs officer Josh Chamot, each episode highlights the work of researchers from across the agency’s portfolio, with an introduction on the core technology from producer Laurie Howell.

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‘Growing Packaging Materials’

Gavin McIntire is the co-founder and CEO of NSF-supported Ecovative Design, a company that is growing packaging materials! You’ll find out how they’re doing it, and why they’re working with corporate giants, such as Dell and 3M.

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'MediaMined: Changing The Way We Search For Sound'

Jay LeBoeuf was the founder and CEO of Imagine Research (recently acquired by iZotope), where he developed the MediaMinedTM search engine for sound files. By creating a platform to search audio files by their aural characteristics—as opposed to keywords—he and his technology have revolutionized sound searches for the music and cinema industries.

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'From Aviation Security To Vaccine Stockpiles'

Sheldon Jacobson of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is an expert in operations research, and while his efforts have stretched from vaccine stockpiling to statistics, his studies on security continue to influence policy and practice, including screening activities at airports.