UNM Rainforest Innovations

The NSF-funded I-Corps (Innovation Corps) program at the Lobo Rainforest Building is a partnership between STC and the Innovation Academy.  The spring cohort of 14 commercialization teams in the NSF-funded I-Corps program completed the program’s 10-week entrepreneurial training, which started in February.  Teams this semester include one from the UNM Gallup branch campus and one from the UNM Taos branch campus.  Each team consists of a UNM faculty member, student, and business mentor who are developing UNM STEM-related technologies. Two teams from AFRL-NM also participated in the National Labs Lobo Rainforest I-Corps program. The spring 2019 teams worked on the following technologies:

  • A software that acts as a tool for those who want to change their physical address across any product, service, or platform in under a minute
  • A digital platform allowing students to optimize their university’s resources through advanced customization and networking
  • Wheelchair armrest for stroke patients
  • Arterial Pulse Oximetry
  • Red-eye reflex in order to recognize change; consequently, this could help identify early stages of eye disease
  • Blanket Booster for hospitals, nursing homes and other medical applications (UNM Gallup)
  • TaosWorks is a coworking space and a business creation lab  (UNM Taos)
  • Developing Manufactured housing Site Development technology
  • Biome Crosstalk to diagnose Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and develop personalized therapies and strategies for patients
  • Broad Spectrum HPV Antivirals that prevent infection and/or neoplastic progression
  • A new class of mini centrifuge for continuous, high-volume separation of solids from a liquid feed
  • Enterprise system that would improve employee productivity and efficiency within an organization
  • Non-destructive measurement of the absorption coefficient of the doped single-mode optical fibers
  • Development of Fully Autonomous Mobile Robotics using Deep Learning and Deep Reinforcement Learning


  • Technology that allows user to image artificial satellites during the daytime
  • Incorporate/prototype affordable adaptive optics (Fast Steering Mirror) for smaller telescopes
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