On September 22, 2016, Texas Tech inventors, faculty, staff and students gathered at the TTU Innovation Hub to consider and deliberate the latest energy solutions being developed in West Texas.

Spark Fund


Teams of TTU researchers, students, and industry partners competed for Spark Fund awards ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. Four teams were selected to receive funding.

Integrated Solid-State Motion Sensor for Solid State Lighting
Yiran Li, Changzhi Li, and Weston Waldo

Advanced Control Development for Fuel Cells
Stephen Bayne, Michael Giesselmann and Argenis Bilbao

Professional and advanced testing capabilities for innovative wind technologies at Reese Technology Center
Carsten Westergaard, Suhas Pol and Ricardo Castillo

Commercialization of the TTU Weather Prediction System
Brian Ancell and Destiny Vasquez

Poster Showcase


TTU undergraduate and graduate students presented research posters. Members of the TREIA Board judged the showcase. Prizes were rewarded to the top 3.

Radar-Based Occupancy Sensor for Commercial Buildings
Yiran Li, Changzhi Li, and Weston Waldo

Magnetic Field Imaging Device Utilizing a Hall-effect Magnetometer Array
Shelby Lacouture, Argenis Bilbao and Stephen Bayne

Adaptive Observation Targeting to Improve Wind Power Forecasts
Nick Smith and Brian Ancell

Up Next for the Winners: GridNEXT

The winners will promote their ideas at the GridNEXT conference, sponsored by TREIA, in Georgetown, Texas on November 9-11, 2016 during the GLEAMM Challenge Showcase & Networking Cocktail Reception.

A Special Thank You



Thank you to our keynote speaker, Charles Hanley from Sandia National Laboratories and TREIA, our sponsor.