TOCS / ILSS Executive Speaker Series Event: International Space Station (ISS) Utilization for Technology Incubation and Commercialization
Room 118, Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley Campus
Speaker: Carlos Grodsinsky, Vice President, Zin Technologies
NASA and its 15 international partners have developed and now operate the ISS in order to advance knowledge in areas of human physiology, biology, and material and physical sciences as well as provide a unique education platform encouraging today’s youth to pursue STEM careers. The focus of this pursuit is to translate this newly acquired knowledge into tangible socioeconomic and environmental health benefits here on Earth. In 2005, in order to expand the utilization of the ISS, Congress designated the U.S. portion of the ISS as a National Laboratory for academic and private institutions, and other U.S. government agencies. Furthermore, Congress extended the operation of the ISS through at least 2020. ZIN Technologies (ZIN) has supported the use of the ISS for NASA’s Physical and Life Science program continuously from 2000 through the present. We have developed, fabricated, and operated over 40 science and technology development payloads on the ISS in combustion research/fire safety, materials, fluid management and biomedical areas exploiting the unique conditions of the ISS as an orbiting platform. Through this effort, we have secured commercial rights to all developed technologies as well as our participation in Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and other commercialization/technology development programs.
A historical background of the ISS will be presented, its unique facilities and environment with a focus on developing Terrestrial Patient care - Remote Patient Management (RPM) services based upon our work with NASA and (SBIR) grants. A rich history of cooperation between ZIN, NASA and the Cleveland Clinic provided unique insight to develop the vMetricsTM platform a modular and configurable wireless network based patient disease management system and architecture to provide RPM services. The genesis of vMetrics came from NASA’s identification of a need for a small, truly ambulatory, multifunctional, and flexible medical monitoring system for use onboard space vehicles. The Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Space Medicine and ZIN recognized the unique and significant commercial potential for RPM services based on these capabilities.
Carlos Grodsinsky joined ZIN Technologies with over twenty years experience with IR&D, R&D and product development in active/passive vibration control, radiation detection and space flight microgravity science/instrumentation markets. He has managed large projects and product development initiatives within both the government and industry and brings a proven track record in technology development, transfer and new product introductions to ZIN Technologies. He is a recognized expert in the acceleration environment analysis and control for ground and space based microgravity experimentation. He is also Chief Technology Officer of ZIN Medical and holds a board seat. Dr. Grodsinsky leads the technical oversight and business market research and development functions for ZIN Medical.
Dr. Grodsinsky earned graduate degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, and under graduate degrees in Engineering and Physics/Mathematics. He has written over 20 publications on the subject of active vibration control, magnetic bearing technology and radiation detectors. He has two patents on the subject of radiation detection for geophysical applications.
Note: Time listed is Pacific Standard Time.