Clemson Inventor’s Club

Clemson Inventor’s Club

The Clemson Inventor’s Club is a select group of engaged faculty who are very active in developing innovative technologies for commercialization and those who create or aspire to create companies to commercialize their technologies. The Entrepreneurial Profiles booklet provides member information regarding their research areas, entrepreneurial experience, and any professional connections they are seeking. Read more about the members.
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Recent Events

The Clemson Inventor’s Club recently hosted a Patent Award Ceremony honoring the 2017 recipients of US patents from Clemson University. Read the full list of 2017 patent recipients here.

In addition to recognizing faculty members who received patents in 2017, CURF presented the first Inventor’s Club Awards, a new honor for inventors whose innovations have taken steps toward commercialization.

Check out previous patent recipients below:

2016 patent recipients

2015 patent recipients

2014 patent recipients

Featured Inventor

Dr. Joe Mari MajaJoe Mari Maja

Sensor Engineer & Research Scientist
Agricultural Sciences Department, Edisto Research and Education Center

Dr. Joe Mari Maja serves as a liaison between researchers at the Edisto Research and Education Center (REC) and South Carolinian farmers, ensuring Clemson innovations are implemented to their fullest potential in local agricultural practice. A researcher himself, Dr. Maja specializes in sensor technology that can be used to regulate automated systems for optimized farm operations. His specific research objectives are to develop new or improve existing sensors for precision agriculture, create tools that will optimize operations for farmers on South Carolina’s coastal plains, and identify methodology that will encourage famers to adopt new technology. Dr. Maja has authored or co-authored over 30 publications about the applications of sensor technology in managing pests, monitoring soil moisture, predicting crop yields, and other topics. For the past 3 years, Dr. Maja has secured external grants as Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI in support of sustainable agriculture, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and water-related projects. He has received significant internal and external recognition for his work in UAV (featured on Clemson’s website and most importantly, external news organizations). He is a member of the exclusive ASABE MS-54, which works on standards in agriculture mechanization. He was also voted as Chair of the Central Savannah River Section of the prestigious IEEE organization. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of AIMS – Agriculture and Food Journal. He is an active reviewer for the following journals; Journal of Remote Sensing, Journal of Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment, Journal of Computer in Industry, and Journal of Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems, and the NASA Postdoctoral Program.

Dr. Maja has been actively collaborating with his international peers, having hosted two scientists from Spanish National Research Council last year and plans to host another scientist and a PhD student from the University of Bonn this year.

Dr. Maja is currently involved in a variety of projects, including but not limited to:

  • An Intelligent Farm Controller (iFc) that controls its own small operating system and can be configured using a terminal program.
  • A small control board (PUPS) that transmits data from three different sensors to other automated machinery. The current version has been used on one of his grant as an internet of things (IOT) implemented to control water irrigation for nursery.
  • An Intelligent Spray Controller (iSc) powered by an iFc that can control individual nozzles for irrigation purposes.
  • A small-sized Penetrometer Board that incorporates GPS, Load Cell, Potentiometer, and a trigger into one platform, streaming all collected information wirelessly.
  • Developing a selective harvesting robot prototype for cotton
  • Developing advanced data logger for phenotyping

Click here to see a list of Dr. Maja’s publications.