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GPHI faculty wins new Maryland Innovation Initiative Grant

Grants Designed to Promote the Commercialization of Research

Neel Savani, a researcher at UMBC’s Goddard Planetary Heliophysics Institute, (GPHI), is developing a system that can forecast solar storms up to 24 hours in advance, a huge improvement over the current ability to give a one-hour warning. His team’s phase I MII grant will allow them to “get a handle and statistical understanding of how good of an improvement this forecast will be,” Savani explains, “If I can validate how much the improvement will be, then I can convert that into a sales pitch.”

“It’s great to see the state of MD take the lead in supporting space technology,” Savani adds, “I’m seeing venture capitalists looking to invest in the space industry.”


Posted: October 24, 2016, 10:32 AM