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Two firms to locate at UI Technology Innovation Center
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The State Board of Regents today (Thursday, Feb. 20) approved
leases for two new companies in the University of Iowa Technology Innovation
Center (TIC) at the Oakdale Research Campus in Coralville.
The Advanced Technologies Group, LC, doing business as the National Medical
Waste Resource Center (NMWRC), will lease office space in suite W118 of Oakdale
Hall. Sustainable Science International (SSI) will lease office space in suite
211 of TIC.
NMWRC performs assessment surveys for health care institutions to determine
their medical waste handling requirement and then selects the technology to
address the institution's needs.
The company also provides information on waste tracking systems, reusable
containers, low level radioactive waste processing and disposal, biodegradable
plastic products for healthcare facilities and mercury extraction and disposal
NMWRC has created partnering programs with utilities that include energy
assessments and video conferencing programs that introduce new medical waste
management products to the healthcare industry.
Paul J. McKeen, a longtime Iowa City businessman, is the president of NMWRC.
He received a bachelor of arts in economics from the UI in 1956 and has more
than 40 years of experience in sales, staff development, management and finance.
Michael L. Garvin of North Liberty is the vice president. A safety engineer
with the UI Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) since 1990, he received a bachelor
of arts in English and psychology from Benedictine College (Kansas) in 1973
and a master's in hospital administration from St. Louis University (Missouri)
SSI is a new engineering research, development, design, software and manufacturing
organization. Its goal is to use advanced tools of engineering science and
practice to find innovative solutions to the problems of modern industry.
SSI's main field is thermo-mechanical science, and covering non-linear continuum
and computational mechanics in civil, structural, mechanical and chemical
The company owns scientific software codes for advanced analysis and design
in three of its areas of activity: industrial metal forming, powder compaction
processes and structural mechanics.
SSI's specialty is to create innovations, new "green" manufacturing
industries and productive employment opportunities out of conservation and
Ibrahim Al-Khattat of Coralville is the company founder and president. He
received a bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of
Wales (U.K.) in 1962; a master of science in applied mechanics from Kansas
State University in 1976; and a master of science and doctorate from Stanford
Al-Khattat holds intellectual property rights to SSI's core technology and
won a British national award for his invention in 1990. He is founder, president
and CEO of Engineering Mechanics Innovation and Research Ltd., U.K.
Emad Tanbour of Coralville is a co-founder of SSI. He is a candidate for
a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the UI. He received a bachelor's
and master's in mechanical engineering from Jordan University of Science and
Technology. A thermal analyst for the NASA Cassini Project: Mission to Saturn,
Tanbour has held engineering posts with two Iowa companies; Mi-T-M Corporation
of Peosta and Gail Industries of Cedar Rapids.
One of the university's formal technology transfer programs, TIC was established
in 1984 on the UI Oakdale Research Campus to nurture new technology-based
business ventures and to encourage those companies to establish relationships
with the UI.
With the addition of the newest companies, TIC has 14 tenants and 13 "graduate"
firms outside the TIC.