Labs & Centers

Albert J. Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Albert J. Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship promotes and fosters innovation and entrepreneurship through academic programs, a student business development lab, and business development activities.

Research Areas: Entrepreneurship, product innovation, business plan, commercialization
Analog Devices Integrated Microsystems Laboratory

The Analog Devices Integrated Microsystems Laboratory (ADIML) is a partnership between RIT and affiliate industrial firms to conduct research in the fields related to analog and mixed-signal design and integrated microsystems.

Research Areas: Integrated electronic circuits, nanotechnology systems architectures, biomedical, telecommunications, image processing, robotic control, radio science, consumer electronics
Assistive Technologies Research Group

Based in the department of mechanical engineering, the assistive technologies research group focuses on the development of assistive devices using a systems approach to address the three primary areas of physical therapy: cardiopulmonary, neurological, and musculoskeletal therapies.

Research Areas: Robotics, respiratory biomechanics, assistive devices, kinematic analysis, artificial muscles, electroactive polymers, propulsion mechanisms, tactile sensing, multi-scale physiological systems, modeling, analysis, cardiovascular assist devices
Bioengineering Systems Research Group

The Bioengineering Systems group focuses on a diverse set of research challenges, including biomechanics, biomaterials, and biofluidics.

Research Areas: Soft tissue mechanics, biomaterials, lung deposition modeling, artificial organ engineering, medical device testing, bio-fluids, cellular transport, modeling, experimentation, physiological systems modeling and microcirculatory phenomena
Biomechatronic Learning Laboratory

The Biomechatronic Learning Laboratory works to advance biomechatronic and rehabilitation robotic research to address health and lifestyle issues affecting individuals with physical disabilities; and develop the next generation of biomechatronic and rehabilitation robotic engineers.

Research Areas: Biomechatronic, electromyography, rehabilitation, robotics, physical disabilities, prosthetics, wireless robotics
Biomedical and Material Multimodal Imaging Laboratory

The Biomedical and Material Multimodal Imaging Laboratory is focused on the development of innovative ways to visualize, analyze, and characterize biological tissues and synthetic materials using multimodal medical imaging devices.

Research Areas: Medical imaging system characterization, ultrasound tissue characterization, digital image processing, non-destructive evaluation techniques
Brinkman Machine Tools and Manufacturing Lab

The 3,000 square foot Brinkman Machine Tools and Manufacturing Laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility devoted to advanced manufacturing research and education, and includes capabilities in advanced machining, rapid prototyping, direct-write printing of materials, and metrology. Partnerships with top companies have enabled RIT to set a new standard in education and training for students and industry.

Research Areas: Rapid prototyping, rapid manufacturing, 3-D printing, direct-write printing, CNC machining, surface roughness, metrology
Cary Graphic Arts Press

RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press and its co-imprint, RIT Press, function as RIT's university press and are scholarly publishing enterprises dedicated to the innovative use of new publishing technology while upholding high standards in content quality, publication design, and print production.

Research Areas: History of printing, communications, graphic design, business, science, technology, history, art, philosophy, bookbinding, typography, papermaking, calligraphy, book illustration, publishing technology, electronic content generation
Center for Applied and Computational Math

The Center for Applied and Computational Mathematics promotes applied research with a focus on developing emerging applications and involving students in research. The Center fosters the idea that mathematical modeling and computation are indispensable tools for the discovery and utility of new scientific knowledge.

Research Areas: Nonlinear dynamics, combustion theory, fluid mechanics, condensed matter, solid mechanics and material science, inverse problems, microelectromechanical systems, mathematical biology, image processing,
Center for Bioscience Education and Technology (CBET)

The Center for Bioscience Education and Technology (CBET) is the Northeast region's hub for medical-related academic programs, workshops, and summer sessions for K-12 teachers and students, and customized workforce training and professional-development services for the biosciences industry.

Research Areas: Biotechnology, genomics, biomanufacturing, bioinformatics, immunology, microbiology, management of clinical trials, ultrasound, ecocardiography, fitness and exercise science, anatomical studies
Center for Electronics Manufacturing and Assembly (CEMA)

CEMA is an academic research lab supporting the needs of the electronics packaging industry through applied research, focused training, process development, and laboratory rental.

Research Areas: Electronics packaging, failure analysis, prototype board assembly, material evaluation, stencil printing, dispensing, placement, reflow, inspection and analysis, solder paste inspection, rework, cleaning
Center for Excellence in Lean Enterprise

The Center for Excellence in Lean Enterprise (CELE) is a comprehensive resource provider of lean enterprise tools offering applied technology and training. The Center offers comprehensive training programs, including Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt and Blackbelt Certification programs, as well as customized Lean Training programs (including, Kanban, Kaizen and Takt) for industry clients.

Research Areas: Lean six sigma, kaizen, greenbelt, blackbelt, lean, takt, value stream mapping, kanban, kaizen, total productive maintenance
Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies

The Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies (CIMS) provides world-class research, technology development expertise, and laboratories that help clients with market expansion, enhance productivity, speed innovation and product development, and train personnel. In response to industrial and government needs, nationally recognized centers have been established in remanufacturing and resource recovery, sustainable mobility, sustainable production, and systems modernization. Specialized institutes and laboratories are in the areas of pollution prevention, occupational safety and ergonomics and imaging products within the 170,000 square-foot facility housing $45 million of contemporary equipment.

Research Areas: Sustainable systems, remanufacturing, sustainable mobility, cleaner production, pollution prevention, systems modernization, occupational safety, ergonomics
Center for Quality and Applied Statistics

Created in 1983, the John D. Hromi Center for Quality and Applied Statistics has achieved international recognition for excellence in the fields of quality management and applied statistics. The center is a leading Lean Six Sigma provider that helps corporations transform their processes, improve product quality, reduce waste, and increase competitive advantage.

Research Areas: Lean Six Sigma, applied statistics, quality management, quality standards, process improvement
Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery

The Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery (NC3R) is internationally recognized as a leading center for applied research in remanufacturing. NC3R delivers to industry and government clients advanced technologies and tools for efficient and cost-effective manufacturing and the design of products that have no negative environmental impact.

Research Areas: Structural and materials analysis, environmentally responsible cleaning technologies, intelligent testing and diagnosis, remanufacturing design, materials salvage, disassembly analysis, reverse logistics, life cycle optimization
Center for Sustainable Mobility

The Center for Sustainable Mobility (CSM) focuses on sustainable transportation systems and is currently developing a host of projects with a number of partners - local and state governments, the Department of Defense and industry to examine not only current issues such as emissions reduction and reduced dependency on non-domestic fuel sources, but future challenges with alternative fuels. The Center's Renewable Energy & Fuel Cell Research Laboratory conducts applied research that addresses fuel cell challenges: establishing and reducing their life-cycle costs, and reducing uncertainty associated with their reliability and endurance. The fuel cell laboratory supports scientific and academic research, industry outreach and training, and curriculum design and development. The laboratory also fosters advanced systems-oriented research in renewable energy.

Research Areas: Biodiesel, ethanol, fuel cells, hydrogen, transportation systems and infrastructure, electric propulsion, ethanol
Center for Sustainable Production

The Center for Sustainable Production (CSP) is dedicated to enhancing the environmental and economic performance of products and processes. CSP is developing tools and methods to assist companies in creating closed-loop, environmentally and economically sustainable product systems that maximize product reuse and remanufacturing - minimizing environmental impact.

Research Areas: Sustainable design, industrial engineering, environmental decision-making, sustainable engineering
Center on Access Technology

Based at RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf, the Center on Access Technology investigates, evaluates, and reports on the most effective and efficient use of access technologies and trains individuals in their use to accelerate the widespread implementation of best practices within deaf education at the postsecondary level.

Research Areas: Classroom access technologies, captioning, text display systems, online and distance access technologies, audio and sound technologies, mobile technologies
Chemical Analysis Laboratory

The Chemical Analysis Laboratory performs externally funded chemical analysis projects utilizing research instrumentation and students from the Chemistry department. All projects are carried out under the supervision of the lab director with a standardized research services agreement to facilitate collaboration inside and outside of RIT.

Research Areas: Atomic Absorption, Fluorescence Spectroscopy, Infrared Spectroscopy, High Pressure Liquid Chromatography, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Ultraviolet-Visible Spectroscopy, Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Thermal Gravimetric Analysis, Differential Mechanical Analysis, Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectroscopy, Rheometry, Liquid Chromatograph-Mass Spectroscopy
Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science

The Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at RIT is a highly interdisciplinary research and education center dedicated to pushing the frontiers of imaging in all its forms and uses.

Research Areas: Algorithms, astrophysics, biomedical imaging, sensors and imaging systems, remote sensing, color science, nanoimaging and materials, printing materials and processes, and vision
Computer Graphics Research Lab

The Computer Graphics Research Lab is dedicated to the advance study of graphics and perception, image synthesis, computer animation, virtual reality, and data visualization. The lab is the technical home of the RIT Virtual Theatre Project.

Research Areas: Computer graphics, data visualization, virtual reality, subtle gaze, animation, Second Life, virtual theatre
Digital Image Restoration

Scientists at the Laboratory for Digital Image Restoration apply digital imaging algorithms and technologies to clarify historical documents, including text materials written on paper, parchment, and papyrus.

Research Areas: Digital electronic cameras, xerographic printers, image processing algorithms, monochrome, color, multispectral images
Digital Imaging and Remote Sensing Laboratory

The Digital Imaging and Remote Sensing (DIRS) Laboratory focuses on the development of hardware and software tools to facilitate the extraction of information from remotely sensed data of the earth.

Research Areas: Modeling, simulation, remote sensing scene and image chain analysis simulations,phenomenology, algorithms, hyperspectral imaging, multispectral imaging
Document and Pattern Recognition Lab

The Document and Pattern Recognition Lab works to improve the algorithms, designs, and tools used for pattern recognition systems, with an emphasis on applications for typeset, handwritten, and electronic documents.

Research Areas: Pattern recognition, machine learning, optical character recognition, information retrieval, human-computer interaction
Golisano Institute for Sustainability

The Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) focuses on interdisciplinary education, research and technology transfer in sustainable design, pollution prevention, remanufacturing, and alternative energy development. GIS is built upon RIT's strongest academic programs and the internationally respected successes of the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies (CIMS). Made up of engineers, research scientists, faculty, and business professionals GIS takes a holistic approach towards optimizing production and consumption systems by simultaneously addressing material flow, energy utilization, societal needs, ecological impacts, technology and policy factors, and the economics of sustainable business enterprises through engineering.

Research Areas: Sustainable production, sustainable mobility, alternative fuels, propulsion technologies, life-cycle design, systems modernization, remanufacturing, pollution prevention, nanopower, life-cycle assessment, environmental risk and impact assessment, environmental design, closed-loop supply chain management, product life assessment
Granular Materials Laboratory

The granular materials laboratory investigates the flow and jamming of particulate matter. Undergraduate researchers develop and build experiments, work out analytic theory, and write computer relevant simulations.

Research Areas: Particulate matter, granular materials
Image Permanence Institute

The Image Permanence Institute is a recognized world leader in the development and deployment of sustainable practices for the preservation of images and cultural property.

Research Areas: Environment and collection management, image stability, sustainable cultural heritage, digital print preservation, ISO standards, photographic conservation
Imaging Products Laboratory

The Imaging Products Laboratory (IPL) has the equipment and capability to perform most industry printing and evaluation standards, including ISO, ASTM, DIN, and TAPPI. The lab manages quality assurance programs for clients by providing site assessment capability, as well as the ability to conduct random testing. IPL participates in industry standards development such as the EPEAT committee for creating standards for the Environmental Assessment of Imaging Equipment. IPL staff conducts projects such as LCA, SLCA, and sustainable metric development.

Research Areas: Imaging, validation technology, sustainable design and manufacturing, environmental assessment, end of life management, smart products, product life extension, HALT testing, toner, ink, accelerated aging
Imaging Systems Lab

The Imaging Systems Lab provides a realistic and functioning image finishing lab to support the educational needs of RIT students, faculty, and staff.

Research Areas: Digital photography, still photography,photographic printing, ink jet printing, mini-lab
Interactive Collaboration Lab

The Interactive Collaboration Lab provides a venue for faculty, staff, and student researchers to explore and develop advanced technology applications for real-time, interactive, multi-way connections among people separated by distance.

Research Areas: Collaboration technology, advanced network infrastructure
Interactive Games and Media

IGM's Game Design and Development and New Media Interactive Development degree programs conduct associated research projects and investigate new means of shared experience and visualization in domains such as interaction, education, science, technology, and entertainment.

Research Areas: Game design, game development, new media, interactive media, computational simulation, augmented reality, visualization, integrated media, serious games, open source
IT Collaboratory

The IT Collaboratory is a NYSTAR designated strategically Targeted Academic Research (STAR) Center with partners at the University at Buffalo and Alfred University. The center is creating key technologies, knowledge, and capabilities for the development and integration of next generation information technology systems.

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Lab for Social Computing

The Lab for Social Computing leverages the power of social computing through new innovations and provides information about social computing in business and industry contexts through publications, workshops, and Web-based resources.

Research Areas: Social software, communication, information management
Laboratory for Environmental Computing and Decision Making

The Laboratory for Environmental Computing and Decision Making (LECDM) is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary research effort aimed at creating cutting-edge computing technologies, using these technologies to build and integrate novel environmental models, and using those models to improve environmental decision-making in the public and private sectors.

Research Areas: Geospatial modeling, multi-modal transportation, pollution emissions, life-cycle modeling, econometric modeling
Laboratory for Multiwavelength Astrophysics

The lab seeks to foster the utilization and advancement of cutting-edge techniques in multiwavelength astrophysics by RIT faculty, research staff, and students, so as to improve human understanding of the origin and fate of the universe and its constituents.

Research Areas: Planetary Science; Space Physics; Galactic Astrophysics; Extragalactic Astrophysics
Magnetic Resonance Laboratory

Devoted to solving real world problems with magnetic resonance, the Magnetic Resonance Laboratory develops hardware, algorithms, and novel resonators for magnetic resonance spectroscopy and imaging.

Research Areas: NMR, MRI, resonator, single-turn solenoids, tissue classification algorithm, near-surface MRI, low frequency ESR, anthropogenic objects, multispectral tissue classification and segmentation, phantoms, contrast agents, spin-lattice relaxation rate, diffusion coefficient measurement, Earth's field NMR
Multidisciplinary Vision Research Laboratory

The Multidisciplinary Vision Research Laboratory (MVRL) at RIT is an active center for undergraduate and graduate research focused on the use of eyetracking to study visual perception, cognition, and human performance. Innovations in instrumentation and active collaborations among faculty and students from the Carlson Center for Imaging Science, Information Sciences and Technologies, Psychology, Computer Science, and Computer Engineering provide unique research opportunities for students from across campus.

Research Areas: Eye tracking, visual perception, content-based image retrieval, consumer behavior, oculomotor behavior, complex tasks
Munsell Color Science Laboratory

The Munsell Color Science Laboratory (MCSL) is internationally recognized for its research in all aspects of color science. Their mission is to advance the science, understanding, and technology of color and appearance through education, research, and outreach.

Research Areas: Color and appearance measurement, modeling, and representation; image-appearance capture, modeling, rendering, and display; color science for cultural heritage; spectral color reproduction; and three-dimensional imaging and realistic image synthesis
NanoImaging Laboratory

The NanoImaging Lab conducts characterization research of nanomaterials using electron microscopy, including imaging, electron diffraction, and micro-area elemental analysis using X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy.

Research Areas: Nanomaterials, imaging, electron microscopy
Nanolithagraphy Research Laboratory

The Nanolithography Research Labs develop technology for integrated circuit microlithography applications and specializes in immersion lithography imaging systems and metrology.

Research Areas: Immersion lithography, high NA and polarization, aberration metrology, UV/VUV thin films, high index fluids, optical extensions and imaging theory
Nanolithography Research Laboratory

The Nanolithography Research Labs develop technology for integrated circuit microlithography applications and specializes in immersion lithography imaging systems and metrology.

Research Areas: Immersion lithography, high NA and polarization, aberration metrology, UV/VUV thin films, high index fluids, optical extensions and imaging theory
Nanophotonics Group

Led by Dr. Stefan Preble, winner of a DARPA Young Faculty Award and an AFOSR Young Investigators Program Award, the Nanophotonics Group is developing high performance nanophotonic devices and systems on a silicon chip. Their work will enable unprecedented performance and efficiency by leveraging the inherently high bandwidths and low power of photons with the intelligence of electronics.

Research Areas: Photonics, optical interconnects, modulators, silicon
NanoPower Research Labs

NPRL is internationally recognized as a lead center for research into the development of nanomaterials and their characterization, and their subsequent use in improving energy conversion and storage devices.

Research Areas: Nanomaterials, photovoltaics, polymer photovoltaics, carbon nanotubes, advanced batteries, thin film technologies, synthesis, microscopy, characterization, optical characterization
New York State Pollution and Prevention Institute

The New York State Pollution and Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) is a statewide research and technology transfer center focused on R&D, direct assistance, training, education, and outreach efforts aimed at making New York State more sustainable for workers, the public, the environment, and the economy. RIT and its partner universities, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Clarkson University, and the University of Buffalo, along with the state's ten regional technology development centers comprise the NYSP2I.

Research Areas: Pollution prevention, atmospheric discharge, sustainable dry cleaning, lead-free electronics, clean technologies, green product assessment, recycling process improvement, remanufacturing analysis and improvement, life cycle analysis
NTID Center for Education Research Partnerships

The Center for Education Research Partnerships is charged with establishing and joining research partnerships concerning development and learning among deaf and hard-of-hearing students across the lifespan and in various educational settings.

Research Areas: Deaf education, pedagogy, learning environments
NTID Department of Research and Teacher Education

The Department of Research and Teacher Education's research program strives to improve the lives of deaf and hard-of-hearing people through research that can be applied in the classroom, workplace, and society.

Research Areas: Deaf, hard of hearing, access technologies, support technologies, learning environment, c-print, cochlear implants, support services, literacy
Occupational Safety and Ergonomics Excellence Program

The Occupational Safety and Ergonomics Excellence (OSEE) program provides comprehensive ergonomic product evaluation, ergonomic and health and safety expertise, and training on-site and in classroom environments to help companies make their workplaces safer. OSEE staff provides customized on-site analysis of office, manufacturing, healthcare, and retail/service sites, and customize training to reduce health and physical risks in the workplace.

Research Areas: Ergonomics, workplace safety, environmental health and safety, hazmat, injury prevention
Open Publishing Lab

The Open Publishing Lab is cross disciplinary center that, in collaboration with outside companies and organizations, researches new methods of content creation and develops innovative, open source applications for publishing across various media.

Research Areas: Open Source, publishing, production workflow, print models, document management, social networking, print-on-demand, self publishing
Packaging Science Dynamics Lab

For over a decade, the Packaging Dynamics Laboratory has partnered with industry to analyze the packaging designs and materials to encase, ship, and protect some of America's most popular products. The lab's efforts focus on helping to decrease product damage, reduce overall shipping costs, and lower material use in packaging.

Research Areas: Packaging, environmental conditioning, vibration testing
Print Research & Imaging Systems Modeling Laboratory

PRISM was created to develop models for printing systems that relate hardcopy output characteristics to system parameters that are relevant to the end users. Armed with such models, the printing systems developers can make informed product architecture and business decisions.

Research Areas: Dry toner electrophotography, measurement of gloss and gloss variation, toner optics, image quality
Printing Applications Laboratory

As the industry's most comprehensive facility for printing, paper, and material evaluations, the Printing Applications Laboratory (PAL) provides the industry with practical, measurable information to control and improve the quality of their products.

Research Areas: New media publishing, new media advertising, sustainable print, color workflow, industry studies
Printing Industry Center

Dedicated to the study of major business environment influences in the printing industry brought on by new technologies and societal changes, the Printing Industry Center addresses the concerns of the printing industry through research initiatives and educational outreach.

Research Areas: New media publishing, new media advertising, sustainable print, color workflow, industry studies
Semiconductor and Microsystems Fabrication Laboratory

The SMFL provide state-of-the-art facilities and support for undergraduate and graduate programs in microelectronic engineering, microsystems, and related disciplines. The facility also provides industrial affiliates in the semiconductor and microsystems industries with applied solutions in microdevice design, process development, microsystem integration, and prototype fabrication. The main portion of the facility is 10,000 sq. ft. of class 1000 cleanroom with a bay and chase configuration. Additional laboratory space includes a class 100/10 MEBES E-beam laboratory, an excimer laser laboratory, a surface analysis laboratory, a chemical-mechanical planarization laboratory, and an electrical characterization laboratory.

Research Areas: Microelectronics, microsystems, lithography, physical vapor deposition, dry etch, thermal and implant, wet chemical, chemical vapor deposition, metrology, CMP and dicing
Spaceweather Technology and Research (STAR) Laboratory

The STAR Lab focuses on developing new advanced artificial intelligence algorithms that will provide earlier warnings to protect colonies on the moon and Mars from harmful radiation showers.

Research Areas: Physics-based computer security, Mars, space weather storms, ionosphere, optical catalysis, methane, carbon sequestration
Sustainable Energy Systems Research Group

Based in the mechanical engineering department, the Sustainable Energy System Research group prepares students to become leaders within fields related to energy and the environment while contributing to the solution of the nation's energy challenges through relevant, well-designed energy and environment coursework, senior design projects, co-ops, and research in energy-related fields.

Research Areas: Dynamic hybrid control, PEM fuel cell water management, integrated fuel cell systems, fuel reforming, thermo-electrics, alternative energy power sources
Sustainable Print Systems Lab

The Sustainable Print Systems Laboratory is a collaboration of RIT researchers focused on developing insights and tools specific to the print industry that better integrate environmental, social, and economic considerations into the R&D decision-making process.

Research Areas: Sustainable print systems, Print system test bed, benchmarking, system dynamics, paper consumption patterns, Electrophotographic Printers, R&D decision making
Systems Modernization and Sustainment Center

From its early beginnings with the National Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery (NC3R) at RIT, the Systems Modernization and Sustainment Center (SMSC) has demonstrated significant success in enhancing the performance of commercial and military equipment and support systems, while smartly managing total life cycle costs. The program provides expertise in the area of asset health management technologies, which is designed to monitor equipment health and predict future failures for reduced operating costs and longer equipment lives. Research is also being conducted on material aging which characterizes how and why materials fail in order to advance the technologies and keep equipment operating longer and more reliably.

Research Areas: Life-cycle engineering, remanufacturing, alternative energy technologies, health systems monitoring, vehicle monitoring, asset health management, diagnostics, prognostics, material aging
The Center for Detectors

The Center for Detectors designs, develops, and implements novel advanced sensor technologies for a broad array of applications, including astrophysics, biomedical imaging, Earth system science, and inter-planetary travel.

Research Areas: Imaging detector, Thirty Meter Telescope, quantum-limited, photon counting, LIDAR, CMOS
The McGowan Center

Based in the College of Applied Science and Technology's department of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering Technology, The McGowan Center focuses on applied research and technology development in communications, power and energy, signal processing, and entertainment engineering.

Research Areas: Communications, digital communications, syncrodyne amplification, power and energy, anomaly detection, signal processing, entertainment engineering
Thermal Analysis, Microfluidics, and Fuel Cell Laboratory

Founded in 1990, the Thermal Analysis and Microfluidics lab has been driven by a keen desire to examine the fundamental phenomena related to microscale fluid mechanics and dynamics. The lab's early research on microscale mechanics and heat transfer has positioned them as international leaders in their field. Today, one of the major research focuses on water management in PEM fuel cells.

Research Areas: Microfluidics, water management, water transport, PEM fuel cells, fluid mechanics, heat transfer
Venture Creations Incubator

Venture Creations is RIT's business incubator that assists aspiring entrepreneurs in establishing new businesses. The incubator provides resources to propel the growth of start-up ventures. Venture Creations is also home to the NYERDA Clean Energy Incubator and assists with technology planning, validation, and testing for start-up clean and renewable energy companies.

Research Areas: Business incubator, clean energy, technology planning, entrepreneurship, commericalization