Proteus Coatings, led by Meer Noor, MBA, Management of Technology (MOT) and Michael Robson, Ph.D., Nanoscience & Microsystems, won first place in the 2011 UNM Technology Business Plan Competition sponsored by last Friday. Proteus Coatings has developed novel uses for nano-structured materials that create unique visual effects when applied as a clear coat to a colored base coat of paint. For their efforts, they won the Lockheed Martin / TVC / Sandia National Labs Prize, which includes $25,000.

Second place went to trace•Sol•utions and the team of Pamela Chang (EMBA), Randy Lunsford (EMBA), Eric Menter (EMBA) and Rob Mortensen (EMBA). trace•Sol•utions uses green technology (solar powered GPS tracking technology) to connect people with the things they love. Our first product, a GPS pet tracking collar, is powered by a flexible solar array and thin film battery for a perpetual and self-sustaining energy source. trace•Sol•utions won the PNM Prize of $15,000.

Third place went to NanoParticles (NP) and the team of Eric Arnold (MBA, Finance & Management of Technology / MOT) and Haytham Soliman (MBA, MOT; MS/PSM, Nanoscience & Microsystems). NanoParticles (NP) offers production of nano platinum at a low price. NanoParticles won the City of Albuquerque Prize of $5,000.

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