The MESA Institute under Dr. Regan Stinnett is promoting innovation in the area of microtechnology. The project is associated with Sandia Labs in New Mexico. Dr. Stinnett will be coming to Utah later this month as part of Nano Utah 2003. It should be a great opportunity for Utah businesses and universities to form a partnership with Sandia. This presentation identifies some of the practical application for advanced integrated microsystems in addition to the specific military applicability.
The Microproducts Breakthrough Institute at PNL has a similar focus, introducing products like Onboard H2 Production and miniaturization of surgical instruments. That sounds interesting. I had a neighbor who started Dentrix, a company which developed dental software. He did some interesting things like tying miniature cameras to the database at the time the work is being done so you have a record.
BYU is doing some interesting things with their multiple agent coordination and control (MAGICC) lab. The lab develops innovative algorithms, architectures, and techniques for the coordination and control of multiple vehicles. They have built small robots and planes that can coordinate movement and processes entirely on their own. I think that the potential for this is tremendous.