Student PROBE Projects
Students can start PROBEs (PRoblem-Oriented Business Explorations) through Project Olympus. Browse below to see the list of current student PROBEs at Project Olympus. A key goal is to augment and accelerate the process of moving basic research and great ideas to development and business stages, with licensing, spin-offs, start-ups and corporate collaboration and partnering.
Classroom engagement tools built specifically for STEM
101 builds classroom engagement tools specifically for introductory college STEM courses. Unlike existing tools that rely on generic multiple choice questions, we invent subject-specific modules with novel ways for students to learn and interact with math and science problems.
Enabling student safety. Manufactures student safety products to connect campus students to university police/safety department when and wherever they need help. (Founded 2014)
Alumni in Residence
A Breath of Fresh Air in Oxygen Therapy
In the $33 billion global compressed gas market, delivery accounts for up to 40 percent of all costs. However, no technology exists for intelligently monitoring gas supply levels. BreatheWise solves this problem with patent-pending smart regulators that help industrial and specialty gas providers see real-time customer demand and optimize their delivery network for cost efficiency. (Founded 2013)
Eric Wise, Founder & CEO | E, 2014
James Davis, Lead Engineer | Electrical/Software Engineer, 2016
Alumni in Residence
Advanced robotics for everyone
We build advanced human-size robots for students, educators, hobbyists and researchers.
John Choi, Founder | Bachelor of Computer Science and Art, 2017
Travel Better Together
ComYoot is a travel platform that connects people who are nearby and a part of similar networks to enable them to commute together when traveling to common destinations. This allows users to network and build connections while saving money on travel costs.
Jameel Francis, Founder & CEO | Tepper MBA, 2017
Jared Pryor, CTO | MHCI, 2011
Portable Hydroelectric generator for the outdoors
Hillside Hydro is a portable hydroelectric generator that utilizes the power of small bodies of moving water to charge your electronic devices.
Hunter Hartshorne, co-Founder | Tepper, 2020
Jasper White, co-Founder | Hobart and Williams Smith, Engineering 2019
The power to purify at the cost of a disposable water bottle.
Kopo creates culturally appropriate, sustainable solutions to developing-world problems. Using passive solar energy, the Kopo can make river water safe to drink, and the Kopo roller significantly reduces the time and effort required to transport water.
Jesse Thornburg, CEO | CIT PhD, 2019
Jon Brooks, Head of Business Partnerships and R&D
Abhinav Gautam, Marketing and Media | CIT B.S., 2016
Brandon Ortiz, Chemical and Materials Engineering, R&D | CIT B.S., 2017
Jane Lien, User Experience | M.A., 2015
Jordan Brooks | Mechanical Engineering
StrixBridging the gap between streamers and game developers
Strix connects streamers on Twitch.tv with game developers for influencer marketing campaigns. Every month, 1.2 million streamers broadcast gaming content to over 100 million viewers on Twitch. Strix is helping game developers get their games noticed, while helping streamers to monetize their content.
Connect. Reduce. Save.
MyGreenImpact automatically tracks your home’s environmental impact and recommends customized products and actions to help you save resources and money.
Novel Research-Based Intelligent Lifelong Learning Apparatus
A mixed-reality educational platform bridging physical and virtual worlds to improve children's science learning and enjoyment in a collaborative way. It uses depth camera sensing to provide immediate personalized feedback while children experiment in their everyday physical environment.
(Founded 2014) (Current)
Nesra Yannier | HCII, PhD, 2016
Ken Koedinger | HCII (Advisor)
Scott Hudson | HCII (Advisor)
Revolutionizing Vertical Farming With Automated Robotics
RoBotany is automating the commercial vertical farming industry by creating mobile robotic solutions that increase labor efficiency by 25 percent, double crop output and provide an unprecedented level of data collection to improve farm operations.
Tunessence is an online platform where music teachers and hobbyists can create lessons for aspiring musicians. We require minimal technical expertise from content creators—simply make a video and the sheet music to go along with your exercise and we’ll do the rest. We create an engaging and effective learning experience for students by using their computers built-in microphone to assess their performance in real-time, sync music and video, and suggest lessons to take in the future. (Founded 2011)
Sell more. Count less.
Inventory Connection provides a platform allowing vendors to receive real-time product data empowering Sales Representatives to spend more time selling and less time counting.
Concept. Innovate. Redefine.
VIT is a consumer electronics company focusing on bringing the advancements of medical and biotechnology to the masses. VIT aims to change an industry lacking consumer-driven designs and functionalities by providing simple, elegant solutions. (Founded 2014) (Current)
Providing spinal comfort and support. (Founded 2014)
Courtney Williamson, CEO | Tepper Ph.D. Candidate
Noah Papas, CTO
A medical technology company developing pScreenTM, a disposable protein test
for the diagnosis, monitoring and management of a wide variety of medical conditions, including heart failure, cancer, osteoporosis, critical pregnancy, and infectious diseases. (Founded 2009)
Alberto Gandini, Tepper MBA 2009
Pranav Bhupathi, Tepper MBA 2009
Balika Sonthalia, Tepper MBA 2009
Rehabilitative apparel for recovery that won't slow you down. ActivAided Orthotics is dedicated to supporting active lifestyles and keeping people of all ages strong, healthy, and pain-free. Our products are based on a unique treatment philosophy that remedies pain by encouraging self-correcting habits. (Founded 2011)
Kelly Collier, CEO | CIT 2011
Gary Chimes, Ph.D., M.D. , Chief Clinical Advisor
Josh Weiner , CFO
Brett Prince, VP of Sales and Marketing
Mandy Black, Customer Experience Specialist
Children's products that inspire real world adventure.
AE Dreams designs products for children that blend tangible and digital playtime. Their goal is to encourage imaginative and creative playtime for families while maintaining traditional formats that are relatable to parents. (Founded 2014)
Aero Laboratories provides automated asset management through intelligent data acquisitions and drone analytics.
James Laney, Founder | Heinz 2017
Constantin Baumgartner | Heinz 2017
Dhaannesh Veerendran | Heinz 2017
A series of transformational software products that enable access to any application or file on a remote computer, network storage, or cloud service from a mobile device. (Founded 2009)
Anurekh Saxena, Founder
Chukwuezugo Nwosu, Co-founder | Tepper MBA 2010
Aurochs Brewing Company
A contract gluten-free beer company that provides comparable tasting products to mainstream craft beers. Our recipes are new and innovative and our brews are crisp, delicious and smooth. We take no risks and begin with ingredients that contain absolutely no wheat, barley, or rye to guarantee our beers are all naturally gluten-free. (Founded 2012)
Ryan Bove, Co-Founder | Tepper MBA 2012
Doug Foster, Co-founder
Ryan Husted, Tepper MBA 2013
Dave Lishego, Tepper MBA 2012
A platform for people to anonymously share their content and ideas for review. (Founded 2012)
BeatBots LLC develops robotic characters that defy entrenched notions of robots as impersonal mechanical tools. The company’s core design philosophy centers around cuteness, personality, simplicity, and rhythmic interaction. BeatBots’ products span the domains of research, therapy, and entertainment.
Dr. Marek Michalowski, Robotics Institute 2010 | Carnegie Mellon
Dr. Hideki Kozima, Professor at Miyagi University in Sendai, Japan
Bird Dog Technologies
State of the art dog training and hunting technologies.
Bird Dog Technologies is a small company in Pittsburgh, PA dedicated to the advancement of dog training and hunting technologies. (Founded 2013
John Porter, School of Computer Science 2013
BlackLocus offers a powerful eCommerce Competitive Pricing Analysis SaaS solution to online retailers ranging from small businesses to the top 100. Through proprietary machine-learning algorithms, we’re able to find all online competitors for every product in your online catalog. We match with up to 98% accuracy through our highly sophisticated technology, matching competitive products based on a multitude of attributes.
Rodrigo Carvalho, Founder & CEO | Tepper 2011
Lukas Bouvrie, Founder & Head of Customer Experience | Tepper 2011
Francisco Uribe, Founder | SCS 2011
The Carbon Freight Company, operating as Carbon Freight
Carbon Freight develops ultralight pallets and containers that deliver as little as half of the fuel burn of traditional containers, while also decreasing the impact of container repair events. (Founded 2014)
John Dieser, MCS Physics B.S, 2015
Glenn Philen, CIT Mechanical Engineering B.S, 2015
A 'software as a service' that enables jobseekers to rapidly generate resumes tailored towards specific job descriptions from a one-time-entry of work history. Based in Pittsburgh, PA. Our mission is to make applying to jobs easier, more effective, and, believe it or not, even fun.
(Founded 2010 | Acquired by Professional Diversity Network, Summer 2012)
Paul Sutcliffe, Director of Engineering
Aneesh Devi, Founder and CEO | Electrical and Computer Engineering 2011
Our solutions target and solve the #1 cause of avoidable resident turn over — poor maintenance — through a suite of tools that create a virtuous cycle of improved management services, driven by positive community feedback, which in turn generates even better services. A web-based management tool and social networking platform to stream live landlord and tenant communication, homestead management for tenants, and tenant management and marketing for landlords. (Founded 2009)
ConnectWith is a professional network building tool that connects four unacquainted people over lunch for purposeful conversation. We use social engineering and social graph analyses to diagnose and improve a company's internal professional network. (Founded 2013)
William Lutz, Tepper School of Business | MBA Candidate, 2015
Patrick Morse, University of California: Riverside | PhD candidate in Social/Personality Psychology, 2016
Tianyu Yang, Heinz College | Master of Information System Management Candidate, 2015
Digital Dream Labs
Offers an interactive tabletop experience that combines puzzle blocks with a virtual environment to teach children abstract computer science principles, such as objects, properties (size, action), arrays (colors), variables, copy & paste. (Founded 2012)
Dynamics produces and manufactures intelligent powered cards such as advanced payment cards. Focused on introducing fast-cycle innovation to top card issuers, the company's first commercial application is the world's first fully card-programmable magnetic stripe for use in next-generation payment cards. Dynamics has closed a $5.7M Series A round led by Adams Capital Management, a $35M Series B round led by Bain Capital Ventures, and a $70M Series C led by MasterCard, Bain, and Adams. Dynamics is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. (Founded 2007)
Jeffrey D Mullen, Founder and CEO | Tepper MBA 2009
EEme LLC, a Carnegie Mellon University spin-off,converts big data into actionable insight to mine for residential energy efficiency(EE) sweet spots. Our platform solution empowers EE stakeholders, i.e., electric utilities, home improvement providers, electric grid operators, efficiency consulting firms and residential users. (Founded 2013)
EEme is backed by Carnegie Mellon University's Technology Transfer Center and Innovation Works
Enes Hosgor, Founder & CEO | CIT | Ph.D 2013
flagtag brings users gamified incentives via an augmented reality capture the flag game. They graduated from the Pittsburgh-based accelerator AlphaLab as part of the Spring 2016 cohort.
(Founded 2015) (Current)
Omar El-Sadany, CEO | SCS B.S. Computer Science, Minor in Business Administration, 2016
Ian Go, CTO | H&SS B.S. Information Systems, Additional Major in Human Computer Interaction, 2016
Blake Chasen, COO | B.S. Business Administration, B.A. Creative Writing, 2016
Jesse Mendelson, CMO | B.S. Business Administration, Minor in Technology Policy, 2016
Matt Hillman, Director of Business Development | B.A. Global Studies, Minor in Business Administration, 2017
Evan Brown, Software Developer | Harvard University, B.S. Computer Science, 2017
Human Motion Technologies, LLC
Optimizing prosthetic limb design
Human Motion Technologies provides lower-limb amputees with the opportunity to test-drive candidate prostheses prior to purchase and fitting using a robotic prosthesis emulator. Human Motion Technologies analyzes patient feedback and biomechanics data to enable individualized evidence-based prescriptions that maximize patient outcomes and minimize risks for payers. (Founded 2015) (current)
Josh Caputo, President and Founder | CIT, MechE, post-doc, PhD 2015, BS 2010
Hyliion is creating an add-on hybrid module for tractor trailers that will reduce fuel consumption upwards of 20%. In addition, it will improve the driver's quality of life as well as reduce harmful greenhouse gas emission.
Thomas Healy, Founder| CMU MBA 2015
Hayden Cardiff, Founder| CMU MBA 2016
Improving global nutrition through food innovation
Innovesca is a food technology company that produces high quality, all-natural ingredients with optimized nutrition from underutilized plants in developing regions. Founded with a dedication to improving human life through food innovation, our products are based on the simple idea that “every bite counts”. (Founded 2013)
Mary Beth Wilson, Co-founder | Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering 2013
Chris Hayek, Director of Business Development
Personalized travel planning website that makes it easier and faster to plan a trip that caters to the traveler's specific needs and interest. (Founded 2011)
Getta Ahroff | M.A | SCS 2010
Mahvish Nagda | M.A | H&SS 2012
Innovation in Independent Video Games.
An independent video game development studio that builds viral comedic video games which allow players to create humor, not just experience it, and then share their funny creations online via popular social networks. (Founded 2012)
Anthony Palma, CEO and Programmer| CMU Master's of Entertainment Technology ('12)
Ethan Gagorik, 3D Modeler and Animator| CMU Master's of Entertainment Technology ('12)
Russell Mester, 2D Concept and Texture Artist| CMU Master's of Entertainment Technology ('12)
Ross Treyz, Game Designer| CMU Master's of Entertainment Technology ('12)
With LearnBop, students have access to a quality, one-on-one tutoring experience, freeing up teachers to do what they do best - teach. Dedicated teachers make all the difference, and with LearnBop, they can access each of their students with a customized learning experience. We created a web interface for tutors with no programming experience to create computer-adaptive tutorials specific to their students' individual learning deficiencies. (Founded 2009)
Creates hardware and software solutions to broadcast signals in distress situations. (Founded 2015)
Alan Fu, CIT B.S. 2013; CIT M.S. 2014
Siri Ramos, CIT B.S. 2013; CIT M.S. 2014
Jayon Wang, CIT B.S. 2013; HBS MBA, 2013
Machine learning made easy. We are developing tools for automated assessment of text data using machine learning and natural language processing. Our initial development efforts place an emphasis on educational technology, especially automated essay scoring. (Founded 2012)
Midnight Madness Distilling
Creator and Importer of Premium Spirits Brands
Midnight Madness Distilling (MMD) is the creator of Spectre, a Swiss-imported liqueur made from Alpine herbs and will launch this brand in early 2015. To generate revenue during brand development, MMD sells craft spirits under the brand Fortis, as well as numerous private label spirits across Pennsylvania.
Anthony Lorubbio, CEO | DC, BS Information Systems 2013
Doug Heckmann, Chief Sales Officer | DC, BS Statistics & Economics 2013
Casey Parzych, President | CIT, Mechanical Engineering 2016
Bringing Musicians Together
Nebulus creates online tools to facilitate networking and collaboration for music makers, bringing musicians together in ways that were never before possible. (Founded 2014) (Current)
Robert Kotcher | BSCA ’12, MS ’14
Andrew Russell | MS ’15
Nick Coronado | BSCA ’16
Community. Innovation. Freedom.
OpenCurriculum is an online platform to create, access and share K-12 learning material. (Founded 2012)
Personal Health Recording for Quality of Life (PHRQL, pronounced freckle), a Pittsburgh-based software development firm, has created an enterprise level electronic health record (EHR) system for medical nutrition therapy (MNT) that enables registered dieticians in retail grocery settings or independent practices to help customers develop healthy eating plans for general health and wellness, or to manage diabetes, heart disease or other chronic conditions. (Founded 2011)
Build your world, Piece by Piece
Current 3D printing technology has not fully realized the value and possibilities inherent in affordable home fabrication. PieceMaker, a 3D Printer designed for personal use within the mass market of the general public will create a world where every individual has the power to create. (Founded 2013)
Arden Rosenblatt, CEO/Co-Founder | CIT dual-MS E&TIM/MEng 2014
Alejandro Sklar, CTO/Co-Founder | CIT, dual-MS E&TIM/ECE 2014
Shantanu Chakraborty, Application Developer| CIT, MS ESTP 2012
Computer-aided learning games that improve educational access for millions of children internationally by using a $10 computer as a platform for open-source games as well as teach STEM skills. (Founded 2010)
Derek Lomas, Co-Founder and Director | Ph.D Computer Science 2015
Leverages existing hospital IT infrastructure to monitor and improve clinical practices through information delivery. We combine an expertise in machine learning and large-scale computation to provide patient safety insights. We deliver information and reminders to make safe patient care easier for healthcare professionals while improving the care experience for patients. (Founded 2011)
A low-cost pediatric vision scanner that diagnoses amblyopia and strabismus, the leading causes of vision loss in children at the earliest stages when preventative measures can be taken. The Pediatric Vision Scanner (PVS) is a device that in a quick 2.5-second scan of the eyes can automatically detect strabismus, amblyopia, and other serious eye conditions in children as young as 2 years of age. (Founded 2009)
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Patient Care Platform for connecting patients and nurses. Our goal is to provide interactive patient care products for capturing the “Quality of Care” in Healthcare. (Founded 2014)
Web | Twitter | Facebook
Srinath Vaddepally, Founder and CEO | E&TIM 2012 and ECE 2013
Shobhit Kukreti, Technology Consultant | ECE 2014
Spurthi Gundoji, Technology Consultant | ECE 2014
Sreeram Kurrup, Product Management Consultant |E&TIM 2012
A non-invasive medical device/technology for diagnosing early pressure ulcers. Rubitect will help healthcare institutions manage pressure ulcers (PUs) more effectively by improving the accuracy of early pressure ulcer diagnosis. The Rubitect addresses the clinical problems associated with the subjective manual blanch test, the clinical standard by providing a reliable and quantitative method for diagnosing PUs. (Founded 2011)
Dr. Sanna Gaspard, CEO | Ph.D CIT
Ray Lang, CFO
Content-based patient search engine for radiologists.
SemanticMD provides a content-based patient search engine to aid radiologists in annotating patient images and determining groups of similar patients based on a unified view of patient data. SemanticMD also addresses the fragmented radiology IT structure by integrating the three major medical imaging data sources: radiological annotations, patient images, and patient health records. (Founded 2013)
Aerial Precision Delivered
Skycision provides a crop management Software-as-a Service solution to farmers that deploys an off the shelf DJI drone to effectively and efficiently scout the farmers’ fields. Skycision leverages remote sensing techniques in analyzing the imagery collected to feed the farmer actionable insights so they can identify and remediate any potential threats to their crops.
Sole Power is an innovative technology company striving to power small mobile electronic devices through the use of everyday movement of a person.
An intelligent, web-powered problem-solving assistant.
Solvvy immediately gives you the best solutions on the Web when you simply
describe your problem in plain English, saving you a ton of valuable time
that you would have spent refining keyword searches and combing through
hundreds of discussion forum posts. (Founded 2013)
Mehdi Samadi, Co-Founder | Computer Science 2014
Justin Betteridge, Co-Founder | Language Technology Institute 2014
Electricity meters for the world’s poor.
SparkMeter is a hardware system with a SaaS backend that enables remote monitoring, billing and control for electric grid operators serving low-income households. Unlike existing metering solutions, these functions help operators charge for how much energy is actually being used by their customers. By improving cost recovery, these electric grids become more reliable – a better outcome for customers whose only alternatives are expensive, inefficient and dangerous fuels like kerosene and candles.
We provide non-profits a solution to increase their impact. Non-profits can easilyrecruit skilled college graduates to complete service projects and raise funds from sponsors to reward their work with student loan payments, helping both non-profits and college graduates reach their full potential. (Founded 2011)
Raymar Hampshire, CEO & Co-Founder | M.A Heinz 2012
Robert Hampshire, Co-Founder
The Brew Gentlemen Beer Co.
The Brew Gentlemen Beer Co. is a craft brewery located in the historic steel town of Braddock, PA. Our goal is to create exceptional craft beer for Pittsburgh and beyond by merging tradition and exploration - a curious take on classic style. (Founded 2012)
Gives Doctors the tools they need to regain control of their online reputation, and Patients a platform to organize, follow, and manage their physician information. (Founded 2011)
Rick Cancelliere, CEO & Founder | University of Pittsburgh 2006
Matthew Stadler, Ph.D. COO & Co-Founder | CIT 2012
Alvin Koh, CTO & Co-Founder
Alex Liu, Lead Developer & Co-Founder | CIT 2012
Edwin Feng, Software Developer