NASCENT Center Adds Magic Leap as New Industrial Partner

Two researchers use equipment in the NASCENT clean room NASCENT, a National Science Foundation-funded Nanosystems Engineering Research Center co-directed by chemical engineering professor Roger Bonnecaze, has added Magic Leap, a company working to develop novel human computing interfaces and software for mixed reality and other applications, to the center’s Industrial Partnership Program.

Magic Leap is the latest industrial partner to team up with NASCENT to leverage the center’s top research talent and state-of-the-art facilities. One of NASCENT’s goals is to accelerate the design, development and commercialization of innovative nanomanufacturing processes, tools and devices.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Magic Leap, a company in the emerging mixed reality sector, to the NASCENT Center,” said S.V. Sreenivasan, NASCENT co-director. “This partnership further validates our vision of creating transformative nanomanufacturing technologies to enable future generations of mobile devices.”

Twins Meghali and Sonali Chopra stand in front of NASCENT clean room double doorsNASCENT is headquartered in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. The center’s partner institutions include the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of New Mexico. NASCENT now has 15 industrial members, including Magic Leap, and is supporting the research of over 85 faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral staff with an annual research budget of more than $4 million.

“A key goal for NASCENT is to enable cross-collaboration among industrial partners in various segments of the mobile computing value chain,” said Larry Dunn, NASCENT industrial liaison officer. “We are excited that Magic Leap is now bringing the emerging mixed reality sector into our vibrant and growing industrial partnership program.”

About NASCENT: Created in 2012, the Nanomanufacturing Systems for Mobile Computing and Mobile Energy Technologies (NASCENT) is a National Science Foundation-funded Nanosystems Engineering Research Center. NASCENT’s vision is to create and validate a scalable and cost-effective nanomanufacturing infrastructure to enable future nanotech factories for deploying promising nanoscience concepts to address societal needs.

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