Sentient Science Wins Two SBIR Awards

Sentient Science had a great year in 2016. In addition to growing their commercial account bookings by 107%, the Buffalo-based company won two Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grants, expanded its operations to Europe and China, and grew its internal workforce from 29 to 64 employees.

Sentient Science supports what GE and others now call the Industrial Internet. Since 2001, Sentient Science has developed multi-physics models, called DigitalClone®, that predict mechanical failures.

With assistance from the University at Buffalo’s Center of Computational Research (CCR), the company, the company is now at the forefront of this technology, which is helping manufacturers and operators of rotating equipment predict and extend their products’ life and performance. For further information on this endeavor, see HPCNY’s success story on the collaboration.

In 2016, Sentient Science won a $1 million Phase II Department of Energy SBIR grant as well as a $2 million Phase II Additive Manufacturing SBIR grant from the Office of Naval Research.

Sentient Science plans to continue this progress in 2017 with other innovative research and projects. In the words of the company’s CEO and President Ward Thomas, “Our R&D initiatives are a fundamental core to our business development, and we’ll continue to leverage these grants and partnerships as we scale our company and look to test our platform in new markets. In 2017, we’re projected to start commercial Phase I pilots in rail and aerospace.”

To learn more about Sentient Science’s accomplishments in 2016, see the company’s Year in Review.