Patents by Inventor Francis A. Miller

Francis A. Miller has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20190324592
    Abstract: Pressure-sensing touch systems and methods are disclosed for sensing the occurrence of a touch event based on pressure applied at a touch location. The touch system includes a light-source system and a detector system operably adjacent respective input and output edges of a waveguide. Pressure at a touch location on the waveguide gives rise to a touch event causes the waveguide to bend or flex. The waveguide bending causes a change in the optical paths of light traveling by FTIR, causing the light distribution in the output light to change. The changes are detected and are used to determine whether a touch event occurred, as well as the time-evolution of the touch event. The changes in the output light can include polarization changes caused by birefringence induced in the waveguide by the applied pressure applied. Various detector configurations are disclosed for sensing the location and pressure of a touch event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: Minghan Chen, Jacques Gollier, Ming-Jun Li, Paul Francis Michaloski, William James Miller, Daniel Aloysius Nolan
  • Patent number: 10442541
    Abstract: A propulsion system for an aircraft includes at least two propulsion engines. Each propulsion engine rotates about a longitudinal rotational axis, and a propulsive fan associated with each propulsion engine rotates in a plane perpendicular to the longitudinal rotational axis. Each plane is at least one of spaced axially along a fuselage of the aircraft and canted such that each plane does not intersect any other plane associated with another propulsion engine and propulsive fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Brandon Wayne Miller, Ian Francis Prentice
  • Publication number: 20190203644
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine includes a turbomachine including a compressor section, a combustion section, a turbine section, and an exhaust section arranged in serial flow order and together defining at least in part a core air flowpath. The gas turbine engine also includes a thermal management system including a flowpath heat exchanger coupled to, or integrated into, one or more components of the compressor section, the combustion section, the turbine section, or the exhaust section such that the flowpath heat exchanger is directly thermally coupled to an airflow through the core air flowpath.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel Alan Niergarth, Brandon Wayne Miller, Raymond Floyd Martell, Jeffrey Douglas Rambo, Ryan James Matthys, Joel Francis Kirk
  • Publication number: 20190201750
    Abstract: A golf ball retrieval device is disclosed that includes a plurality of claws are disposed adjacent to one another and aligned in a first direction, each of the plurality of claws including a coupling portion to which at least one pivot member is fixed; a plurality of elongated rigid link members extend transversely between two or more of the plurality of claws and are arranged to pivot on two or more of the pivot members, in which the plurality of claws are movable relative to one another between a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration; and a locking mechanism configured to secure the plurality of claws in the collapsed configuration when the locking mechanism in a first position, and to secure the plurality of claws in the expanded configuration when the locking mechanism is in a second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Glenn Francis Miller, Charles Barnett
  • Publication number: 20190193142
    Abstract: A process of recovering clean sand and active clay from sand or dust from a foundry is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Jerald W. DARLINGTON, JR., Elliot Francis HALPHEN, Liam Matthew MILLER
  • Patent number: 10294821
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a gas turbine engine defining a radial direction, a circumferential direction, an axial centerline along a longitudinal direction, and wherein the gas turbine engine defines an upstream end and a downstream end along the longitudinal direction, and wherein the gas turbine engine defines a core flowpath extended generally along the longitudinal direction. The gas turbine engine includes a turbine frame defined around the axial centerline, the turbine frame comprising a first bearing surface disposed inward along the radial direction. The gas turbine engine further includes a turbine rotor assembly including a bearing assembly coupled to the first bearing surface of the turbine frame and the turbine rotor assembly. The turbine rotor assembly further includes a first turbine rotor disposed upstream of the turbine frame and a second turbine rotor disposed downstream of the turbine frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Thomas Ory Moniz, Alan Roy Stuart, Jeffrey Donald Clements, Brandon Wayne Miller, Darek Tomasz Zatorski, Gert Johannes van der Merwe, Joel Francis Kirk, Richard Wesling
  • Publication number: 20190086920
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for providing persistent aerial vehicle surveillance capabilities, including launch and recovery platforms, secured communication, sensor systems, targeting systems, locating systems, and precision landing and stabilization systems for such uses as assisting with base defenses, monitoring parking lots or facilities, providing security monitoring, assisting farmers, performing recon of enemy beaches or use by mortar teams in hostile fields of operations. One embodiment can include an aerial surveillance system using an aerial short wave infrared surveillance system platform for use when quick response in reaction to real-time conditions is preferred while relaying the geo-location and other monitoring assistance via a wireless, fiber optic type link, or an ADHOC GPS system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Applicant: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Gerald Francis Miller
  • Publication number: 20180370401
    Abstract: A seat cooling system for vehicles. The seat cooling system includes a housing formed of an insulating material. The housing includes a vent and an outlet. A nozzle extends from the outlet of the housing. A fan is positioned to move air through the nozzle. The present invention may further include a seat having an outer casing and a padding disposed within the outer casing. The nozzle is connected to an inlet of the outer casing. Air is drawn into the housing through the vent, through the nozzle and into the seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Inventor: Glenn Francis Miller
  • Patent number: 10113172
    Abstract: The present invention relates to optimized aptamers and methods of using these aptamers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: University of Iowa Research Foundation
    Inventors: Paloma Giangrande, Francis Miller, William Thiel
  • Publication number: 20180134746
    Abstract: The present invention relates to optimized aptamers and methods of using these aptamers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY OF IOWA RESEARCH FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Paloma H. Giangrande, Francis Miller, Kevin Urak
  • Publication number: 20170226512
    Abstract: The present invention relates to optimized aptamers and methods of using these aptamers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Publication date: August 10, 2017
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY OF IOWA RESEARCH FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Paloma Giangrande, Francis Miller, William Thiel
  • Patent number: 9624497
    Abstract: The present invention relates to optimized aptamers and methods of using these aptamers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: University of Iowa Research Foundation
    Inventors: Paloma Giangrande, Francis Miller, William Thiel
  • Publication number: 20170100702
    Abstract: The subject matter of this specification can be embodied in, among other things, a rotary mixer with a housing defining a mixing chamber defining a rotation axis, the housing being rotatable about the rotation axis in a rotation direction and having a longitudinal midpoint, a set of blades within the housing, wherein at least one pair of blades of the set of blades forms an angle with respect to each other, and at least one blade of the set of blades is shorter than another blade of the set of blades in the rotation direction, and a splitter blade located within the housing with respect to the longitudinal midpoint and the angle to divide material in the mixing chamber between the at least one blade of the set of blades and the other blade of the set of blades, as the cylindrical housing is rotated about the rotation axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Inventors: Stephen James Foster, James Francis Miller, Clinton LaMar Lingren, Terry Lynn Burke, II
  • Patent number: 9594081
    Abstract: In one non-limiting aspect, the invention provides a method for detecting the quality of a biological molecule comprising forming a first mixture of ingredients comprising: (i) a first binding agent that specifically binds to a tag, wherein the first binding agent is attached to a solid support; (ii) a decoy comprising a first portion comprising the tag attached to a second portion comprising an anchor; (iii) a sensor attached to a second binding agent that specifically binds to the anchor; and (iv) a sample suspected of containing a high quality biological molecule comprising a tag, wherein the tag of the high quality biological molecule is accessible; allowing interaction of the ingredients such that the sensor provides an output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: ProterixBio, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Marshall Alderman, Brett Peter Masters, Michael Francis Miller, William Matthew Dickerson
  • Patent number: 9518941
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided to improve PGNAA substance analyzers. In one aspect, an analyzer includes: a source of neutrons; an opening to receive a substance; a gamma ray detector; and computational device(s) configured to receive spectral data of detected gamma rays, perform a regression algorithm on the spectral data using spectral responses for known atomic elements to determine coefficients of spectrum, sum effective weight values (corresponding to the coefficients of spectrum) together to form a total effective weight value for the substance being analyzed, divide effective weight values by the total effective weight value for the substance to generate effective weight-percent values corresponding to two or more respective ones of the atomic elements detected in the spectral data, and generate final weight-percent values based on a correlation of previous effective weight-percent values obtained for known samples with elemental or molecular weight-percent values obtained for the known samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Sabia Inc.
    Inventors: Clinton LaMar Lingren, James Francis Miller, Stephen James Foster
  • Patent number: 9500605
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided to improve prompt gamma neutron activation substance analyzers. In one aspect, a detector unit for prompt gamma neutron activation analysis includes: a scintillator configured to fluoresce when impacted by gamma rays generated by absorption of neutrons by a substance to be analyzed; a photosensor configured to receive fluorescence from the scintillator; electronics coupled with the photosensor, the electronics configured to receive and process analog signals from the photosensor and output digital detection signals for the substance; and a housing containing the scintillator, the photosensor, and the electronics; wherein the housing includes interfaces configured to receive cables capable of providing power, temperature control, and digital communication signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Sabia Inc.
    Inventors: Clinton LaMar Lingren, Abhinandan Sheshadri, James Francis Miller, Thomas Charles Dannemiller, Stephen James Foster, Nichelle Diane Worthington, Bradley Allen Moyer
  • Publication number: 20160178542
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided to improve prompt gamma neutron activation substance analyzers. In one aspect, a detector unit for prompt gamma neutron activation analysis includes: a scintillator configured to fluoresce when impacted by gamma rays generated by absorption of neutrons by a substance to be analyzed; a photosensor configured to receive fluorescence from the scintillator; electronics coupled with the photosensor, the electronics configured to receive and process analog signals from the photosensor and output digital detection signals for the substance; and a housing containing the scintillator, the photosensor, and the electronics; wherein the housing includes interfaces configured to receive cables capable of providing power, temperature control, and digital communication signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Publication date: June 23, 2016
    Inventors: Clinton LaMar Lingren, Abhinandan Sheshadri, James Francis Miller, Thomas Charles Dannemiller, Stephen James Foster, Nichelle Diane Worthington, Bradley Allen Moyer
  • Publication number: 20160151588
    Abstract: Metering valves for use in a metered dose inhaler that include a valve body, a first stem seal including a first elastomeric material, a second stem seal including a second elastomeric material different from the first elastomeric material, and a valve stem slidably engaged with at least one of the first stem seal and the second stem seal as well as sealed containers configured to contain an aerosol pharmaceutical formulation that include a container having an opening therein, a cap covering the opening in the container, a metering valve adjacent the cap, and a cap seal positioned between the cap and the container to provide a sealed container where the metering valve include at least one stem seal that includes a first elastomeric material, and the cap seal includes a second elastomeric material different from the first elastomeric material are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Publication date: June 2, 2016
    Inventors: John Francis MILLER, Mark Lee SOMMERVILLE, Robert David SCHULTZ
  • Publication number: 20160108403
    Abstract: The present invention relates to optimized aptamers and methods of using these aptamers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Publication date: April 21, 2016
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY OF IOWA RESEARCH FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Paloma Giangrande, Francis Miller, William Thiel
  • Patent number: 9291580
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided to improve prompt gamma neutron activation substance analyzers. In one aspect, a substance analyzer unit includes: a source of neutrons; an opening arranged with respect to the source of neutrons to receive a substance; and a detector housing having (i) a detector configured and arranged to receive gamma rays generated by absorption of neutrons by the substance, and (ii) electronics coupled with the detector within the detector housing, wherein the electronics are configured to receive and process analog signals from the detector and output digital detection signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Sabia Inc.
    Inventors: Clinton LaMar Lingren, Abhinandan Sheshadri, James Francis Miller, Thomas Charles Dannemiller, Stephen James Foster, Nichelle Diane Worthington, Bradley Allen Moyer