University licenses technology

Lawrrence,KS (02-10-2000)

From University Daily Kansan
By Kondwa Kankondo

The University of Kansas signed a contract last month to license technology that runs ProFusion, a popular Internet search engine developed by a KU professor, to a private company.

In return for the license, the University will receive an undisclosed payment from ProFusion LLC.

University officials would not comment on the amount in the agreement or the specific terms of the contract, which was signed Jan. 7.

We do not disclose the monetary value of agreements in order to protect the competitive interests of the parties we deal with, in this case ProFusion LLC, said James Roberts, associate vice chancellor for research and public service.

Mark Wdowik, director of applied technology at the Information and Telecommunication Technology Center, said it was a matter of confidentiality. However, he said the agreement involving ProFusion LLC and ITTC.

Susan Gauch, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, began the concept of the search engine,, as a research project. It had supported more than 400,000 monthly users since last April. The company reported that its site traffic had quadrupled last March after a month of more than one million queries.

Although the technology has been licensed to a private firm, she continues to serve as co-owner, co-founder and chief technical officer of ProFusion LLC.

Roberts said the technology transfer was a great example of public service in which KU research can benefit the economy of Kansas.

Wdowik said such achievements created jobs for students and helped increase revenue for the University. ProFusion employs five KU graduates.

ProFusion is a good thing, he said.

For more information, contact ITTC.

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