Become an Academic Rockstar!

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Become a published author by compiling and organizing existing material drawn from thirty years of publications on new product development. 

Project description

The project entails extracting and compiling material from within a web-based tool, in order to generate a manuscript organizing and presenting all of that same material.

Background: As part of a Federally funded project at UB, my team reviewed all academic and practitioner-oriented journal articles published between 1985 and 2020. We cited over 1,000 relevant papers and excerpted numerous quotations from each. We then embedded the quotes and reference within a web-based tool for guiding product development. The materials span models, methods and metrics, and describe actions that facilitate or constrain progress. 

Project outcome

The resulting manuscript will be offered to mainstream publishing companies, or disseminated through self-publishing venues. In either case the student will be listed as a co-author on the final publication. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment About a semester (3-5 months)
Start time Fall (August/September)
In-person, remote, or hybrid? Hybrid Project
Level of collaboration Individual student project
Benefits Co-authorship on publication
Who is eligible Juniors & Seniors

Project mentor

Joseph Lane

Director, Center for Assistive Technology

Rehabilitation Sciences

Phone: (716) 829-6941


Start the project

  1. Email the project mentor using the contact information above to express your interest and get approval to work on the project. (Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor.)
  2. After you receive approval from the mentor to start this project, click the button to start the digital badge. (Learn more about ELN's digital badge options.) 

Preparation activities

Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase. 

Review the web-based structure of material to understand the extraction and organization task.

  1. Understand that the reference material is embedded within 4 different state-gate models:
  2. Review each of the 4 models to understand how their structures initially conform and then diverge, starting with the model for Commercial Device development, then following along through the other three models:
  3. Then return to the Commercial Device model and look at the left column, where the Stages/Steps are listed vertically. Click on the line labelled 'Steps 1 - Step 5' to see how the reference material is presented as an excerpt followed by source citation:
  4. On same page click on first magnifying glass symbol to see how reference material is organized into categories of Barriers, Carriers, Models, Methods, Measures, Tips (as excerpted from both Primary and Secondary sources):

These steps comprise the context and preparation for the material extraction from the existing website, and insertion into a format suitable for publication as a literature review on Best Practices in Product Development.


Product Development, Invention, Stage-Gate Framework, Rehabilitation Sciences, Engineering, Management, Library Science