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Mount St. Mary’s Celebrates First Student-Authored Patent

Donna Klinger

Ascent Sporting Innovations team

 A celebration of the first student-authored patent at Mount St. Mary's University and the entrepreneurial spirit of the Mount is being held at the PNC Sports Complex in advance of the December 3 men’s basketball game as well as during the game’s halftime.

ascent-team-in-text.jpgAscent Sporting Innovations, a company established by Thunlwyn Garcia, C’23, and Anthony Milazzo, C’24, received a patent in August 2023 for its temperature-regulating insole. Garcia and Milazzo, the inventors and teammates on the university’s NCAA Division I men’s soccer team, sought to alleviate the pain they experienced on the soccer pitch through heating and cooling insoles. Their technology also may directly benefit foot and mobility ailments such as plantar fasciitis and diabetic nerve pain.

With the mentorship of Mount faculty, including Associate Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Palmieri Center for Entrepreneurship Garth Patterson, Ph.D., and Director of the MBA Program Nancy Kimble, the Ascent Sporting Innovations team was granted U.S. Patent #11,712,086 Temperature Regulating Insole. Patterson, who holds several patents and previously served as chair of the Mount’s Science Department, provided mentorship on technical aspects of developing the product and applying for the patent, and Kimble, who has expertise in business management and marketing, identified student internship candidates with the qualities needed for this project.

The Ascent team, working with the Palmieri Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE), includes current students Anthony Milazzo, a biochemistry major, Mitchell Gallo, a MBA student, and Nate Stricker, a business major; 2023 Mount St. Mary’s graduates Thunlwyn Garcia, an entrepreneurship major, and Sophia Culmone, a business marketing major; and Anthony Dragisics, a recent Villanova University graduate in finance & accounting.

“Ascent founder, patent author, and CEO Thunlwyn Garcia has set the standard on what it means to be a student-athlete and entrepreneur,” Patterson said. “Thunlwyn, and the entire Ascent team, seek to inspire future Mount students to innovate and work together across university departments to create something bigger than themselves.”

The company also has benefited from the mentorship of several business professionals, including Mount alumni Jeffery Link, C’99, managing partner at Quillion Wealth Management; Alicia Russo, JD, C’86, co-chair of intellectual property at Venable LLP; and Paul Palmieri, C’92, managing general partner and founder of Grit Capital Partners.

Donna Klinger