Stillwater News Press

August 30, 2013

Meridian Technology Center program assisting new business owners

By Mark Rountree
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Saravan Kumar developed a multi-purpose, insulating container.

Shoaib Shaikh developed a product that can detect explosives.

The Oklahoma State University graduates now are in the process of expanding their fledgling Stillwater businesses, and using Meridian Technology Center to do it.

Kumar and Shaikh are two of 10 clients being assisted by the Center for Business Development at MTC.

The young entrepreneurs made presentations about their businesses and displayed examples of their designs Thursday at the MTC Board of Education meeting.

Kumar recently completed his Ph.D. program at OSU while developing Max Q, a company that makes insulated shipping containers, while Shaikh is working on his master’s degree at OSU while developing XploSafe, a company that creates products to protect personnel who deal with unstable and hazardous compounds.

At the end of their presentation, when asked if they intended to remain in Stillwater when their time at the incubator has been completed, Kumar and Shaikh each said yes.

“That’s what really confirms our investment in a Center for Business Development,” said Doug Major, Meridian superintendent. “It doesn’t matter if they stay in Stillwater, but we would like for them to stay in the Meridian Technology Center district.”

For more information about the Meridiean Center for Business Development, contact program director Ron Duggins at 405-377-2220 or www.rond@meridiantech.edu.