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Company Information:

Company Name:
Makel Engineering, Inc.
Address:
1585 Marauder Street
Chico, CA 95973-9064
Phone:
(512) 589-0718
URL:
N/A
EIN:
680374879
DUNS:
933302655
Number of Employees:
19
Woman-Owned?:
No
Minority-Owned?:
No
HUBZone-Owned?:
No

Commercialization:

Has been acquired/merged with?:
N/A
Has had Spin-off?:
N/A
Has Had IPO?:
N/A
Year of IPO:
N/A
Has Patents?:
N/A
Number of Patents:
N/A
Total Sales to Date $:
$ 0.00
Total Investment to Date $
$ 0.00
POC Title:
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POC Name:
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POC Phone:
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Narrative:
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Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $2,509,006.00 29
SBIR Phase II $9,620,423.00 14
STTR Phase I $419,519.00 5
STTR Phase II $999,746.00 2

Award List:

Ultra High Heat Flux Electronics Cooler

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$119,563.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Dr Darby B. Makel
Abstract:
N/a

Ultra High Heat Flux Electronics Cooler

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$709,800.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Dr Darby B. Makel
Abstract:
Makel Engineering Inc. proposes to develop an electronics cooling device for on-board aircraft applications which is capable of cooling extremely high heat flux power electronics. The Ultra High Flux Electronics Cooler (UHFEC) will use enhanced heat transfer design features within a thin… More

Quantitative Leak Detection System Using Micro-Electronic Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,920.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Darby B. Makel , PRESIDENT
Abstract:
N/a

Miniature Smart Sensor Module For Simultaneous Hydrogen, Oxygen, Pressure, and Temperature Measurement For Launch Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Darby B. Makel, President
Abstract:
N/a

Robust Exhaust Gas Sensing System Using Advanced Thin Film Chemical Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase:
1999 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,898.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Research Institution:
Case Western Reserve University
RI Contact:
N/A
Abstract:
N/a

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2000 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$0.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Research Institution:
Case Western Reserve University
RI Contact:
N/A
Abstract:
N/a

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$0.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Darby B. Makel, President
Abstract:
N/a

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2000 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$599,444.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Darby B. Makel, President
Abstract:
N/a

MEMS Chemical Sensors for Monitoring In Situ Propellant Production

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Darby B. Makel, President
Abstract:
Makel Engineering, Inc. (MEI) proposes to develop a suite of miniature chemical sensors for process monitoring remote propellant manufacturing systems on Mars. Manned exploration of space may require production of vital elements from in-situ resources for life support (e.g. oxygen production) and… More

High Efficiency, Microchannel Reactors For ISRU Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Darby B. Makel, President
Abstract:
This project is to develop miniature, solid-state, chemical reactors using advanced Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and microchannel technology to support in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) of Mars and lunar missions. Successful ISRU will require component technologies which provide optimal… More

High Efficiency, Microchannel Reactors For ISRU Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$0.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Darby B. Makel, President
Abstract:
This project is to develop miniature, solid-state, chemical reactors using advanced Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and microchannel technology to support in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) of Mars and lunar missions. Successful ISRU will require component technologies which provide optimal… More

High Efficiency, Microchannel Reactors For ISRU Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$599,687.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Darby B. Makel, President
Abstract:
This project is to develop miniature, solid-state, chemical reactors using advanced Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and microchannel technology to support in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) of Mars and lunar missions. Successful ISRU will require component technologies which provide optimal… More

Hydrocarbon Gas Detection Sensors For Flight Research

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Darby Makel, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Makel Engineering, Inc. (MEI) and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) propose to develop self contained, autonomous, hydrocarbon gas detection sensor modules for use on flight research vehicles. Flight testing of research vehicles such as the Hyper-X, and Future-X require the use of hazardous gas… More

MEMs Chemical Sensor System for In-situ Exhaust Measurement

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,997.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Darby B. Makel, President
Abstract:
"This program is to develop and apply MEMs based chemical sensors packaged in an probe for analysis of exhaust gases from jet engines. The development of more efficient gas turbine engines requires real-time chemical analysis of emission gases. Thisprogram will develop MEMs chemical sensors for the… More

Hidden Threat Detection Techniques

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,107.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Darby B. Makel, President
Abstract:
Makel Engineering proposes to develop a Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS)-based chemical sensor system for detection of human targets, which could pose a threat to United States military personnel and assets. The proposed sensor system would useMEMs based chemical sensors and wireless… More

MEMs Chemical Sensor System for In-situ Exhaust Measurement

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$599,839.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Darby B. Makel, President
Abstract:
Makel Engineering, Inc. proposes to develop a MEMS Exhaust Monitoring System consisting of several different types of MEMS based sensors using silicon carbide, silicon, and other novel thin film structures to provide measurement of key species. The use ofMEMS sensor technology suitable for high… More

Miniaturized Water Recovery System for Advanced Life Support Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$70,000.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
Makel Engineering Incorporated (MEI) proposes to design, build and demonstrate a prototype unit to significantly improve water recovery for Advanced Life Support System (e.g. International Space Station, Moon and Mars long duration manned missions, etc.). The current ISS Life Support System includes… More

Miniature Solid-State Sulfur Oxide Sensor for Emissions Measurement

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,822.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Benjamin Ward, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Makel Engineering Incorporated (MEI) and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) propose to develop a MEMS based, minature solid state sulfur oxide sensor for use in emission measurements. The result of this effort will be a compact, robust means of SOx monitoring in high temperature gas emission… More

Point of Use Oil Quality Analysis

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,788.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Ben Ward, Sr. MEMS Engineer
Abstract:
The maintenance of vehicle and support systems is of key importance in Army operations. However, determination of the correct time to perform changes of hydraulic fluids is currently inexact and can be expensive. If fluids are changed too late, significant damage to equipment can occur while if… More

High Temperature Electronic Nose for In-Situ Exhaust Measurement

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,853.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
76022-In order to actively control both combustion efficiency and pollution suppression in industrial boilers, power generation turbines, and other engines, real-time measurement of exhaust gas composition is required. Current detection techniques are large and expensive and, therefore, not suited… More

Point of Use Oil Quality Analysis

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$729,865.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator:
Benjamin Ward, Senior Engineer
Abstract:
The objective of Makel Engineering's proposal is to develop a multi-tasked microsensor based system capable of monitoring hydraulic fluid performance along with data acquisition systems and communication protocol for preventative maintenance and diagnostics. Along with Phase II partners Rockwell… More

High Temperature Electronic Nose for In-Situ Exhaust Measurement

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$694,243.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
76022S In order to actively control both combustion efficiency and pollution suppression in industrial boilers, power generation turbines, and other engines, the real-time measurement of exhaust gas composition is required. Current detection techniques are large and expensive and, therefore, not… More

Integrated Microchannel Reformer/Hydrogen Purifier for Fuel Cell Power Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,949.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
Makel Engineering, Inc. (MEI) and Colorado School of Mines (CSM) propose to develop an integrated hydrogen generator and purifier system for conversion of in-situ produced hydrocarbons to fuel-cell-grade hydrogen. NASA is currently developing several In Situ Resources Utilization (ISRU) Systems. … More

In Situ Manufacturing of Plastics and Composites to Support H&R Exploration

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,460.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
Our proposed Phase I program will develop a reactor system for the synthesis of polyethylene from carbon dioxide and water. The proposed work will result in hardware capable of the in-situ fabrication of high-density polyethylene suitable for the construction of inflatable enclosures and panels,… More

Microchannel Reactors for ISRU Applications Using Nanofabricated Catalysts

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,937.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
Makel Engineering, Inc. (MEI) and USRA propose to develop microchannel reactors for In-Situ Resources Utilization (ISRU) using nanofabricated catalysts. The proposed technology seeks to develop and demonstrate an exoskeletal support concept using carbon nanotubes (CNT) as catalyst support within… More

Miniature Electronic Sniffer for Navy Vertical Take off Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (VTUAVs)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$69,972.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Benjamin Ward, Senior Engineer
Research Institution:
UNIVERISITIES SPACE RESEARCH ASSOC.
RI Contact:
Sophia Hill
Abstract:
Makel Engineering Inc. and Universities Space Research Institute propose to develop a reliable, low false alarm system for use with VTUAVs to provide standoff detection capabilities for surface vessels during encounters with potentially explosive-laden vessels. The proposed glow-discharge based… More

In Situ Manufacturing of Plastics and Composites to Support H&R Exploration

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$599,773.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Darby Makel, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Makel Engineering and BAE Systems propose to develop processes to manufacture plastics and composites for radiation shielding based on In Situ Resources Utilization (ISRU). The production of plastics and composites will also serve as feedstock for In Situ Manufacturing of a variety of useful… More

Integrated Microchannel Reformer/Hydrogen Purifier for Fuel Cell Power Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$599,859.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Darby Makel, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Makel Engineering, Inc. (MEI) supported by Lockheed Martin and the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) propose to develop an integrated hydrogen generator and purifier system for conversion of in-situ produced hydrocarbons to fuel-cell-grade hydrogen. With increased space exploration activities,… More

Microsensor Array for Hypergolic Chemical Leak Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,987.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Benjamin Ward, Senior Engineer
Abstract:
Makel Engineering proposes to work directly with missile contractors such as Lockheed Martin in developing an advanced Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS)-based chemical sensor system for the detection of hypergolic propellant leaks within missile containers. This technology will provide for the… More

STTR Phase I: Solar Driven Electrochemical Manufacture of Hydrogen Peroxide using Microreactor Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2007 / STTR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$149,651.00
Agency:
NSF
Principal Investigator:
Research Institution:
OH State Univ
RI Contact:
Prabir K. Dutta
Abstract:
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project will develop a microchannel reactor system for the field production of hydrogen peroxide based the electrolysis of water. The proposed approach is based on the electrolysis of water, and environmentally benign approach which is suitable… More

Microsensor Array for Hypergolic Chemical Leak Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$843,483.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator:
Benjamin J. Ward, Senior Engineer
Abstract:
The objective of this research is the development of a hypergolic fuel and oxidizer sensor system for use in missile transport/launch canisters. Reliable hypergolic fuel/oxidizer leak detection is critical to the Ballistic Missile Defense System for operator safety and system operational readiness.… More

Miniature Electronic Sniffer for Navy Vertical Take off Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (VTUAVs)

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2008 / STTR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$499,974.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator:
Benjamin Ward, Senior Engineer
Research Institution:
UNIVERSITIES SPACE RESEARCH ASSOC.
RI Contact:
Sophia Hill
Abstract:
The objective of this research is a reliable, low false alarm sniffer system for use with shipboard-launched unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to provide standoff detection capabilities for surface vessels during encounters with potentially explosive-laden vessels. Makel Engineering, Inc. (MEI) and… More

Microchannel reactor based treatment of rocket propellant derived waste

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,585.00
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator:
Susana Carranza, Senior Engineer
Abstract:
Makel Engineering proposes to investigate the use of microchannel reactor technology for the small scale treatment of rocket propellant derived waste. Research labs associated with development of propulsion systems regularly generate small amounts of waste from propellants, explosives and… More

Microchannel Methanation Reactors Using Nanofabricated Catalysts

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,666.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Susana Carranza, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Makel Engineering, Inc. (MEI) and the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) propose to develop and demonstrate a microchannel methanation reactor based on nanofabricated catalysts. Sustainable/affordable exploration of space exploration will require minimization of re-supply from Earth by… More

Standardized Sensor Packaging for Harsh Environment

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,583.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Abstract:
While energy sources are becoming more diversified, fossil fuels are still the most prevalent and abundant source of energy, and will continue to account for a significant portion of the energy generated for the foreseeable future. Emerging technologies enable the use of fossil fuel, such as coal,… More

Advanced Cookware and Techniques for Food Preparation at Reduced Pressure and Gravity

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,206.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Susana Carranza, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
We propose to develop detailed design requirements for adapting COTS cooking appliances for meal preparation under Lunar 8 psia ambient conditions, and to produce one or more prototype devices required for a Lunar galley by modifying commercial off the shelf consumer kitchen appliances to hold Earth… More

Production of Electrolysis-Purity Water

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,104.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Susana Carranza, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Removal of impurities from water has been studied extensively by NASA in the context of water recovery from wastewater. However, the Water Recovery System and Urine Processor Assembly currently used in the International Space Station can only recover as much as 90% of the water (Carter, 2009).… More

Microchannel Methanation Reactors Using Nanofabricated Catalysts

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$598,023.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Susana Carranza, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Makel Engineering, Inc. (MEI) and the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) propose to develop and demonstrate a microchannel methanation reactor based on nanofabricated catalysts. Our innovative approach of combining microchannel reactor technology with nanofabricated catalysts provides the… More

Multifunctional Glow Discharge Analyzer for Spacecraft Monitoring

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,837.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Benjamin Ward, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Makel Engineering, Inc. (MEI) and Penn State University (PSU) propose to develop a highly sensitive spectrometer based on glow discharge emission for the detection/classification of gas and aerosol species in post-fire cleanup scenarios. This device would complement technology that is already under… More

Advanced Cookware and Techniques for Food Preparation at Reduced Pressure and Gravity

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$599,853.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Susana Carranza, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Makel Engineering and Cornell University propose to develop a galley architecture taking into account the design constraints of the space habitat, such as reduced pressure and gravity, minimize size, mass, power and crew time, while producing food with high nutritional value and enough variety,… More

Combustion/Emission Species Monitoring Ground and Flight Aeronautical Research Using a Gas Microsensor Array

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,996.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Benjamin Ward, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Makel Engineering, Inc. (MEI) and the Ohio State University (OSU) propose to develop high sensitivity, miniaturized and in-situ operated gas sensors for the real time monitoring of chemical composition of turbine engine combustors and/or exhaust streams for real-time, in-flight propulsion system… More

Microhollow Glow Discharge Instrument for In Situ Lunar Surface Measurements

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$99,998.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Benjamin Ward, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Makel Engineering, Inc. (MEI) and Penn State University (PSU) propose to develop a highly sensitive spectrometer based on glow discharge plasma emission for the detection/classification of lunar soil components including minerals and adsorbed species (e.g. water). This is a broadly applicable… More

Integral Packaging of High Temperature Chemical Sensors for In-Situ Measurements

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$149,949.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Susana Carranza, Dr. – 512-589-0718
Abstract:
Energy security comprises the foundation of the American standard of living, economy, and national security in the United States. While energy sources are becoming more diversified, fossil fuels are still the most prevalent and abundant source of energy, and will continue to account for a… More

Combustion/Emission Species Monitoring Ground and Flight Aeronautical Research Using a Gas Microsensor Array

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$749,764.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Darby Makel, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
The goal of this program is to develop a miniaturized and in-situ operated gas microsensor array for the real time monitoring of chemical composition of turbine engine combustors and/or exhaust streams to improve NASA's aeronautical flight test capabilities. Phase II will develop a high… More

Harsh Environment Gas Sensor Array for Venus Atmospheric Measurements

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$124,861.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Darby Makel, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Makel Engineering and the Ohio State University propose to develop a harsh environment tolerant gas sensor array for atmosphericanalysis in future Venus missions. The proposed instrument will be very compact, require low power, and ruggedly packaged to becompatible with balloon a payload for… More

Integral Packaging of High Temperature Sensors for In-Situ Measurements

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$996,862.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Susana Carranza, Ms. – 512-589-0718
Abstract:
One of the key requirements to efficiently and safely operate advanced power generation systems is to have knowledge of the process conditions. In addition to physical measurements (e.g., pressure, temperature), real-time knowledge of gas compositions at critical locations enables optimizing… More

High Resolution Fast Response NOx Sensor for High Fuel Efficiency Vehicles

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Award Amount:
$149,838.00
Agency:
DOE
Principal Investigator:
Darby Makel, Dr. – 530-895-2771
Abstract:
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Vehicles Technologies Program (VTP) is focused on developing technologies to enable average new vehicle fuel economy of more than 60 miles per gallon for cars and more than 43 miles per gallon for trucks by 2025. Many advanced combustion… More

Harsh Environment Gas Sensor Array for Venus Atmospheric Measurements

Award Year / Program / Phase:
2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Award Amount:
$699,928.00
Agency:
NASA
Principal Investigator:
Darby B. Makel, Principal Investigator
Abstract:
Makel Engineering and the Ohio State University propose to develop a harsh environment tolerant gas sensor array for atmospheric analysis in future Venus missions. The proposed instrument will be very compact, require low power, and ruggedly packaged to be compatible with a drop sonde payload from a… More