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Industry-Sponsored Research Management, October 2018

Industry-Sponsored Research Management, October 2018The following is a list of the articles that appear in the October 2018 issue of Industry-Sponsored Research Management monthly newsletter. 

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Industry-Sponsored Research Management
Vol. 2, No. 10, October 2018

  • GEDI: A powerful connector to industry engagement opportunities at U Waterloo. When Canada’s leading university in innovation launched a new program called the “Global Entrepreneurship and Disruptive Innovation initiative,” the name itself seemed, well, short on innovation. So, they nicknamed it GEDI (pronounced Jedi). “Obviously, Star Wars is a big favorite of a lot of people,” said Rob Esselment, associate vice-president for government relations at the University of Waterloo. The name stuck and is now the commonly used name of the initiative.
  • Partnership Canvas provides systematic approach to industry collaborations. How appropriate that the partners in the development of a new tool “to systematically assess and develop different aspects of a strategic partnership” each represent one side of the university-industry “equation.”
  • New VA Tech Center for Industry Partnerships is off to a strong start. If you’re an organization designed to streamline and strengthen processes for corporate partnerships that’s less than a year old and you’ve already helped secure multi-million-dollar agreements with companies like Boeing and digital currency pioneer, you’ve got to be on the right track. Add to that a partnership with Mahindra Group, which has announced it will sponsor research in agricultural robotics, and Virginia Tech’s “LINK, the Center for Industry Partnerships” is clearly off to a strong start.
  • Nailing down collaboration details critical for long-term partnership program. When a university has a half-century of experience in collaborating with large, brand-name companies like Volvo, Ericsson, Saab, and ABB, they’ve had plenty of opportunity to develop best practices for university-industry engagement. Such is the case with Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • Silo-busting holistic approach to engagement brings big results at U of Minnesota. Breaking down silos and barriers is a key component to facilitating successful corporate engagement with universities. The holistic approach — integrating efforts between departments and placing the industry partner’s needs at the center — has been put into practice at the University of Minnesota.
  • UC-Santa Cruz forges industry links with corporate-sponsored senior projects. While many companies sponsor graduate level research projects, it is far less common for undergraduates to get opportunities to solve real-world engineering problems in industry. Through the Baskin School of Engineering’s Corporate Sponsored Senior Project Program (CSSPP), the University of California at Santa Cruz is connecting college seniors and companies with an eye towards not only solving problems and creating innovative products, but also positioning students for employment after graduation.

Posted October 12th, 2018