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University-Industry Engagement Advisor, April 2020


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, April 2020

The following is a list of the articles that appear in the April 2020 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter. Due to the urgent nature of the coronavirus pandemic and our extensive coverage of how industry engagement offices are addressing COVID-related challenges, we are opening up this issue for free to all.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 2, No. 4, April 2020

  • Industry engagement offices adjust to new reality in COVID-19 lockdown. Corporate engagement, which is typically characterized by an extensive amount of personal contact — be it through site visits, negotiations, collaborative meetings, conferences, showcases, or staff meetings — has been forced to dramatically shift its modes of communication as COVID-19 has caused universities to shut down most on-campus activities. Nonetheless, engagement managers tell UIEA that they remain busy, albeit in some ways they might never have imagined.
  • U New Haven breaks new ground with e-sports industry partnership. E-sports and gaming are part of a rapidly growing industry. A number of universities have even established their own teams, so it’s perhaps not surprising that The University of New Haven and HyperX have entered into a partnership centered around this space. However, the partners agree there is much that makes this partnership unique.
  • UQ’s new Industry Connect program guides industry to engagement options. University-industry engagement has been a key to innovation in Australia for quite a while, despite what conventional wisdom might say, according to Professor Mohan Krishnamoorthy, pro-vice-chancellor for research partnerships at The University of Queensland in Brisbane. What has changed, he says, is the more recent “synthesizing of transdisciplinary capabilities.” And it is that change, he adds, which has led to a restructuring of the university’s approach to engaging industry partners — through a multi-faceted program called Industry Connect.
  • USF, Jabil expand deal and offer lessons in becoming more strategic. The University of South Florida and product solutions company Jabil Inc., which have had ongoing collaborations in a number of different areas, have formalized that partnership with the establishment of a new institute in the USF Research Park and a master research agreement governing the relationship.
  • Development officer finds creative paths for enhancing industry relationships. Michelle Dingwall, senior development officer for the Stout University Foundation at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, assumed her position when it was created by the university three years ago. Her main charge: Securing donations from industry partners.
  • IBM, Princeton launch undergraduate quantum research program. In the summer of 2019, IBM and Princeton University initiated the Quantum Undergraduate Research at IBM and Princeton (QURIP) program, which involved 10 students from educational institutions across the country. They spent the summer focusing on “theoretical and experimental research in quantum information.”

Posted April 10th, 2020