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University-Industry Engagement Advisor, April 2021


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, April 2021The following is a list of the articles that appear in the April 2021 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 3, No. 4, April 2021

  • Fine-tune policies to better support student-industry collaborations. What are the recognized best practices among university industry engagement offices when it comes to student-industry collaborations? How are contracting agreements structured? How are fees charged? How is IP handled?
  • Streamlining process supports growth of capstone effort. About two years ago, Jason King, associate director of corporate relations at the UC Irvine Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences, was presented with a challenge. “My Dean asked me to help streamline our eight (six at the time) different capstone programs.”
  • Rutgers alumni initiative brings engagement programs to the workplace. A growing number of universities are including a strong focus on alumni involvement as a key part of their overall corporate engagement efforts. But at Rutgers University, the initiative known as the Rutgers Alumni Workplace Engagement (AWE) has shifted the focus away from making things happen on campus to engendering new programming at the workplace of the industry partner.
  • Even experienced faculty vulnerable to potential pitfalls during engagement. Common wisdom might hold that veteran faculty innovators are better prepared to interact with industry partners and are therefore less likely to commit some of the most common errors to which their less experienced colleagues are prone. But some of them may actually be more likely to commit “unforced errors.”
  • Prestige, size, and location no longer restrict university-industry collaboration. Neither the prestige, size, or location of a university or a company are prohibitive any longer for university-industry collaborations. In our annual 2021 survey of the industry engagement and R&D communities, we found that these factors are considered by only a minority of teams when starting new partnerships.
  • Oakland U makes potential industry partners ‘an offer they couldn’t refuse.’ Convincing a roster of collaborators including General Motors, Siemens, MAHLE Industries, ABB Inc., AM General, Continental, Hirotec America, KUKA Robotics, Magna International, Rave Computer and the U.S. Military Ground Vehicle Systems to become founding industry partners to fund an ambitious Augmented Reality Center (ARC) may seem like a tall mountain to climb, but Khalid Mirza, PhD, ARC Founding Director, puts it in the simplest of terms: “We made them an offer they couldn’t refuse — by presenting a business case,” he asserts.

Posted April 8th, 2021

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, March 2021


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, March 2021The following is a list of the articles that appear in the March 2021 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 3, No. 3, March 2021

  • Apprenticeships on the rise as universities link with community colleges to expand offerings. Apprenticeship programs are booming on college campuses. Recognizing their value to both students and industry partners, research universities and university systems have either partnered with community colleges or created whole programs around them.Dahousie revamps office, embraces transparency and standardization
  • Dahousie revamps office, embraces transparency and standardization. “Streamlining” may be an easy term to describe the recent changes made by Dalhouisie University’s Office of Commercialization and Industry Engagement — changes that include its current name and a revamping of its website. But its leaders note that it was the transparent sharing of those changes, enabled by the redesigned website and the standardization of the ways the office approaches industry engagement, that truly embody the transformation of the office.
  • UW-Madison launches internal fund to support internships, collaborations. The University of Wisconsin-Madison has started a new fund, with a total of $2 million initially available, to support research collaborations with industry and internships for graduate students.
  • UofSC partnership with IBM seeds an entire ‘partner network.’ The announcement of a recent partnership involving the University of South Carolina, Nephron Pharmaceuticals, Yaskawa Motoman, and Siemens tells the story of a collaboration between a university’s faculty and students and several industry partners to develop an innovative pharmaceutical solution. But this collaboration, impressive as it is, tells only part of the story.
  • Retail innovation lab is focus of new McGill research collaboration. A real, live retail store is serving as the “laboratory” for a research collaboration between McGill University and Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., a leader in the Canadian convenience store industry.
  • Top brass at U Arizona and Raytheon take partnership to the highest level. Universities and industry partners consistently stress the importance of interfacing at all levels, including the “C-Suite,” and how important it is for their endeavors to have the support of top leadership. It is rare, however, to see that level of partnership demonstrated as publicly as having the two presidents share a byline.

Posted March 11th, 2021

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, February 2021


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, February 2021The following is a list of the articles that appear in the February 2021 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 3, No. 2, February 2021

  • Transactional to strategic: When is the time right to make the transition? Corporate engagement conversations these days are rife with terms like “holistic engagement,” and “strategic partnerships.” Long-term partnerships involving deep engagement with industry partners in multiple areas of collaboration are greatly desired, but as the ancient Chinese proverb says, “The longest journey begins with a single step.” So, how does a relationship grow from that first step into something more? How does the university know when the time to make such a move is right, and how do they approach their industry partner?
  • UGA launches Student Industry Fellows Program to enhance talent pipeline. The University of Georgia has just launched its Student Industry Fellows Program (SIFP), an initiative designed to “cultivate innovation competencies” among undergrads and graduate students, enhance the school’s talent pipeline and workforce readiness, and generate partnerships with industry.
  • Virtual Penn State event generates positive response from industry. The four-year-old industryXchange event, hosted by the Penn State College of Engineering, went “virtual” for the first time this year and didn’t skip a beat; attendance was up, and it generated requests from several industry representatives to contact faculty.
  • Experienced partners form new logistics innovation hub. “There’s no substitute for experience,” goes the old adage, and if that holds true the future is bright for the planned logistics innovation hub in the port city of Savannah, GA.
  • Student-industry collaboration leads to solution to improve truck driver safety. Collaborations between university students and industry can be gratifying in many ways, from the enhancement of students’ skillsets, which can yield careers for them and valuable employees for the company, to the creation or enhancement of a close relationship between the university and its industry partner. But a significant value added is created when the research results in a prototype that will meet the needs of the industry partner, and perhaps the industry in general.
  • U Miami business school partners with company on FinTech boot camp. Joining a growing list of university-industry partnerships focusing on FinTech, the Miami Herbert Business School and 2U, Inc., an education technology leader, have collaborated on a 24-week, part-time, online boot camp that begins this month.

Posted February 9th, 2021

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, January 2021


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, January 2021The following is a list of the articles that appear in the January 2021 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 3, No. 1, January 2021

  • Planning process focuses on moderation in budget, teamwork in goal setting. While the fiscal year for many universities starts in July, the first quarter is when the planning process for the next year’s budget, as well as goals and objectives for corporate engagement, start to take shape. For corporate engagement executives, that often means taking care to stay within the fiscal guidelines established from “above,” while seeking input from key team members when establishing goals and objectives for the coming year.
  • Universities create links to industry partners with custom education offerings. Customized education programs developed in concert with industry partners are helping to meet evolving industry needs, while at the same time creating the potential for creating or expanding on other partnership areas. Two such programs, separated by an ocean and with entirely different structures, are linked nonetheless in their foundational concepts and serve as excellent examples of this approach.
  • GA Tech, Facebook partner to engage Black, Latino students in AI education. In the initial steps of a program of collaboration with U.S. universities “that serve significant populations of Black and Latino students,” Facebook has partnered with Georgia Tech to develop, co-teach, and fund graduate-level online deep learning courses. The program will be expanded in 2021 to include additional institutions.
  • Bayer helps launch Cal State STEM education program for under-represented students. The Bayer USA Foundation has invested more than $1 million to help grow the Institute for STEM Education at California State University East Bay. The institute focuses on four main areas: early STEM education; extended learning programs including afterschool and family activities; professional training for educators; and supporting students in their transitions from high school to college and then from college to career.
  • Strong university-industry partnership earns Guardian award for ‘Team Hydroflex.’ While the Guardian University Awards (Guardian is a well-known UK daily newspaper) specifically recognize ground-breaking projects from UK universities, by its very title their ‘Business Collaboration of the Year’ award is in reality bestowed upon both a university and its industry partner. The 2020 ward in this category was no exception: it recognized the efforts of both the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) at the University of Birmingham, and Porterbrook Leasing Company Limited, a leading participant in the rail leasing market.

Posted January 11th, 2021

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, December 2020


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, December 2020The following is a list of the articles that appear in the December 2020 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 2, No. 12, December 2020

  • Alliance management an integral part of successful industry engagement. Convincing a potential industry partner that an initial collaboration is attractive is one thing; keeping that partner on board and strengthening that relationship as the years go on is quite another, and that’s where alliance management comes in — as more and more university corporate engagement offices have come to realize.
  • Faculty affiliates a key element in regional industry collaboration platform. A recently announced multi-disciplinary team of faculty affiliates will be one of the major components of Notre Dame University’s iNDustry Labs, a “new platform for collaboration with regional industry partners.”
  • “Pilot” collaboration helps partners assess likelihood of long-term relationship. Job interviews have often been referred to as “crap shoots.” The candidate may have the perfect resume, may present well during the meeting, and there may be clear philosophical alignment between the applicant and the employer. And yet, until the new hire actually assumes that full-time position, there is still uncertainty as to whether the correct choice has been made. The same holds true for the early days of a university-industry partnership.
  • AI tools can help address greater contract volumes and finite resources. As with most areas involved in university operations these days, industry contract management staff are facing the timeless challenge of “doing more with less.” Artificial intelligence tools could offer help
  • Norfolk State, Netflix partner in virtual HBCU boot camp program. In an effort to help more college graduates of color enter the tech industry, Norfolk State University and Netflix are collaborating to launch the streaming giant’s first “Virtual HBCU Boot Camp.”

Posted December 14th, 2020

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, November 2020


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, November 2020The following is a list of the articles that appear in the November 2020 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 2, No. 11, November 2020

  • As the pandemic continues, virtual efforts don’t deter industry engagement professionals. In the pre-COVID era, if you had asked a university-industry engagement professional whether they would rather meet with their counterpart in person or virtually, the answer would not have been in doubt. That does not mean, however, that they are distraught over the impact of the pandemic on partnering activity, where they most often have no choice but to meet virtually.
  • Pitt reorganization part of plan to strengthen links with its external partners. The University of Pittsburgh has reorganized its industry engagement and economic development functions by placing them within its Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in a bid to improve its connection to industry and other partners.
  • U Minnesota links corporate relations and tech transfer in new “front door” portal. While at some universities the various departments that interface with industry exist in their own siloed worlds, many have found that the way to optimize engagement opportunities is through teamwork, and that was certainly the case as the Corporate and Foundation Relations and Technology Commercialization teams at the University of Minnesota joined forces to create Industry Engagement at the U, a new portal serving as the “front door” to industry engagement.
  • Experiential learning programs reap benefits in corp. branding, recruiting. University-industry engagement professionals frequently share their experiences and best practices when it comes to experiential programming with industry for their grad students, but it’s less common to hear about these programs from the industry perspective. Yet that perspective was exactly what the attendees got at a session during the recent UIDPConnect 2020 virtual conference.
  • UNC, BASF sign master research agreement with roots in fundamental biology. BASF and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who have partnered in research since 2018, have signed a master research agreement “to jointly address global challenges such as climate change, food security and scarcity of resources.”
  • Renovated steel mill provides new home for CMU manufacturing initiative. Picture a facility one-third of a mile long on the banks of the Monongahela River — a complex that formerly served as the home to Pittsburgh’s last operating steel mill, LTV’s Hazelwood Coke Works. Then further picture that facility divided into three separate buildings with new interior construction and renovation to create a new mini-ecosystem, now known as Mill 19, intended to be a focal point in Pittsburgh’s burgeoning innovation economy.

Posted November 10th, 2020

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, October 2020


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, October 2020The following is a list of the articles that appear in the October 2020 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 2, No. 10, October 2020

  • Micro-internships proving an attractive alternative in the COVID era. Micro-internships can hardly be called “new,” but there’s no doubt they have become even more attractive since the advent of COVID-19. University leaders actively engaged with employers have shown increased interest as many traditional internships have been withdrawn by companies.
  • New position at Rutgers is part of “reimagined” corporate engagement team. The recently announced position of Director of Entrepreneurship Partnerships at Rutgers University comes as the university works to essentially recreate its Corporate Engagement Center (CEC) after determining that something was lacking in its overall structure, according to Sacha Patera, PhD, associate vice president and head of the CEC.
  • K-State rebrands research partnership cluster as Edge Collaboration District. What’s in a name? A lot more than you might think. A geographic area formerly known as the North Campus of Kansas State University is now being called the “Edge Collaboration District,” but the move is much more than a mere name change; it involves a rebranding that more accurately describes and defines the ongoing mission of an area where corporate, technical and research partners have come together and, hopefully, will do so in even greater strength and with clearer definition as the future unfolds.
  • University, spinoff join forces to launch life science incubator. Universities launching incubators is old news. Corporations launching incubators is not uncommon. But universities teaming with corporations — with a spinoff, no less — not so much.
  • UMaine in $100 million partnership to build offshore wind project. There are few, if any, “overnight successes” when it comes to university technologies attracting corporate partners, and this partnership may have a longer story than many — but the “wait” clearly seems to have paid off.
  • NCATS pursues translational innovation by setting itself apart from other NIH centers. Sometimes the key to success involves taking “the road less travelled” (apologies to Robert Frost), and that is certainly the approach that The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) has taken, according to its director Christopher P. Austin, MD.

Posted October 9th, 2020

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, September 2020


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, September 2020The following is a list of the articles that appear in the September 2020 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 2, No. 9, September 2020

  • Universities, industry partners create new paths to success in the COVID era. There is no book for university-industry engagement response during a pandemic. Leaders on both sides of the partnership equation were forced to pivot quickly into a new reality, focusing not only on the continuity of their operations on campus, but also on maintaining and, if possible, strengthening existing relationships.
  • Practice Labs enables ASU students to focus on business solutions. Like many other research universities Arizona State has been active in programs that link students experientially with industry partners, such as capstone projects and internships. However, about three years ago ASU took a major step beyond those traditional approaches with the creation of Practice Labs.
  • UGA hosts virtual forum on internships for industry partners. Universities have been putting their best foot forward in terms of service to their industry partners when it comes to meeting the challenges of COVID-19. One clear example is the recent hosting of a virtual forum on internships facilitated by the University of Georgia’s Innovation District. The goal was to enable industry partners to share best practices, challenges, and strategies in their virtual summer internships.
  • U Hawaii building “cradle to career” engineering talent pipeline. A first-ever workshop held at the University of Hawaii on July 22nd “to understand our current engineering landscape,” and a follow-up event August 20th, were just the initial steps in an ambitious initiative to “build a streamlined and connected cradle-to-career engineering talent pipeline, improving the preparedness and increasing the number of students to meet Hawaii’s engineering industry needs,” according to school officials.
  • Northwestern supports industry partners with insights into racial equity issues. In this COVID age of university-industry collaboration, webinars and other virtual events have become more commonplace. Most of those sponsored by universities have seen the institutions functioning as facilitators, bringing together experts from both academia and industry to share their experiences, best practices, and lessons learned. But in a recent webinar, Northwestern University took a different tack: They presented themselves and one of their leading experts as thought leaders, delivering insights into a current “hot” topic that is not without controversy — racial justice and equality — and addressing the latest thinking on.

Posted September 11th, 2020

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, August 2020


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, August 2020The following is a list of the articles that appear in the August 2020 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 2, No. 8, August 2020

  • Washington State widens corporate engagement potential with innovative department. While the term “corporate relations” may traditionally have tended to get the mind focused on a university’s external outreach to industry, there is clearly a myriad of activity that must occur internally to optimize partnership opportunities. Such a holistic approach has gained growing popularity in U-I circles, and it was recognition of these and other factors that led to an external review at Washington State University in 2016, resulting in the creation of the Innovation and Research Engagement Office, or IREO, which was formally launched in January 2018.
  • Virginia Tech uses team-based approach to enhance industry engagement. In a few short years, Virginia Tech has transformed its approach to corporate engagement through its “LINK+LICENSE+LAUNCH” approach, a blended model of distinctly titled units that function together as a team. The model is designed to ensure optimal corporate engagement while enhancing the likelihood of bringing new innovations to market.
  • Triple Helix partnership seeks to tackle COVID-19 and prevent future pandemics. The collaborations under way to create vaccines and therapeutics for COVID-19 are almost too numerous to mention, but one of them, a collaboration of academia, industry and government called the Rapidly Emerging Antiviral Drug Discovery Initiative (READDI), is more ambitious than most: The global collaboration has set its goal at raising $500 million to generate five new drugs with human safety and dosing data (up to Phase II clinical trials) in five years to be ready for the next pandemic.
  • PFI grants engendering greater university-industry research collaboration. The NSF’s Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) grant program makes no secret that a key part of its raison d’etre is to generate greater research collaboration between academia and industry; in fact, its eligibility requirements spell that intention out clearly.
  • Australian university takes industry on virtual tour of engineering labs. Like many universities looking to connect with industry partners, the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) had to quickly retool its recent planned industry tour of its engineering labs, pivoting to a virtual “tour” due to the coronavirus. Working with its partner in hosting the event, The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group®), the transformed virtual event and drew 150 attendees and succeed in making some lemonade out of what could have been a sour lemon. Its success offers some key lessons to other universities seeking to maintain outreach efforts despite restrictions on travel and in-person gatherings.

Posted August 11th, 2020

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, July 2020


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, July 2020The following is a list of the articles that appear in the July 2020 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 2, No. 7, July 2020

  • How to engage faculty in building university-industry partnerships. While clearly a critical part of any university-industry partnership, faculty researchers sometimes get short shrift in conversations about what makes these partnerships successful, with attention often focusing more globally on the university and its industry partner, and overarching strategies for sharing each other’s goals and meeting each other’s needs. Perhaps it was at least partly in recognition of this reality that NACRO recently decided to host a webinar titled “Working with Faculty.” After all, many partnerships revolve around faculty involvement, or depend on it completely.
  • COVID-19 NERF helps generate new agreements with corporate partners. There has been an understandable surge of interest on the part of industry to partner with universities in new research connected with the COVID-19 virus. Now several universities employing a new NERF made available in April and specifically designed to make such agreements more attractive and with less negotiating time say it’s leading to even more — and faster — collaborations with industry partners.
  • Virtual career conference offers new lessons for engaging students, industry. This is not your predecessor’s university-industry career conference, but it may be a big part of the future — even after COVID-19 is just a bad memory.
  • Expanding online network brings university education to corporate employees. The most successful programs seeking to link academia and industry focus on meeting the needs of both partners equally, and InStride, a growing online education network, is looking to join that “club” by matching the educational needs of the companies and their employees with the virtual educational services of the universities.
  • New online portal crosses boundaries to connect universities and industry. A new online portal designed to connect university researchers with industry-sponsored projects, service contract opportunities and potential collaborators is unique among the myriad portals designed to link academia and industry, according to Jay De Long, director of Research Enabled (www.researchenabled.org). The portal is a joint undertaking of the University of Missouri System and the Southern Illinois University System and enabled through a grant of nearly $700,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce.
  • UPS transport subsidiary helps Rutgers meet critical time pressures. You only have one chance to make a first impression, says the old adage, and Marken, a wholly owned subsidiary of the UPS Healthcare division, has apparently made the most of it in a recent collaboration with Rutgers University to ensure the rapid and safe transport of samples related to COVID-19 research. It may have been the first time these two have partnered, but it likely will not be the last.

Posted July 10th, 2020

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, June 2020


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, June 2020

The following is a list of the articles that appear in the June 2020 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 2, No. 6, June 2020

  • Universities, industry find alternative approaches for summer internships. As it has done with university-industry research, the coronavirus has had a tremendous impact on collaborative internships and co-op programs. Unlike research, however, which in many cases had to be shut down, these collaborations have for the most part found a way to continue — albeit using distinctly different models.
  • Communication is key when COVID-19 stalls partnership projects. While stalled research projects are eventualities that neither university nor industry partners like to see, in many cases they have been inevitable due to COVID-19 safety concerns. While there is no “guidebook” on how best to deal with these unforeseen challenges, most observers agree the first consideration should be quick and transparent communications between partners.
  • Purdue, Microsoft create app to track COVID-19 impact on research projects. How many university offices of sponsored programs, facing a critical COVID-19 related challenge, could reach out to an industry partner and be provided with a solution in less than a week? Well, Purdue’s Sponsored Program Services (SPS) apparently can.
  • New consortium seeks to enhance U.S. role in solar energy production. The University of Washington and its Washington Clean Energy Testbeds, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Toledo, along with a group of leading solar companies, have formed the U.S. Manufacturing of Advanced Perovskites Consortium, or US-MAP. The group aims to accelerate the domestic commercialization of technologies based on perovskites, an emerging class of materials with properties ideal for solar energy that can be inexpensively produced.
  • Angel network helps fund start-up connecting corporate sponsorship to campus events. Indiana University Ventures (IU Ventures) was already a very real part of the university’s corporate engagement efforts before the recent announcement of IU’s contribution to an investment round for start-up Recess, an alumni-led digital marketplace. But the effort did represent a milestone — the very first investment by the IU Angel Network.

Posted June 11th, 2020

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, May 2020


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, May 2020The following is a list of the articles that appear in the May 2020 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 2, No. 5, May 2020

  • University-industry partners break new ground as they seek COVID solutions. It comes as no surprise that universities and their industry partners have strongly reached out to each other in the face of the COVID-19 crisis, desperately seeking urgently needed solutions. What might not have been predicted, however, is how willing and nimble they have been at throwing off the limitations of more traditional partnering methods in order to speed up processes, or to enter into totally new areas of activity to meet those urgent needs.
  • Iowa State’s partnership with Deere a model of long-term strategic collaboration. There are many successful university-industry relationships across the country, but it’s likely there are few that check as many of the collaboration “boxes” as the one between Iowa State University and its industry partner, heavy equipment maker Deere & Co.
  • New certificates program designed to “retrain” engineers in quantum tech. The Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago will be offering a certificates program to educate scientists and engineers in the key principles and practical applications of quantum technology.
  • Carleton U expands Ericsson partnership with multi-year deal for research and talent. Strengthening industry partnerships is a primary goal of corporate engagement offices, and Carleton University in Ottawa has certainly done that, signing a multi-year agreement with Ericsson that will incorporate research sponsorship and talent development programs for engineers and computer scientists in wireless communications.
  • University, industry partner focus on business solutions and student learning in IoT. James Cook University in Townsville, Australia, and Optus Business, developer of a “next-generation narrow-band Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network,” have reached agreement on a seven-year partnership to, as they say, “Turbocharge IoT Innovation,” with a focus on business solutions and the education of Cook students in IoT.

Posted May 12th, 2020