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University-Industry Engagement Advisor, August 2022


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, August 2022The following is a list of the articles that appear in the August 2022 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 4, No. 8, August 2022

  • Industry engagement leaders share keys to expanding partnerships into philanthropy. In university-industry partnerships, philanthropy has the potential to be among the most lucrative avenues of collaboration — but how do you get there? If you have a partner that is already engaged, say, in research, or talent acquisition, who makes the first move?
  • LSU reorg helps pave the way for record corporate gift. LSU and Shell USA, Inc. have been partners for years — in fact, the relationship goes back as far as 1915, according to Paige Carter, executive director of industry engagement, who says the two entities “have been in lockstep.” She adds the following: “I’d say that in the last 40 or so years we’ve received in both philanthropic and research funding somewhere north of $60 million.”
  • U Waterloo plans internal diversity strategy to foster more inclusive partnering. University corporate engagement offices have increasingly been seen partnering with industry in programs to improve diversity and inclusion in the workplace, but it’s much rarer to learn of a research/commercialization office seeking to do the same for its own internal stakeholders.
  • In bid for fintech industry ties, Kennesaw State trains both students and faculty. The goal was clear, but ambitious: for Kennesaw State University to establish itself at the forefront of innovation in digital payments — a critical element in the growing field of fintech. Four years into the effort, KSU recently made an important statement, co-sponsoring a virtual conference, “Investing in Tomorrow: Bridging the Digital Payments Talent Gap,” with the Georgia Fintech Academy, a collaboration between Georgia’s fintech industry and the University System of Georgia.
  • Economic development and industry engagement linked in new position at UNC. The new title is “Director of Economic Development and Innovation Hubs for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.” According to the news release announcing the appointment, this person “will lead the implementation of UNC-Chapel Hill’s economic development strategy centered around innovation, talent, and place by engaging with university and community partners, including corporate, non-profit and government leaders. . . [and] will also lead the innovation hub and innovation district initiative, which will provide innovation spaces to a community of entrepreneurs and industry leaders in the heart of Chapel Hill.” This latter responsibility will be part of the individual’s role as a senior leader of Innovate Carolina, “the university’s central team for innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic development.”

Posted August 9th, 2022

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, July 2022


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, July 2022The following is a list of the articles that appear in the July 2022 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 4, No. 7, July 2022

  • To build industry engagement, faculty relations should be front and center. There’s little doubt that faculty members are among of the most critical elements of creating successful U-I partnerships. So, how do corporate relations managers develop strong relationships with these key internal stakeholders, and how do they continue to strengthen them over the years? Leaders agree that effective communications — highlighted by continuous outreach and understanding of faculty challenges — are critical.
  • UCSD internship program blazes a different trail using teams of students. The traditional vision of a student-industry internship program involves a single student engaged by a corporation for a defined period of time, after which further engagement may or may not continue. But the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California San Diego has broken that mold with its Team Internship Program.
  • Ambrose looks to industry in developing strategic plan for engagement. Building on her experience at previous universities, Amy Novak, EdD, president of St. Ambrose University, was the driving force behind “St. Ambrose University Innovation Summit: Building the Next-Generation Workforce,” at which about 120 representatives from the corporate world gave the university feedback it will use as the foundation for its strategic plan to work with industry and build a future workforce that meets its needs.
  • U Nevada-Reno attracts companies with co-location, “speed of business” mentality. Co-location comes in many forms, and the University of Nevada Reno’s Nevada Center for Applied Research (NCAR) has used them all to attract companies that are currently based on campus. In fact, says Carlos Cardillo, executive director of corporate partnerships, he estimates that two companies a month are being incorporated into NCAR, and they are currently in negotiations with four more.
  • Ole Miss seeks to cover all the ‘BASES’ with new collaboration program. The development of a new program by the University of Mississippi’s School of Business Administration to help students learn about sales, supply chain and analytics through collaboration with industry partners marked its first formal milestone last February with the inaugural BASE Summit.
  • Soybean center, industry advisory council engage business partners at ISU. While Iowa State, like many research universities, has a strong and vibrant corporate relations department, faculty and business representatives involved in soybean research and development have another, very targeted means of collaboration through the Iowa Soybean Research Center and its Industry Advisory Council.

Posted July 12th, 2022

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, June 2022


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, June 2022The following is a list of the articles that appear in the June 2022 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 4, No. 6, June 2022

  • In talent development offerings, seek industry input early and often. “Knowing the customer” is never more important, say industry engagement executives, than when you’re seeking to enhance your talent pipeline. Whether it be in the structuring of internship or co-op programs, enhancing curriculum, or planning special events, industry input is always front of mind and at the foundation of best practices.
  • Penn State, IBM take partnership to next level with talent pipeline deal. A long-standing partnership between Penn State University and IBM is expanding in a big way, with the announcement of IBM’s new Data Engineering Center of Excellence, which will be based in the university’s Innovation Park. The center will hire as many as 20 students a year as interns with IBM Consulting and work directly on client projects.
  • A company’s scandal can also put pressure on its university partner. Bad press, unfortunately, is part of business — but there’s bad press, and then there’s bad And when public scandal befalls a corporation, their university partners are not immune from the fallout.
  • PIVOT Center initiates ‘Greenhouses’ model to marry research with industry needs. The University of Utah’s PIVOT Center has launched a new initiative involving what they call “Greenhouses” — ‘controlled environments’ that allow for seeding and growth of research ideas that address specific industry market requirements.
  • Institute offering “first date” funds for new applied research projects. The Brock-Niagara Validating, Prototyping and Manufacturing Institute (VPMI), in St. Catharines, ON, Canada, has launched an initiative through which Brock researchers and their industry partners can apply for up to $20,000 in funding per year for an applied research project, with the partner contributing a minimum of $5,000 for the project per year. The concept is to give companies an easy entry point with the school, while matching their needs with VPMI’s faculty expertise.
  • New consortium proposes “site-centric” approach in industry-sponsored trials. Many of the consortiums that have sprung up recently are focused on bringing together key players in specific “hot” areas of research with significant industry involvement. But a new consortium just unveiled by Advarra, a Columbia, MD-based provider of integrated IRB, IBC, DMC and EAC review services, has a much broader agenda: It “aims to seamlessly connect site and sponsor technology, addressing key inefficiencies currently experienced across the clinical research ecosystem.”

Posted June 13th, 2022

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, May 2022


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, May 2022The following is a list of the articles that appear in the May 2022 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 4, No. 5, May 2022

  • Inking a co-location deal is just the beginning: Now it’s time to keep promises. Convincing a key industry partner to locate on campus is a big deal — but then what? How will you prepare to welcome your partner into the campus community? What are the keys to optimizing the benefits of co-location, and developing an even deeper partnership going forward?
  • UCSD-Thermo Fisher partnership rewrites definition of holistic. The recently announced 10-year partnership between the University of California-San Diego and Thermo Fisher Scientific is nothing if not ambitious. Its vision essentially rewrites the definition of “holistic,” with several specific and interrelated “pillars” comprising the deal.
  • K-State boosts talent pipeline as students mine data for partners. Kansas State University’s talent pipeline has benefitted significantly through the development of a “ready to contribute workforce” of students at all levels who are available for data mining projects for industry partners.
  • Sponsored research only ‘one-third of the equation’ in JHU-Amazon AI initiative. It certainly sounds like a U-I research partnership. Called the JHU + Amazon Initiative for Interactive AI, it will be housed in the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering and be designed to “leverage the university’s world-class expertise in interactive AI to advance groundbreaking technologies in machine learning.”
  • Reverse pitch event proves big success for BIO Alabama. RALLY, a reverse-pitch event held late last month in Mountain Brook, AL, drew positive reviews from both research institutions and industry partners, according to Rachel Lane, PhD, the CEO of BIO Alabama. RALLY was a partnership between BIO Alabama and the Alabama Department of Commerce.
  • When assuming a new position, listening is key to laying a strong foundation. Assuming a new position — sometimes internally, sometimes at a new university — has been a factor in many of the professional lives of corporate engagement managers. Bringing the expertise and lessons learned from past positions is a natural part of that career progression, but according to JoonHyung Cho, the recently appointed Director of Corporate Relations and Business Development at The University of Virginia, it’s even more important to understand the vision not only of university leadership, but of current stakeholders in all areas of university-industry partnership.

Posted May 11th, 2022

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, April 2022


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, April 2022The following is a list of the articles that appear in the April 2022 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 4, No. 4, April 2022

  • To market more effectively to industry, go beyond the portal. It wasn’t too long ago that website portals listing all the technologies and resources available at a research university represented a leading-edge marketing option for letting existing and potential industry partners know the opportunities available to them. More recently, however, some corporate engagement professionals have recognized that a more targeted approach might be needed — or at the very least provide a valuable add-on to existing efforts.
  • Student talent draws Intel to Ohio as it plans $20 billion ‘fab’ plants. How big a draw is student talent for industry? Well, Intel just announced a planned investment of $20 billion for two fabrication facilities — just the first phase of its vision — near Columbus, OH, citing the student talent available at Ohio State and other area universities as the main draw of the city.
  • UK Innovation Connect launched as a ‘dedicated’ industry partnership unit. Less than a year after the launch of UK Innovate, the University of Kentucky’s “innovation, entrepreneurship and economic enterprise for UK Research,” the university has unveiled its new industry partnership program, UK Innovation Connect (UKIC), and has also named Landon Borders as executive director of the new unit and senior associate director for Innovation Economic Development and Industry Partnerships.
  • Drexel, Lockheed Martin expand partnership with STEM co-op, incubator. Drexel University and Lockheed Martin have inked an MoU that expands their decades-long partnership with several new initiatives, including a new STEM co-op program and the fall opening of an on-campus technology and innovation incubator devoted to the company.
  • Newhouse School reaping partnerships from expanded alumni outreach efforts. Last year, UIEA reported that Syracuse University’s Newhouse School had partnered with Rookie Road, a start-up co-founded by Syracuse alum Michael Gursha, as the first company to take advantage of the Newhouse Startup Garage. Now, the school has added a partnership between Newhouse and Great Point Studios that will support a learning/working experience for TRF (television, radio and film) students.
  • Industry veteran hits ground running with big moves in talent pipeline development. Within a few short weeks, Knudt Flor has used his vast industry network to reportedly get around 15 global manufacturing companies (including Seimens, Bosch, and Matsuda) to support his efforts to enhance curriculum and grow internships, co-ops, capstone projects and other aspects of “dual learning” at the College of Charleston.

Posted April 11th, 2022

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, March 2022


University-Industry Engagement AdvisorThe following is a list of the articles that appear in the March 2022 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 4, No. 3, March 2022

  • As engagement offices seek new hires, emphasis on relationships brings shift and challenges. Call it alliance management, a more strategic approach replacing a transactional one, or simply “holistic” corporate engagement — however you want to name the undeniable shift that has taken place in how universities approach their industry partnerships, one thing is clear: That new approach often requires staff with new and different skills — a clear departure from what managers may have been looking for just a few years ago. And while the degree to which that shift has occurred varies significantly from campus to campus, most corporate relations managers say the change has been undeniable.
  • Brock U ‘primes the pump,’ more than doubles industry-sponsored research income. In the recently published “Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities 2021 report,” Research Infosource, a national company that tracks Canada’s research and development performance, ranked Brock University in first place out of 21 universities in its category for corporate research income growth. According to the report, the value of Brock’s research grants and contracts received from corporate sources grew 134.5% from fiscal years 2019 to 2020.
  • Micro-internships create opportunities for diversity on many different levels. Micro-internships have gained increasing popularity in recent years for several reasons, such as the ability for industry partners to “try out” potential employees with minimal cost, and to pursue collaborations that were virtual in nature in a world that had become more virtual. But other advantages of micro-internships that were perhaps not so readily apparent have also emerged.
  • Teamwork at the heart of industry engagement growth at U Minnesota. The recent annual report issued at the University of Minnesota noted that, for the first time in its history, the university had exceeded $1 billion in annual “externally-sponsored” research awards. And while that figure includes both federal and corporate funding, Interim Vice President for Research J. Michael Oakes, who presented these results to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents’ Mission Fulfillment Committee, cited the university’s Corporate Engagement Center and Strategic Partnerships and Research Collaborative (SPARC) as key contributors to that success.
  • ETSU pursues ‘consultative’ industry collaborations with grad and undergrad students. The College of Business and Technology at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) calls it their “Consultative Client Service” model, the latest engagement approach by a school that has been collaborating with businesses and start-ups in the region for years. Employed at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, the approach involves industry partners engaging with a team of students to help them solve real business problems.

Posted March 10th, 2022

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, February 2022


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, February 2022The following is a list of the articles that appear in the February 2022 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter.

If you are a current subscriber click here to log in and access this issue as well as your bonus webinar video, Metrics and Benchmarking for University Corporate Engagement: Breaking Down Silos to Gauge Performance.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 4, No. 2, February 2022

  • Recruitment or alliance management? Engagement execs play balancing act. Given the limited resources available at most corporate engagement offices, few managers have sufficient bandwidth to commit as much time, dollars, and staff as they’d like to both creating new industry partnerships and nurturing and expanding existing ones. When forced to make a choice, it seems that nearly all come down on the side of alliance management — although there’s a wide range seen in their approaches, and in the allocation of resources. Much of that differential flows, it appears, from staff size.
  • Four years in, VA Tech sees evolution in its corporate tiering model. As one of the pioneers of corporate tiering, Virginia Tech has had several years to see its initial model unfold — and to learn and change based on that experience. “The nuances are becoming clearer,” shares Brad Fravel, MBA, PhD, Executive Director, LINK. “We’ve also layered on more topical strategies to complement corporate portfolios.”
  • New center at UT-Dallas to partner with retailers on digital transformation. The Naveen Jindal School of Management (JSOM) at the University of Texas at Dallas has established the Center for Retail Innovation and Strategy Excellence (RISE), whose goal is to be a leader in the digital transformation it believes the retail industry is about to experience.
  • Marquette and 100-year partner chart an expanded future with master agreement. Not surprisingly, the 100-year-long partnership between Marquette University and Kohler Co. is the most comprehensive collaboration the university has with any industry partner. But even with that long and successful track record, the partners have shunned the passive position of, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
  • Gilead ‘flips the script’ in new partnership with HBCUs and HSIs. In most educational partnerships involving universities and industry, the university faculty will develop the curriculum at the request of and/or with input from the industry partner. In a new program just launched by Gilead, however, the pharmaceutical firm has “flipped the script.”
  • Patent attorney warns against pitfalls arising from joint IP ownership. In a recent webinar entitled “Overcoming Joint IP Ownership Challenges in University Research Partnerships,” Rodney L. Sparks, JD, PhD, former Senior Biotechnology Patent Counsel for UVA Licensing & Ventures Group, addressed the meaning of co-ownership, potential challenges involving patent prosecution, litigation, and licensing, and how to avoid many of them.

Posted February 10th, 2022

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, January 2022


The following is a list of the articles that appear in the January 2022 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 4, No. 1, January 2022

  • Industry-trained engagement managers overcome ‘cultural conflict’ with universities. A clear trend has emerged in industry engagement offices, where leadership hiring is decidedly in the direction of those coming out of industry as opposed to academia. The new industry-groomed faces bring with them a natural question for their university employers: How much of a challenge do they face in assimilating to — and perhaps altering — the clear cultural differences between university life and the faster, more cut-throat world of corporate America? How do they get their new teams on board and successfully implement programs that may be quite different than what their new staffs are accustomed to?
  • OK State launches Fast Track agreement to reduce barriers common in IP negotiations. Oklahoma State University’s Fast Track program, designed to shift the focus of industry-sponsored research negotiations from IP rights to the actual project itself, is one of the initial efforts of its new commercialization program, “Cowboy Innovations,” launched in September.
  • Paid internship program will benefit UWM students from diverse backgrounds. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, in partnership with the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC), will be making it possible for 100 students from underrepresented populations to receive paid internships with area corporations over the next two years.
  • NUS, Cisco launch on-campus ‘corporate lab’ for innovation. In what could be described as the ultimate in integration between university and industry research, the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Cisco have launched the “Cisco-NUS Accelerated Digital Economy Corporate Laboratory.” The campus-based lab will feature researchers from both organizations working together on projects of keen interest to Cisco, with the goal of boosting innovation and research in several key areas.
  • Duality selects advisory committee, adds industry reps for “end user” perspective. The Duality quantum accelerator program has chosen the initial members of its Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), which has been created to support participating start-ups with industry know-how — specifically, extensive expertise in quantum science and technology.
  • GA Tech-Lorraine joins European neuro network and builds EU-based industry ties. Georgia Tech-Lorraine (GTL), an institution based in Metz, France formed in 1990, has become a founding member of NeurotechEU: The European University of Brain and Technology, providing an entrée to industry in the EU.

Posted January 11th, 2022

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, December 2021


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

If you are a current subscriber click here to log in and access this issue as well as your bonus webinar video, Metrics and Benchmarking for University Corporate Engagement: Breaking Down Silos to Gauge Performance.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 3, No. 12, December 2021

  • Experts offer guidance for navigating the choppy waters of data use agreements. “Data’s a big deal; the issues are constantly changing,” said Elaine L. Brock, JD, MHSA, president and senior partner in Contracts, Compliance, and Conflict of Interest Authority LLC (C3Authority), addressing participants in the recent “Data Use Agreements” UIDP Contracting Fundamentals Webinar. “It gets complicated when you’re trying to keep up with all these different things, like the privacy considerations and the implications for social media and other kinds of emerging types of date like biometrics identifiers.”
  • Industry advisory board launched to strengthen engagement initiative. The University of New Brunswick has brought together a diverse group of industry leaders into an industry advisory board as part of its “Fulcrum” corporate engagement initiative. The goal is to offer industry insights to the university’s Research & Innovation Partnerships group and to help “spread the word” about UNB’s desire to partner with industry.
  • Ole Miss uses Engagement Council and new “Hub” website to boost partnerships. The University of Mississippi has launched a website it calls its “Industry Engagement Hub” to help build industry partnerships — and a key participant in the development of the site was the UM “Industry Engagement Council,” established in 2019 specifically to help create those strategic alliances.
  • Ulster U and industry network join forces in new model for apprenticeship program. Ireland’s Ulster University and The Manufacturing and Engineering Growth and Advancement (MEGA) network, which includes 66 industry members, are partnering in a degree-level (four-year) apprenticeship program with the goal of developing a pipeline of graduates armed with industry 4.0 skills. Students who participate will earn a salary from the date they start the course and will incur no additional costs in their education.
  • Arkansas alliance engages industry to help strengthen university research efforts. The Arkansas Research Alliance (ARA), a statewide organization that facilitates collaborations with Arkansas’ six primary research institutions, has maintained an ongoing strategy of having its board of trustees dominated by industry partners — which, it says, has been critical to its success. That policy led to early efforts in strengthening research at the institutions by attracting talented scholars from outside the state, and then incentivizing leading in-state researchers to continue their efforts within Arkansas. More recently, the industry-focused board’s efforts have led to several university collaborations with industry.

Posted December 8th, 2021

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, November 2021


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

If you are a current subscriber click here to log in and access this issue as well as your bonus webinar video, Metrics and Benchmarking for University Corporate Engagement: Breaking Down Silos to Gauge Performance.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 3, No. 11, November 2021

  • Reorganizations are giving TTOs a much bigger role in industry engagement. In a number of recent reorganizations, universities have combined a traditional tech transfer office with corporate engagement, and in many cases the TTOs are taking a much larger role than before. This is the result of a combination of trends; an expanded understanding of what a TTO is, and data showing a broader contribution to overall engagement than perhaps was previously recognized.
  • Corporate Affiliates Program at Texas A&M speaks industry’s language. The Texas A&M AgriLife Corporate Affiliates Program (CAP), set to officially launch in 2022, is already actively soliciting industry partners for the initiative, which it anticipates will “foster and create relationships between Texas A&M AgriLife faculty and graduate students with our incredible industry peers,” says Patrick Stover, PhD, Vice Chancellor of Texas A&M AgriLife, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research. 
  • VA Tech pushes to take its industry engagement efforts international. This year’s sessions of the Virginia Tech Office of Research and Innovation’s “Research Development Series,” aimed at helping faculty to “increase the scope and impact of their research, creativity, and innovation portfolio,” will include a session to help researchers identify international research partners. But the event does not represent the launch of an initiative to generate a greater number of such partners; rather, it is the latest step in a concerted effort by the university to take its corporate engagement efforts international.
  • MagCorp creates “Shared IP Model” to help simplify partnership structure. Magnetics Corporation (MagCorp), a new company co-founded by alumni of Florida State University, has established what it asserts is a unique model for university-industry partnership, highlighted by a “Shared IP Model” that pre-designates the division of IP rights.
  • Princeton catalyzes industry engagement with cross-discipline faculty. David MacMillan, FRS, FRSE, the Princeton University professor who in October was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry, likes to describe The Princeton Catalysis Initiative (PCI) Symposium as “speed-dating for scientists,” bringing together, as it does, more than 200 faculty from diverse fields, corporate leaders, and students to hear eight-minute flash talks about their leading edge research. These events — this year’s was the fourth of the series — serve as the cornerstone of The Princeton Catalysis Initiative (PCI), founded in 2017 by a group of faculty members from the Department of Chemistry (including MacMillan) who wanted to “catalyze” new research by introducing campus researchers to cross-disciplinary collaboration options.

Posted November 10th, 2021

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, October 2021


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

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 3, No. 10, October 2021

  • UT Dallas’ contracting model attracts industry partners with IP-friendly terms. An industry-friendly model developed at the University of Texas-Dallas that enables corporate sponsors to obtain IP rights was recently implemented for the ninth time in two years, as Dallas-based SOTECH Health licensed platform technology developed by Shalini Prasad, PhD, department head and professor of bioengineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. The invention developed by SOTECH, a breath analyzer that produces COVID-19 test results in less than 30 seconds, has already been submitted to the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization.
  • WSU dedicates an entire week to celebrate highly valued industry partnership. A number of universities have set aside special days or events to honor their most engaged industry partners in an effort to solidify and nurture these partnerships. Some have even dedicated a day to celebrate a single partner . . . but an entire week?
  • Syracuse U engages with media tech start-ups for student internships. The symbiotic interests of an alum who leads a growing start-up and the director of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications’ Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship have led to the creation of the Newhouse Startup Garage, a collaborative entrepreneurial program that will both support technology-driven media start-ups and offer students internships, jobs, and research opportunities — all inside the Newhouse School.
  • CUNY ‘Futures in Finance’ initiative links students with finance professionals. A trio of leading financial firms — Bloomberg LP, Centerbridge Partners, and Goldman Sachs — has joined forces to help underwrite CUNY Futures in Finance, a workforce development initiative to help train City University of New York students for careers in the financial industry.
  • Holy Cow: WKU aligns with dairy industry to foster “smart” Holsteins. Western Kentucky University (WKU) has enlisted the partnership of Holstein Association USA, the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund, and approximately 18 individual industry partners to form the WKU SmartHolstein Lab, which is located at the WKU Agriculture Research and Education Center.
  • Schlumberger reaches out to HBCUs with its software donation program. The American workforce experienced an unprecedented and challenging year as a result of the global pandemic and racial division in the wake of the George Floyd killing. This prompted many corporations to revisit their current support models around inclusivity, including their impact at HBCUs. Schlumberger, spearheaded by their employee resource group (ERG) in a joint effort with UIDP (University-Industry Demonstration Partnership), began reviewing ways to incorporate long-lasting impact in their engagements with HBCUs.

Posted October 8th, 2021

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, September 2021


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

If you are a current subscriber click here to log in and access this issue as well as your bonus webinar video, Metrics and Benchmarking for University Corporate Engagement: Breaking Down Silos to Gauge Performance.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 3, No. 9, September 2021

  • Strong communication among campus units enhances strategic engagement efforts. No corporate engagement department is an island (apologies to John Donne). While the creation and implementation of campus-wide projects and initiatives aimed at strengthening industry partnerships most often resides within the corporate engagement office, few of these undertakings can be pulled off without the enthusiastic participation of many other departments or units on campus. Key to that participation, engagement experts agree, is effective communication with those units.
  • Ohio State spinoff helps universities evaluate strength of industry partnerships. UNITE, a consulting company spun out of The Ohio State University, is built around a data-driven technology tool that assigns a value based on the strength of corporate relationships, helping engagement professionals better manage their portfolio of industry partnerships.
  • With selection of first cohort, quantum accelerator Duality plans ‘Corporate Collisions.’ Duality, which describes itself as “the first accelerator program in the nation exclusively dedicated to supporting quantum start-ups,” has selected its initial cohort of participants and is planning new programming aimed at engendering “collisions” between the start-ups and industry partners.
  • U Buffalo helps transform start-up and nurtures a holistic partnership. It could have been as simple as a start-up licensing a university technology, but the relationship between University at Buffalo and Garwood Medical Devices LLC not only led to a redirection of the company’s growth path, but it has also grown into a fully holistic partnership.
  • UCL student program yields more than 600 industry engagements per year. University College London’s (UCL) Industry Exchange Network (IXN), launched by its Department of Computer Science in 2011, has grown to at least 600 student engagements per year, partnering with over 80 companies, according to representatives from UCL who led a recent UIDP webinar, “Student Projects with Industry.” In fact, UCL leaders noted that one of the reasons they were presenting the UIDP webinar is that they are now interested in expanding their program by partnering with U.S. universities and companies on international projects.

Posted September 13th, 2021