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University-Industry Engagement Advisor, April 2024


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, April 2024The following is a list of the articles that appear in the April 2024 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 6, No. 4, April 2024

  • Beth Israel pushes for ‘fair market’ approach to pre-clinical SRAs. Academic institutions may not always be setting a high enough bar when it comes to establishing a budget for their pre-clinical industry-sponsored research agreements (SRAs), says Tod Woolf, PhD, executive director of the Technology Ventures Office at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and lecturer on medicine at Harvard Medical School.
  • Build master agreements for expansion with a careful start, ongoing monitoring. Master agreements between universities and their corporate partners come in many shapes and sizes. More complex than one-off research deals, the master agreement, in its highest form, sets the framework for long-term collaboration across an array of elements, including clinical trials, sponsored research, experiential learning for students, licensing, the creation of spinouts and startups, and the ground-up development of technology.
  • Pillar Science paves road to partnerships with AI-assisted matchmaking platform. When the Semiconductor Research Corporation started migrating 40 years of data from its custom-built management software to an off-the-shelf platform a couple of years ago, they knew there would be some growing pains. It took over a year as they worked through those glitches, finding the gaps, filling them, and tailoring the new system to meet its needs before going live in December 2022.
  • With new partnerships office, U Wyoming leans into its strengths. Rather than face the pitfalls and uncertainties of building something from scratch, the University of Wyoming instead opted to trust what was already in place when it recently created the Office of Industry and Strategic Partnerships.
  • With industry input, UTSA establishes new college for cybersecurity and data science. Dedicated to artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, computing, data science and adjacent fields, a new college at the University of Texas at San Antonio will have a decidedly industry-facing posture. Not yet named, the college will house the 6,000 students annually enrolled in UTSA’s AI, cyber, computing, and data science-related degree programs.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor, March 2024


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, March 2024The following is a list of the articles that appear in the March 2024 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 6, No. 3, March 2024

  • Flexibility, distinctive branding mark UW-Madison’s new IP options program. Standard IP agreement options are certainly nothing new for major research universities, but the University of Wisconsin-Madison asserts that its recently launched Badger IP Industry Advantage differs from many others in more than one way. First, say its leaders, they intentionally went as far as they reasonably could in their offerings, to eliminate the need for negotiations as much as possible.
  • The secret sauce behind Wichita State’s top rankings in industry-funded research. Wichita State University again finds itself in exclusive territory with its level of industry-funded R&D, ranking in the top 10 alongside some of the country’s most storied universities. While WSU benefits from a longstanding relationship with the aviation industry — Wichita, the “Air Capitol of the World,” is the birthplace of Beechcraft, Cessna, Learjet, Mooney and Stearman — its lofty rankings cannot simply be chalked up to a legacy association with the airplane.
  • Protecting confidentiality and IP in industry-sponsored capstone projects. With industry-sponsored capstones and other experiential programs on the rise, industry engagement and tech transfer offices are more often struggling with a key question: How do we handle confidentiality and IP in an age when more and more students are involved in proprietary research, have the potential to become inventors or contributors to a patent, and just generally spend a good deal of time working on and discussing both corporate and university IP?
  • A demanding capstone is the highlight of the ESTEEM Program at Notre Dame. Powered by a deep roster of corporate partners, a hyper focus on the intersection of business and science, a rigorous curriculum, and an immersive capstone project that pushes students to the limits of their abilities, the ESTEEM Graduate Program in entrepreneurship at Notre Dame, founded in 2009, seems to have hit its stride.
  • Karma Automotive invests in Proof of Product program at UC-Irvine. A year ago, Marques McCammon joined Karma Automotive as the company’s president. The maker of ultra-luxury electric and range-extended vehicles, based in Irvine, CA, already had its place in the industry with its own manufacturing and engineering development facilities and a dealership network spanning North America, Europe, South America, and the Middle East.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor, February 2024


The following is a list of the articles that appear in the February 2024 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 6, No. 2, February 2024

  • Industry engagement offices begin early adoption of generative AI tools for efficiency, marketing. Generative AI may be reaping large headlines and gaining wide acceptance and application in numerous industries, but when it comes to the professionals who lead university corporate engagement efforts, they are still very much in the learning stages. In fact, more than a dozen industry engagement leaders contacted to comment for this article demurred because it was just “too early” at their university.
  • UK announces Innovation Connect and OneUK business engagement programs. Driven by both internal and external demand, Innovation Connect at the University of Kentucky has rolled out a three-pronged campaign to enhance its ability to facilitate industry-sponsored research, strengthen its state, national and international connections, and create a sense of optimism and momentum around its efforts to fortify the Kentucky economy.
  • U Toronto and LG partnership features ‘inverted internship’ for industry researchers. The recent five-year renewal of the collaborative research agreement between the University of Toronto and LG Electronics looks to continue the progress the two have made in AI training, autonomous driving, health care, materials discovery and robotics. And as the partnership moves forward, organizers on both ends are hoping to revive an organic outgrowth of the original agreement – an “inverted internship” in which LG researchers embed themselves at the U of T campus to work with the university’s faculty.
  • Alignment is foundational for both one-and-done and strategic partnerships. When it comes to identifying partners for joint projects between universities and companies, an assessment of alignment between the parties should be the first consideration before entering into an agreement, be it a one-off research project or a large-scale strategic undertaking.
  • Battelle’s Tech Scouts program matches researchers with industry needs. After a short hiatus, Batelle Commercialization Committee’s Tech Scout program is back up and running. The program, which started back in 2019, was initiated by Batelle to assist the laboratories it manages on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy in moving more of its technologies into the marketplace.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor, January 2024


The following is a list of the articles that appear in the January 2024 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 6, No. 1, January 2024

  • Universities, industry partners often at odds over “non-commercial” IP. Negotiations are often difficult in finalizing a university-industry partnership, and in at least one respect industry engagement professionals say things are getting even tougher. They point to a recent trend in which industry partners in sponsored research have become more reluctant about agreeing to limit IP use to “non-commercial” applications — i.e., artistic, educational, scholarly, or internal research projects that will not be marketed, promoted, or sold. Some partners, they note, insist that by their very nature everything they do is commercial. At the other end of the spectrum is the argument that the resources the university provides to enable and enhance the research more than justify the financial investment the industry partner is making.
  • Gold-standard co-op program at U Waterloo built and financed for success. Embedded in its institutional DNA, co-operative education at the University of Waterloo in Canada has grown from its inaugural cohort of 74 industry-tailored engineering students to become one of the world’s largest and most successful programs of its kind, annually producing thousands of job-ready graduates that then move into leadership-track positions at companies throughout North America.
  • With industry input, LSU-Alexandria creates program to fill cybersecurity talent gap. Looking to do its part in filling the huge hole in the U.S. cybersecurity workforce and supply an industry partner with needed talent, Louisiana State University of Alexandria has teamed up with a private company to not only offer an increasingly popular internship program, but it has created a cybersecurity curriculum with company input that dovetails with its Bachelor of General Studies with a Concentration in Cybersecurity.
  • Music mogul takes Georgia Tech’s industry engagement efforts into creative arena. A student program at Georgia Tech designed to connect students to industry is picking up steam, but not in a field you would expect like engineering or biotech. Rather, the Instrumental Conversations lecture series created by music mogul Liz Garner is focused on industry engagement in Georgia Tech’s School of Music and Design.
  • UL Research Institutes opens national $7M grant program. An opportunity for significant grant funding across a range of research areas is now available from UL Research Institutes (ULRI), a non-profit arm of Underwriters Laboratories dedicated to advancing public safety through scientific discovery. ULRI has opened its Discoveries in Safety Grants Program to applicants from non-profits, for-profits, and institutes of higher education.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor, December 2023


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, December 2023The following is a list of the articles that appear in the December 2023 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 5, No. 12, December 2023

  • Industry engagement pros share their keys to stewardship excellence. Having an industry partner agree to a collaboration — be it a one-off project or a strategic partnership — is really just an initial step in what will hopefully be a successful journey. Industry engagement experts agree that it’s the ongoing stewardship of the partnership — or lack thereof — that holds the key to a lasting relationship.
  • U Tokyo and Daikin build comprehensive partnership focused on air quality. The sprawling partnership between the University of Tokyo and Daikin Industries, the world’s leading manufacturer of indoor HVAC systems, has many goals and many ways to achieve them. But at its heart, the 10-year, $67-million agreement that entails a massive mobilization of personnel, a comprehensive exchange between academia and industry, and a deep-dive into idea generation and start-up technologies boils down to one crucial and essential thing: the air we breathe.
  • Penn State keeps industry engaged and forward thinking with annual award. When Wabtec Corp. was named Penn State’s 2023 Corporate Partner of the Year, it wasn’t just based on 365 days of engagement, it was based on a lifetime of partnering with the university.
  • JMU collaborates with other VA schools and brings talent to industry partners. With a nice piece of branding, the ability to evaluate a program and make needed adjustments midstream, and a focus on the entirety of the value chain, James Madison University’s (JMU) Center for Professional Sales (CPS) has brought out the best in students and corporate partners with its biannual sales pitch competition hosted by the CPS within JMU’s College of Business. And in a bit of intercollegiate collaboration, the fact that the event involved four Virginia campuses and their students made it an even bigger success.
  • Thomas More U’s on-site professional development sessions a hit with industry. From zero to 60 in just a couple of seconds. That’s not a bad way to analogize what happened when Thomas More University in Northern Kentucky decided to go all in on a program to deliver on-site professional development workshops to area businesses and municipalities.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor, November 2023


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, November 2023The following is a list of the articles that appear in the November 2023 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 5, No. 11, November 2023

  • Court rulings, legislation putting some DEI collaborations in jeopardy. DEI collaborations between universities and their industry partners have been steadily on the rise in recent years; academic institutions appreciate the many benefits of a diverse student body, while corporations see similar value in a diverse workforce. But these laudable goals may be on a collision course with recent court cases — including a Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action — and new legislation on the state level.
  • Purdue joins the global consortium of Trimble Technology Labs. A simple vendor relationship grew into a headline-grabbing strategic collaboration with the potential for global reach when engineering heavyweight Purdue University entered into a five-year agreement with construction technology firm Trimble to establish a sponsored, branded learning lab within its Polytechnic Institute.
  • U of Toronto activates new search tool that introduces its faculty to the world. In a move that’s expected to enhance its already robust infrastructure for corporate engagement, sponsored research, public-private collaboration and problem solving, the University of Toronto has activated the DiscoverResearch website, populated with a growing and granular list of faculty profiles that can be accessed with a few key words and the click of a mouse.
  • To attract corporate partners, universities need to speak the language of business. Universities across the nation have a problem telling corporate America about their faculty resources, their institutional capabilities, and their overall capacity to enter into industry partnerships. While many universities have cracked the code, many others are stuck in neutral when it comes to reaching out beyond campus for something other than philanthropic donations.
  • Algonquin College relies on established process to close on major cybersecurity deal. Using a well-worn process for vetting strategic partnerships and finding the benefits that accrue to both the institution and the private company, Algonquin College (AC) in Ottawa, Canada, entered into a three-year agreement with Field Effect to provide cybersecurity training to post-graduate students, corporate groups, governments, and businesses.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor, October 2023


The following is a list of the articles that appear in the October 2023 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 5, No. 10, October 2023

  • Focus on capstones can be critical to building and strengthening long-term industry partnerships. Capstone programs have become a vital component of industry engagement at many research universities, but initial successes can sometimes be fleeting. And while capstones can and do lead to more strategic partnerships involving other areas of engagement, that expansion is not a given without persistent cultivation. What are the keys to long-term success and growth of such programs? Engagement leaders agree that a strong relationship with industry partners is critical, but maintaining those relations when it comes to capstones can often require some creative thinking and out-of-the-box strategies.
  • Colorado State and Marvel Fusion team up for next-gen laser facility. Touted as the largest public-private partnership in the global laser-based fusion energy sector, Colorado State University and Germany-based Marvel Fusion have agreed to a $150 million deal that will establish Fort Collins as a destination for world-class faculty, a magnet for student talent accessing a curricula that feeds into research and workforce development, and a critical link in the supply chain adjacent to the commercialization of nuclear fusion.
  • Industry partners reaping the benefits of U Cincinnati’s 1819 Innovation Hub. The University of Cincinnati committed to an intentional strategy of boosting its level of corporate engagement with a focus on access to STEM students and faculty when its 1819 Innovation Hub was established as the cornerstone of the Cincinnati Innovation District in 2020. Based on the results, it’s a model other universities may want to study.
  • Three-way data science partnership with insurer gets new funding, new programs. After five years of partnership in developing and then growing the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute, Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee have renewed their deal with Northwestern Mutual. Together they’ll contribute another $35 million in funding, on top of the $40 million pledged in the initial agreement.
  • Iowa Soybean Research Center maintains momentum with new partner, more funding. In adding its 20th industry partner to its advisory council, the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University continues to advance its industry collaboration model by increasing the diversity of input into problem solving, upping the amount of funding and academic resources it can commit to research, and using a third-party contractor to recruit and help retain partners.
  • How to get the most out of an industry engagement day. Allowing one day for an industry engagement event might not seem like a lot of time. But with comprehensive advanced planning, dedicated follow up, and an invitation list that includes established partners and targeted prospects, one day can yield an assortment of positive results, from small projects to long-term expansions of existing relationships.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor, September 2023


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, September 2023The following is a list of the articles that appear in the September 2023 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 5, No. 9, September 2023

  • More industry partners seeking upfront IP options in Master Research Agreements. In their constant search to meet the needs of industry partners, a growing number of top research universities have been offering upfront IP options in their sponsored research agreements. At the same time, a number of those SRAs have taken the form of Master Research Agreements, or MRAs. The question is, do the two “work well” together?
  • Western Michigan U adopts new process for building more strategic partnerships. Looking to create a cohesive framework for industry engagement and strategic partnerships, Western Michigan University undertook a multi-year effort to overhaul its entire system, an overhaul that includes a new website and software, the formation of a new team, and a proprietary valuation tool for the assessment of companies wanting to work with the university.
  • Wichita State’s Innovation Campus sparks decade of industry-driven solutions. It always starts with a problem and ends with a solution. Just over a decade into the creation of the Innovation Campus at Wichita State University, that’s the through line coming out of WSU’s ongoing industry partnership efforts centered there.
  • U of Illinois unveils Blueprint, a new way of thinking about corporate engagement. The Blueprint program at the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois, crafted in large part based on models and input from the private sector, is finishing out its first year of operation with an important and growing partnership with global IT and consulting company Accenture.
  • Industry-based faculty sabbaticals can blossom into valuable partnerships. Industry-based sabbaticals for university faculty members are not necessarily new, but as the research landscape and public-private partnerships continue to evolve, they are increasingly seen as an agile approach to grow value for campuses and companies — with universities and their faculty gaining real-world experience, and companies benefiting from fresh academic insights and useful innovations.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor, August 2023


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, August 2023The following is a list of the articles that appear in the August 2023 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 5, No. 8, August 2023

  • Speed matters in industry contracting and early, frequent discussions are critical. There’s an old ‘saw’ that goes something like this: “You can’t expect me to be at the landing if I wasn’t there for the lift-off.” While that may be a bit of over-simplification when applied to the contracting process, industry engagement experts agree that early discussions between partners can go a long way towards improving efficiency and reaching the ‘goal line’ more rapidly — and leaving both partners more satisfied with the results.
  • ‘Collaboration Accelerator’ sets stage for partnership between Vandy and Nissan. It was officially branded as a ‘Collaboration Accelerator,’ but it might just as easily have been called a ‘speed-dating’ event between a top university and a leading automaker. Whatever you choose to call it, the event – which occurred on January 19, 2022 — has not only led to other similar events, but it has served as the launching pad for discussions on about 40-50 potential projects involving Vanderbilt University and Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., and “probably 12 to 15 that really had legs and are likely still moving today,” according to Sally Parker, associate vice chancellor for strategy and operations at Vanderbilt.
  • Arizona community colleges and Intel are building a semiconductor workforce. The Semiconductor Technician Quick Start program offered through Maricopa Community Colleges (MCC) in Arizona is off to a blazing start, boasting a full cohort of graduates, a second full cohort already enrolled, a waiting list of thousands, and a regional high-tech economy eager to employ them at great starting wages. The success of the talent development program, sponsored by computing giant Intel, may provide a useful blueprint for others looking to engage with industry in developing needed workforce skills not only in semiconductors, but in any tech field.
  • Oakland U business school program mirrors university-level corporate partner plans. Many universities offer corporate partnership programs where in return for a financial investment industry sponsors receive a variety of benefits reserved for these “special” partners, often including several tiers that mirror the level of commitment. However, it is far less common to find similar programs offered by a single school or college.
  • U Maine offers free services to spur engagement and economic development. The University of Maine is taking $2.5 million in federal pandemic funding to invest in present and future partnerships with Maine businesses. The university is expanding programming and services to help stabilize and support small businesses and start-ups dealing with ongoing post-pandemic challenges that are hindering their growth.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor, July 2023


The following is a list of the articles that appear in the July 2023 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 5, No. 7, July 2023

  • Before signing off on strategic partnerships, experts stress value of solid due diligence process. What do industry engagement managers look for when implementing a due diligence process with a potential strategic partner, and what key steps lead them to the decision point? Many are guided by a number of key “boxes” that must be checked off — while also recognizing that no two processes look exactly the same.
  • Partnership between Ole Miss and Trane blossoms out of vendor relationship. At the University of Mississippi in Oxford, the typical university-vendor agreement for services has been transformed into a deep-dive partnership that embodies the “campus as a living lab.”
  • Drexel U and Lockheed Martin create ‘Launchpad’ to the future. A long-standing partnership between Drexel University and Lockheed Martin Corporation has taken a big leap forward, with Lockheed committing to a regular presence on campus through the Lockheed Martin Launchpad, a dynamic new space that serves as a hub to foster innovation and create a glidepath to talent for the company.
  • ‘Mutual admiration society’ helps U Cambridge-Boeing partnership flourish. There are any number of elements that contribute to the long-term success of a strategic university-industry partnership. Naturally, alignment on the science is critical, as is commonality of mission and philosophy. Communication, commitment, transparency — all of them help pave the way to the achievement of common goals.
  • McGill’s I+P program provides matching funds to industry partners. Canada’s McGill University has taken a different tack for its Innovation + Partnerships (I+P) program by paying for half of the company’s research out of a government grant program.
  • UIDP launches consulting firm to address needs voiced by its members. Responding to “the consistent request for custom services from the membership,” UIDP has launched UI Collab, a consulting firm comprised of a team of experts “with deep experience from years of service at leading universities and companies.”

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor, June 2023


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, June 2023The following is a list of the articles that appear in the June 2023 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 5, No. 6, June 2023

  • WMU launches holistic strategy for managing corporate relationships. Over the past several years, leaders in corporate engagement at Western Michigan University (WMU) have been developing an expansive program to not only enhance corporate engagement, but to also manage those relationships more effectively.
  • Coalition for equitable skills training a foundational piece for Mid-South ‘Silicon Valley.’ Two Vanderbilt University pioneers are spearheading an organization known as the Coalition Responsible for Equitable Skills Training, or CREST, and are hoping their efforts will help build a solid foundation for an even more ambitious undertaking — the creation and solidification of a Mid-South ecosystem rivaling Silicon Valley — with a distinctive emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
  • U Utah’s mapping strategy ensures curriculum addresses industry needs. Providing ongoing educational opportunities for employees of industry partners, especially in the area of credentialing, is a strategy being pursued by a growing number of universities as one of the ways to meet the growing demand for talent to populate the ‘workforce of the future.’
  • NVIDIA partnership with U Florida prompts full integration of AI into curriculum. A partnership between NVIDIA, the global leader in AI, and the University of Florida is expected to “supercharge” the volume and quality of technology the university brings to market, revolutionize the way the university conducts research across all 16 of its colleges, and serve as a template for other universities wanting to incorporate AI into their business and education models.
  • UFTI offers tiered model to help ‘formalize’ industry relationships. Late last year the University of Florida Transportation Institute (UFTI) began offering a tiered model for industry collaboration that it calls simply its “Industry Partnership” program, a detailed model with three distinct tiers — each requiring a specific donation and offering a sliding scale of membership benefits, as well as the introduction of a “Corporate Board.”

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor, May 2023


University-Industry Engagement Advisor, May 2023The following is a list of the articles that appear in the May 2023 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. 5, No. 5, May 2023

  • Engagement offices look to ‘move at the speed of business’ and hold industry to the same standard. Managers of corporate engagement offices at leading research universities have long talked about the importance of “moving at the speed of business” to eliminate one of the key complaints that industry has had about academia. And they have been more than willing to do that — not only with express licenses and other streamlined agreement models, but with other changes in strategies and procedures. However, some insist that having accomplished that goal, they may actually be “out-speeding” their corporate counterparts.
  • National Semiconductor Technology Center added to CHIPS Act arsenal. In April, the U.S. Department of Commerce joined the federal semiconductor fray in the business sector, releasing its nascent plan under the federal CHIPS Act to establish facilities for chip research, development, and production, and unveiling the National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC).
  • Stevens Institute helps upskill of corporate employees with grad degrees, certificates. The 13 employees from Northrop Grumman’s Aeronautics Engineering segment in Rancho Bernardo, CA, who received certificates in February recognizing their completion of the Stevens Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering degree program were just the latest in a long line of cohorts to graduate from Stevens Institute of Technology’ School of Systems and Enterprises’ (SSE) corporate education program.
  • U Michigan launches new initiative to support research and industry partnerships. It appears that “status quo” is not in the vocabulary of the movers and shakers at the University of Michigan. No sooner had they just begun to get things rolling on a major reorganization of their research, commercialization, and industry relations efforts, they announced the launch of an ambitious initiative to generate greater external support and internal resources for their research and scholarship activities, including industry-sponsored research.
  • Student ambassadors help local business partners create ‘home’ jobs for students. Two “student ambassador” programs — one of long standing, the other just getting started — both involve tapping students to network in the community to connect with industry, promote local resources and opportunities, and convince students to stay in-state and display their talents to potential employers. The efforts are enlarging the talent pipeline for local industry, while promoting state-based companies to students who may otherwise leave for other pastures.

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