Student-Run Symposium: Building Bridges – Connecting Academic and Industry Research: Session I
Sponsored by: TMS: Education Committee
Program Organizers: Katherine Vinson, The University of Alabama; Omar Rodriguez, The University of Alabama; Ben White, The University of Alabama; Dallin Barton, The University of Alabama; Rachel White, The University of Alabama
Monday 8:30 AM
February 27, 2017
Location: San Diego Convention Ctr
Session Chair: Omar Rodriguez, The University of Alabama; Dallin Barton, The University of Alabama
8:30 AM Introductory Comments Dr. Garry W. Warren
8:40 AM Invited
Building Bridges: Transitioning from Academia to Industry: Lucille Giannuzzi1; 1EXpressLO LLC
Scientists and engineers possess skills that are easily transferrable to technical sales, product marketing, business development, and entrepreneurship. Identifying a critical need, suggesting a pathway, and implementing a solution, are paramount for either academic research or industrial commercialization. Continued success and sustainable growth requires people skills and marketing experience. Collaborating with key personnel provides the possibility of pinpointing new applications for emerging markets. Examples of the above concepts will be given, and the path from graduate school, to academia, to industry, including the startup and growth of two companies will be presented.
9:20 AM Invited
Building Bridges: Connecting Academic and Industry Research: Nanci Hardwick1; Jianqing Su1; 1Aeroprobe Corporation
Aeroprobe is an innovator in the materials processing industry and a pioneer of Additive Friction Stir (AFS). This process is a highly scalable, solid-state method for additive manufacturing that eliminates many common problems with fusion-based techniques. Aeroprobe’s development of AFS is the product of years of operational excellence and successful collaborations with other industry members and universities. Aeroprobe has taken important steps to generate scientific collaborations of value, including implementing a more research-centric organizational structure. This presentation will focus on how Aeroprobe has benefited from those collaborations and the successful merging of industry and academia in the additive manufacturing industry.
9:40 AM Invited
The Faculty Entrepreneur: Finding Win-Win Commercialization Opportunities for University Research: Christian Widener1; 1South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Balancing university research and teaching expectations while pursuing involvement in small business startup opportunities, and avoiding real or perceived conflicts of interest, is no simple task. It requires excellent alignment between both university and private interests, a definite plan for managing activities, and an active and involved technology transition office. For the researcher, though, who is willing to take on the extra work load and possible financial risks, it can be very rewarding. This model has been successfully demonstrated at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology which has transitioned numerous projects for industrial applications and launched multiple small business startups. This approach has both increased research awards at the university and become a powerful force for local economic development. This model demonstrates that the commercialization of university research can be beneficial for the university, the researcher, state and federal governments, as well as the community.
10:00 AM Invited
Four Pillars of Academia: A Cultural Shift to include Entrepreneurship: Michael Sealy1; 1University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Traditionally, the mission of academic institutions has relied on three pillars: teaching, research, and service. I propose universities adopt a fourth pillar, entrepreneurship, as a fundamental part of their mission. Nowadays, entrepreneurship courses are frequently taught within colleges of engineering. Students do not have to attend business school to gain exposure to entrepreneurial ideas. The consequence is a new generation of engineering grads with exposure to start-ups, patents, and commercialization. As some choose careers in academia, there exists a cultural shift from previous generations. Start-ups are no longer hobbies for only tenured or endowed professors. New assistant professors are actively engaged in entrepreneurship. Their efforts should be encouraged and fostered. Universities are prime locations for new intellectual property that can fuel economic growth and job creation. It is time for a cultural shift so that entrepreneurship is a fundamental pillar for universities and is encouraged in all levels of academia.