|About this Abstract
||2019 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
||Solidification Processing of Light Metals and Alloys: An MPMD Symposium in Honor of David StJohn
||The CAST Cooperative Research Centre: Lessons for Research Collaboration
||John F. Grandfield, Mark Easton
|On-Site Speaker (Planned)
||John F. Grandfield
Over a period of 21 years the CAST Cooperative Research Centre succeeded in engaging industry and research organisations in the development of light metal technologies. At the end of its life in 2014 it had 17 active licenses for commercialization of technologies, 69 patents granted and del. From 2005-2012 it delivered over $100M in value to its partners and had graduated more than 85 higher degree research students. David played a major part in CAST’s success in roles as program manager and later CEO by overcoming reluctance for partners to work together. This paper will discuss the key factors that lead to its success including the importance of a leadership team with both industrial and research experience who could empathise with the various stakeholders in the centre and the importance of a long term strategy that could allow for commercialisation of technologies developed.