Donald Senich, Program Director and Senior Advisor, Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI), Partnerships for Innovation (PFI), Division of Industrial Innovation & Partnerships, National Science Foundation (NSF)
Kevin Hubbard, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Director, Southwest Illinois Advanced Manufacturing Center (SIAM), Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville
Kristine Jarden, Lecturer, Department of Marketing and Management, School of Business, Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville
This session explores the intricate relationships between academic research institutions, industry, education, and funding agencies in the translation of cutting-edge research into product and public good. Of keen interest will be the role of funding agencies in fostering productive relationships between academia and industry. What are the challenges and obstacles in conducting collaborative research projects between "the ivory tower" and profit-driven businesses? How can support from sources like the National Science Foundation facilitate successful partnerships and thus the proper translation of idea into product?