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UIDP Webinar | Today’s Reality: Universities and Industry Engagement (2020)
May 20, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
All companies and universities are profoundly impacted by the ramifications from COVID-19. While much of the news is about classes, students on campus, and athletics, university-industry engagement is also feeling the effects. This session will explore how universities are rapidly adapting to the current realities through their corporate partnerships.Register
Free for members, registration required.
Who Should Attend
- Center, department and college representatives
- Chief research officers
- Corporate and university relation officials
- Open innovation representatives
- Sponsored program administrators
- Talent managers
The webinar will focus primarily on:
- Universities’ responses to COVID-19 and its impact on corporate partnerships; and
- Specific initiatives that are being undertaken to overcome the negative effects from COVID-19
We’ll also explore:
- How governments can support universities and partner with them and the private sector to address societal needs; and
- New ways universities and companies are seeking to leverage each other’s assets to succeed in today’s climate.
- This highly participatory webinar includes presentations, interactive discussion, and Q&A. Attendee participation is highly encouraged.
Nerissa Draeger is director of global university engagements, a position she has held since 2017. She oversees Lam Research Corporation’s academic partnerships and strategic research collaborations in pursuit of disruptive and enabling technologies to advance the semiconductor industry. Her leadership is focused on creating diversity in both our technology and talent pipelines to drive innovative solutions for our customers. Draeger has led various programs since joining the company in 2000, including feasibility of emerging materials and processes, new product development, and strategic business and intellectual property development. Her background is in thin film deposition, and she earned her doctorate in materials science and engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan. She has authored more than 30 patents and numerous technical publications.
Jay Walsh is senior advisor to the president for research and science at Northwestern University. He provides counsel to the president, provost, senior vice president for business and finance, and the vice president for research on major trends that may impact current or future research efforts. He also serves on selected initiatives that represent Northwestern’s interests on local, state, national and international levels. Walsh also serves as chair of the UIDP Board of Directors and member of the Board of Governors at Argonne National Lab, the MxD Board of Directors and the MIT Corporation Sponsored Research Committee. His research has been published in a wide variety of refereed journals and his discoveries have resulted in several patents. Walsh earned his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his doctorate in medical engineering from Harvard Medical School-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.
Theresa S. Mayer is the executive vice president for research and partnerships at Purdue University, where she oversees the $670 million research enterprise of the university and supports holistic engagements with federal, industry, and global strategic partners. Prior to this role, she was the vice president for research and innovation at Virginia Tech. During her 23-years at Penn State University, she served as the associate dean for research and innovation in engineering, the site director of the NSF National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network, and a distinguished professor of electrical engineering and materials science. She is actively engaged in service to her profession and the nation, including the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Mayer earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech, and masters and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University.
Sanjeev Gill is associate vice president for innovation at the University of Waterloo. He oversees, develops and executes a pan-campus strategy that brings together the full innovation capacity of the university. Gill leads teams that maximize the impact of the university’s innovation ecosystem on business, governments, and society and enable entrepreneurs at every level with structured programs and policies that stimulate and grow Canada’s economy and expose world-class research to business applications. Additionally, he leads and participates on numerous task forces and councils to advance the university’s progressive strategies in innovation, entrepreneurship, commercialization, knowledge transfer and life-long learning.