Day 3: Wednesday, March 25

7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Event Check-In & Registration
Outside of Room 2300A


7 a.m. – 9 a.m.

MSC 2300 A&B


8 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

First-Time Attendee Session
MSC 2300 D

Speaker: Tony Buccanfuso, UIDP

This session will provide an overview of UIDP and our operational model. It is recommended that representatives of new UIDP member organizations and all first-time meeting participants attend this informational session.


UIDP Resources Session
MSC 2300 E

Speakers: Tony Buccanfuso, UIDP, Dan Kramer, Ohio State University, Angie Taylor, UIDP

UIDP provides members with hundreds of resources--webinar archives, videos, project reports and quick guides, past meeting materials, NSF funding rates and lists, glossaries, powerpoints and the monthly UIEA newsletter. UIDP has recently released a number of new publications to benefit our community. Attend this session and learn more about these new publications and maximizing UIDP member benefits.

1. Contract Accords (2020)
2. Maximizing the Benefits of Advisory Boards (2019)
3. Public Dedication of Intellectual Property Quick Guide (2019)
4. Industry-Sponsored Capstone Projects for Academic Credit (2019)


9 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.

Welcome & Morning Kick-off
MSC 2300 A&B


9:05 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.

Panel: Compliance, Foreign Influence, and Emerging Threats Against US-Funded IP
MSC 2300 A&B

Moderator: Roseann Luongo, Huron
Speakers: Jeremy Forsberg, UT Arlington, Scott McGaunn, FBI, Kevin Gamache, Texas A&M University

There are increasing concerns over the potential influence of foreign states on U.S. academia and industry, particularly as it pertains to international collaborations in research. As the landscape evolves, institutions will be increasingly pressured to provide full disclosure of foreign involvement at all levels of the organization and will face increased federal scrutiny. This session explores the issue of foreign influence and the impact it has on a multitude of moving parts at research institutions, while providing best practices on how to manage foreign affiliations.


10:05 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.

Prefunciton Area


10:35 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.

Panel: Feeding a Planet of 8 Billion
MSC 2300 A&B

Speakers: Elsa Murano, Texas A&M University, Katie Sell-Garcia, USAID, Jennifer Billings, Corteva Agriscience

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the number of malnourished people worldwide decreased from 2005 to 2015, from a high of 947million to 785 million. However, over the past three years, the number has been increasing, reaching 821 million in early 2019. Some of the contributing factors include conflict, droughts, flooding, and extremes of temperatures, all of which affect the ability of farmers to produce enough food to not only feed themselves and their families but to enhance their livelihoods through domestic commerce and international trade. In this panel presentation, we will discuss some possible strategies where both industry and academia can engage to develop solutions, and how USAID, as the federal government agency charged with supporting food security, is an important partner in this endeavor.


11:35 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.

Introduction to Breakouts
MSC 2300 A&B


11:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.

Breakout Sessions #2

Modelling the Front End of the Innovation Cycle Using Machine Learning & Data Analytics: An Emergent Approach
MSC 2300 D

Speakers: Daniel Calto, Elsevier Research Intelligence & Sven Rueddigkeit, PatentSight/LexisNexis

The global corpus of research publications is huge, with over 3.5M articles published in 2019 alone. Similarly, patenting activity is at an all-time high. Yet all patents are not created equal. How can universities and companies navigate this vast information thicket?

One approach is to use powerful analytical tools. These tools use semantic methods such as NLP and machine learning to machine-read the entire global corpus of research papers and patents, then use the resultant semantic fingerprints to map connections through the entire front end of the innovation cycle. This approach allows the visualization of large and complex data sets and the generation of simple metrics that allow benchmarking vs. peers and competitors.

This presentation demonstrates a method to track granular research topics and understand global technology trends, which allows continuous technology horizon scanning and competitive intelligence gathering on competing universities and firms. Such topics can be refined to a high level of specificity, then traced through basic to applied research, and on to patenting and commercialization activity worldwide. This is an emergent method of analysis. One goal will be to get feedback from the attendees about whether this approach is valuable, and how it can be further enhanced.


Basic Project - Public Funding and U-I Collaborations (Partnership Management & Research Administration)
MSC 2300 D

Speakers: Andrew Cockerill, UIDP

Building on the input and discussion at our last two meetings, we have initiated a project to develop a quick guide, "Public Funding Opportunities: Finding Best Practice to Secure Public Funding for Collaborative University-Industry Projects." This breakout session will present and seek input and comments on the current draft of the guide.


EDA Regional Innovation Strategies (Government Engagement & Economic Development)
MSC 2401


Engaging Commodity Groups (Partnership Management & Research Administration)
MSC 2404

Speakers: Penny Riggs, Texas A&M University, Seth Murray, Texas A&M University, Ale Ochoa, Firestone and Robertson Distilling Co.

This session will explore strategies for successfully engaging commodity groups, including lessons learned from grain developers in forming partnerships with whiskey distilleries worldwide. Developing and licensing novel grains for fermentation and product development will be explored through discussions with grain variety experts and international distillers.


Success Stories in Animal Health (Partnership Management & Research Administration)
MSC 2405

Speakers: Allison Ficht, Texas A&M University, Jay Treat, Texas A&M University, John Hardham, Zoetis

Successful partnerships between academia and an international industry leader in animal health serve to develop and manufacture the next generation of countermeasures against disease. The next emerging infectious disease is just around the corner, and the means to identify and move quickly to protect the public and the food supply is illustrated through the partnerships visited here.


12:40 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.

Working Lunch with Table Topic Discussions
MSC 2300 A&B

Pick up your lunch and choose a table with a designated topic to meet and interact with other UIDP30 attendees with similar interests.


1:40 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.

Accelerating Academia Cooperations at Ericsson
MSC 2300 A&B

Speaker: Anders Caspár, Ericsson


2:10 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

Lockheed Martin Global University Engagement
MSC 2300 A&B

Speaker: Nafiz Karabudak, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Strategic engagement with the universities globally to advance science and technology thru the convergence of research, talent development, fostering education/STEM and partnering to build innovation pillars.


3:20 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Intro to Tours
MSC 2300 A&B


3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Learn more about UIDP30 Tours

RELLIS Campus, Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), and Center for Infrastructure Renewal (CIR)

The 2,000-acre RELLIS campus is a collaborative ecosystem built to foster advanced research, technology development, testing and evaluation, higher education, and hands-on career training.  A former World War II Air Field has been transformed into an innovative technology and testing research hub where industry partners are encouraged to build their own research facilities.  This tour will include the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and its brand new Center for Infrastructure Renewal.

Global Health Research Complex

The Texas A&M Global Health Research Complex (GHRC) is a 102,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art, nationally distinct high containment facility and core laboratory designed to support and advance multi-disciplinary large animal and insect vector research, education, and training opportunities for faculty at Texas A&M University and their collaborating partners. Completed in late 2019, the GHRC is one of only a few university facilities in the country capable of supporting research with large animals at BSL-3Ag combined with insect vectors at ACL3. Such research is critically needed to help address global infectious disease threats. Texas A&M seeks to strategically partner with pharmaceutical, vaccine, diagnostic, and animal health companies to efficiently enhance product development activities.

Zachry Engineering Education Complex

The Zachry Engineering Education Complex, home of the Texas A&M College of Engineering and the largest academic building on campus, is a 525,000 square-foot facility designed to revolutionize the way education is delivered to undergraduate students with its student-centered design and modern learning techniques and technology. Along with classrooms, engineering programs and resources, study and event spaces, Zachry houses three experiential lab spaces: 1) the Fischer Engineering Design Center features state-of-the-art prototyping tools, collaborative spaces, materials and dedicated staff to support students; 2) the Common Labs are designed with an open floor plan to provide students with opportunities to work alongside students from different majors on areas such as materials, fluids, controls, and advanced robotics; and 3) the Shell Engineering Foundations Lab dedicated for use by engineering students during common courses in their second and third semesters, designed to support more than 3,600 students per week. This tour will include an inside look at the new active learning studios, student makerspace, labs, collaboration spaces, engineering inspired artwork, and other points of interest.


Leach Teaching Gardens

The Leach Teaching Gardens, a 7-acre public teaching garden that opened in 2018, serve as a living classroom where creativity sprouts, knowledge flourishes, and Aggie roots run deep. The Gardens feature 21 demonstration areas showcasing a wide range of horticulture disciplines, from delicate flowers to hearty crops.

Fire School and Disaster City

 Tour the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service facilities, including 1) the largest liquid-fueled, live-fire training facility in the world; 2) our state-of-the-art disaster simulation center, including active, constructive, and virtual simulations that provide the ultimate test for emergency managers; and 3) a full-scale community of collapsed structures and rubble piles designed to simulate various levels of disaster and wreckage for search and rescue training.


Human Behavior Laboratory

The Human Behavior Laboratory can help answer questions regarding human interaction with the environment and physiology, and offers groundbreaking insights into health, education, and marketing tactics. The lab can quickly and accurately collect biometric data, including eye-tracking, facial expression analysis (reading emotions), neural signals (electroencephalography), galvanic skin response (GSR), and heart and respiration rates. The result is a greater understanding of how context and emotions influence human behavior.


5:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Transportation to Reception Venue for Tour Participants


5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

George H.W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum
Bush Presidential Library Grounds  
1000 George Bush Drive West, College Station, TX 77845

Enjoy a Texas-sized steak dinner on the beautiful grounds of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum.