Day 4

8 a.m. – Noon

Event Check-In/Registration
Blackwell Ballroom Lobby


7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Blackwell Ballroom


9 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Welcome & Morning Kick-Off
Blackwell Ballroom

Texas A&M is the lead host for UIDP30, March 2020 in College Station, TX. UIDP29 attendees can learn about the next UIDP conference.

Introduction: Dan Kramer, Ohio State University
Speaker: Jim Joyce, Texas A&M University


9:15 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.

Introduction to Keynote
Blackwell Ballroom

Speaker: Sara Rubin, Ohio State University


9:20 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Voice of the Student:  U-I + S Partnerships
Blackwell Ballroom

Universities and companies are genuinely concerned with issues such as increasing diversity, providing valuable education, and helping to train the next generation of employees.  However, what is often left out of the conversation is the voice of the student. Ms. Tucker will comment on her engagement with and advocacy of students throughout her extensive career in industry, academia, and government. She will provide guidance for establishing and nurturing collaborations that take into account a better understanding of student needs and the value gained from student perspectives and experiences. UIDP member institutions will be encouraged to delve deeper into the student aspect of collaborations and to emphasize the role of the student in many aspects of U-I relationships.

Speaker: Sara Martinez-Tucker, former Chairman of The University of Texas System Board of Regents and former U.S. Under-Secretary of Education


10 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.

Introduction to Breakout Sessions
Blackwell Ballroom


10:05 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.



10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Sponsor Showcase
Pfahl Hall 1st & 2nd Floor Foyers


10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Breakout Sessions #4

Microcredentialing for Soft Skills
Pfahl Hall 302

Competency-based micro-credentials are transforming professional learning for the workplace.  Advanced degree programs still play a vital role in professional training but can take several years. Increasingly, options that can more directly and quickly impact professional performance in the workplace are needed.  Micro-credentials fit the bill and provide a shareable certification (typically digital) indicating demonstrated competency in a specific skill. More universities are building capacities to provide relevant micro-credential training to answer industry’s demand and in this session, you will learn about these efforts.

Moderator: Imants Jaunarajs, Ohio University
Speakers: Ingrid Guerra-Lopez, Wayne State University & Mike Jackson, Northeastern University


High-Value Multidimensional U-I Relationships
Pfahl Hall 140

In an era of tuition constraints and limited public funding, universities are transforming vendor relationships into high-value, mutually beneficial industry partnerships. The Ohio State University, together with their partner, ENGIE, a multinational energy company, will share how they co-created an unprecedented energy partnership, which resulted in the largest ever private sector investment to advance the university’s mission. This workshop will highlight how their partnership intersection of industry and higher education, is bolstering academic research, building a sustainable campus, and expanding academic excellence and affordability.

Speakers: Mike Papadakis, Ohio State University & Serdar Tufekci, Ohio State Energy Partners


NSF Convergence Accelerator - A New Transition Model for Government
Pfahl Hall 330

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently launched the NSF Convergence Accelerator - a new organizational structure to accelerate the transition of use-inspired convergence research into practice in areas of national importance. Convergence research is a critical mechanism for solving many vexing research problems, especially those stemming from complex social and/or scientific challenges. As a funder of research and education across all fields of science and engineering and as a strategic partner in ensuring this new knowledge benefits society, NSF is uniquely positioned to pilot this accelerated approach to discovery and innovation. The guiding rationale of the NSF Convergence Accelerator is that to deliver progress on scientific and societal challenges, it is necessary to take an approach at the highest level of interdisciplinarity and to involve multiple kinds of partners and stakeholders, including researchers and the ultimate users of research products.

Dr. Maughan will describe the progress to date, including details of the first cohort of awardees, and provide the plan and strategy for the Convergence Accelerator. Most importantly, he will discuss how UIDP members and partners can get involved.

Speaker: Douglas Maughan, NSF


Pfizer-CTI: Collaborating with Academia to Transform Cutting Edge Science for Patient Benefit
Pfahl Hall 340

Pfizer CTI is the academic collaborating unit of Pfizer’s Emerging Sciences Innovation group. CTI has been engaged in joint drug discovery efforts with academics for nearly 10 years, taking exciting science from academic labs and translating those discoveries to therapies for patients. Join Manjula Donepudi, a former academic licensing officer,  in a discussion about Pfizer CTI’s approach to academic collaborations and what life is like as an Alliance Manager on the “dark side”.

Speaker: Manjula Donepudi, Pfizer


Autonomy Research Collaborative Network (ARCNet) Consortium
Pfahl Hall 202

The Autonomy Research Collaboration Network (ARCNet) is a collaborative environment bringing academia, industry, and the government together to develop autonomous technologies for the warfighter. To develop public/private partnerships to assist the United States Air Force, and other funding activities, with research, prototyping, and commercialization of products in the fields of Autonomy, Precision Navigation and Timing, and Cyber/Physical systems.  We apply collaborative and intentional independent progression paths across basic applied and advanced research; prototyping, test, evaluation, validation, and verification; technology transition, and commercialization. The goal of ARCNet is to get technology to the warfighter faster by changing the government contracting mold.  Using our Cooperative Agreement we are able to put research projects on contract in 45-60 days from proposal release instead of the usual 6 months to a year.

Speakers: Michael Deis, Ohio University, Kenneth Wall, Federal Bureau of Investigation, retired, and Timothy Shaw, SP Global Inc./SPG Institute


Smart Enterprises: How Cities & Campuses Are Modernizing and Evolving the Experience for Students, Faculty and Citizens
Pfahl Hall 240

Deloitte will discuss the transformational impacts of being digital and the ability to harvest data from the various systems of the enterprises. Use cases such as transportation, facilities allocation, cyber and personal security, crowd flow, and registration are now being completely transformed – resulting in heightened awareness, a richer user experience, strategic data governance and focus on long-term efficiency.

Speakers: Matthew Alex, Deloitte, Brandi Braun, Deloitte, and Piyush Prandey, Deloitte


11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Boxed Lunches
Blackwell Ballroom & Patio


12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Innovative Approaches to Career Services to Promote U-I Engagement
Blackwell Ballroom

This session will take a deep dive into university/industry/student-centric trends in the area of university career services.  How can universities and students work best with industry partners to foster the great needs and demands around workforce development?

Moderator: Mindy Suissa-Cohen, Higher Talent
Speakers: Thomas Brinkley, Elon University, Timothy Luzader, Purdue University, Norma Guerra Gaier, University of Texas at Austin, Tony Denhart, GE


1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Concluding Remarks
Blackwell Ballroom

Speaker: Dan Kramer, Ohio State University


2 p.m. – 4 p.m.


Advanced Computing Center for Arts and Design at  The Ohio State University

Digital Animation, Games and Interactive Media:  Visit the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts & Design (ACCAD), recognized as one of the early and leading research centers of its kind. The labs house motion capture, virtual reality, 3D printing, touch screen and other interactive digital systems. We also offer courses. We are an interdisciplinary team of faculty, staff and graduate students who seek to integrate principles of visual design excellence into digital and interactive applications. Current projects include VR systems used to train first responders, empathy training in a motion capture space, anatomy visualizations on a touch screen and more.

Meet in the Blackwell lobby on the 1st floor at 2 PM. ACCAD is located in Sullivant Hall. A 10-minute guided walk will get you from the Blackwell to Sullivant.


CEMAS (Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis)

There are few places in the world that can rival the Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis (CEMAS) at The Ohio State University University in advanced materials characterization. The unique building design and infrastructure ensure optimum instrument performance of the TEM, FIB, SEM, Cryo-EM, and XRD instruments. The physical infrastructure is further supported by an impressive intellectual foundation of faculty and staff with expertise that spans all aspects of electron and ion beam instrumentation. CEMAS brings together multidisciplinary expertise to drive synergy and amplify our characterization capabilities, to challenge what is possible in electron microscopy. CEMAS partners with university, government, and industry to develop new solutions to tackle major materials challenges as they arise.

Transportation provided. Meet in the Blackwell lobby on the 1st floor at 2 PM. CEMAS is located off of OSU’s main campus on the Kinnear Road Corridor. It is approximately a 5-10 minute drive based on traffic.



While other companies come and go, NetJets has been an industry leader for more than a half-century.  NetJets, which started as Executive Jet Aviation, invented the shared aircraft ownership concept, perfecting it from its inception in 1964 for a small fleet then gradually expanding it to the approximately 750 aircraft in operation today.  There is literally nothing else like NetJets in the world.  No other private flight provider comes close to their global reach, responsiveness, and commitment to safety. We welcome you to visit NetJets’ headquarters next to the Port Columbus International Airport to get a first-hand look at how this industry leader integrates in-house Owner Services Teams, operations specialists, meteorology, scheduling, logistics, flight coordination, pilots, and other aviation professionals to provide a seamless Owner experience.  When a flight request is received, these teams respond in unison; creating itineraries, monitoring weather patterns, and matching aircraft to specific Owner needs; making sure the needed private jet is ready with as little as four hours' notice.

Transportation not provided. Expect 15-25 minute travel time based on traffic.  NetJets is next to the Columbus airport.


Ohio State eSports

“Esports” describes a range of concepts surrounding competitive, team-based video gameplay. Ohio State University’s Esports program supports all students through an affordable, inclusive and engaging collegiate program. Ohio State University’s program increases the reach of Student Life to new populations, provides opportunities for students to demonstrate teamwork and leadership and provides co-curricular opportunities that integrate with new academic and research programs.  Students who participate have the ability to find opportunities to build and sustain strong communities through a well-equipped physical space, support of student organizations and university-supported esports teams.

eSports is located in Lincoln Tower, next to the Ohio Stadium. Meet in the lobby of the Blackwell on the 1st floor at 2 PM. A 10-minute guided walk will take you from the Blackwell to Lincoln.


Honda Heritage Center Museum Tour

Experience the Power of Dreams through Honda’s History of Innovation. Honda continues to rank as the world’s most innovative mobility company.  The Honda Heritage Center highlights the company’s successes in North America over the last half-century with an array of historical, current and future products, each with its own story.  Some interesting items include the Acura NSX, a version of Honda's famous robot Asimo and historic cars and motorcycles. The exhibits showcase the challenging spirit that has driven Honda to make a positive impact on the environment, communities, and customers. This self-guided tour is approximately 45 – 60 minutes, at your own pace. The museum closes at 4 PM.

Bus transportation provided from the Blackwell Hotel to the Heritage Museum. Meet in the lobby of the Blackwell on the 1st floor at 2 PM.  It is approximately a 45-minute drive to the museum (40 miles). We will return to the Blackwell at approximately 5 PM. Please keep these times in mind when registering for this tour.


Ohio Stadium (The Horseshoe)

Go behind the scenes at Ohio Stadium on a guided tour that takes you inside the storied history of Buckeye Football.  The Horseshoe, where the Buckeyes have battled since 1922, is one of the largest college football stadiums in the country holding more than 104,944 fans. Take a walk on the sidelines where Woody Hayes once roamed and Archie Griffin made history. Experience one of the nation's largest collegiate press boxes, where over 400 media personnel and staff are seated for games. See the Huntington Club level and view the field from one of the 81 suites. Visit the $1.5 million Steinbrenner Band Center, home to the "Best Damn Band in the Land (TBDBITL)."  You will also explore other areas of the "the Shoe" for a unique Buckeye experience. Photos are allowed throughout the tour, as well as photos on the field.  There is a large amount of walking involved; tours can be made accessible for those with disabilities. Please, no food or drink. The Ohio Stadium is diagonal to the Blackwell Hotel.

Meet in the lobby of the Blackwell on the 1st floor at 2 PM. A 5-minute guided walk will take you from the Blackwell to the Stadium.


Columbus City Adventures Tour

Downtown Columbus and its surrounding neighborhoods are a vibrant tapestry of interconnected environments that set the pace for the arts, entertainment, governance, and commerce in Ohio’s largest and fastest-growing city. See it all with us! From nationally-ranked museums, historical sites, and picturesque neighborhoods to top-ranked shopping districts, brewpubs, and barcades, this excursion provides an enjoyable introduction to the best the city has to offer. This bus tour is suitable both for the tourist looking to get their bearings in a new city as well as Central Ohioans seeking a better understanding of the places to see and be seen in Columbus. Sites include The Ohio State University, German Village, The Scioto Mile, The Topiary Garden, Columbus Museum of Art, The Short North Arts District, The National Veterans Memorial and Museum, and more!

Transportation provided. Meet in the lobby of the Blackwell on the 1st floor at 2 PM. Approximately 90 – 120 minutes.

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