At the October, 2003 meeting of the Alliance, a panel was held to discuss industry intereaction. The panel, chaired by Jack Linehan of the Whitaker Foundation, featured the following panel members:
John Abele, Boston Scientific
Dawn Applegate, Applegate & Associates
Art Coury, Genzyme Corporation
Josh Makower, Transvascular
Mr. Coury and Dr. Makower provided slide presentations which are included here:
Ways in which Industry and BME programs interact
- Course Mentors
- Course Tutors
- Individual Project advisors
- Funding sources for projects or program
- Keynote speakers
- Networking agents
- Sources of internships
- Judges for contests or project evaluation
- Sponsors for various aspects of the program
Identified at 2005 Meeting
- Developing effective industry partnerships
- Difficulty getting technical advisors (and often funding) for projects sponsored by clinicians or other non-engineers
- Establishing external collaborations appropriate for students
- Sponsors for events, projects
- Resolution of IP concerns from industrial sponsor providing real projects for our Masters of Engineering (M.Eng) Program
- Developing and sustaining goof corporate partnerships
- Identifying/recruiting external mentors for projects
- Experienced design mentors
- Support from industry
Identified at 2005 Meeting
- Bootstrapping, with larger student numbers
- Leverage industrial involvement internships
- IP: Bigger issue for faculty than industry, for faculty that rely on design projects
- Potential Sources for Industry/Other partnerships
- Local Med School/Teaching Hospital – this is especially true at universities with large Medical Schools (e.g., approximately 50% of design projects at UM are sponsored by Medical or Dental School labs).
- Local Vet School – several universities have large Vet Schools. Just like a hospital, this is a great source of recurring projects (A&M taps this resource regularly).
- National Labs – many universities have national labs either on or close to campus. NASA has sponsored design projects both at A&M and UM.
- VA & Rehab Centers – there are many rehab centers around the country linked with the VA system.
- Charity organizations (Easter Seals, Lighthouse …) – they cannot provide specific projects, but they can help broker projects with local organizations in need.
- World Health Organization, Gates Foundation, Engineers without Borders, Engineer World Health… – leverage resources of organizations promoting world health and improved health care in the 3 rd world
- Angels – angels come in all ranks, from cashed-out executive officers of large corporations to recent graduates working in a start-up. Keeping in touch with graduates is a great way to keep them current with the department (e.g., UCI) and maximize the opportunities for design projects with their companies. Finally, a potentially great source of angels is the local chapter of the Society of Retired Engineers.