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The University of Akron. George R Newkome Vice President for Research & Dean, Graduate School Kenneth G Preston Assoc. Vice President for Research Wayne H Watkins Assoc. Vice President for Research. Statistics. $29 Million in research projects

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the university of akron
The University of Akron
  • George R Newkome

Vice President for Research & Dean,

Graduate School

  • Kenneth G Preston

Assoc. Vice President for Research

  • Wayne H Watkins

Assoc. Vice President for Research

statistics
Statistics
  • $29 Million in research projects
  • 3 invention disclosures/$M research- second in the nation
  • 350 patents and applications
  • 50 licenses - $2M royalties
  • 5 start-up companies
leveraging complementing assets
Leveraging & Complementing Assets
  • A historically strong science and engineering public university (1870)
  • Large industrial community (BF Goodrich: 1871; Goodyear: 1898; Firestone: 1900)
  • 2500+ polymer companies ($22.9 billion/yr)
  • Largest industry in the State
maximizing the strengths
Maximizing the Strengths
  • Knowledge management
  • Equipment & laboratory development
  • Emerging business development
  • Coordinated law, business technology programs
  • Industrial assistantships
  • Identifying and bundling intellectual property
  • Community support and participation
knowledge management
Knowledge Management
  • UA has the largest science and engineering library in Northeast Ohio
  • Local industry downsizing
  • Recent industrial partners:

AES

Firestone

Goodyear

McDermott

OMNOVA Solutions

  • Enhanced facilities, industry-wide, at lower cost
instrumentation support
Instrumentation support
  • UA’s state of the art instrumentation
  • Reduced research funding
  • Industry benefits:

Service needs

Donation and contracts

Old companies – a write-off

New companies – opportunity and savings

intellectual property assets
Intellectual Property Assets
  • UA’s intellectual property portfolio
  • UA’s IP strengths in research, tech transfer, law school and college of business
  • Industry excess IP inventory
  • New policies
  • UA Research Foundation
  • Bundling complementary IP from multiple sources for commercial exploitation