K-State Research Showcase promotes partnerships between university, industry

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The 2016 Kansas State University Research Showcase on March 22 will provide an opportunity for university researchers and industry to build partnerships. (Photo: K-State Communications and Marketing)

Businesses are always on the hunt for solutions to specific problems, often in the form of innovations or product improvements. Many university faculty members have research skills and interests that align well with the questions industry is asking, but they may not know how to establish or strengthen the right relationships. Enter the 2016 Kansas State University Research Showcase, a venue for faculty and industry to interact and share ideas for collaboration.

The showcase will be from 3-5 p.m. March 22 in the K-State Student Union Grand Ballroom. A reception will follow from 5-7 p.m. at the Kansas State University Foundation Office Park. Alumni and friends who would like more information on the Research Showcase should contact Richard Potter, director of corporate engagement, at rmpotter@ksu.edu

Last year's inaugural showcase was an internal event that boasted nearly 60 tables and more than 150 participants. This year's expanded offering will incorporate industry representatives (including some alumni), so exhibitors and faculty participants will have the opportunity to identify and promote campus expertise, focus areas and resources; facilitate strategic relationships and opportunities with industry partners; and explore collaborations on transformative innovations and technology.

Interim Vice President for Research Peter Dorhout says industry relationships are essential to reaching K-State's goal of being recognized as one of the nation's Top 50 public research universities by 2025.

"A common theme at Top 50 institutions is that there is a lot of industry engagement," he said. "Some institutions have a geographical advantage, but some have that portfolio because they have built relationships. It can be done."

Dorhout said faculty members should be asking how their work relates to local, regional and national industries. "It's part of how we fulfill our land-grant mission — we take what we do in labs and classrooms and take it out to the people.”

Potter said the goal is to learn what industry needs and to identify areas of mutual benefit.

"We sent over 300 invitations to industry representatives who already have relationships with K-State faculty and staff," he said. "Our hope is that the March 22 showcase will clear pathways to new and expanded opportunities for corporate-sponsored research."

The Research Showcase is co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization and the KSU Foundation. 

 ​Food Security Symposium - April 4

Faculty, staff, students and concerned alumni and friends also are encouraged to mark their calendars and join K-State for a day of learning about food security in Manhattan, Riley County and communities worldwide. The engagement symposium will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 4 in the K-State Alumni Center. There is a registration fee of $25 for faculty, staff and community attendees. For students, the registration fee is $10. One half of the registration fee will go toward campus hunger efforts. Register for the event.
 

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