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Atic: A Program To Energize University Industry Collaborations

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

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June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

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June 17, 2009



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Entrepreneurship Education: Cases and Models

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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14.264.1 - 14.264.9



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Jane Laux Arizona State University

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Jane Laux is a Program Coordinator Sr. at the Advanced Technology Innovation Center, Arizona State University. Her expertise and experience include project management, development and execution, in addition to research operational responsibilities.

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Anshuman Razdan Arizona State University

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Anshuman Razdan received the Ph.D. degree in computer science from Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe. He is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Engineering and the Director of the Advanced Technology Innovation Center and the I3DEA Lab, ASU’s Polytechnic campus, Mesa, Arizona. He has been a pioneer in computing-based interdisciplinary collaboration and research at ASU. His research interests include geometric design, computer graphics, document exploitation, and geospatial visualization and analysis.

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ATIC: A Program to Energize University-Industry Collaborations Abstract: Assessment of entrepreneurship courses/curricula/programs:

The Advanced Technology Innovation Center (ATIC) was established in the fall of 2006 at the ASU Polytechnic campus with its foremost mission of creating collaborations between industry, specifically small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and ASU faculty and students. Several barriers exist that stifle a close research and discovery based relationship between a university such as ASU and industry. Some of these are perceived while others are real. To highlight some: Any projects associated with ASU must have large dollar figures. At ASU we lack (with regards to SMEs) flexibility and rapid response capability. Projects incur large overhead which makes sense for federal projects but not for SMEs. Intellectual Property (IP) issues and the negotiation process are overwhelming for an SME and the faculty. To overcome these barriers we developed the concept of ATIC with the following objectives as they relate to SMEs. ATIC is a vehicle that: Advances life-cycle applied interdisciplinary research: from conceptualization through development. Advances development of economic affairs by connecting small and medium size (technology) industries with ASU. Is small in “R”, large in “D” and enormous in applied knowledge. Promotes the concept of technology embeddedness in the community. Taps into an underutilized knowledge capital (faculty and students) at ASU and is a revenue mechanism for ASU. Acts as a funnel for incoming technology requests from SMEs. Creates an umbrella or federation of participating labs with a uniform front and back end (contracts, IP, etc.). Networks and provides outreach in the SME community to raise awareness. Creates a transdisciplinary environment to encourage labs to participate/collaborate together in solving project problems. ATIC emphasizes deliverables such as product development, prototyping, product focus group studies among other things. ATIC is an umbrella organization with links to faculty and facilities throughout ASU. In the short time that ATIC has been in existence we have executed thirty-five (35) industry related projects and landed the first SBIR/STTR in collaboration with a local company. ATIC’s success has been both at the local and the national level. Through this paper we would like to describe the ideas behind establishing ATIC, the challenges of execution and share some of the early successes that the program has enjoyed. 1 Introduction One of the major catalysts in technological advancements in the 20th century has been close working relationships between universities and industry both in the United States and Europe. There have been many successes including major hits such as drug discoveries, information technologies, new materials and efficient processes. Yet, the relationship between the two, in

Laux, J., & Razdan, A. (2009, June), Atic: A Program To Energize University Industry Collaborations Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--5322

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