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Industry Funded Research Impacts on Engineering Faculty’s Research Experiences: A Review and Synthesis of the Literature

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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College Industry Partnerships Division Technical Session 3

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College Industry Partnerships

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Eric Holloway Purdue University, West Lafayette (College of Engineering) Orcid 16x16

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Eric Holloway currently serves as the Senior Director of Industry Research in the College of Engineering at Purdue University, where he focuses on industry research in the College of Engineering.

From 2007-2013, Eric served as the Managing Director and the Director of Instructional Laboratories in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. As Director, he was in charge of the building and implementation of the Ideas to Innovation (i2i) Laboratory, which opened in August 2008 and houses classrooms and laboratories used by the 2000 students in Purdue’s First-Year Engineering Program. He oversaw the daily operation of the i2i lab, and was responsible for the personnel, logistics, and technology used in the classroom and labs. Eric also helped build and directed the College of Engineering sponsored Artisan and Fabrication Lab (AFL), which houses a machine shop, carpentry shop, and a prototyping lab used by all students in the College of Engineering for project work. In 2009, he received a New Employee Staff Award of Excellence from the College of Engineering for his work in launching the i2i lab. Eric has served as the university representative on the Haas Technical Education Council, which is committed to developing manufacturing expertise at the high school, trade school, and university level. He received a BSEE from Purdue University in 1992. He has over 15 years of industrial experience, specializing in manufacturing and electronic controls, for which he holds 3 patents. Eric’s industrial experience includes positions at Toyota, Cummins, Woodward, and TRW Automotive. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Engineering Education from Purdue, with an expected graduation date of 2020.

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William C. Oakes Purdue University, West Lafayette (College of Engineering) Orcid 16x16

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William (Bill) Oakes is the Director of the EPICS Program and one of the founding faculty members of the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. He has held courtesy appointments in Mechanical, Environmental and Ecological Engineering as well as Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education. He is a registered professional engineer and on the NSPE board for Professional Engineers in Higher Education. He has been active in ASEE serving in the FPD, CIP and ERM. He is the past chair of the IN/IL section. He is a fellow of the Teaching Academy and listed in the Book of Great Teachers at Purdue University. He was the first engineering faculty member to receive the national Campus Compact Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning. He was a co-recipient of the National Academy of Engineering’s Bernard Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education and the recipient of the National Society of Professional Engineers’ Educational Excellence Award and the ASEE Chester Carlson Award. He is a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education and the National Society of Professional Engineers.

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Participation in industry funded research can have significant impacts on faculty’s research experiences. As industry funded research tends to have different characteristics than government funded research, i.e. industry funded research is relatively short term, deadline driven, more applied, and more focused on commercial outputs than government funded research, these characteristics can lead to measurable impacts on faculty research experiences when participating in industry funded research. This is especially true for Engineering at R1 institutions, where industry funded research is a much higher percentage of R&D expenditures than overall industry funded university R&D expenditures (typically 15 - 30% for Engineering alone, compared to about 6 - 8% of the university overall). This paper examines the existing literature for impacts on Engineering faculty’s research experiences when participating in industry funded research, including research productivity as measured by publication output, innovation as measured by patent output, the likelihood for collaboration with others, interactions with graduate students, and other impacts. Results of the literature review will be synthesized for a better understanding of each of these impacted areas and where there are opportunities for further research on the subject.

Holloway, E., & Oakes, W. C. (2017, June), Industry Funded Research Impacts on Engineering Faculty’s Research Experiences: A Review and Synthesis of the Literature Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28522

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