Panel Session on Effective Industry-University Partnerships

Session sponsored by the Council for Chemical Research (CCR).
Monday, November 4, 2013, 12:30pm-3:00pm PST

Panel members will discuss the following topics:

  • How to find academic or industry partners and forge the relationship
  • Various types of research and consulting interactions
  • Various types of industry-funded university research centers
  • Involvement in pre-competitive research
  • How to be successful in a university-industry research partnership
  • Keys to sustaining a university-industry partnership
  • Involvement with university department Industrial Advisory Boards
  • Types of industrial funding opportunities
  • Writing a research proposal targeted towards industry
  • IP and licensing technology
  • Special university-industry educational partnership programs (e.g., the Dow Safety Program, etc.)
Shawn FeistSenior R&D Leader, The Dow Chemical Company
Joseph PowellChief Scientist, Chemical Engineering, Shell
Mark ShiflettSenior Research Associate, DuPont
Kanwal Jit SinghSenior Process R&D Technologist, Intel
Gintaras "Rex" ReklaitisBurton and Kathryn Gedge Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University
Brent ShanksMike and Jean Steffenson Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Iowa State University
John Van ZeeDepartment Head of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Alabama

Shawn Feist

Shawn Feist is the R&D Director for Growth Innovation, External Technology, and R&D Statistics in Core R&D. He is responsible for the pipeline of programs in disruptive technologies and new business development related to Dow’s internal growth innovation and external university and government portfolios.Read more

Joseph B. Powell

Joe is a life member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and has served as a programming chair and Area 12B chair for the Process Development Division.Read more

G.V. Rex Reklaitis

Gintaras.V. (Rex) Reklaitis is Burton and Kathryn Gedge Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University. He has served as Head of the School of Chemical Engineering and deputy director of the NSF Engineering Research Center on Structured Organic Particulate Systems. His expertise lies in process systems engineering, the application of information and computing technologies to process and product design, process operations and supply chain management.Read more

Brent Shanks

Brent Shanks is the Mike and Jean Steffenson Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Director of the NSF-Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) at Iowa State University.  He was a research engineer from 1988-1997 and department manager from 1997-1999 at Shell Chemical Company.  He received a B.S. Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University, 1983; M.S. Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1985; and Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1988.  Professor Shanks’ research projects include...Read more

Mark Shiflett

Mark Shiflett, P.E. is a Technical Fellow at DuPont in the Central Research and Development division at the Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware.  He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware.  He has worked on a variety of DuPont programs and most recently been leading a team of research scientists studying new applications using ionic liquids. 

Dr. Shiflett is an inventor on 41 granted U.S. patents and author of 70 publications.  He has invented and commercialized...Read more

Kanwal Jit Singh

Kanwal Jit Singh graduated from Cornell University with a Doctorate in physical organic chemistry where his research focus was the kinetic and mechanistic understanding of organolithium solvation and aggregation. In 2006, he joined the Components Research organization at Intel Corporation in the Advanced Etch and Cleans group.   Dr. Singh’s current research at Intel straddles the multidisciplinary fields of chemistry, materials science and fluid dynamics. He investigates and develops novel cleans formulations capable of removing lithography anti-reflective coatings, resists, sacrificial...Read more

John Van Zee

JOHN W. VAN ZEE (Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 1984) is a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Alabama. He served as Department Head in 2013 and 2014. Before January 2013, he was a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of South Carolina where he created and served as the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Fuel Cells. This was NSF’s only Center for Fuel Cells, was part of the Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers program, and it engaged thirty-two (32) dues-paying...Read more