Re: Education, business and work

Wade Tarzia (tarzia@UCONNVM.UCONN.EDU)
Thu, 17 Oct 1996 13:40:59 -0400

Remarks from specific experience at one university/industry site:

>....Among the effects, at least ones I can recall are:
>1. industry will dictate the problems researchers can pursue

-- Our site is designed to allow this; manufacuring engineers have the
least objection to this, understandably.

>2. industry will insist that results are proprietary property and that
>secrecy must be maintained (this affects all aspects of work, from what one
>is allowed by contract to discuss with colleagues to what one is allowed to

--- *Definitely* a problem at our site

>3. industry is not interested in basic research but supports work that will
>contribute to short-term profits

--- Some ambivalent data here. Some whine a bit about immediate
applicablity. Some other companies have more patience. (ie, willing to
fund work for a few years to test an idea that might lead to something

>Wade Tarzia wrote about the astounding idea (it crops up all over) that
>colleges should design curriculums around what businesses say they need.

--- No, I did not say it was astounding. The NSF has a program for this,
the Industry/University Co-operative Research Program (55 such centers in
the US).

-- wt