You are in industry, and you would like to
explore possible interactions with us. How should
you go about this? We suggest that you go through the
following short checklist that will help you
decide whether it makes sense to contact us.
- Are you looking for help on an issue that is
related to microstructure? Texture? Characterization?
Microstructural Evolution? Orientation Imaging
Microscopy? Atomic Force Microscopy? Computer
Simulation of Grain Growth/Recrystallization? If
one of these key phrases matches your interest in
some way, then there is a good chance that
we can help.
- Have you looked at the home pages for the
faculty involved in the MRSEC? There is a list
of the faculty and
each of us maintains a home page. Often we
do not keep it up to date as well as we should,
but it does give you an idea of what we are interested
in. If either of these general questions produces a
positive answer, then the next step is to
figure out who
to contact. If you know a particular faculty member,
then go ahead and call him or her, or
send them an
email. If you don?t know anyone,
please contact me
at 412 268 3177, or email@example.com,
and I will be delighted to discuss your
needs with you.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The answer to this question is that it all
depends on the scope of the question to be answered.
We might be able to give you some quick guidance
for no cost. At the other end of the scale, you
might have a question that deserves some careful
investigation for which supporting a graduate
student while he or she pursues a (typical) 4
year doctoral thesis research. Without quoting
specific amounts, this requires funds for both
the student?s tuition, stipend and faculty oversight.
It is important to understand that university
research makes sense when there is an issue that
we can uniquely help you with. We cannot function
as a contract research laboratory because our
primary mission is education of the future workforce.
Many productive collaborations between the MIMP
and industry begin with either some faculty consulting
or a short undergraduate project. These can then
grow into larger projects depending on how the
WHAT ABOUT DELIVERABLES?
The deliverables from the program are entirely
a matter for negotiation between your company
and the MIMP. In general it makes sense to keep
deliverables at as high a level as possible.
The work will largely be carried out by students
who are still learning how to schedule research.
WHAT ABOUT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY?
The university has an industrial relations
office whose main purpose is to facilitate interactions
with industry. The staff have extensive experience
with negotiation of contracts and agreements
that define IP issues and all other contractual
matters. In general, the university seeks to
protect the long term interests of the faculty
and the university while arranging for reasonable protection
of IP so that the company can derive benefit
from the interaction.