Rich Cook, a CEO (ret.), has used many forms of long-term relationships with universities, colleges, and academic research labs, coupled with investments into those institutions, to extract research, technology and PhD’s, while providing technology in-flows to those organizations.
All relationships had similar characteristics, such as long term academic timetables, peer reviewed research publications, PhD support resulting in great hires for the corporations, and sustained long-term investments into those institutions enabling development of key long-term research capabilities and eventually, best-in-class world products and capabilities.
Universities and colleges included MIT, Imperial College, The University of Rochester, University of Arizona, Hope College, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan.
Academic “research like” organizations included Kent State (Liquid Crystal Institute), Corning Central Research, Asahi Glass Central Research, The Media Lab at MIT, and Sandia Corporation and JPL (both nationally respected government laboratories).
To name just a few products and technologies that resulted from or highly benefited those institutions
Products and technologies that emerged from the long-term relationships include (1) products such as transportation convex mirrors (visco-elastic modeling from Imperial College) now used on nearly all vehicles in the world, (2) technologies such as (a) large scale sputtering, a form of physical vapor deposition, now used on all large architectural coated low-emissivity glass windows sand on all liquid crystal displays and touch panels around the work (b) electro-chromic technology used in various applications around the world.
He has taught at colleges, universities, served on college boards, and participated in government advisory task forces such as one that directly encourage the creation of ARPA, the civilian DARPA.
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