ATIC: A program to energize university-industry collaborations

Jane Laux, Anshuman Razdan

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Assessment of entrepreneurship courses/curricula/programs: The Advanced Technology Innovation Center (ATIC) was established in the fall of 2006 at the ASU Polytechnic campus with its foremost mission of creating collaborations between industry, specifically small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and ASU faculty and students. Several barriers exist that stifle a close research and discovery based relationship between a university such as ASU and industry. Some of these are perceived while others are real. To highlight some: Any projects associated with ASU must have large dollar figures. At ASU we lack (with regards to SMEs) flexibility and rapid response capability. Projects incur large overhead which makes sense for federal projects but not for SMEs. Intellectual Property (IP) issues and the negotiation process are overwhelming for an SME and the faculty. To overcome these barriers we developed the concept of ATIC with the following objectives as they relate to SMEs. ATIC is a vehicle that: Advances life-cycle applied interdisciplinary research: from conceptualization through development. Advances development of economic affairs by connecting small and medium size (technology) industries with ASU. Is small in "R", large in "D" and enormous in applied knowledge. Promotes the concept of technology embeddedness in the community. Taps into an underutilized knowledge capital (faculty and students) at ASU and is a revenue mechanism for ASU. Acts as a funnel for incoming technology requests from SMEs. Creates an umbrella or federation of participating labs with a uniform front and back end (contracts, IP, etc.). Networks and provides outreach in the SME community to raise awareness. Creates a transdisciplinary environment to encourage labs to participate/collaborate together in solving project problems. ATIC emphasizes deliverables such as product development, prototyping, product focus group studies among other things. ATIC is an umbrella organization with links to faculty and facilities throughout ASU. In the short time that ATIC has been in existence we have executed thirty-five (35) industry related projects and landed the first SBIR/STTR in collaboration with a local company. ATIC's success has been both at the local and the national level. Through this paper we would like to describe the ideas behind establishing ATIC, the challenges of execution and share some of the early successes that the program has enjoyed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2009
Event2009 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Austin, TX, United States
Duration: Jun 14 2009Jun 17 2009


Other2009 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAustin, TX

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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