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The mission of the Office of Innovation and Industry Engagement is to “Promote and enable innovation and discovery in support of Michigan Tech’s Strategic Plan." We achieve this mission through the expansion of dynamic experiential learning opportunities for students enabled by the establishment, cultivation, and growth of partnerships with industry partners across a spectrum of activities including research, development, innovation, training, education, and
more.

We serve as the front door for the University to companies and are actively involved in many aspects of industry partnerships, technology innovation, discovery, entrepreneurship, and research on campus and throughout the region.

Michigan Technological University is a member of the Michigan Corporate Relations Network (M-CRN), a statewide university network missioned to connect Michigan-hatched corporations to critical university assets, promoting innovative research and economic growth. Visit www.michigancrn.org for details. 

The Office is organized as three cross-functional teams with focused and complementary scopes of responsibilities:

Industry Relations Team

Develops and manages broad or focused partnerships with industry designed to effectively connect companies with campus resources and constituents for talent recruitment, access to technical research and development expertise, new technologies, and educational and outreach programs.

Technology Commercialization Team

Supporting the translation of discoveries from lab into societal and economic value through follow-on development and leveraging strategic partnerships with established companies and/or the creation and growth of startup technology companies.

Contracting Team

Negotiation and administration of contracts for industrial research and development,
confidentiality/nondisclosure, material-transfer agreements, sponsored Senior Design and Enterprise as well as education and training programs including seminars, for-credit courses, and certificate programs.

By organizing these teams within the Office of Innovation and Industry Engagement we are able to be both efficiently and effectively in identifying and following through on opportunities. We look forward to working with you to leverage the assets and resources of Michigan Tech to achieve your company’s goals and to create the future together.