Campus to Commerce: How Universities are Fostering Industry Innovation

Thursday, February 28
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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The Business Council is pleased to offer this first of a series of webinars to highlight technical and business assistance programs supported by New York State.  

In this session, learn how New York’s university-based “NYSTAR” centers – including its 15 Centers for Advanced Technology and 11 Centers of Excellence – can help your business succeed. These centers have resources to help new and existing businesses become more competitive through the use of innovative technologies. With world-class technology assets and expertise, they offer programs that can assist your company from start-up through maturity. To date, NYSTAR centers have partnered with hundreds of New York businesses on a wide range of technology challenges.

This program will introduce you to the NYSTAR program, and provide real world examples of how the centers have worked with private sector business to help them improve their products and performance.

This program is open without charge to all New York State businesses. 


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  • Ken Pokalsky, Vice President, The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

Introduction to NYSTAR

  • Pravina Raghavan, Executive Vice President for Small Business Services & Technology Development, Empire State Development

NYSTAR Center Case Studies

  • “Commercial Solutions Using Data Science”
    Walter Johnson, PhD, Executive Director, Center of Excellence in Data Science, University of Rochester
  • “Working with Industry: Academic Approach to Collaborative R&D”
    Dr. Alastair Cormack, The Van Derck Fréchette Professor of Ceramic Science and Founding Dean, Inamori School of Engineering, Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology at Alfred University
  • “Training in Smart and Digital Manufacturing”
    Dr. Mark Krystofik, Senior Program Manager for the Center of Excellence in Advanced and Sustainable Manufacturing (COE-ASM), Rochester Institute of Technology

Wrap Up and Future Events


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