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 collaboration    2015 Kentucky EPSCoR Annual Conference

Promoting Industry & Academic
Research Collaborations
Friday, May 22, 2015
Marriott Griffin Gate, Lexington, KY

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Conference Agenda

  7:00 - 8:00 Continental Breakfast & Poster Set-up
  8:15 - 8:30 Welcome and Conference Backdrop: Rick Kurzynske, Blaine Ferrell,  Director & Chair, KY EPSCoR Program Lisa Cassis, Interim VP for Research, University of Kentucky
  8:30 - 9:10

Federal Funding Programs to Encourage Academic/ Industry Collaborations Jesus Soriano, Program Director, Industrial Innovation and Partnerships, National Science Foundation  

  9:10 - 9:50
Manufacturing Innovation Institutes: An Overview Kelly ViscontiTechnology Manager, Advanced Manufacturing Office, U.S. Department of Energy 
  9:50 -10:30 Posters & Interactions
10:30 -11:10

IBM Collaborative Research Practices & ProgramsErnie Fernandez, Vice-President, IBM Integrated Supply Chain

11:10 -12:00

Ideas for Enhancing Industry/Academic Research Collaborations (Panel) Jim Stice, President, Twin Star Medical, Tony Elam, UK Director of Strategic Initiatives, Eugene Krentsel, UofL Associate VP Research and Innovation, Brian Eggleston, Production Engineering GM, Toyota, Rick Johnson, Executive Director, Kentucky Innovation Network


12:00 - 1:15



Luncheon Presentation:  Great National Cyberinfrastructure Resources for Great Kentucky Researchers and Students - Craig Stewart, Associate Dean, Research Technologies, Executive Director, Pervasive Technology Institute (PTI), Indiana University

 1:15  - 1:30

3 for 3 video presentations – (Selected from top videos submitted)

 1:30  - 2:15

5 for 5 research presentations – (Selected from top abstracts submitted)

 2:15  - 3:00

What Everyone Needs to Know About Drones: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), Airspace Integration and Industry  Suzanne Smith, Director, University of Kentucky Unmanned Systems Research Consortium

 3:00  - 3:40

Posters and Interactions

3:40  -  5:00

Breakout Sessions

Learn about funding opportunities for faculty and students
under the following programs :


 - Rodney Andrews,
Director, KY NSF ESPCoR University of Kentucky

 See Agenda



 - Suzanne Smith,
University of Kentucky

See Agenda

(3:30 - 3:45pm) only


 - Mahendra Sunkara,  
Interim Director, KY DOE  EPSCoR, Univ of Louisville

Brainstorming session for
a new National Lab
Partnership Proposal.
Interested researchers

See invitation


(3:40 – 4:00pm EST)

Program & Abstracts

Click here or the image below to view the conference program.

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Contents include:

  • Agendas (pg 1)
  • Speaker Bios (pg 5)
  • List of Posters & Videos (pg 11)
  • Full Abstracts (pg 16)
  • List of Attendees (pg 81)

Click here or the image below to view the mini- program handed out at the conference.
(prints 11 x 17")

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