Connect with industry to create value to you, your students, and the Engineering Unleashed community!

When: June 20-23, 2022
Where: Santa Clara, CA

Faculty-Industry Relationship will introduce you to various ways to engage with industrial partners, provide sample agreements, and develop an understanding for the value these partnerships can bring to all parties. The workshop includes three courses: Quickstart, Meetup, and Press Onward.

The workshop will help you to build individual relationships with industry partners that create numerous advantages and opportunities such as external funding for applied research, an ability to bring relevance and industry examples to the classroom or laboratory, consulting opportunities, and many more.

Increase your understanding of industry needs for you and your students. Join us for the upcoming Faculty-Industry Relationship workshop!

Workshop Full. Registration closed.

3 Key Takeaways:

Everything you learn from the facilitation and coaching team and other participants can be immediately applied to your context and topics of interest.

  • Develop an understanding of the attributes of mutually beneficial academic-industry partnerships through a value creation lens.

  • Identify resources both on and off campus to support your networking activities.

  • Develop a strategy and work plan for building industry relationships that are productive for you as an individual, for your students, and for your research.

The Faculty-Industry Relationship Workshop Sequence of Courses

These three courses are completed before, during, and following the June 20-23, 2022 Meetup

  • 1. Quickstart

    The QuickStart course begins your adventure. You can start your journey immediately after registering. In this self-paced on-line course, you will learn the central ideas of entrepreneurial mindset (EM) and consider how to apply them within your courses and curriculum. The facilitation team has customized your introduction to EM with examples and will ask you to identify a candidate project.

  • 2. Meetup

    Within the Meetup course and portion of the workshop, you will interact (and likely even have some fun) with the facilitation team and other participants. The Meetup for this particular workshop will be in-person! More than thirty participants will meet in Santa Clara, CA from June 20-23. Learning from each other is always one of the most valuable and memorable parts of any workshop sequence. Individual participants will arrive — and a community will emerge.

  • 3. Press Onward

    Pressing Onward can be transformative. The course includes a series of on-line meetings with other participants and members of the facilitation team. The ample time between meetings affords an opportunity to develop your ideas and experiment. Get real results as you apply what you learned and share discoveries along the way. When complete, you'll publish a card on on to serve as a resource for the community.

Transform your teaching, research, or service.

Engineering Unleashed Faculty Development Workshops deliver actionable, adaptable strategies and resources that empower you to create long-lasting value with the entrepreneurial mindset (EM). Expert faculty from top institutions have created these workshops that provide guidance to complete a project while collaborating with faculty from across the nation.


Facilitator & Coach

Ken Bloemer

Dr. Ken Bloemer is currently Director of the Visioneering Center at the University of Dayton’s School of Engineering. He teaches courses on innovation and design, and is also a frequent guest lecturer on and off campus. He has conducted innovation workshops for researchers and inventors at over 100 universities, federal labs, the US Patent and Trademark Office and inventor organizations in the US, Canada & Scotland. Ken has a broad diversity of experience in Fortune 100 (Johnson & Johnson), business development and process improvement consulting (Institute of Advanced Manufacturing Sciences, TechSolve), academia (University of Dayton, University of Cincinnati), federal government (US Air Force civilian) and his true passion, the front end of innovation (Eureka! Ranch International and founder and managing partner of Bloemer, Meiser and Westerkamp, LLC). Ken received his B.S. and M.S. in industrial engineering from the J.B. Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville and his Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati.


Christopher Kitts

Dr. Christopher Kitts is a Professor at Santa Clara University, where he serves as an Associate Dean of Research and as the Faculty Director of the university's Ciocca Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. His industrial background includes service as a satellite constellation mission controller with the U.S. Air Force and work as a computer scientist and systems engineer while a contractor with the NASA Ames Research Center’s Computational Sciences Division. At Santa Clara, he serves as the Director of the Robotic Systems Laboratory, running a field robotics program in which students and staff are engaged in more than $1M/yr of externally funded R&D projects in the area of robotics and automation. Examples of these partnerships include the development of advanced underwater robots for the Navy and with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, providing professional on-orbit mission control services for NASA and several aerospace companies, and developing new AI-based control techniques for robotic manipulators in partnership with several companies. Dr. Kitts holds a B.S.E. degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University, an M.P.A in international and defense policy from the University of Colorado, and both an M.S. degree in aeronautics and astronautics and a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.


J-D Yoder

John-David (J-D) has been part of KEEN since 2005 in various roles at Ohio Northern University, where he currently serves as Dean. He enjoys networking with existing and potential KEEN partners. He has been part of a range of entrepreneurial ventures. His background is in vision-guided robotics and intelligent vehicles. His focus and reason for being on the KEEN Leadership Council is in improving undergraduate engineering education.