Mini-conference links SDSU research, economic development

The links between South Dakota State University research and economic development will be strengthened at a special event on the SDSU campus.

The "University Driven Economic Development Mini-Conference" will bring together state economic development leaders and SDSU researchers Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Room 262 of the University Student Union. The event is co-sponsored by SDSU's Teaching Learning Center and the Office of the Vice President for Research.

"Connecting university research to economic development is a key part of our land-grant heritage at SDSU," said Vice President for Research Kevin Kephart. "This event will bring us all a better awareness of the ways research can help the state meet its economic development challenges."

The event begins at 1:30 p.m. with a welcome from President David L. Chicoine and Kephart.

A presentation about state priorities for economic development will follow at 1:40 p.m. Presenters include Will Aylor, director, SDSU Technology Transfer Office; Paul Turman, vice president for research and economic development, South Dakota Board of Regents; and Pat Costello, commissioner, Governor's Office of Economic Development.

A 2:30 p.m. question and answer session with faculty engaged in technology commercialization will include associate professor Om Perumal of pharmaceutical sciences, associate professor Qi. Hua Fan of electrical engineering and computer science, associate professor Karl Glover of plant science and professor Bill Gibbons of biology and microbiology.

At 3:45 p.m. a panel will discuss navigating rules, regulations and opportunities. Panel members include SDSU Research Compliance Coordinator Norm Braaten, Aylor, Mark Luecke of South Dakota Innovation Partners and Dwaine Chapel, executive director of the South Dakota Research Park.

There is no charge for the event, which is open to the public. Pre-registration is required at http://surveys.questionpro.com/a/TakeSurvey?id=3302371.

Questions can be directed to Kevin Sackreiter, director, Teaching Learning Center at (605) 688-6413.

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