SPEAKER: Karina Edmonds, VP Academies & University Alliances, SAP
BIO: Karina is the global lead for Academies and University Alliances at SAP. Prior to joining SAP, Karina led University Relations for Google Cloud and served as Exec. Director for Corporate Partnerships at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). With over 20 years in innovation, technology transfer, and commercialization, Karina has received numerous national recognitions and awards. Notably, working under President Barack Obama's administration as the first Technology Transfer Coordinator at the US Dept. of Energy and served as a member of the White House Speaker Bureau to promote STEM careers to women and girls. She earned her Ph.D. in Aeronautics from the Caltech and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island. She is a registered US Patent Agent.
ABSTRACT: Strategic, effective Uni.-Industry Alliances are widely recognized as an important economic driver for innovation for both the private sector and educational institutions. These partnerships have enjoyed broad support including at the national level. The National Science Foundation has a long history of supporting partnerships through its Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC) Program, which aims to facilitate and amplify these collaborations. Successful partnerships require an entrepreneurial mindset, identification of research topics of mutual interest, and flexibility on intellectual property (IP) terms and contracts. Dr. Edmonds will discuss her experience from both sides of the fence and identify key strategies for overcoming obstacles and common pitfalls. She will outline how to build a strong foundation for the partnership with both short term and long-term benefits by creating a mutually beneficial alliance. She will end her presentation with an overview of her current role at SAP and how she was drawn to their mission of “Helping the world run better and improving people's lives."