Invention and Innovation in Non-Research 1 Schools

Tom Mason, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology;
Anthony Marchese, Rowan University;
Douglas Arion, Carthage College;
Gregory Feierfeil, Lawrence Technological University

A lot of the discussion about university generation of new technology- based products is founded upon the discoveries associated with research on the frontiers of knowledge. However, a lot of important inventions and product innovations can be generated at schools that are more oriented to teaching than research. Often these schools are smaller and do not have technology transfer resources and assistance for intellectual property issues. The lack of new technology to transfer is a disadvantage, but small size and possible emphasis on development of technologies that are less publishable but closer to marketability can also bring advantages. This proposal suggests a session with representatives from schools of this type, like Rose-Hulman,
Lawrence Tech, and Rowan who can talk about the ways their schools can foster invention and innovation on their campuses.

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