Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Marquette example of research/teaching spinoff

Lab learns to predict gas demand - JSOnline

This is a really nice story of how university research can both create a business and provide valuable training for students.

Discuss: What aspects of this business make it work in a university setting? What types of business might not be as well suited? How could this scale up if it left the university? Why do students who get involved in this kind of project get better jobs when they graduate, as discussed near the end of the story? Is it them, or the job, or something about both? Could such enterprises become significant in the state economy or are they niches that have little prospect of real growth and impact?

BTW: The Neumann campaign tweeted a link to this. Why? Should Walker and Barrett have done the same if they saw it first?

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