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New UT program to build research alliances with industry

     To build research alliances between industry, and its engineers and scientists, The University of Texas at Austin created a research and technology development office Sept. 1.

     Russ Guillette directs the office housed within both the College of Engineering and the College of Natural Sciences. He will work with private corporations as well as state and federal agencies to augment research conducted by engineers and scientists within the two colleges.

     “We are identifying companies who require a continuous stream of engineering and science innovation to remain competitive in their respective markets and we are working with these companies to craft mutually beneficial research alliances,” said Guillette. “Connecting with the expertise of the more than 500 faculty researching in these two technical colleges, and then understanding how to work with a major, public research university requires considerable guidance. Additionally, faculty often require similar guidance to identify their counterpart in industry as some research grants require industry participation. I want to be their guide.”

     Guillette's career spans jobs as an intelligence analyst with the Department of Defense's Joint Chiefs of Staff to business development director with BDM International, Inc.and later as White House Liaison for the Department of Defense. More recently he served as technology licensing specialist in UT's Office of Technology Licensing and Intellectual Property.