Industry collaboration

Each year, UA conducts research on behalf of more than 100 companies of all sizes. UA works creatively to solve industry problems, creating graduate student internship opportunities and workforce development through many of its colleges, institutes and centers. UA’s recent successes include:

  • UA is participating in a multi-million dollar international initiative to set up training facilities and educate faculty for a technology manufacturing facility overseas 
  • During the past year, UA has explored collaborative sessions with such large multinational corporations as American Greetings, Avery Dennison, BASF, Bridgestone, ExxonMobil, Gojo, Goodyear, Kraton Polymers, Lockheed Martin, Lubrizol, NASA's Glenn Research Center, Omnova Solutions, Parker Hannifin, PolyOne, RPM, Saint-Gobain, Steris and Sherwin-Williams, Sumitomo and Timken
  • Licensing process that can be customized to your unique needs and speed up licensing deals
  • Join the 128 companies currently taking advantage of UA sponsored research

UA research services:

  • Research expertise in polymers and advanced materials, biomaterials and medical devices, advanced energy, computational science, and nanotechnology
  • Laboratory services, including a magnetic resonance lab, characterization and testing of polymer materials, and a nanofibers filtration center
  • Licensable technologies, including a silver-based drug candidate, polymer coatings for medical devices and a clean, efficient coal fuel cell
  • Licensing process enhanced by an independent research foundation that can speed up licensing deals
  • Join the 115 companies currently taking advantage of UA sponsored research

Resources for partnership:

  • Industrial/Community Assistantship Program has paired more than 150 graduate students with area companies while supporting part of each student’s funding
  • Library Corporate Services Center collects and manages books and equipment for major Northeast Ohio companies, creating a forum through which resources can be shared
  • Open innovation events and resources teach corporations to use resources outside of their organization
  • Akron Innovation Campus tests a new model of mixed-use buildings where independent companies, UA Research Foundation staff and university startups share space adjacent to campus
  • ARCHAngels presents leading edge technologies from Northeast Ohio startup companies and the University to a network of 450 investors and business leaders