PULLMAN, Wash. – Three agencies that foster university-industry partnerships throughout the state of Washington will visit Washington State University Tuesday, Jan. 29, to explain their role in helping faculty researchers find collaborators in the private sector. Presentations are set to begin at 9:10 a.m. in the WHETS room in the Electrical/Mechanical Engineering Building on Spokane Street.

The three agencies include the Washington Technology Center, Washington Research Foundation Capital and the Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute.

The partnership between industry and WSU researchers has become increasingly important for solving technological challenges that face the region and for giving Washington state companies a competitive edge. The partnership of Pacific Research Laboratory Inc. of Vashon Island and Susmita Bose, an assistant professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, is an example of such a partnership.

With support from the center, Bose has worked with the laboratory, a leading producer of artificial bones. The company’s products are used as models for educating medical student, testing medical devices, research and for improving treatment methods. Bose has been working to make more true-to-life bone models for the company. For further information, contact Bose at (509) 335-7461 or bose@mme.wsu.edu.

Through support of the center, Benjamin Belzer, professor of electrical engineering, has worked with Richland-based INOVA Inc. to improve wireless video transmission for monitoring of network data centers in another partnership. The company, which manufactures IT data center monitoring systems, hopes that Belzer’s innovations will compete with or eventually replace existing monitoring systems. For further information, contact Belzer at (509) 335-4970 or belzer@eecs.wsu.edu.

For information on the campus visit, contact Kathleen Warren, associate development director for the College of Engineering and Architecture, at warren@wsu.edu or (509) 335-6456.