Opportunities after COVID: How can university-industry relationships succeed?
Hosted by Andrea Belz, Vice Dean for Transformational Initiatives at USC Viterbi School of Engineering
Discovery and Innovation
Universities and industry partners bring distinct objectives and capabilities to research consortia. While these relationships offer the intrinsic opportunity to leverage research for societal and stakeholder benefit, outcomes often sadly lag expectations. The recent pandemic demonstrated both the need and the possibility for alternative approaches to generating impact. This webinar explored these challenges and the associated new opportunities for reinvention.
Andrea Belz, Vice Dean for Transformative Initiatives at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, was joined by Ignacio Sierra Ruiz - World Wide Innovation Program Manager (Value Add Services) at IBM and Glenn Llewellyn - Vice President, Zero-Emission Aircraft at Airbus for a candid conversation on this important topic.
Vice Dean for Transformative Initiatives at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering
Andrea Belz serves as the Vice Dean of Transformative Initiatives at the University of Southern California (USC) Viterbi School of Engineering. Previously she served as Division Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF), where she oversaw the translational research portfolio and served on the leadership team launching the new Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships (TIP) Directorate.
Previously she was the inaugural Vice Dean of Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the USC Viterbi and the founding Director of Innovation Node-Los Angeles, launched as an NSF I-Corps center of excellence. She has been a Visiting Professor of Engineering at Caltech and spent ten years consulting as a systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Dr. Belz has consulted extensively on strategic planning and technology commercialization for many venture capital firms and world-class organizations, including Avery Dennison, BP, Caltech, Children’s Hospital-Los Angeles, National Academy of Engineering, Occidental Petroleum, Raytheon, and UCLA. A seasoned investor, she was the first woman to represent the Pasadena Angels on a portfolio company board, serving as a Board Director of Caltech spinoff laser manufacturer Ondax until its acquisition.
She is currently the President-Elect of the IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society. Dr. Belz has a BS in physics from the University of Maryland at College Park, a PhD in physics from Caltech, and an MBA in finance from the Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business.
Ignacio Sierra Ruiz
World Wide Innovation Program Manager (Value Add Services) at IBM
Ignacio has worked close to 16 years in Services and Maintenance Business, Support, Proactive Service Management and emerging technology management at TSS. Ignacio’s current role focuses on value add offerings. Till last year he leads the adoption and implementation of Augmented Reality cross IBM platforms and Geographies. He envisions Augmentedreality and immersive technologies as the next digital transformation revolution
Vice President, Zero-Emission Aircraft at Airbus
Glenn Llewellyn is Vice President, Zero-Emission Aircraft at Airbus. He is widely recognised as a top-tier leader on climate strategy for aviation. Today, Glennis at the helm of a zero-emission revolution at Airbus with the mission to unite all the ingredients needed to launch the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft programme, ZEROe.
Recognising the need for cross-industry synergies, he has been instrumental in forging some of the forward-looking partnerships necessary to achieving Airbus’ ambitious vision with a variety of aviation and technology leaders. Prior to his current role, Glenn spearheaded the research & technology portfolio dedicated to reducing the climate impact of Airbus products. This portfolio included ground-breaking demonstrator projects such as the all-electric VTOLs – Vahana and CityAirbus – as well as the hybrid-electric E-Fan X.
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