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  • 1. Academic Research VsIndustrial R &D: A Comparison Professor Arun S. Mujumdar National University of Singapore 2004 ©2004 Arun S. Mujumdar
  • 2. Outline Goals of academic research A suitable model for academic engineering research Goals of industrial R&D A comparison of assessment techniques Closing remarks ©2004 Arun S. Mujumdar
  • 3. Goals of Academic research Advance frontiers of knowledge through generation of research results and free dissemination Train highly qualified researchers for industry, government, academia ©2004 Arun S. Mujumdar
  • 4. A Model for Academic Research inEngineering- Some Do’s andDon’ts Do produce new research results, but more importantly produce excellent researchers. ( Give fish vs teach fishing to the impoverished) Academic research in academia for academics and by academics is a poor model; has little potential for impact ©2004 Arun S. Mujumdar
  • 5. Model for Academic Researchin Engineering Interact and interface with industry- identify jointly areas of potential interest Must focus on generic research- if academics don’t then no body will do this! Focus on developing new ideas, concepts to stretch current boundaries of knowledge ©2004 Arun S. Mujumdar
  • 6. Model for Academic research-contd. Integrate with science to give strong fundamental basis Develop and nurture critical thinking skills Develop spirit of innovation, entrepreneurship Develop networks worldwide for free sharing and exchange ©2004 Arun S. Mujumdar
  • 7. Assessment of success of A.R. Training of highly trained, motivated researchers Generation and dissemination of new research results Focus on impact and not impact factor Focus on real application rather than citations ©2004 Arun S. Mujumdar
  • 8. Industrial R&D Understandably applied research/development designed to “destroy” competition- no free sharing of results R&D devoted to areas of current or short term future interest of company Few can afford basic, publishable research- more as PR ©2004 Arun S. Mujumdar
  • 9. Assessment of Industrial R&D Does it contribute to company bottom- line every quarter? Designed to out-do competition Promote innovation Keep up with scientific breakthroughs in public domain- also available to competition ©2004 Arun S. Mujumdar
  • 10. Model for Industrial R&D Depends on size of operation, half-life of the products/processes/services sold Shorter life cycle requires greater outlay of R&D funds to survive Balance of basic, exploratory and applied R&D required . Depending on nature of industry- sunrise, sunset or sunshine, a proper balance between basic, and applied R&D is required ©2004 Arun S. Mujumdar
  • 11. Classification of industries Sunset: No innovation, mature products/services, thin margins (outsourcing may be the only innovation) Sunrise: Fast paced changes, high R&D spending; rapid innovations Sunshine: New technologies at affordable pace with modest innovations Ref: H L Beckers, Chem Eng Sci 1993 ©2004 Arun S. Mujumdar
  • 12. Assessment criteria for Industrialvs Academic Research Originality, scientific quality are criteria for academic but not industrial research Academia train researchers- industry employs them with some incremental training if needed Publication is required in academia, but undesirable in industrial R&D ©2004 Arun S. Mujumdar
  • 13. Academic Vs Industrial R&D Use similar methods of research with different goals and objectives Academic research expected to increase global knowledge reservoir ,while industry must be able to tap into it Academics interested in know-why, industry in knowhow. ©2004 Arun S. Mujumdar
  • 14. Closure Must not discriminate between academic and industrial R&D- each is equally important and difficult Time scales ,objectives and assessment criteria are necessarily different Each can benefit from superiority of the other in certain aspects of conduct of research Close collaboration is ideal model for R&D ©2004 Arun S. Mujumdar
  • 15. Closure (contd) Publication is key to success of academic research ,while confidentiality is key to success of industrial R&D Technologies may mature in one region but flourish in another- due to phase lag between industrial development cycles of different countries Mature areas maybe revamped or re-directed with new R&D effort. ©2004 Arun S. Mujumdar

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