Provost Michael Harris, Kettering University, Building new coalitions for economic growth (rough draft)

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Provost Michael Harris, Kettering University, Building new coalitions for economic growth (rough draft)

  1. 1. “Building New Coalitions for Economic Growth” The “Center of Energy Excellence” at Kettering University Michael Harris, PhD Kettering University Provost Kettering University 1
  2. 2. Section Slide (1) (section slide 1) How Flint and KU Became a COEE Kettering University 2
  3. 3. “The Flint Fairy Tale” • If someone had told me that a King from a faraway land… Kettering University 3
  4. 4. In the Real World… • People Who Cared Passionately – – – – – – Lennart Al Sobey MEDC Ambassador Wood (Flint Native) Michael Harris And? • Planned effectively – – – – – What? Clear set of planning objectives Who? The right partners and supporters Where? Site Visits When? An aggressive but achievable timeline How? The Master and Sub-Agreements Kettering University 4
  5. 5. Impact of SBI today • Flood of interest in Flint • Generated public and private investments • Attracted high-quality candidates for President/Project Managers • A practical demonstration project for Flint • Research and manufacturing jobs for Genesee County • Applied research opportunities and grants for Kettering, its faculty and students Kettering University 5
  6. 6. (Section 2) How You can Create Your Own Ideal Green Jobs Opportunities Kettering University 6
  7. 7. Assets Inventory • • • • People Facilities Instituions and Associations Logistical and Technical Infrastructure • Strong, Progressive Community Governments Kettering University 7
  8. 8. • Think Creatively • Involve the Community Members • Ask for Financial and Technical Help Kettering University 8
  9. 9. • Invest in Networking – State of the technology – Who will work for you for “free” – Who knows people who know people – Who might be interested in your Region/Community • Float Your Ideas Kettering University 9
  10. 10. Section Slide 3 How Local Universitied Can Partner with Communities for Growth Kettering University 10
  11. 11. Universities • Workforce Retraining • • • • • – Specialized manufacturing skills – Technology management – Professional development Business experts Land Use and Economic Planning experts Scientific and Engineering talent and labs Great Rolodexes Grant writing expertise Kettering University 11
  12. 12. Communities • Skilled Workforce • Historical industrial strengths • Transferable skills and reusable infrastructure (brownfield properties) • Identify and support local tech ventures Kettering University 12
  13. 13. Homayun Navaz Section Slide 1 Kettering University 13
  14. 14. The Need • Quickie Science Review: When warm air flows in because of bad design , the refrigeration system has to work harder • Reduce power consumption, load on electricity infrastructure, and greenhouse gasses generation • Get ready for stricter future energy standards Kettering University 14
  15. 15. Section Slide 2 Kettering University 15
  16. 16. Solution • Successfully conducted advanced R & D on warm air infiltration in refrigerated/ air-conditioned space • Easily model the impact of design changes on configuration options • Can now measure the actual performance specifications under realworld operating conditions Kettering University 16
  17. 17. Section Slide 3 Kettering University 17
  18. 18. Approach and Results • A software that calculates the infiltration rate of warm air into the refrigerated space • Equipment to measure actual infiltration in either labs or in the field (supermarkets) • In Fact: Can be used to measure warm air infiltrating this conference hall • Impacts – Facilitate faster re-design of refrigerated cases • Already in use – Make significant gains in energy efficiency now • Statistics from CA Kettering University 18
  19. 19. Section Slide 4 Kettering University 19
  20. 20. Strategy • Discovery of the science • Create the IT and hardware technology • Develop industry and peer acknowledgement of its validity • Find Partners – – – – – Southern California Edison Company University of Washington (Seattle) University of Texas (Dallas) Measurement of Sciences, Inc. Display Case Manufacturers • Hill Phoenix, Inc • Hussmann, Inc. Kettering University 20
  21. 21. Strategy Cont’d. • • • • Gauge commercial and environmental benefits Obtain research funding – $100K from the Department of Energy – $250 K from California Energy Commission – $150K from Southern California Edison Spin-Off a new company – Cooificient, Inc. – Co-owned with graduate assistants and students – Encourage manufacturers to join a long-term partnership Create job opportunities – Goal is to provide entrepreneurial experience while creating energy efficiency – Market our new product and services – Plan the development of future products and services dealing with the infiltration problem – Drive improved products and energy savings Kettering University 21
  22. 22. Joel Berry Section Slide 1 Kettering University 22
  23. 23. Problem • Shrinking automotive market and declining jobs in Flint • How could we create high-paying jobs for Flint • How could Kettering help provide a solution for Flint and Mid-Michigan? Kettering University 23
  24. 24. Section Slide 2 Kettering University 24
  25. 25. Solution • Approached the federal Economic Development Administration • Worked with the MEDC • Collaborated with the Mid-Michigan Innovation Team Kettering University 25
  26. 26. Section Slide 3 Kettering University 26
  27. 27. Approach & Results • Foundation and Mission of FC Center – Creation if cimmIzn of tech leading to eco development & job creation in Flint – WIRED support • World class FC research and education center • A business incubator for FC and other advanced technology companies • Expanded Kettering’s Research and Development Staff • Building a state-of-the-art wet lab complex for startup and growth companies Kettering University 27
  28. 28. Section slide 4 Kettering University 28
  29. 29. Strategy • Educate STEM teachers (high school)-future worker – Being expanded across Michigan • Create New Technology – Development of Tech that would be commercialized and create jobs • Applied to FC to a specific need • Power management electronics – Provided research and learning opportunities for Kettering faculty and students Kettering University 29
  30. 30. Strategy Cont’d • Spin-off into a new company – – – – GEI “Global Energy Innovations” 6 Full and part-time employees Major corporate partner Send robust prototypes to major buyer for testing • Next Steps in Job Creation/Growth – – – – Find investment capital Scale it up Begin small-scale manufacturing Plan for manufacturing and developing local suppliers and workers • Next, make a national contribution – NSF Research Center of Excellence in FC Education – Develop a national educational model to disseminate knowledge – “Coalition of Great Lakes Fuel Cell Education…” Kettering University 30
  31. 31. Homayun Navaz, Ph. D Michael Harris, Ph. D K. Joel Berry, Ph. D Professor of Mechanical Provost of Kettering University Engineering Department Mechanical Engineering Department Head Kettering University Neil Sheridan, Ph. D Director of TechWorks Incubator 31

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