Bicentennial Priority Seven: Building a Prosperous and Innovative Indiana
Indiana University will contribute to the economic development and prosperity of Indiana by translating the discoveries and innovations of faculty, staff, and students into new products, services, and companies. The transformation of IURTC will ensure that it provides the highest quality of support for entrepreneurial activity at IU.
Bicentennial Action Items
- IU will work with researchers from all campuses, developing a systemic engagement infrastructure that advances the application and transfer of knowledge in the state.
- IU will work to foster a pervasive entrepreneurial culture at IU benefitting faculty, staff, students, and the greater communities the university serves.
- IU will engage and support IU alumni pursuing the commercialization of their own innovations and champion their successes.
- IU will engage with community partners and organizations across all sectors, providing relevant, contemporary expertise and services.
- IU regional campuses will actively engage their communities and regions to develop and deliver education, degrees, cooperative initiatives, and research that address regional needs and opportunities.
- IU will realign IURTC’s resources to enable greater focus on high potential startups/ideas generated by its entrepreneurially‐engaged faculty, staff, and students.
- IU will initiate a collaboration between IURTC and the IU Foundation to create a fund that will be available to provide capital to innovations generated within the IU ecosystem, with the objective of providing economic benefit to the university.
- IU will relocate IURTC’s headquarters from its present off-campus location to the Wishard/16 Tech Downtown Technology District proximate to IUPUI.
- Number and value of patents, licensing agreements, partnerships, and start-ups supported by IURTC
- New educational programs targeted to state and regional needs
- Number of alumni actively engaged in mentoring and other student-focused activities
- Number and value of enterprises funded in whole or in part by the IURTC-IUF capital fund; returns realized for the benefit of the university
- Develop university technology commercialization infrastructure to address fast-changing needs and emerging opportunities
- Connect and deploy university resources to advance economic development across the state and its regions through the IU Council on Regional Engagement and Economic Development (CREED), the Regional Economic Development (RED) Fund, and the Innovate Indiana Network
- Engage with economic development efforts and strategic Indiana industry sector associations and advocacy groups, such as the Indiana Biosciences Research Initiative, BioCrossroads, OrthoWorx, Indiana Health Industry Forum, and TechPoint
- Encourage and promote university innovation and entrepreneurship through: the Innovate Indiana Fund, the SpinUp program, and development of a new Entrepreneur-in-Residence program
- Facilitate university-industry collaboration, identifying opportunities to work in areas such as cybersecurity with Indiana defense-related institutions such as the Naval Surface Warfare Center (Crane), and the Indiana National Guard
- Support collaboration between IU and local governmental entities relative to economic development initiatives linked to the university’s core strengths
- Support regional business development in life science, technology, and related fields
- Communicate and promote exemplary economic engagement across multiple platforms
- Participate actively in the Lilly Endowment Collaborations grant to counter “brain drain” in Indiana by developing programs in early career awareness, matching careers and curricula, enhancing targeted career skills, expanding experiential and service learning, and creating networks of universities and potential employers
Towards a Culture of Building and Making
In an era where there is a national shortage of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) graduates, where design has emerged as a critical component of product competitiveness, and where there is an expectation that research universities should contribute to state and local economic development, the lack of programs in design and engineering at IU Bloomington must be addressed.
The need for this in the campus’ own backyard, let alone statewide,is well attested to by a major recent report by Battelle on economic development in Indiana, Strategic Plan for Economic and Community Prosperity in Southwest Central Indiana. It recommends that IU “expand and/or develop IU-Bloomington offerings in applied engineering, applied technologies, science, and systems engineering design and development areas.”
Today all research universities are expected to support an entrepreneurial culture of “building and making” that takes the innovations and inventions of their faculty and students, and disseminates them through new companies, products, and services that contribute to state and national economic development, creates jobs, and generates income for the university. Two disciplines play a major role in creating and sustaining a culture of building and making, and these are design and engineering.
Historically, the IUPUI campus has had a better record of success in commercialization than the IU Bloomington campus. This is largely due to the impact of the IU School of Medicine, as well as engineering through the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, and design through the Herron School of Art and Design.
Such programs are therefore vital if IU Bloomington is to reach its full potential to provide attractive and rewarding educational opportunities to Hoosier students, to contribute more extensively to Indiana’s economic development needs (especially given Indiana’s status as one of the nation’s leading manufacturing states), and to contribute to state and national demand for STEM graduates.
In short, IU Bloomington must develop a robust campus culture of building and making—not to replace the grand traditions of exploration, reflection, analysis, and creativity that are so strong on the campus, but rather to extend and deepen those traditions. It is clear that a vibrant dialogue between the theoretical and practical, between the idea and the application, strengthens both and better serves our students, our state, and the nation.
Of the 62 institutions in the Association of American Universities (AAU), only four do not teach engineering, and two of the four have joint programs with other institutions. IU Bloomington is one of only two AAU institutions that do not teach engineering. The majority of AAU institutions also teach the closely allied discipline of design, taken in a broad sense. Again, IU Bloomington only does so in a limited way.
Of course, in the School of Informatics and Computing (SoIC), and departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, such as physics and chemistry, IU Bloomington already has many of the components necessary to rapidly establish a program in engineering. There would certainly be no intention to replicate or compete with large engineering schools elsewhere in the nation, such as those in infrastructure-intensive areas such as aeronautical, chemical, civil, industrial, and mechanical engineering. Rather, through SoIC and other academic units, we envision a specific program in modern IT-enabled engineering that derives directly from IU Bloomington’s strengths. There are already well over 100 faculty members on the Bloomington campus with engineering or comparable qualifications.
Plans to establish more extensive programs in design at IU Bloomington are already well advanced. The Department of Apparel Merchandizing and Interior Design and the Department of Studio Art have voted unanimously to establish a new School of Design and Art (SoDA) to be located in the College of Arts and Sciences, in a comparable way to The Media School and the School of Global and International Studies. This school would also include IU’s exceptional new Center for Art and Design in Columbus, Indiana, one of America’s most significant cities for innovative contemporary interior and exterior design. There can be no better example of the mutually reinforcing impact of idea and practice than in such a school, which encompasses the heart of the humanities and their application. The proposal for this new school is now moving into the final approval stages, and it is expected a proposal will go to the Trustees for their consideration for approval later in AY2015.
In keeping with IU’s facilities development strategy, Kirkwood Hall will be renovated to house part of SoDA once it is established. Additional space will be made available for SoDA in the Radio and TV Building once the units there that are part of the The Media School move into Franklin Hall when its renovation is complete.
Bicentennial Priority Eight: Towards a Culture of Building and Making
Indiana University will explore and pursue the feasibility of establishing new programs in design and engineering on the IU Bloomington campus and technology programs on the regional campuses to meet regional needs.
Bicentennial Action Items
- IU will establish an external Blue Ribbon Committee to assess the viability of establishing a new, nationally competitive program in IT-related engineering on the IU Bloomington campus, based on the recommendations of an internal committee established for that purpose. The internal committee will coordinate its recommendations with the School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI.
- IU will establish a new School of Design and Art to be located within the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington. Once established, provide it with new facilities to support the expansion of its programs. The School of Design and Art should, wherever possible, emphasize areas in addition to those offered by the Herron School of Art and Design.
- The IU Regional Campuses will develop applied science programs and collaborate with Purdue University centers where appropriate to support regional needs for technology education.
- Completion of the internal and external reports of engineering programs by the spring of 2015
- Completion of appropriate procedures for establishment of the School of Design and Art; completion of detailed plan for suitable facilities
- Number and subject areas of new regional campus applied science and technology programs