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Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
 
 
 
Industrial Outreach Workshop



MRSEC researchers have participated in the annual Industrial Partnership Workshops, sponsored by the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) which has led to many active collaborations with industry. The most recent workshop focused on New Concepts in Microfluidics (above) which is an active area of research within the MRSEC. Invited speakers included Stone, Weitz, and Whitesides who showcased their MRSEC-supported research. There were opportunities throughout the day for faculty and researchers to discuss possible new partnerships with scientists attending from industrial laboratories. The research and technology developed with MRSEC support in microfluidics and soft lithography are presently licensed to over a half-dozen companies and served as the basis for start-up companies such as Surface Logix, WMR, and RainDance Technologies which currently provide over 80 high tech positions. This emphasizes the impact of our MRSEC research on increasing the nation's competitiveness.