Indiana University is taking part in a two-day forum beginning today in Bloomington aimed at boosting partnerships to create advances in sectors, including defense technology, manufacturing and life sciences. "Innovation Crossover: The Shape of Things to Come" also hopes to accelerate economic growth in the region.
The event, which is sponsored by the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center, will take place Wednesday and Thursday at the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center. It will feature a number of panels and speakers, including Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb and Chris Fall, assistant director of defense programs for the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.
"The conference will serve as a catalyst in establishing innovative partnerships that will enhance our ability to conduct our technical mission," said Kyle Werner, director of NSWC Crane’s Applied Science Department. "Innovation has become a foundational tenet of NSWC Crane’s identity, and the event serves to broaden our network of partners across a variety of key technologies."
IU says more than 40 representatives from the university’s Bloomington and IUPUI campuses will be on hand for the event. The university hopes the forum will promote "collaboration on mutual technology challenges".
Kirk White, military liaison and assistant vice president for strategic partnerships at IU, says, "It is our hope that this conference will not only contribute toward solving some of our biggest mutual research challenges but add momentum toward economic improvement throughout southwest central Indiana."