Don Owens

Don OwensI think the most valuable thing I learned in the IE Technology Assessment and Transfer class, besides simply gaining a better understanding of the process of commercialization in general (which I found very interesting), was the concept of stake-holders and the fact that there are more stake-holders involved in graduate level research than just academic advisors. This really gave me another perspective on how academic research is viewed and judged outside of academia. For instance, as a scientist I am more concerned with the novelty of the science and what is fundamentally different about a certain phenomena, but these aspects do not always turn out to be what is most important or beneficial to the commercialization of a product and its ultimate impact on society. It is for reasons such as this, that I feel a class on technology commercialization would be extremely beneficial to any scientist who is even remotely interested in applying their research and moving it beyond simply an academic exercise.