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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Professor Glen L. Urban, dean of the Sloan School of Management from 1993 to 1998, has been named chair of the seven-member Committee on Industrial Partnership Review.
Other members of the committee are Professors John R. Hansman Jr. of aeronautics and astronautics, Jacqueline Lees of biology, Joshua Cohen of political science, Leon R. Glicksman of architecture and mechanical engineering, Director of Corporate Relations Karl F. Koster, and George L. Roth, executive director of the Ford/MIT Alliance.
The charge to the committee says: "While these initiatives vary, they share the features that they are long- term and a major commitment at the institute level and they typically cross school or departmental boundaries. The partnerships are also significant because they reflect strategic goals for both MIT and the partner."
The committee will review partnerships with Amgen, Merck, Merrill Lynch, the Ford/MIT Alliance, Nippon Telephone and Telegraph, DuPont, Microsoft, and Hewlett-Packard, several of which are scheduled for review or renewal in the next few years. The committee's review and report will guide the faculty and the senior administration in:
- Assessing the value of this approach to partnering and research development
- Defining how future opportunities might be addressed
- Assisting academic units in learning from the experience of successful initiatives
- Identifying how partnering may be implemented more effectively so that its benefits are spread and it problems are minimized
The committee is expected to report back to Provost Robert A. Brown, Chancellor Phillip L. Clay and Chair of the Faculty Stephen C. Graves by December.