2019/12/27 Speaker:Prof. Sangtae Kim Topic:Deliberate Innovation and Public-Private Partnerships: A New Frontier for Translational Research at Land Grant Universities

Speaker:Prof. Sangtae Kim

Topic:Deliberate Innovation and Public-Private Partnerships:A New Frontier for Translational Research at Land Grant Universities

Date:12/27(五) 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Location:Tseng Jiang Hall(N) N202 (Ching Lang Lecture Hall)

Host:Prof. Shiang-Tai Lin

 
Abstract:

Deliberate Innovation and Public-Private Partnerships:

A New Frontier for Translational Research at Land Grant Universities

 

Sangtae Kim

Jay and Cynthia Ihlenfeld Head

Charles D. Davidson School of Chemical Engineering

Purdue University

Abstract

“Translational research” is the partner in ascendency in the yin and yang between basic research as the quest for new knowledge and translational research as the application of scientific principles towards the solution of societal problems. Even the gold standard for sponsorship of basic research, the National Science Foundation, places greater emphasis on successful execution of translational research in the proposal reviews (and management of cooperative agreements, e.g., Engineering Research Centers). This emphasis on translation, while a cause for concern with respect to the future of support for basic research, strikes a resonant chord with the founding charter of land grant universities such as Purdue. In this context, the speaker presents personal experiences with “deliberate innovation” strategies for crossing the “valley of death” between basic research and commercialization for societal impact. Recent large scale projects on the transformation of shale gases to liquids and a novel manufacturing processes for medical isotopes will be presented.
 
Speaker profile:

Sangtae Kim is the Jay and Cynthia Ihlenfeld Head and Distinguished

Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University where he is

engaged in rational computer-aided drug discovery research. A native of

Seoul who was raised in Montreal, Dr. Kim earned simultaneous BSc/MSc

degrees (1979) in chemical engineering from the California Institute of

Technology and a PhD (1983) from Princeton. He started his career at the

Department of Chemical Engineering at UW-Madison in computational

microhydrodynamics, rising to the rank of Wisconsin Distinguished

Professor in eight years. In 1997, Dr. Kim left Madison to work in the

pharmaceutical industry as Vice President of R&D Information Technology,

first with Warner Lambert’s Parke-Davis Division and then later with the

Lilly Research Laboratories of Eli Lilly. He returned to academia in

2003 to become a distinguished professor at Purdue University and to

serve at the U.S. National Science Foundation (on leave from Purdue) as

the inaugural Division Director for the national cyberinfrastructure

programs (2004-2005). Among many honors, Dr. Kim has received the 1993

Allan P. Colburn Award of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers,

was inducted in 2001 as a member of the U.S. National Academy of

Engineering and received the 2013 Ho Am Prize in Engineering from the

Samsung/Ho Am Foundation.