Website helps match R&D projects, schools
Matching research and development projects with university-based researchers can be challenging and time consuming if a company doesn’t have close ties with a local university or college. Another way is a recently created site that’s still seeking participants free of charge. “FreeRandD.
Matching research and development projects with university-based researchers can be challenging and time consuming if a company doesn’t have close ties with a local university or college.
Another way is a recently created site that’s still seeking participants free of charge. “FreeRandD.com launched in October 2006 and has tried to spread the word to about 350 universities, government agencies, business development centers and media,” said co-founder Gerald B. Zerfas of FreeRandD.com.
More than 2,000 universities, especially engineering schools, want undergraduate and graduate students to do a final year project, working with a business on a new idea or process, the site says. FreeRandD.com allows businesses to select from interested students. Teams and students gain valuable experience and connections.
Creators Zerfas and Howard A. Wright seek input, advice and participants. They’ve already answered many frequently asked questions on their site, based in Grand Rapids, MI.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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