CIAN Industry Overview
The mission of the Industrial Collaboration and Innovation Program (ICIP) is to drive CIAN closer to its research vision by establishing close, mutually beneficial relationships with key industrial partners. These companies will help to realize CIAN's goals by transferring technology from CIAN to the optical communications industry and other associated industries such as aerospace.
Specifically, the ICIP provides:
- An industrial voice in Center management
- Industrial guidance in the selection and emphasis of research projects
- An avenue for technology transfer, and
- A path for industrial support of and participation in educational programs, in particular, industrial internships for both undergraduate and graduate students.
The compelling nature of CIAN's vision has already spurred the initial participation of industry leading carriers, system manufacturers and optical component companies, many of whom had influential representatives at our first industrial workshop.
These same companies and others came out in force to support CIAN at the NSF site visit in March 2008 during the ERC evaluation, with both industrial researchers and scientific advisory board members providing compelling arguments for the formation of CIAN.