Workshop agenda

Preserving Our Nation’s Technological Edge:
A workshop on the role of industry-university partnership in doctoral education

July 9-10, 2020
Washington, DC
National Academy of Sciences building

Tentative Agenda:
[Note: further information will be provided as specifics are determined.]

July 9, 2020:

  • Registration
  • Welcome
  • U.S. Government perspectives on STEM graduate education and the future workforce
  • International perspective on university-industry-gov’t partnership for graduate education
  • Networking reception


July 10, 2020:

  • Networking breakfast
  • Industry perspectives on gaps in graduate education
  • Introduction to Lehigh University’s Pasteur Partners PhD (P3) Fellowship program
  • Group and panel discussions on perceived gaps in current doctoral programs:
    • Implementation of university-industry partnerships for doctoral training
    • Funding models
    • Intellectual property management
    • Professional courses on “soft skills”
    • Duration of doctoral programs
    • Interdisciplinarity in doctoral training
    • Diversity of doctoral students
  • Recommendations and concluding remarks


For additional information, please contact:
Himanshu Jain
Diamond Distinguished Chair and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Lehigh University
Principal Investigator, NSF Innovation in Graduate Education (IGE) project: Partnership with Researchers in Industry for Doctoral Education