PhDs in Science and Engineering

Industry studies indicate that the biggest problems in science and technology research and development are:

  1. managing R&D for business growth,
  2. balancing long-term and short-term initiatives in R&D,
  3. the integration of R&D and business strategy,
  4. making innovation happen, and
  5. assessing scientist productivity.

Interestingly none of these of these issues are purely technology related. In fact, the major issues are all at the intersection of technology, law, and business application. Other studies related specifically to post doctorates reveal that although PhDs in Science and Technology will typically have outstanding technology skills, these graduates often lack skills in management, communication, and working effectively in a team. The purpose of TI:GER® is to help PhD students develop an awareness of innovation processes particularly as they relate to the business and legal activities necessary to commercialize new technology and to build skills that will help these them succeed, whether they remain in a University environment as a researcher or move into an industry setting.

The TI:GER® program is targeted towards PhD candidates that have typically completed their second year in the PhD program, passed their discipline qualifiers, and have selected a research topic. To be accepted for TI:GER®, students must have an outstanding track record in academics, expressed an interest in technology transfer and entrepreneurship, and be recommended by their academic advisor. 

Each PhD candidate receives a National Science Foundation (NSF) IGERT stipend that provides substantial financial support for the PhDs research. Stipends will be awarded on an annual basis for the two years that the PhD is in the TI:GER® program. Students will also be designated as NSF IGERT fellows. Additionally each PhD student will receive a presidential fellowship. PhDs will receive very early exposure of their technology to legal , business, and market issues; and will be able to leverage these insights in terms of adjusting research direction or priorities. The program in effect increase the probability that the PhDs research will both technical and market relevance.