We have developed close working relationships with faculty throughout the university who are interested in working with companies on collaborative research, either through direct research agreements with the company, or as partners in grant or contract proposals. In the past year, roughly 45 faculty members have participated in meetings with companies facilitated by our Technology and Business Center.
We are very active, for example, in helping companies with interests related to marine science find potential faculty partners at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) through the VIMS-Industry Partnership Committee. We have introduced several companies to those opportunities, particularly in the areas of sensors, observation systems, information management, wireless communication, autonomous underwater vehicles, and modeling and simulation.
We have close ties to faculty in our School of Business, who work with us in helping to mentor companies in regional incubators, provide outreach professional classes for local companies, and pursue research and consulting relationships. Recent projects have included financial reviews, transportation modeling, economic impact analyses, development of professional training materials, and assistance with strategic planning.
We also have outstanding faculty in the sciences. We have been particularly active with faculty in the applied sciences, mathematics and computer science. Recent business connections include work in sensors, modeling and simulation, communications, GIS systems, geology, bioinformatics, and biomedicine.
Over the past year there has also been an expansion in business connections with our social sciences and public policy faculty, particularly in the area of modeling human behavior in the development of simulations for training. We have also become more involved in helping companies coordinate and manage operations in remote locations around the globe.
Again, we'll be happy to help you find appropriate faculty connections throughout the university.