Most collaborations between academia and industry involve industry funded and defined research projects. There are, however, many more opportunities for activities that lead to a stronger partnership that benefits both. Moving from individual projects to a wider collaboration aligned along industry needs and academic strengths, to form academic centers of excellence provides a more involved collaboration. This paper provides an example of how companies can become more than a research partner but, instead, can get involved in the curriculum and educational efforts of the academic partner.

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