NARRAGANSETT—At the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Institute on its Bay Campus this past Monday, industry leaders and academics gathered to learn about the opportunities which can be discovered in oceanography and marine trades. The symposium, ‘Innovation in Oceanography, Ocean Engineering, Defense and Marine Trades,’ was organized by URI’s newly created Business Engagement Center (BEC), a group which seeks to successfully utilize business opportunities locally and globally to benefit the university and its community.
“We launched the business engagement center two months ago and have been busy in terms of industry contacting us, and we’ve wanted to do industry outreach as well,” said Katharine Flynn, executive director at the BEC. “In talking to the folks from the defense and marine trades industry, they were very interested in the activities here at URI. That was the impetus behind having [the symposium]; just collaboration with industry in a nutshell.”
URI President David Dooley and Governor Lincoln Chafee were among the first to speak about the BEC’s role in canvassing businesses which can benefit from mutual relationships with the academic endeavors, namely oceanography, at the university.