Harvard establishes research alliance with Tata companies

first_imgHarvard University has established a six-year, $8.4 million research alliance with a group of Tata companies including Tata Sons, Tata Communications, Tata Steel, and Jaguar Land Rover. Building on close connections between Harvard’s engineering and business Schools, the first-of-its-kind initiative adds a new leadership-development component to the University’s research partnerships.Under an agreement coordinated by Harvard’s Office of Technology Development (OTD), the collaboration will support cutting-edge research in labs across the University, while also providing professional development programs to visiting technology business leaders. The unique combination of research funding and executive education is designed to help position Harvard’s research innovations to bring the greatest benefit to the public worldwide.“This initiative will harness the power of research that crosses traditional academic boundaries, leading to more rapid discovery and the development of new products and services that address real-world problems,” said Harvard Provost Alan M. Garber.To accelerate the development of novel technologies and create a future generation of entrepreneurial leaders, the agreement establishes a Tata Fellowship Program at Harvard Business School (HBS). For each research project funded under the alliance, an experienced Tata employee will have the opportunity to spend up to a year in residency at Harvard in the HBS Executive Education Program. Nominated by the Tata senior leadership and subject to Executive Education admissions standards, Tata Fellows will benefit from the insight and guidance of an assigned HBS faculty mentor and gain the educational foundation to foster “intrapreneurship” within the Tata companies. They will also each collaborate with a Harvard research team to develop a commercialization plan for technologies that may arise from the funded projects.“Harvard has highly productive strategic alliances with several industry partners that support research on campus, in disciplines such as biomedical science, materials science, and chemistry. This initiative brings a new dimension that will include new links with Harvard Business School,” Garber said. “With its strengths in both science and business, Harvard is well positioned to succeed with this creative and integrated program.”The initial focus of the research alliance will be on robotics, wearable technologies, and the “Internet of things” (IoT), tapping into recent strides in the field of advanced materials. Over time, the scope could broaden to encompass new research areas of mutual interest. The arrangement with Tata is expected to stimulate a global exchange of ideas.“Non-U.S. executives account for close to two-thirds of the senior business leaders in our open-enrollment programs held in our classrooms in Boston, Shanghai, and Mumbai,” said Das Narayandas, senior associate dean for HBS external relations and publishing and Edsel Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration. “Harvard Business School faculty routinely develop and lead custom programs for marquee global clients around the world, introducing business leaders to the newest innovations and research in the areas of strategic thinking, change management, and leadership, among others.”Gopichand Katragadda, group chief technology officer for Tata Sons, said, “We are excited about forming this research collaboration between Tata and Harvard that will uniquely encompass engineering, management, and other disciplines to produce market outcomes. The Tata Group companies have pioneered products and services in diverse areas, including materials, automotive, telecommunications, and information technology. The Tata Fellows will bring deep market understanding in these areas for successful deployment of the advanced research at Harvard.”The funded projects, which have yet to be selected, will advance scientific research in labs across the University, including at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. A joint steering committee will guide the overall direction of the research alliance and approve funding for the proposed projects.“In many ways this exciting alliance foreshadows the type of close interactions we anticipate between HBS, Harvard Paulson School, and our corporate partners as the much-anticipated Science and Engineering Complex and the enterprise research campus take shape in Allston,” said Isaac T. Kohlberg, Harvard’s senior associate provost and chief technology development officer. “We’re glad to be expanding Harvard’s range of corporate partnerships and eager to welcome the Tata Fellows into the thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem of Cambridge and Boston.”last_img read more

Build in the foothills

first_imgHillside GardensWITH hillside views and recreational facilities soon to be built nearby, the Hillside Gardens estate is perfect for those wanting a new home near nature.Ray White Kirwan owner Nicky Faulks said the Hillside Gardens estate was connected to the popular Greenview estate, but offered more of an exclusive environment.“It’s an exclusive estate in Mount Louisa, tucked up against the foothills,” Ms Faulks said.“Most of the blocks have hillside views and you’re surrounded by nature.”Ms Faulks said Hillside Gardens lured buyers with the small size of the estate, with only 38 blocks available when the estate was released in the middle of last year.“Building has commenced with some homes already completed,” Ms Faulks said.“Fourteen blocks have already been sold and it’s proving very popular.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Blocks range from 416 -657sq m in size, and begin at $157,500.Ms Faulks said their target market was first homeowners and people wanting to downsize, and exclusivity aside, convenience was the area’s next biggest drawcard.“It’s a fabulous location with James Cook University, Townsville Hospital and Lavarack Barracks only a 13 minute drive away,” Ms Faulks said.She said there were also great schools and three shopping centres nearby.In late April Townsville City Council announced plans to transform Mount Louisa into a recreational area as part of their Townsville 2020 vision, after gathering local feedback mid last year.These plans include walking tracks, viewing platforms and barbecue areas, particularly along the ridge line as Mount Louisa is one of the highest peaks in the city.This comes as an alternative to the highly popular Castle Hill lookout and walking tracks.Community consultation will continue to occur during the development of the concept plan, which is expected to be complete in October.last_img read more

Greensburg students awarded best “My Community, My Vision” plan

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Students from Greensburg High School along with Shelbyville High School were awarded the best “My Community, My Vision” plan.According to the Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg agriculture students presented their plan to city officials and community members at the City Hall around two months ago.The project began in 2014 and was developed with the belief that young people should not have to leave their hometown to achieve their dreams.The students learned several things about the community and came up with a plan of things that need to be improved to bring kids back and to grow the community.Greenburg Mayor Dan Manus was in attendance at the event in Indianapolis.Manus says he is very proud of the students and thinks there is a good chance the students’ plans could be implemented.last_img read more