On February 27, the AMIC Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) met in Madison to provide feedback and guidance on the goals and objectives for the AMIC. Attendees were presented with an overview of recent MRSEC, WCNT and RM2N activities as well as some of the proposed plans for the organization over the next several years.
The overall goal for the meeting was to define the value of the AMIC for its members. Feedback from the IAB helped confirm and identify benefits, including reduced-cost access to university equipment and facilities, increased exposure to University of Wisconsin students and postdocs, access to faculty and student expertise at the UW, and events with educational and industry-specific content.
In addition to our Annual Meeting and the Facilities Day Open House, the AMIC is looking to add some new opportunities. We are hoping to host a networking/recruiting event for our students and member companies. AMIC members will also be invited to give educational presentations at select student seminars during the school year. We will also be working to compile a directory of students, postdocs and scientists with expertise in the instrumentation available at the UW that would be available for consulting opportunities to aid our member companies. Additionally, programs such as the AMIC fellowship and AMIC-sponsored Seed project will be continued to help facilitate public-private collaborations.
As we begin to implement many of these opportunities, please look for more information on the Facilities Day Open House on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus taking place this fall.