Original Date: 03/08/1999
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Best Practice : Teaming Skills
The Applied Research Laboratory at the Pennsylvania State University (ARL Penn State) recognizes the importance of teaming with industry and government partners; other university organizations; and all levels of its own organization. Aside from being a good business practice, teaming supports technical excellence and innovation, and facilitates the political and funding support necessary to obtain and sustain projects.
The ARL Penn State has been very successful in bringing together leading organizations from government, industry, and academia to achieve leadership focus in specific technology sectors. One example is the Laser Processing Consortium with 17 world-class companies in this field. Another example is the ARL Penn State’s Gear Research Institute, which leads and performs research, development, and testing to support the gear industry as well as promotes education and technology transfer. The Gear Research Institute is an independent not-for-profit corporation, registered in the State of Illinois. The Institute, affiliated with the ASME and the AGMA, is organized to provide and supplement gear and related technological needs by conducting research and development (R&D), consulting, analysis, and testing. The Gear Research Institute has all its research and other related activities conducted at the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State.
In 1999, the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State established the Electro-Optics Center, a MANTECH Center of Excellence. Successful teaming strategies represent a key factor in the Laboratory’s position as a leading facility for technical excellence and in providing new business development growth opportunities. The Electro-Optics Alliance is composed of 15 academic and professional; five government; and 36 industrial organizations.
Through effective teaming and partnerships, the ARL Penn State established a strong, competitive position for winning new projects. This approach sets up extensive linkages and relationships that encourage new growth for the laboratory.
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