Research Showcase connects KC industry with university research to accelerate products

Thursday, March 29, 2018

OLATHE — On May 16, business and industry professionals in Greater Kansas City are meeting with Kansas State University researchers to explore the university’s expansive portfolio of research capabilities, technologies and facilities available to partners in the metro area.

The meeting stems from the 2018 Research Showcase, which is 4-6:30 p.m. May 16 at the K-State Olathe campus.

During the event, attendees from public and private industry can network with university researchers who represent the wide breadth of expertise, departments, research units and laboratories of the Kansas State University Manhattan, Olathe and Polytechnic campuses. The goal is to forge new industry-university partnerships that advance academic research and funding while helping companies in Kansas City’s metro area and beyond test, refine and rapidly advance their products and technologies to market.

The event also will celebrate Kansas State University's record of contributing to economic prosperity in the state and region with an Excellence in Innovation and Economic Engagement Award. Award winners will make brief presentations about their work at the showcase.

This year’s research showcase builds on the momentum of the 2017 event.

"Last year, companies in the Greater Kansas City region showed us that they are hungry for collaboration and innovation with talented researchers," said Peter Dorhout, vice president for research at Kansas State University. "They know
K-State has an excellent talent pipeline that extends from our undergraduate and graduate students to our postdocs and faculty researchers. K-State is excited to use our talents to help companies develop and advance the technologies of tomorrow that improve lives in Kansas and around the world."

Topics at the 2018 Research Showcase include:

• Bio 3-D printing;

• Epidemiology;

• Data management, including collection and visualization;

• Video production for product promotion;

• New and alternative hits and binding site for drug targets;

• Environmental monitoring;

• Technology development, prototyping, testing and manufacturing;

• Cereal grains chemistry and product analysis;

• Materials testing;

• Neuroscience;

• Transboundary diseases and bio safety and security;

• Unmanned aerial systems and vehicles;

• Scientific glassblowing;

• Graphene manufacturing and printing;

• Software development;

• Medical devices;

• Leadership, communication and community engagement;

• Nanotechnology;

• Energy management systems and smart grid technologies; and much more.

Learn more and register for the 2018 Research Showcase at