Research and Development Characteristics
The R&D activities of a TIEE entity would be mainly characterized with the following:
- • Major focus on areas of innovation and engineering education;
- • Applied and contextually highly oriented; it is more of a problem-solving and development-oriented than conventional R&D in science-oriented engineering departments/research centres;
- • Contextual problems oriented—focus on industry-linked research for solving problems faced in the industrial sector;
- • Entrepreneurial oriented, with tech. transfer, start-ups, and commercialization as a main priority.
Innovation and Tech. Start-Ups Facilities
Such an entity will manage also state-of-the-art innovation laboratories, studios, and spaces, including (but not limited to) rapid prototyping studios, additive manufacturing laboratories, product design/production laboratories, emerging and disruptive technologies laboratories, learning innovation spaces, tech. start-ups incubator/accelerator, industry-collaboration spaces, and STEM innovation toolkits.
Conceptual Models of a TIEE Structure
Figure 5.6 shows a model of academic orientation and tracks of main activities of a TIEE entity positioning in an integrative with depth of other disciplinary
Fig. 5.6 Conceptual model of centre structure and the mutual relationship with other departments in CENG
Fig. 5.7 TIEE conceptual model
departments. Figure 5.7 shows a model of a TIEE entity fit within the innovation and iKBE context of a country.