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A few changes, a few new members, and a new Industry Advisory Board (IAB) have brought forth greater involvement and benefits for members of MCEER’s Strategic Partnerships Network. Center leadership made some strategic improvements to the program over the last several months, to enhance interaction among partners, center investigators, and students, for greater mutual reward.
The most notable of changes involves the creation of an Industry Advisory Board or IAB. The IAB comprises business and industry members of the center’s Strategic Partnerships Network, and strategic federal, state and local government agencies and end-users (see Vol.16, No.1).
The IAB provides direct input to the center’s strategic plan, and represents the interests and needs of IAB member organizations. It also assists the center by conducting an annual industry SWOT analysis, helping to identify Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats that could impact MCEER’s overall success. The IAB is governed by an executive committee (IAB ExCom), chaired by Gary Hart, principal and division head, Hart-Weidlinger Division of Weidlinger Associates.
Members that have joined the IAB and the center’s Strategic Partnerships Network in the past year include: Armstrong World Industries, Inc., FM Global Research, Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie, and Unison Industrial Company, Ltd. Armstrong and FM Global have joined at the Premier Partner level ($3,500 annually). Hydro-Québec and Unison have joined as Partners ($1,000 annually).
Armstrong World Industries, Inc., is a global leader in the design, innovation, manufacture, and marketing of interior finishing solutions. FM Global is an insurance organization focusing on risk management and helping customers maintain continuity in their business operations by helping them minimize the overall financial impact of losses.
Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie is a Canadian-headquartered company and a leader in the design, operation and maintenance of power transmission systems. Unison, based in South Korea, is a producer of various products from anti-noise and anti-vibration materials to seismic isolators.