The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership for Southern California (AMP SoCal) hosted an Innovation Forum on June 30th which focused on technology transfers through local universities and how to apply them to commercial use.
The morning began with a presentation and an introduction of the AMP SoCal program from the moderator, Libby Williams, the Project Manager for AMP SoCal, located at the USC Center for Economic Development. The event featured presentations from 5 universities in the Southern California region: USC, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, UCLA, and UCI. Along with the universities, Sandia National Laboratories also provided information of their services. Each speaker spoke about the current research technology available to small businesses around the Southern California region to further the advancement and growth in the industry of Aerospace and Defense.
“...Being able to see some of the people who are in charge of the actual transfer of technology and shake their hands and sit face to face can never be replicated in the virtual world.”, said Steven Bledsoe, an audience member from Pasadena, California. This event was anopportunity for small businesses to expand their networks with the help of local universities and organizations in their region.