Industry Collaboration: WWU and BTC plan to foster technology research and development through university-industry partnerships. The space also is attractive for start-up companies due to the access to equipment and large spaces in the TDC. Larger companies wanting to prove out technologies before expanding in their own facilities may also be an option. Another benefit to WWU/BTC/Industry is access to manufacturing equipment, characterization instrumentation, and technical services at both institutions.
Active Research: WWU and BTC personnel can also utilize the space for applied research that doesn’t include an industry partner.
BTC/WWU Collaboration: WWU and BTC serve different students and have different constituencies, but similar industries employ graduates. This creates unique opportunities for collaborations with companies that would involve students and faculty members from both institutions.