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Event to Connect K-State Research with Greater K.C. Industry
Kansas Ag Connection - 12/11/2017

The research capabilities, facilities and resources available at Kansas State University will be highlighted at a 2018 event for business and industry in the Kansas City metro area.

The 2018 Research Showcase is slated for May 16 at K-State Olathe. The event builds on a successful showcase in 2017 and serves as a large-scale networking session with a wide breadth of research expertise and resources on display for prospective public and private corporate partners.

"Kansas State University has long demonstrated strength in economic engagement and industry collaboration, and the Research Showcase helps our researchers identify new avenues for engagement with industry," said Peter Dorhout, vice president for research.

The Research Showcase will highlight capabilities in many areas:

- Global food systems, including agriculture and food science

- Animal and human health and nutrition

- Engineering and technology, including construction, architecture and software

- Workforce development and diversity

- Life sciences and analytics, including sensory analysis and consumer preferences and behavior

"Companies in the Greater Kansas City region showed us last year that they are hungry for collaboration and innovation with talented researchers," Dorhout said. "Industry benefits from academic partners who help develop and advance the technologies of tomorrow so that they can be brought to a commercial market and used to improve lives."

Dorhout said prospective collaborators also appreciate meeting promising future experts.

"Companies know K-State has an excellent talent pipeline, from our faculty researchers and postdocs to our graduate and undergraduate students," he said. "I encourage faculty to exhibit at the event to promote the expertise and research capabilities on their teams.

"I hope faculty and staff are excited about this opportunity that could lead to collaborations, which will advance their research, engage their students and potentially develop new solutions and technologies," Dorhout said.

Faculty can visit to register for the 2018 Research Showcase by April 2, 2018. Industry registration is due by May 1, 2018, and is available at

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