Robert Bernhard, the vice president for research at the University of Notre Dame, gathered with senior research officers from prominent universities around the country for a roundtable discussion with journalists. The discussion focused on the sequester and its impact on universities’ ability to conduct research and retain faculty, as well as technology transfer and the growing role of universities in driving regional economic development.
Bernhard highlighted the Notre Dame Turbomachinery Facility announcement as an example of one way Notre Dame is collaborating with the region to boost its resources and economy. “The state of Indiana, the city of South Bend and a couple of other partners are involved. We are looking forward to building the programs that over the years have been federally funded into programs that the corporations will have access to. The facilities are pretty unique and are able to advance their technology.”