2016 - Users Conference - San Francisco - Academic Symposium
Big Data Collaboration Leads to Big Impact: Driving Innovation Through University-Industry Strategic Partnerships
This presentation highlights how Lehigh University, a private research university in Bethlehem, PA, formed a comprehensive, strategic partnership with OSIsoft to advance big data analytics curriculum, research and innovation, and workforce development. The PI System is being used by Lehigh faculty and students to analyze complex data in research areas such as energy management, equipment operations, and production optimization. Additionally, faculty in Lehigh’s Department of Computer Science are incorporating PI software into big data analytics curriculum. Finally, the University is exploring how use of PI can drive operational efficiencies and smart building research on campus. This multifaceted relationship has led to quantifiable results, such as developing a talent pipeline between the university and OSIsoft and exploring scientific discoveries that can translate to meaningful results on industry and society at large.
Academia & Research
Samantha Kahoe joined Lehigh University in January 2015 as the Senior Director of Industry Engagement within the Office of Economic Engagement. In this role, Kahoe focuses on driving innovation through collaborative partnerships with industry. Serving as the liaison between internal departments and external corporations, Kahoe works to create comprehensive strategic partnerships for Lehigh across research, knowledge transfer, and economic development activities. Kahoe has over nine years’ experience in organizational strategy, marketing, and business development. Prior to joining Lehigh, Kahoe spent three years as Associate Director of IT Corporate Engagement at the University of Oklahoma, where she served as a strategic advisor to the University Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, and the Executive Vice President and Vice President for Strategic Planning. Prior to joining higher education, Kahoe spent 6 years in industry as Vice President of Marketing for Cole Technology Group and as Partner and Vice President for Hal Smith Marketing Group. Kahoe graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Organizational Leadership at Pepperdine University.
Cameron McCoy is the AVP for Economic Engagement at Lehigh University. He is responsible for developing and executing an integrated strategic plan for the Lehigh University’s economic engagement functions, including Industry Relations, Foundation Engagement, Career Services, Federal Agency – Industry – Lehigh relations, Research Park Development assessment, and some elements of Technology Transfer and Economic Development. Prior to joining Lehigh in June of 2014, he served as the Executive Director of the Corporate Engagement Office (CEO) at the University of Oklahoma (OU) where he was responsible for the award winning University Research Campus (URC); supporting, coordinating, and integrating Research Enterprise activities with industry; simplifying external access to OU resources to maximize the impact of OU capabilities; expanding the engagement pipeline (current and new relationships) via targeted solutions; and growing external relationships with Oklahoma economic development organizations. Mr. McCoy holds undergraduate degrees from Washington State University in Architectural Studies, History, and Social Studies, with minors in Military Science and Leadership Studies. He is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, holding a Masters Degree in Leadership and he will complete his Ph.D. with focus on economics and educational administration in 2016. Mr. McCoy also served eleven years in the US Army as an Officer in Military Intelligence and Infantry.