Once a research strategy and areas of emphasis are identified, the research is implemented through teams of triplets, consisting of a faculty investigator, a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow, and an industrial researcher. The purpose of the triplet model is to reduce time to market: partners agree that this system gives the faculty member autonomy and responsibility for technology transfer; encourages the student or post-doctoral student to stimulate interaction between faculty and industry representatives; and recognizes the industry partner as the primary evaluator of progress and success.

Broadly construed, the Center's strategy revolves around three goals: to contribute to economic development of the region; to carry out relevant fundamental research; and to enhance the educational missions of the University. The Center's benefits to education include: enhancing the university's ability to attract and to educate high-quality students; demonstrating an orientation toward problems relevant to industry; offering faculty and students the advantage of interacting with industry; and continuing education for scientists in imaging science.

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