Posted: February 9, 2012
Bobbi Alkire Noe has joined The Ohio State University Industry Liaison Office (ILO) as associate director. In this role, she will foster the expansion of the ILO mission by linking business and industry needs to the university’s immense assets and create sustainable innovations, new partnerships, and expand the research enterprise. Well versed in the need for industry-academic partnerships and the power of leveraging business opportunities, Noe brings to the university expertise in the business-technical environment. She has a proven track record of taking ideas or concepts through prototype, pilot, startup, and success in the field to commercialization, thereby delivering the products needed by industry and consumers. She holds five patents and is the inventor of numerous trade secrets.
Noe, who holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Ohio State, will split her time between the College of Engineering and the ILO. As part of her ILO role, she will work with the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Public Health, as well as other colleges across campus and various technology-based departments.
Noe has spent the majority of her career working for Owens Corning (OC). Since joining OC in 1983, she has held positions in R&D, manufacturing, and sales, and most recently as the director of innovation. At OC, she was instrumental in transforming the residential roofing market and business segment via national commercialization of a revolutionary new residential shingle product – delivering the largest first-year sales and profitably numbers for any product in OC’s history. She was also responsible for the start up of a green field manufacturing facility to launch a next generation fiberglass material.
The Industry Liaison Office was launched in December 2008 by the Office of Research to initiate and foster mutually beneficial relationships with industry and organizations worldwide. The ILO brokers the alignment of Ohio State’s core capabilities in learning, discovery and innovation, and services with industry needs. The ILO links the university’s immense assets to the needs of industry to drive ideas for research, new products, improved processes, and an expansion of services offered. The ILO also creates dynamic and sustainable assets for its partners, the state of Ohio, and the global community. Sharell Mikesell, PhD, associate vice president, leads the ILO. He is assisted by Daniel Kramer, PhD, ILO director, College of Engineering, and Bryan Kinnamon, ILO director, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.