The corporate engagement office is in the business of connecting industry to campus. We can help companies:

  • Develop employees' skills with educational programs
  • Access resources to help license new technologies
  • Recruit new employees
  • Partner with campus researchers
  • Support the university through philanthropy

K-State Research Facilities & Resources Showcase

As a complement to the Working With Industry Boot Camp, the offices of the Vice President for Research, Institute for Commercialization, and KSU Foundation are facilitating a K-State Research Facilities & Resources Showcase, from 3 to 5pm on Wednesday May 13, 2015. The purpose of this special event is to allow faculty and staff to promote research facilities and equipment to their peers in other colleges and departments, to gain a broader perspective of the research capabilities across all colleges, campuses, and extension offices, and to stimulate dialogue around opportunities for multi-disciplinary collaboration. 

Campus units that offer complementary support for corporate partnerships and federal agency submissions are also invited to promote their products and services (e.g. diversity programs, career and employment services, mentoring and professional advantage programs, etc.). The Showcase will be held from 3-5pm on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in the Grand Ballroom of the Student Union. The environment will be similar to a trade show "exhibit hall." A research facility exhibit might include an equipment demonstration (live or on video), a research poster, approved schedule of charges, as well as other means of communicating capabilities. A resource exhibit might include a poster/table-top display, information and printed handouts to describe how the resource can be incorporated into a research proposal.

To reserve a table in the Research Facilities & Resources Showcase, please follow this link and complete the application form by 5pm on May 1, 2015:


For additional information please contact Mary Lou Marino in the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs, mlmarino@k-state.edu, 785-532-6195.

Working With Industry Boot Camp Live Video Stream

Response to the Working With Industry Boot Camp has been much greater than anticipated, with more than 150 K-State faculty and staff registered. Feedback received from the session evaluations has been very positive. "If you want to help make K-State one of the Top 50 public research universities in 2025, be here," wrote one participant.

The Working With Industry series continues this week with Session IV: Managing The Relationship from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in the Little Theatre at the K-State Student Union with refreshments and networking reception following. An interactive panel discussion will include Wendy Elliott, director of Strategic Alliances for Zoetis, Michael Young, professor and head of psychological sciences; Michael Dryden, university distinguished professor of parasitology; and Timothy Burg, professor of electrical and computer engineering.

All Working With Industry Boot Camp sessions are available to view via live video stream. Click here to view.

Previous sessions can be viewed in the Office of Corporate Engagement Toolbox. Use the navigation bar on the left to view.

About the office

The corporate engagement office is the university's one-stop shop to help corporations navigate university resources. Kansas State University is a land-grant university with three campuses, and we're recognized as one of the best public universities in America. Increased engagement and outreach will help the university become a top 50 public research university by 2025.

Mutual benefits

Our office matches campus experts, resources and opportunities with corporations to develop and enhance their relationships with the university. Through the corporate engagement office, you can identify and access the university's vast resources to maximize the potential for your business.

These resources include research discoveries, new technology, high-tech facilities, student and alumni talent, continuing education programs and strategic giving opportunities.

Meet our director

Richard PotterRichard Potter brings more than 30 years of marketing, communications and resource development experience to his position as director of the corporate engagement office. As director, he oversees the campuswide strategy for all university interactions with business and industry, matching K-State assets with the needs of corporate partners.

Prior to joining K-State, he served as vice president for development and communications with Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, formerly American Humanics, a national alliance of universities and nonprofits working to educate the next generation of nonprofit leaders. He holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of Iowa and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Dubuque in Iowa.