UA Opens Satellite Research Office in Mobile
The Business View – September 2019 / News You Can Use
Dana George and Justin Rodgers are employed full-time at The University of Alabama’s first research satellite office in Mobile.
The University of Alabama (UA) recently located its first research satellite office at GulfQuest in Mobile to create and expand business partnerships, as well as extend collaborations with area colleges and universities.
“Mobile is a thriving area with many different businesses that align with our areas of expertise,” says Dr. Russell Mumper, UA’s vice president for research and economic development.
The university has two permanent employees based here: Business Engagement and Research Operations Manager Dana George, who is focusing on building business relationships that could help the university expand its research; and Business Development Specialist Justin Rodgers, who is working to expand internships for UA students in the Mobile area.
Both will create job opportunities for university students, says Mumper. Undergraduate and graduate students will work in research or internships that lead to permanent employment, with an emphasis on keeping those students in the state following graduation.
UA is planning a minimum of a five-year investment. If the pilot program is successful, the model will be duplicated throughout the state and even nationally, says Mumper.
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