Creating a Haven for High-Tech Innovations
To date, 16 innovative start-up companies are using Kent State faculty research. Most are based in Northeast Ohio, including some housed in the university's Centennial Research Park. The research park was created in 2007 transforming a former campus bus garage into a place where companies could use university resources to accelerate the development of promising innovations. As they pursue commercial success, companies such as anchor tenant AlphaMicron Inc. provide research, internship and employment opportunities for students. The company, the first in the world to market a flexible liquid crystal device, is expanding its well-paid workforce as it expands production.