Hennepin-University Partnership Since November 2004 - Three Years of Connecting Where it Counts

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Hennepin-University Partnership Since November 2004 - Three Years of Connecting Where it Counts. Ad Hoc Assessment Committee October 31, 2007 Meeting. BEGINNINGS + + + + +   where we started. Study of Biodiesel fuel in Snowplows, 1999-2000 - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Hennepin-University Partnership Since November 2004 - Three Years of Connecting Where it Counts

    Ad Hoc Assessment CommitteeOctober 31, 2007 Meeting

  • BEGINNINGS + + + + + where we started Study of Biodiesel fuel in Snowplows, 1999-2000A project of the Center for Diesel Research at the University of Minnesota

    Parties Involved Hennepin: Barb Sutey, Central Mobile Equipment Division Parties Involved University: Kelly Strebig, Center for Diesel Research Other Parties Involved: Mn DOTContact Person: Kelly Strebig, Center for Diesel Research Project Description: The Center for Diesel Research wanted to test the reliability of biodiesel fuels in heavy machinery in a cold climate. The project stretched over two winters and involved a comparison in fuel efficiency, power, and driver perception of standard diesel powered snowplows and some powered by a 20% mix of biodiesel fuel. The results of the test were positive; the drivers found the process easy and the research was thorough and accurate. Why was Collaboration chosen? The project could not have taken place with out cooperation. The State Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources provided funding, University did not have the trucks but Hennepin County did.Project Goals: The Center for Diesel Research sought to demonstrate the feasibility of Biodiesel in cold climates, identify any mechanical or chemical problems, and generate operator approval.Outcomes: Operators were satisfied and the initiative proved the benefits and functionality of Biodiesel in Minnesota.Benefits to University: The project could have cost several hundred dollars a month if done with a different partner. Hennepin was wonderful to work with; they provided an integrated and painless process start to finish.Benefits to Hennepin County: The County could not have conducted this research alone. They are slowly moving toward more Biodiesel and need more research to convince manufacturers and operators.Catalogued and analyzed existing connections

    Establish focus and direction Direction from Richard Johnson and Tom ScottInterviews with Commissioners, department heads, faculty, heads of centers

  • Created a unified vision and purpose, established an identityVision and Goals March 2005 kick off event with President Bruininks, Commissioner Koblick, Commissioner JohnsonPublic relations team developed a name, tagline, logo connecting 2 strong brandsHennepin County / University of Minnesota Collaboration Initiative2005

    BEGINNINGS + + + + + where we started

  • Hennepin County / University of Minnesota Collaboration Initiative2005

  • ACTION + + + + + executing the vision Liaison and research assistants draw upon resources from both entities to execute tasks Initiate collaborative projects:Ending Homelessness InitiativeDialogue on Childrens Mental HealthSHAPE surveyBoys Reading InitiativeEarly Neutral Evaluation

  • ACTION + + + + + executing the vision Liaison and research assistants draw upon resources from both entities to execute tasks Initiate collaborative projects: Transitway Impacts Research

  • ACTION + + + + + executing the vision Liaison and research assistants draw upon resources from both entities to execute tasks Streamlining the contracting process with a Master Cooperative Agreement signing ceremony in August 07

  • ACTION + + + + + executing the vision Liaison and research assistants draw upon resources from both entities to execute tasks Responding to requests for assistanceConnecting Experts academic and practitionerConnecting with Students as interns/research asstsSupporting programmatic connectionsTroubleshooting

  • ACTION + + + + + executing the vision Liaison and research assistants draw upon resources from both entities to execute tasksCommunication strategies to support collaboration

  • SUCCESS + + + + + what has worked well so far Support from Leadership

    Development of a resourceCounty Commissioners and staff - help in navigating complexities of U of M structure; U of M administrators and leaders - bridging the gap to the world of governmentCurrent model works best for early adopters ->

    Relationship Building w Key IndividualsCYFC, CTS, HHH, etc

    One new research program established (Transitway Impacts Research Program)

  • AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT + + + + + challenges - Starting up new connections-- takes time and effort * Exceptional effort rather than "business as usual Frustration arising from unrealistic expectations

    Funding challenges - R & D gets cut when money is tight

  • AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT + + + + + challenges

  • Where do we go from here? + + + + +