BOULDER – An Office of Industry Collaboration will help connect companies with the people, services and programs available at the University of Colorado-Boulder, CU said in a press statement Thursday.

Caroline Himes, director of the office, comes to the role after serving for the past 16 years as executive associate director of the CU Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, or LASP.

"Our goal is to actively connect industry partners with interested campus researchers," Himes said in the press statement. "We will then work with the researchers and our industry partners to understand the project goals, develop an appropriate proposal, manage the contracting and begin implementation."


The budget for the new office will be $650,000 in the first year, which includes a salary of $200,000 for Himes, said Malinda Miller-Huey, a CU spokesperson. The office is expected to become self-supporting through various revenue streams in the next five years, Miller-Huey said. Himes will have a staff of four, including two part-timers.

University administrators created the office, in part, to help companies generate new products and economic growth, said CU Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano. The office also will help companies find outside sources to work with, if they have had to cut their own research and development funding, said Russell L. Moore, CU-Boulder provost.

CU has specialized research facilities and equipment available to industry partners, which the office will promote, Himes said. One example is an electrostatic accelerator at LASP which might be used by lunar, space, or plasma physics companies, she said. Another example is the office's work to get a recent general research project agreement signed between CU-Boulder and Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE), Himes said.

Before joining CU in 1997, Himes worked for more than 20 years in business consulting and planning. She was a controller for several startup companies, including CADIS Inc. in Boulder.

Himes has a master's degree in agricultural economics and a bachelor's degree in accounting, both from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.