State Regents recognize USAO and HSI Sensing, Hermetic Switch Inc. business partnership

State Regents recognize USAO and HSI Sensing, Hermetic Switch Inc. business partnership


USAO and HSI Sensing, Hermetic Switch Inc. recognized with business partnership excellence

Twenty-eight business and higher education partnerships throughout the state were recently recognized as innovative collaborations that further the education of Oklahoma’s workforce. Among those were the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and HSI Sensing, Hermetic Switch Inc.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award is designed to highlight successful partnerships between higher education institutions and businesses to further cultivate the higher learning environment through State Regents’ Economic Development Grants.

HSI Sensing headquarters are located in Chickasha, with laboratory and manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin and California. Working in conjunction with the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and its Preparation for Industrial Careers in Mathematics program, a member of USAO’s math faculty, Dr. Quan Tran, directed a group of students in analyzing the relative success of several HSI Sensing marketing campaigns that resulted in ranking best value outcomes and return on investment options.

The students also did a simultaneous study for DEKA Research and Development located in Manchester, New Hampshire, to verify the company’s own study to determine the volume of a tumor given tomographic data of the region surrounding the tumor. In addition to reporting their findings to both companies, the student researchers also presented the results of their work at the MAA’s MathFest Conference in Washington, D.C., in August 2015.

"The partnership with HSI Sensing allows our university to provide innovative, interactive learning experiences for our students that align with our interdisciplinary core curriculum," said USAO President John Feaver. “USAO’s collaboration with the business community links academic programs directly to employment needs, building a better workforce for the future."

Institutions involved in these partnerships provide $500 for tuition waivers to employees of the partnering businesses; internships that enable current students to work at the partnering businesses; faculty externships with the partnering businesses; and/or enhancement of the partnerships with additional equipment, materials or supplies. The State Regents provide a $500 match to the waivers.