Industry Alliances works to connect industry partners with university resources, including faculty researchers, students and state-of-the-art facilities and labs.

Experts in multidisciplinary research provide innovative and breakthrough ideas that lead to competitive market advantages.

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Connecting Industry

The Industry Alliances unit at NC State works to build robust, long-term collaborative relationships between university and industry partners. It also serves as the business development function for NC State’s research enterprise.

about-contentWhat does this mean for you?

It means Industry Alliances is your front door to university research resources – providing you efficient access to information on collaboration options and connections to the expertise and capabilities on campus. In other words, start here first if you want to connect with researchers or labs.

These connections include:

  • Access to experts in multi-disciplinary research, including engineering, veterinary medicine, analytics, textiles and numerous others
  • Access to state-of-the-art facilities and labs
  • Access to motivated, highly-qualified students seeking internship or employment opportunities
  • Access to experts in technology transfer, including PhD-level professionals and legal advisors
  • Access to cutting-edge knowledge systems, including the award-winning Hunt Library

Industry Alliances is housed within the Partnership Office of the University’s Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development (ORIED). It also works closely with Sponsored Programs + Regulatory Compliance (SPARCS), Office of Technology Transfer (OTT), Office of General Counsel, other departments within ORIED, and all academic units across the entire campus. ORIED is led by Vice Chancellor Dr. Alan Rebar.

Industry Alliances Team

leah-burtonLeah Burton
Director, Centennial Campus Partnership Office
& Industry Alliances

Leah leads the campus-wide strategy for corporate and government interactions with NC State. This includes management of Industry Alliances and the University’s award-winning Centennial Campus. She works to expand corporate and government partnerships with NC State’s faculty and students. Leah holds her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado. Little known fact – she was Drum Major of Colorado’s largest marching band and had the honor of marching in the Parade of Roses and the Orange Bowl Parade. Contact

NC State

A public, coeducational university located in Raleigh, North Carolina, NC State provides undergraduate and graduate education to nearly 35,000 students, making it the largest university in a four-state region (NC, SC, TN, VA).  NC State is also leading efforts to curb nuclear proliferation, develop a smart electric grid, create self-powered health monitors, help farmers confront climate change and build a new American manufacturing sector. The university’s award-winning Centennial Campus is home to more than 70 public and private partners — as well as the innovative Hunt Library, which Time magazine has dubbed “the library of the future.”


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Get started today by calling 919.515.7036 or by emailing us at partnerships@ncsu.edu.