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Researchers from engineering disciplines will share their experiences on the pursuit of innovation and commercialization efforts at a Feb. 21 forum at West Virginia University.

The forum, which is free to the public, will take place from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, WVU officials announced in a recent news release.

Three speakers will highlight the event: Eric Beckman, a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Pittsburgh and co-director of the Mascaro Center for Sustainability Innovation; Kayvan Najarian, an associate professor of computer science at Virginia Commonwealth University and director of VCU's Biomedical Signal and Image Processing lab; and Walter O'Brien, professor of mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech and the director of the Center for Turbomachinery and Propulsion Research.

According to the release, each speaker will give a short presentation, which will be followed by a question and answer session.

"These researchers will speak about their experience collaborating with industry, balancing university research responsibilities and their entrepreneurial pursuits, and will discuss obstacles and recommendations for university faculty interested in pursuing innovation and commercialization efforts," Lindsay Emery, business development manager with WVU's office of Research and Economic Development, said in the release.

WVU's Linking Innovation, Industry and Commercialization and the Statler College are hosting this event.

"This is a great opportunity to hear how faculty researchers have been successful — and unsuccessful — in entrepreneurship," Emery said in the release.