Providence Business News editor James Bessette reports that Christian Cowan, formerly Polaris MEP Center Director, has been appointed URI Research Foundation Executive Director.
Cowan had previously served as VP/COO of URI Research Foundation, of which Polaris MEP is a business unit.
“URI said that Cowan, in his new role with the research foundation, will oversee technology evaluation teams, expand business development resources to increase industry engagement and develop job-growth programming. Cowan, the university said, will also execute programs that are targeted to commercialize state-of-the-art technology on behalf of URI.
The university also said the research foundation is expanding its partnerships both locally and internationally in various areas, including offshore renewable wind energy, local healthy food supply and a strong Blue Economy for the state and region.”