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How can industry collaborate with PMEC?

There are multiple ways to collaborate. On one end of the spectrum are transactional contracts at affiliated testing facilities with varying levels of support by staff, students, and faculty. On the other are sustained research & development partnerships that collaboratively address challenges faced by industry. The latter often lead to joint publications and graduate student theses that disseminate results to the broader community, while protecting the Intellectual Property of industry partners.

PMEC also has an Industry Partner Network (IPN) whose members are invited to participate in its annual All-Center Meeting and receive periodic updates about PMEC activities. There is no charge to join the IPN. Questions on the IPN can be directed to

Does PMEC have the resources to independently support early stage research and testing requested by industry?

In general, no. Within the partner universities, most activity is aligned with specific funding objectives of federal, state, or private sponsors and cannot be unilaterally re-directed. PMEC is in the process of identifying mechanisms to better support early-stage collaborations with industry.

Where can I find a listing of research and testing capabilities affiliated with PMEC?

Partial listings are currently available through the legacy NNMREC/PMEC websites maintained by each partner institution and accessible from the landing page. We are expanding this new centralized website to include this information in the coming months and appreciate your patience as we complete our build-out. Please don't hesitate to contact with any questions.

What does it mean for faculty, staff, or student researchers to affiliate with PMEC?

Affiliation indicates coordinated research, development, and/or education activities in marine energy, along with a good faith commitment to engage with organizational initiatives (such as the All-Center Meeting). Faculty and staff who are Principle Investigators communicate funded research to the leadership team, such that this information can be used build support for new initiatives. In exchange, PIs can use the PMEC brand in research proposals to demonstrate their institutional strength in marine energy.

Can a student receive a degree from PMEC?

No, PMEC is not a degree-granting organization. Graduate and undergraduate students involved in PMEC activities are pursuing degrees from departments/schools within their respective universities.

Who leads PMEC?

The PMEC leadership team consists of a lead Director that can rotate between institutions and co-Directors at each partner institution. Associate Directors support the lead Director and co-Directors as needed.

What does the leadership team do?

The leadership team coordinates activities across the institutions in a manner that provides the greatest benefit for industry, students, and government agencies.

Who advises the leadership team?

An Advisory Board consisting of representatives from governmental and non-governmental organizations, the Industry Partner Network, and the DOE National Laboratories active in marine energy (NREL, PNNL, and Sandia), advises the leadership team. At present, the Advisory Board convenes in a face-to-face meeting with the leadership team following the annual All-Center Meeting.