William Cook on Industry and Academia
You should really read William Cook's ECOOP 2009 Banquet Speech
on Industry and Academia. Very good! Here's an excerpt:The way I see it is that industry generally has more problems than they do solutions, but academia often has more solutions than problems. As an academic, I think everyone here will realize the value of a good problem. So if nothing else, we should revise the technology transfer story to include flows in both directions. Industry could transfer problems to academia, and academia could provide solutions to industry. I want to emphasize that both these flows are of high value.
Exactly how I see it, too!