Director of Corporate Engagement
As Director of Corporate Engagement, Dennis Atkinson directs Wayne State University's Front Door for Business Engagement. In this role, he serves as the main point of industry contact for the university, develops university-industry partnerships and coordinates corporate outreach efforts for research activities.
Prior to joining Wayne State, Dennis served in research and managerial roles in both industry and academia. At the University of Southern California, he served in the Office of the Vice President for Research as Director of Corporate Research Advancement, a role with responsibilities to build and coordinate industry research relationships with USC faculty. Prior to this, he had responsibilities within the healthcare industry, as a senior researcher and as a regional manager of academic research. While at General Electric Healthcare, he served as Manager of Academic Research within GE's Applied Science Laboratory, a role where he managed sponsored research programs at major west coast academic institutions. Before GE, he was Senior Scientist and Manager of Research Collaborations for the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Division of Siemens Medical Systems. In his career, he has worked with leaders in imaging in the U.S. and Europe to develop novel medical applications and to develop related educational programs that promote clinical acceptance of innovative medical technology. As a medical physicist, Dennis made significant contributions to the development of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Spectroscopy (MRS),. These technical advances were written up in over 50 peer-reviewed publications and 200+ abstracts, leading to over 4000 published citations (h-index=28).