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First Adjunct Innovation Research Fellow At DIT Hothouse

Posted: 22 July, 2016

Dublin Institute of Technology is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Francis (Fran) Behan as Adjunct Innovation Research Fellow at DIT Hothouse.

Fran Behan is an Innovation Effectiveness Manager at Corning Incorporated, Sullivan Park Research facility in New York, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of glass, ceramics, and related materials, primarily for industrial and scientific applications.

A graduate of Dublin Institute of Technology where he studied Applied Physics, Fran gained postgraduate qualifications at the Institute of Physics, London and the Open University, Milton Keynes from where he was awarded an MBA.  Fran represents Corning on the American Management Associations (AMA) International & Innovation Council and is also a member of the Institute for the Study of Business Markets (ISBM) – SMEAL Business School, Penn State, PA.

As a leading international expert with strong marketing, sales and program management skills, Fran is a sought–after expert in the application of the innovation process and practice within Corning where he has held a number of roles since joining its Optical Fiber Division in 1986.

Announcing the appointment, Professor Brian O’Neill, Director of Research, Enterprise and Innovation Services at DIT, said:

Fran Behan brings an extraordinary wealth of experience to innovation and enterprise support at Dublin Institute of Technology and I believe he will make a most distinguished contribution to DIT Hothouse.  As part of his role as Adjunct Innovation Research Fellow, we look forward to his input into our strategic research plans and in venture panel meetings to review new start-up strategies.  Where they are mutually beneficial to both Corning and DIT Hothouse, he will bring to bear his wide ranging scientific and technology-related contacts in relation to the industrialization of new start-ups. “

DIT Hothouse, which manages all incubation, knowledge transfer and research commercialisation activity across DIT, has an excellent track-record of achievement that exceeds that of many universities in Ireland, Europe and the US.  DIT Hothouse has successfully commercialised DIT research in eight of the 14 key government Research Priority areas. 

On the incubation side, DIT Hothouse, in collaboration with IADT, manages the New Frontiers Entrepreneur Development Programme at DIT, a start-up programme for knowledge intensive businesses which, over the past 10 years, has assisted nearly 400 entrepreneurs to establish 260 sustainable businesses which now employ 1,300 knowledge-based workers, and have attracted over €154 million in equity investment.

Mr. Behan is the first appointment to the role of Adjunct Innovation Research Fellow, which has been facilitated through the DIT Foundation.

About Corning Incorporated                                         

Corning ( is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges. Corning’s businesses and markets are constantly evolving. Today, Corning’s products enable diverse industries such as consumer electronics, telecommunications, transportation, and life sciences. They include damage-resistant cover glass for smartphones and tablets; precision glass for advanced displays; optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions for high-speed communications networks; trusted products that accelerate drug discovery and manufacturing; and emissions-control products for cars, trucks, and off-road vehicles.