NDSU and Cogi have announced a research and development agreement through North Dakota’s Centers of Excellence program that partners research and development hubs across the state’s university and college campuses with private companies to stimulate technology-led economic development.
The new partnership comes through NDSU’s state-funded Center of Excellence in Sensors, Communications and Controls, which provides expertise in sensor integration, systems engineering and software applications. Participating companies match $2 for every $1 provided by a grant through North Dakota’s Centers of Excellence program.
With 25 approved Centers of Excellence and partners such as Cogi, the program has contributed $635 million in estimated economic impact to North Dakota’s economy, according a report by the state’s Department of Commerce.
“We are truly excited about what we’ve already been able to accomplish utilizing our software development resources based in Fargo and we look forward to expanding our presence in the future,” said Mark Cromack, president and co-founder of Cogi. “Our current forecast calls for an additional 20 new jobs in the Fargo area over the next several years, but that figure could grow if we hit our stretch goals.”
Philip Boudjouk, vice president for research at NDSU, said, “The new partnership with Cogi provides additional exciting opportunities in technology-led economic development through the state’s Centers of Excellence program. We enthusiastically welcome this California technology company to North Dakota as a research and development partner with NDSU.”
Headquartered in Santa Barbara, Calif., Cogi was started in March 2007 by a group of technology veterans. For more information, visit www.cogi.com.
NDSU is recognized as one of the nation's top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.