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Leadership Institute

The Technological Leadership Institute (TLI) is an interdisciplinary center at the University of Minnesota established in 1987 by an endowment from the Honeywell Foundation. The Institute is part of the College of Science and Engineering, which is ranked among the top engineering and science schools in the country. 


TLI's mission is to develop local and global leaders for technology-intensive enterprises through its three Master of Science degree programs:

Transformative Education

TLI's academic programs are intentionally kept small and highly selective in order to ensure the highest quality student body and personal attention from faculty. All TLI degree offerings are tailored to empower professionals by:

  • Focusing on leadership in technology-based environments
  • Teaching technical professionals to analyze existing and emerging technologies
  • Leveraging interdisciplinary faculty with real-world experience
  • Bridging the gap between technology and business with applied learning

Results That Matter

TLI students and graduates are at the core of the Institute's success. The outstanding contributions they make to technology innovation within the program and post-graduation impact all aspects of high-tech industries. The professionals who enroll in our degree programs continue to be among the best of the best, as are the TLI faculty members who have dedicated their careers to grooming the next generation of technology leaders.

  • 80+ Current Graduate Students
  • 1,200+ Accomplished Alumni
  • 60+ Dedicated Faculty & Staff

World-Renowned Leadership

For more than a decade, the Technological Leadership Institute has been led by its director, Dr. Massoud Amin, a world-renowned technology expert, considered by many to be the father of the smart grid. Thanks to Dr. Amin's guidance, in consultation with TLI’s endowed chairs and advisory board, the Institute continues to successfully bridge the gap between business and technology.

Advisory Board

TLI's advisory board is comprised of faculty and alumni from the University of Minnesota, who are prominent business leaders committed to strengthening Minnesota's technological leadership position through education, research and consulting. Advisory board members review curricula, suggest new programs and support TLI’s other public activities.

Advisory Board Members


  • Massoud Amin, Honeywell/Harold W. Sweatt Chair in Technological Leadership
  • Emily Benner, Preventice Solutions
  • Jon Carlson, Braun Intertec Corp.
  • Timothy Cassidy, Best Buy Company, Inc.
  • Pat Dillon, Minnesota High Tech Association
  • David Espindola, Brainyus & Ilumina Tech
  • Chuck Extrand, Colder Products Company
  • Kirk Froggatt, Gemini Chair in Technology Management
  • Paul Hansen, TLI Associate Director
  • Brian Isle, Adventium Labs
  • Michael Johnson, Honeywell/James J. Renier Chair in Security Technologies
  • Dan Malina, 4054 Strategic Solutions
  • Alfred Marcus, Honeywell/Edson W. Spencer Chair in Strategic Management
  • Paul Mattson, Luther College
  • Ken Merdan, Boston Scientific
  • Dan Mooradian, Honeywell/James J. Renier Chair in Technology Management
  • Richard O’Brien, Medtronic
  • Ronald Peterson, Peterson Technology Business Strategies, Inc.
  • Chriss Renier, retired
  • James Renier, Renier and Associates and retired CEO of Honeywell
  • Tariq Samad, Honeywell/W.R. Sweatt Chair in Technology Management
  • Ed Valencia, MN Office of Enterprise Technology
  • Murad Velani, Longitude Partners, LLC
  • Steve Webster, Honeywell/Edson W. Spencer Chair in Technology Management
  • Michael Wright, Artisans Inc.

Commitment to Success

The Technological Leadership Institute is dedicated to lifelong education through our degree programs, undergraduate experiences, and continuing education opportunities aimed at bridging the gap between business and technology. Learn more about the Technological Leadership Institute's organizational values.

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