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    MOT-19 Student's Capstone Leads to Patent

    For the first time in its history, TLI has partnered with students to file a patent on a product that originated from a capstone project.
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    "I, too, am struggling”: An Account of Leadership during the COVID-19 Pandemic

    TLI alumnus Santiago Vallejo — whose experience spans BPO, e-commerce, leisure and corporate travel, banking and leading diverse and multicultural teams across the globe — shares his experience and advice on business, tech and leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. He is a 2018 graduate of the MOT program.
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    A Message for TLI's MOT 2020 Graduates

    As the Technological Leadership Institute’s (TLI) 2020 graduates join others from around the University of Minnesota and within the College of Science and Engineering for a virtual commencement on May 16, the TLI staff and faculty would like to extend a heartfelt congratulations and thank you. We hope to celebrate you and your accomplishments in person at a time that is considered safe to do so. In the meantime, TLI’s Interim Director Doug Ernie has a personal message he would like to share with the MOT Class of 2020, which recently completed their program.
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    MOT Alumnus Uses Capstone Project to Help Others Create a Culture of Innovation

    One of the hallmarks of our MOT program is learning about innovation in technology. But how does one actually go about creating an innovation culture? MOT 2016 alumnus Thierry Boudet set out to explore this. It started out as his capstone and evolved into an ongoing project about his workplace, our very own University of Minnesota, with Boudet giving numerous workshops within the U and out in the general public.
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    MOT 2019 Graduate is Driven to Innovate Accessibility Access Through Technology

    As technology continues to advance, one of the areas that look to benefit the most is that of human services — particularly people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) have great potential for improving the quality of life and independence among this population. One person looking to make a difference is Timothy (Tim) Janssen, who just earned his M.S. in Management of Technology degree in May 2019. We sat down to ask him about his experience in MOT and how he hopes to use what he learned in the program to bring innovation to his industry.
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    MDI Student Combines Passions to Custom Design a Career

    When medical school wasn't the right fit, Shannon Smith -- who had a successful career as a fashion designer -- found that the M.S. in Medical Device Innovation allowed her to put her creativity to use in another field she is passionate about. And she's excelling at it.