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    TLI Faculty Member, Defense Expert: Bring Back the Rapid Innovation Fund

    In an opinion article for National Defense, TLI faculty member and defense expert Chip Laingen, CDR recommends reviving the Defense Department's Rapid Innovation Fund, which states was "arguably the best among (funding strategies of the past decade) for its access to small business innovation and its commercial outcomes."

    Chip Laingen is the Corporate Vice President – Midwest Region, for Logistic Specialties, Inc. (LSI); and Executive Director of Defense Alliance, the region’s defense industry network, and winner of the 2014 Progress Minnesota Award. He is a member of various advisory boards including the Cleantech Open Midwest, Minnesota Cup, Full Stack St. Paul and the Cybersecurity Summit.  During 2010-2011 he was an Executive Leadership Fellow for the University of Minnesota’s Center for Integrative Leadership. Commander Laingen served in the U.S. Navy for 21 years as an aviator, squadron commanding officer, associate professor of naval science, Moreau Scholar and speechwriter for two Secretaries of the Navy. He has written extensively on the many dynamics of leadership.

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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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  • In the News

    TLI Faculty Member, Defense Expert: Bring Back the Rapid Innovation Fund

    In an opinion article for National Defense, TLI faculty member and defense expert Chip Laingen, CDR recommends reviving the Defense Department's Rapid Innovation Fund, which states was "arguably the best among (funding strategies of the past decade) for its access to small business innovation and its commercial outcomes."

    Chip Laingen is the Corporate Vice President – Midwest Region, for Logistic Specialties, Inc. (LSI); and Executive Director of Defense Alliance, the region’s defense industry network, and winner of the 2014 Progress Minnesota Award. He is a member of various advisory boards including the Cleantech Open Midwest, Minnesota Cup, Full Stack St. Paul and the Cybersecurity Summit.  During 2010-2011 he was an Executive Leadership Fellow for the University of Minnesota’s Center for Integrative Leadership. Commander Laingen served in the U.S. Navy for 21 years as an aviator, squadron commanding officer, associate professor of naval science, Moreau Scholar and speechwriter for two Secretaries of the Navy. He has written extensively on the many dynamics of leadership.

  • Photo of a U of MN graduation tassel

    Blog

    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.
  • In the News

    Designing for Health: MDI Alumna and Student on Bridging Apparel Design with Medical Devices

    What do Anna Peshock and Shannon (Smith) Williamson have in common? They are both alumni of the B.S. in Apparel Design program who went on to pursue the M.S. in Medical Device Innovation (MDI) "to take on the challenges of designing, developing, and commercializing medical devices."

    Williamson is a 2017 MDI graduate and Peshock is a current MDI student (class of 2020).

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    MDI 2017 Alumna Shares DIY Face Mask Tips

    Photo of MDI alumna Shannon (Smith) Williamson

    Shannon (Smith) Williamson, a 2017 graduate of the M.S. in Medical Device Innovation (MDI) program and 2011 graduate of the B.S. in Apparel Design program, pursued a career in the medtech sector to combine her passions for design and healthcare. In this article, she explains how to fashion an at-home face mask in order to protect yourself without jeopardizing the limited supply that is vital for healthcare workers and highest-risk individuals.

    Learn more about Shannon by reading this blog we wrote about her when she was a student and by watching this video on the M.S. in Medical Device Innovation in which she shares her story.

  • Upcoming Events

    • Webinar on the M.S. in Management of Technology: Capstone Projects and MOT Impact

      June 1, 2020

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      Join us Monday, June 1 at 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. for a webinar aimed at prospective applicants to the M.S. in Management of Technology (MOT) program and all others interested in technology management, innovation and leadership.

      Topics will include methods for enhancing project management and customer satisfaction; product improvement and startup methodology, including market demand analysis; product line engineering as a means of systematically addressing research and development of products; and optimizing company growth for scalability by harnessing employee capabilities and modernizing customer service tools. The webinar will also address the following questions:

      • What impact can the MOT degree, curriculum and the connections I make in the program have on my future?
      • What does an MOT capstone project look like?
      • How can MOT advance my career?

      Learn more in a live panel session with recent graduates of the MOT program. Here is an opportunity to hear how capstone projects and other elements of MOT have helped transform professional careers!

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      The panel will be moderated by Mary Pichotta, the chair of the MOT Alumni Network and MOT Class of 2018, and Dr. Tariq Samad, director of graduate studies for the MOT program. We will have four distinguished panelists sharing their insights:

      • Nate Johnson (MOT '17) – Nate is a senior product manager at Starkey Hearing Technologies. His MOT capstone project revitalized product design and development at Starkey.
      • Laura Murphy (MOT '18) – Laura is IT director at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, where she is transforming project management processes and the organizational culture, per her capstone recommendations.
      • Amrit Supriya (Cummins, MOT '19) – Amrit is group leader–systems engineer at Cummins. His capstone project, however, envisioned, developed and launched an entrepreneurial venture!
      • J. Troy Lupe (Comm-Works, MOT '20) – Troy is chief operating officer at Comm-Works. Troy’s capstone, just completed, recommends technological innovations to expand Comm-Works’ market and profitability.

      The presentation will conclude with a Q-&-A where participants can ask questions to the panelists and moderators.

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