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    MSST Student Transgresses Cultural, Physical and Virtual Borders

    Cyber security is defined as the practice of defending electronic devices from breaches and attacks. It's an area that has no borders, connecting (and exposing) machines and systems, and people, communities and nations alike. Alida Kuete, a student in the M.S. in Security Technologies class of 2020, has also transgressed borders. A native of Mbouda, a small village in the west region of Cameroon, she spoke with us about how she pushed against expectations and norms in order to pursue her dreams of becoming a cybersecurity leader.
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    TLI Food Security Expert Discusses Growing Cyberattack Threats to Food Industry

    A new report from the University of Minnesota's Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI) warns about growing cybersecurity risks to the food industry, with measures to safeguard it. Food security expert Amy Kircher, director of FPDI and faculty member in our M.S. in Security Technologies, underscored the potentially vital financial and public health impacts.

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    Where Is Entrepreneurship Headed?

    In an article originally written for Forbes where he has a column on all things business/entrepreneurship, MOT faculty member and venture capitalist Dr. Dileep Rao reflects on the previous eras of entrepreneurship and shares his thoughts about what the future holds – an era that is heavily skills-based for a longer record of success.

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    MDI Instructor's Company Wins 2018 Tekne Award for Innovation in Medical Devices

    RxFunction, of which TLI faculty member Dr. Lars Oddsson is CTO and co-founder/co-inventor, has been awarded the 2018 Tekne Award in the Medical Device category by the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA). The annual award honors Minnesota-based organizations and people who have positively impacted people through the development of new technologies. RxFunction was recognized for its sensory neuroprosthesis technology known as Walkasins®, which improve balance and gait in patients with peripheral neuropathy, a condition that affects nerve sensation in the feet. Dr. Oddsson teaches in our M.S. in Medical Device Innovation program.

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    "Why Won't My Team Act Like a Team?"

    Steve Webster, TLI senior fellow and Honeywell/Edson W. Spencer Chair in Technology Management, reflects on what actually makes a team (versus a workgroup) and what it takes to be a successful one. The blog is part of his Technological Business Fundamental Series.
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    Even Scarier Than Halloween: Basics of Accounting and Finance

    As part of the Technological Business Fundamental Series, Steve Webster, TLI senior fellow and Honeywell/Edson W. Spencer Chair in Technology Management writes: "I continue to be shocked when engineers who have mastered mass balance become mystified when the subject turns to a balance sheet. The rules of accounting may seem counterintuitive at times, but they are clearly written down, and the resulting math can usually be done on a four-function calculator."
  • Upcoming Events

    • Cyber Security Summit 2019

      October 28, 2019

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      The Technological Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota is proud to be a founding partner of the Cyber Security Summit, which returns for its ninth year on October 28-30, 2019 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Cyber Security Summit's mission is to produce a multi-stakeholder consortium that draws industry, government and academic experts in an effort to improve the state of cyber security on both a domestic and international level.

      Sessions topics will include cyber security for the c-suite, healthcare and medical devices, national and global policy and much more. View the preliminary agenda here (it is continuously being updated).

    • The Technology Fallacy: How People are the Real Key to Digital Transformation

      October 28, 2019

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      Digital technologies are disrupting organizations of every size and shape, leaving managers scrambling to find a technology fix that will help their organizations compete. Digital disruption won't end anytime soon; the average worker will probably experience numerous waves of disruption during the course of a career. The insights offered by "The Technology Fallacy," whose co-authors are our guest speakers, will hold true through them all.

      This seminar will offer managers and business leaders a guide for surviving digital disruptions ― but it is not about technology. It is about the organizational changes required to harness the power of technology.

      Photo of speakers for October 28 2019 Technically Speaking event

      Guest speakers Gerald Kane and Anh Phillips argue that digital disruption is primarily about people and that effective digital transformation involves changes to organizational dynamics and how work gets done. Focusing solely on selecting and implementing the right digital technologies is not likely to lead to success. The best way to respond to digital disruption is by changing the company culture to be more agile, risk-tolerant and experimental.

      Kane and Phillips draw on five years of research, which was conducted in a partnership between MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte, surveying more than 20,000 people and conducting interviews with managers at such companies as Walmart, Google and Salesforce. They introduce the concept of digital maturity ― the ability to take advantage of opportunities offered by the new technology ― and address the specifics of digital transformation, including cultivating a digital environment, enabling intentional collaboration and fostering an experimental mindset. Every organization needs to understand its “digital DNA” in order to stop “doing digital” and start “being digital.

      Join us for happy hour (appetizers and cash bar) from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to network with University of Minnesota and community technology professionals. The program will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m.

      Event Schedule:
      5:30 p.m.: Happy hour & networking
      6:00 p.m.: Program begins
      7:00 p.m.: Large group Q&A with the guest speakers
      7:15 p.m.: Program concludes & networking

    • MSST Fall 2019 Student & Alumni Mixer

      November 5, 2019

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      M.S. in Security Technologies Students & Alumni: Join us for an upcoming mixer on Tuesday, November 5.

      TLI will host pizza, appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages. MSST Director of Graduate Studies Mike Johnson will be sharing a brief recap of the 2019 Cyber Security Summit, for which he and several other MSST faculty & alumni are board members. Otherwise, there is no formal programming — just an evening of reconnecting!

      Questions? Please contact Kari Mallerup at kmelleru@umn.edu.

    • MDI Career Panel & Alumni Networking Event

      November 20, 2019

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      Since the first M.S. in Medical Device Innovation (MDI) cohort began class in 2014, MDI students and alumni have represented a wide range of experiences and backgrounds. To honor their diversity and wealth of knowledge, TLI will host a career networking event on Wednesday, November 20 focused on post-graduate career advice for the medical device/medtech industry. Appetizers and a cash bar will be provided.

      Spearheaded by TLI staff and MDI alumni, the event will feature a panel of guests (alumni and their industry colleagues) who will discuss their professional journeys and answer any questions regarding how they maximized their MDI experience after completing the program. The event is open to all TLI alumni at no cost, but online registration is required.

      MDI Career Panel & Alumni Networking Event
      Wednesday, November 20, 2019
      5:30 PM: Check-In
      6:00 PM: Event Begins
      7:30 PM: Event Concludes
      Laukka Conference Room | Floor 2 of McNamara Alumni Center
      200 Oak Street SE
      Minneapolis, MN 55455

      Interested in serving on the panel, or want to recommend a colleague?
      Please contact Kari Mallerup at kmelleru@umn.edu with your suggestions or if you have any questions.

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