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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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    Solar Power Battle Puts Hawaii at Forefront of Worldwide Changes

    Technological Leadership Institute Director Dr. Massoud Amin discusses the rising popularity of solar power in the New York Times.

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    Want More Wind And Solar Energy? Invest A Lot More In The Grid

    Forbes discusses the benefits of creating a modern infrastructure, drawing on the expertise of Dr. Massoud Amin, chairman of the IEEE Smart Grid and director of the Technological Leadership Institute. 

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    An 'extension cord' remedy for coal plant retirements

    E&E features Dr. Massoud Amin to discuss high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) power lines as a strategic solution in expanding low-carbon power sources.

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    Major energy sector event set for Austin; smart grid tech on the table

    Austin Business Journal talks with Dr. Massoud Amin, director of the Technological Leadership Institute and keynote speaker at the 2015 Energy Thought Summit.

  • Upcoming Events

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

      June 1, 2020


      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!

      Photo of the panelists and moderators

      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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