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    TLI Instructor, Security Expert: Anarchists, Extremists Organized to Heighten Civil Unrest in Twin Cities

    TLI faculty member and security expert Michael Rozin — who led a team of former Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, Green Berets and CIA agents to protect companies and assist the government during recent civil unrest in the Twin Cities that followed the killing of George Floyd — said that organized anarchist and extremist groups were behind the majority of fires and gunshots during the worst three-day period of the unrest.

    "The anarchists, the extremist groups, were operating in an organized fashion," Rozin said. "They were operating in what almost appears to be an asymmetric warfare manner."

    Rozin teaches in the M.S. in Security Technologies (MSST) program.

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    Diversity by Design: Enriching Curriculums and Industries Alike

    Dr. Daniel Mooradian, Honeywell/James J. Renier Chair in Technology Management and Director of Graduate Studies for the M.S. in Medical Device Innovation (MDI)program at the Technological Leadership Institute, writes about the importance of "diversity by design" for the creativity and success of curriculums, teams and organizations -- and how he has seen this benefit MDI students and alumni.
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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

    • Webinar: Leadership and Innovation in a Crisis — Lessons Learned During the COVID-19 Pandemic

      July 8, 2020

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      Join us Wednesday, July 8 at 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. for a webinar aimed at prospective applicants to the M.S. in Medical Device Innovation (MDI) program and all others interested in medical technology and leadership.

      Leadership and innovation are challenging under the best of circumstances and, arguably, more so during a crisis; yet, as the stakes increase, so do the opportunities. The COVID-19 pandemic provides a fitting backdrop and countless examples of both the challenges and opportunities. This panel brings together an MDI alumnus who has found in the COVID-19 pandemic an opportunity to lead & innovate, and two members of the MDI faculty: Steve Webster, an expert in the process of innovation and how to manage it, and Joe Hale, an engineer, inventor and expert in medical device Biodesign. The central questions to be addressed by the panelist is; “How do leadership skills and an understanding of the innovation process help medtech businesses seize on opportunities in challenging times?”

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      The event will be moderated by Daniel Mooradian, Ph.D., director of graduate studies for the MDI program and Honeywell/James J. Renier Chair in Technology Management. View Dan's LinkedIn profile here.

      The panelists include:

      Joe Hale is a member of the MDI faculty and former director the Innovation Fellows program at the Earl E. Bakken Medical Device Center, as well as a member of the inaugural class in that program. He has been teaching the MDI Biodesign Practicum since the program's launch in 2014.  He is an independent medical device consultant with expertise in new product and business development. His experience includes various roles with several startups and early-stage medical device companies, including Raymedica, Spineology and Conventus Orthopaedics. Click here to view his LinkedIn profile.

      Shannon Smith Williamson: Curious about the how and why of the world and driven to disrupt what doesn’t work, Shannon has leveraged her unique science and design background to optimize health and life through thoughtful design. After earning a B.S. in Apparel Design, she worked as an apparel designer before deciding to merge her passion for design and healthcare. In 2017, she graduated with an M.S. in Medical Device Innovation from TLI, during which time she was named an Innovation Fellow at the University's Medical Device Center. She is currently a UX designer for Medtronic. She gained widespread attention this spring for a DIY mask she designed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read the blog we wrote on Shannon when she was an MDI student.

      Steve Webster is the Edson W. Spencer Chair in Technology Management at TLI, where he teaches courses in innovation and technological business fundamentals.  Previously he was with 3M Company for 31 years, serving as a vice president of R&D for 12 years. Steve serves on the board of Communication Systems Inc. and the Guthrie Theater. Click here to view his LinkedIn profile.

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