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Technological Leadership Institute Congratulates Class of 2016 Graduates | Technological Leadership Institute

More than seventy students honored in commencement ceremony at Mariucci Arena

April 29, 2016 - 9:00am

The University of Minnesota Technological Leadership Institute (TLI) recognized more than seventy graduates in the Arts, Sciences and Engineering graduate student commencement ceremony held at Mariucci Arena April 29, 2016.

"TLI students and graduates are at the core of the Institute's success, and we are extremely proud of their accomplishments," said Dr. Massoud Amin, director of the Technological Leadership Institute.

The graduates completed one of TLI's three graduate degree programs: Master of Science in Management of Technology (MOT), a four-semester program aimed at transforming engineering, science and other technical professionals into business leaders, Master of Science in Security Technologies (MSST), a 14-month program designed to shape tomorrow's risk management policymakers and innovators, and the Master of Science in Medical Device Innovation (MDI), a 14-month program designed to prepare students to manage complex innovation challenges in the global medical technology industry. TLI graduate degree programs consist of professionals working in high-tech industries looking to build the leadership and technical skills needed to advance their careers. 

"The outstanding contributions our students and graduates make to technological innovation within the program and post-graduation impact all aspects of high-tech industries," said Amin. "The professionals who enroll in our degree programs continue to be among the best of the best, as are the TLI faculty members who have dedicated their careers to grooming the next generation of technology leaders."

TLI hosted a celebratory reception at The Commons Hotel in the Pinnacle Ballroom from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. following the commencement to honor the graduates. Kirk Froggatt, the Gemini Chair in Technology Management at the Technological Leadership Institute delivered the faculty keynote address. Chris Herbst, student from the MOT class of 2016 delivered the keynote on behalf of the graduates. 


The Technological Leadership Institute (TLI) is an interdisciplinary center at the University of Minnesota established in 1987 by an endowment from the Honeywell Foundation. The Institute is one of 12 academic centers affiliated with the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering, which is ranked among the top engineering and science degree programs in the country. TLI's mission is to develop local and global leaders for technology-intensive enterprises through its three Master of Science degree programs. To learn more about the Technological Leadership Institute and its educational offerings please visit