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Message from Director of TLI: I am Grateful to You | Technological Leadership Institute

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November 22, 2017
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As we gather on Thursday with family and friends for Thanksgiving, there's no better time to reflect on the things that we are most grateful for. This year, as always, I'm especially thankful for you — the student, faculty, staff, alumni, advisory board and our broader stakeholders and friends (across the U of M and over 420 enterprises we serve) — of the Technological Leadership Institute. The passion you show and work you do on a daily basis to advance progress is a blessing that serves a community far greater than our own. It crosses borders and oceans and lays the foundation for future generations. I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of it.

I am inspired by the aspiration of our students to better themselves and the world around them. I have great respect for the dedication and sacrifices they have made in order to achieve their goals.

I am awestruck by the commitment of our faculty and staff to cultivate the next generation of technology leaders, sharing their immense talent and expertise to continue moving innovation and leadership forward.

I am extremely proud of our alumni who are carrying our mission out daily in their various industries. You are our stewards of the world; the ones putting our education into action.

We live in very promising times, when technology is empowered by people, relying on the power of ideas directed by committed focused action, has been shaping our lives. The 20th Century, in particular, marked a period of technology triumphs. Electrification, telecommunications and the Internet, fast and efficient transportation, modern medicine, scientific agriculture and other advances changed — and continues to change the conditions of human life all around the globe. In a little more than 100 years, the average human lifespan nearly doubled. Many times greater still have been the new opportunities and possibilities afforded by technology to each individual during that longer life. It is clear that technology and its effective management is a major driving force in shaping global society.

You are a valued member of our TLI family, and without each of you, we would not be able to accomplish our lofty goal of powering progress and making a positive difference through innovation, strategy and leadership. 

I wish each of you and your loved ones a blessed and happy holiday season full of good health, fun and laughter.

With gratitude and warmest regards, 

Dr. Massoud Amin
Director, Technological Leadership Institute

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Massoud Amin, DSc

  • Honeywell/Harold W. Sweatt Chair in Technological Leadership
  • Director, TLI

Honeywell/Harold W. Sweatt Chair in Technological Leadership

Since 2003, Dr. Massoud Amin has been with the University of Minnesota as Director of the Technological Leadership Institute, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Honeywell/H.W. Sweatt Chair in Technological Leadership. While some know Dr. Amin as “father of the smart grid,” he teaches several courses each year at TLI, has authored or co-authored more than 200 research papers, and serves on the editorial boards of six academic journals.

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