April 2009

Creation of a Product Development and Innovation Course

Western New England College, 2008 - $24,000.00

This grant will help create a three-credit elective course on product development and innovation for seniors in the Schools of Business and Engineering at Western New England. Each spring, up to forty students will gain hands-on experience with the early stages of product development, yielding a realistic marketing plan and prototype of their design. Juniors in marketing and engineering already participate in a four-week experience, where they create a design of a new product and a viable marketing plan. The implementation of this new elective course will allow for a much deeper exposure to the product development process.

Besides other assessment and feedback given throughout the term, the Western New England College Law and Business Center for Advancing Entrepreneurship will formally assess the E-Teams. Students will have access to information from the center's resource library regarding contracts, choice of entity, and other start-up legal issues.

Visualization in Design and Entrepreneurial Endeavors

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2008 - $6,500.00

This project builds upon a well established, entrepreneurial-focused engineering program at RPI. Specifically, the grant supports the creation of teaching modules will take students' visualization skills to a professional level, enhancing their ability to communicate complex ideas. These advanced visualization skills are critical to innovation because they (1) increase creativity in problem solving by allowing students to visualize various solutions, and (2) improve communication of design ideas, especially to external sponsors.

While RPI has a solid reputation of harvesting students with strong vision and technical skills, the students' visual skills are generally less sophisticated compared to professionals. The teaching modules will bring students' visualization skills in line with their aptitude for creative thinking, engineering, social analysis, and entrepreneurial planning. With professional-level visualization skills, RPI students will be able to compete with the best, allowing them to communicate their innovations to a wider audience.

Eco-Innovating a Better World

Michigan Technological University, 2008 - $6,500.00

The D80 Center at Michigan Technological University is dedicated to alleviating suffering and inequity through development for the world's poorest 80%. Comprised of six distinct programs, the initiative fosters an international educational strategy, providing opportunities to students at all educational levels. In spring 2007, the university approved an undergraduate Certificate in International Sustainable Development Engineering, meant to provide an engineering student breadth in the areas of ethics, resource equity, interactions between technology and society, engineering connections with the environment, engineering materials, and water/sanitation.

The D80 program has reached the point where it is ready to move from applying appropriate technological solutions to creating and disseminating them. However, the current curriculum does not actively promote affordable design, innovation, and social entrepreneurship. With this grant, MTU faculty plan to integrate entrepreneurial elements into the D80 program with the partnership of Dow Corning, a leader in eco-innovation, who will mentor Michigan Tech faculty and students from business and engineering. Faculty will then incorporate eco-innovation into the classroom, students will incorporate entrepreneurial solutions into their projects, and a university-industrial partnership centered on innovation will be built.

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NCIIA grants: photos from the field

Take a look at the work of some of our grantees. Remember, our spring 2009 E-Team and Course and Program grants round is now open. Apply today!

More about Research to Invention

Last week about 40 of the nation's brightest chemistry talents attended the NCIIA's first Research to Invention workshop in Cambridge, Mass., to learn how to view their research and science from a market-focused lens.

Here's what CalTech CCI Solar team members Weihua Wang and Josh Spurgeon had to say about R2I:

On April 2-4, I participated in the Research to Innovation Workshop in Cambridge, MA. This great training program taught us how to view our science from a “market lens”. For the first time, I started to look at my research from a different point of view and started to relate it with the concepts that I had never thought about before, such as “market segment”, “value chain”, “technology transfer”… It was kind of exciting. Just as mentioned on the CCI website, this workshop offered us a unique opportunity to interact with experts in technology innovation and transfer and to learn the fundamentals of effective research translation and innovation. It helps me begin to set up new goals for future research.

According to Josh they "learned in much greater detail about intellectual property and how it works at universities. Likewise, I learnt what patents are good for and how university tech transfer offices can help you get one by first applying for a provisional patent before you publish, then moving on to apply for a real patent within one year. We learned about the business vocabulary involved in starting a new company, including evaluating your place in a value chain, determining your market segments, and choosing how to structure your venture. We also learned about the different options for obtaining financing for a new company like government organizations, venture capital firms, and business plan competitions. We also talked in depth about forming a team and the attributes you would want in your team members."

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Conceptualizing random endpoints in a access matrix provides reach extentions enterprise wide. Respective divisions historically insignificant, upscale trendlines in a management inventory analysis survivabilty format.

Document-centric projections unfetter traditional auditing practices rivaling central process management. Advanced functionality, easy administration, proclaim the hallmarks of unprecedented opportunity.

Iteration systemwide engenders economies of scale, cross-media technology, presentation action items and life cycle replication.

Enterprise engenderment accelerates initiative platforms, reducing staffing components, integration of technical accessibility, resulting in bottom line pluralisms, benefit-wise. Incidental re-sizing staff requirements through attrition can be accelerated by paridigm shifts and focusing on core suitability and cross-training.

Marketing teams input produce cross purposing in view of goal alignments due to knowlege paucity, necessitating workflow education and orientation. Media sourcing as an acquistion strategy is counterproductive in a internet environment in virtual component methodology. Imaging through ideals rather than real world branding, is a perilous undertaking with negative results. Branding strategies generating motion as activity without reproducible results is a ultimately futile effort if left in place.

Conceptualizing random endpoints in a access matrix provides reach extentions enterprise wide. Respective divisions historically insignificant, upscale trendlines in a management inventory analysis survivabilty format.

Document-centric projections unfetter traditional auditing practices rivaling central process management. Advanced functionality, easy administration, proclaim the hallmarks of unprecedented opportunity.

Iteration systemwide engenders economies of scale, cross-media technology, presentation action items and life cycle replication.

Enterprise engenderment accelerates initiative platforms, reducing staffing components, integration of technical accessibility, resulting in bottom line pluralisms, benefit-wise. Incidental re-sizing staff requirements through attrition can be accelerated by paridigm shifts and focusing on core suitability and cross-training.

Marketing teams input produce cross purposing in view of goal alignments due to knowlege paucity, necessitating workflow education and orientation. Media sourcing as an acquistion strategy is counterproductive in a internet environment in virtual component methodology. Imaging through ideals rather than real world branding, is a perilous undertaking with negative results. Branding strategies generating motion as activity without reproducible results is a ultimately futile effort if left in place.

'Research to Innovation' workshop launched

Research to Invention, the NCIIA and NSF's new training program for chemistry PhD candidates, was launched April 2. Thirty graduate and post doc students from NSF's Chemical Centers for Innovation (CCI) Program participated, learning to view their science from a 'technology transfer lens'.

Learn more about R2I here. Check out the real-time Twitter stream here.
For more information, contact humera@nciia.org.

Globe Awards seek nominations in sustainable innovation

The Selection Committee of 2009 Globe Awards would like your help in identifying this year’s Laureate in Sustainable Innovation. The Globe Award is the world’s premier sustainability award. This international honor recognizes accomplishment and encourages continuing advancement in the area of sustainability. The objective of the award is to foster sustainable initiatives, inspiring humanity to take responsibility for the future. Full details are available here.