Weekly Member Update - Monday, November 16, 2020

2021 Annual Conference Call for Presentations

The Innovation Research Interchange is accepting proposals for the 2021 Virtual Annual Conference, Innovation for the Next Normal. The program will draw from the lessons of 2020 and help companies move forward in the post-COVID world, exploring new questions, best practices, and emerging trends that companies need to succeed as more agile and technologically advanced organizations. The program will explore topics related to the workforce, Industry 4.0, sustainability, and strategic innovation.

The conference will take place May 17-21, 2021. All proposals must be received by 12:00pm ET on December 4, 2020.

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Offering new TRACK Workshops in December!
Register Now:
December 2, 2020 1:00pm – 4:00pm ET

Who should attend this course:

The course is designed for both researchers who have recently assumed a team leadership role and for individual contributors who seeks to lead an innovation team in the future. It is designed for those who want to broaden their ability to develop and present innovation proposals by including compelling financial analyses.   It is also appropriate for an innovation team member who wants to develop a broader understanding of innovation financials.  This course can be viewed as a springboard to the participant’s professional advancement.

December 9, 2020 1:00pm – 4:00pm ET

Who should attend this course:

The course is designed for those in innovation functions or within businesses who have responsibility for developing and bringing to market new business concepts.  It is useful both for practitioners developing new business concepts and for those who manage the innovation function. This course covers a broad range of business issues and can be viewed as a springboard to the participant’s professional advancement.

Register for our upcoming webinars & events!

Innovation Leaders Speaker Series Webinar: Cultivating High Performing Talent in Innovation Teams
Who: Matrice Jackson, Senior Manager, Research & Engineering Innovation Capabilities Management
November 17, 2020 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Learn how Matrice Jackson helps her team members each find their unique "superpower" and ensures that new product development projects have continuity from end to end.
DXC Thought Leader Interview with Shah Karim, CEO of SafeRock, a company that serves Global and Regional companies in North America and Europe and has deep experience with digital transformation for the consumer, industrial, ecommerce, food, retail, education, and energy sectors. 
November 19, 2020 11:00am
Join IRI’s Lee Green as she and Shah discuss:
  • Operational excellence:  Current risk elements – looking around the corner.  How do you avoid being shocked?
  • Data governance and monetizing data
  • R&D investment
Virtual Presentation of New Technology Startups from Northeast Ohio
The University of Akron Research Foundation (UARF) in partnership with the Innovation Research Interchange (IRI) is pleased to present a portfolio of new high potential start up companies from Northeast Ohio, showcasing technologies on topics addressing interests of IRI members.
November 19, 2020 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Industry Perspectives:  Balancing working remotely and in the lab
November 20, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Panelists:  Lou Gritzo, FM Global; Julie Williams-Byrd, NASA Langley; Lee Clark-Sellers, Cornerstone Building Brands
The panelists will share how their organizations have tackled topics such as:
  • How are in-person and remote jobs determined?  How often is this reviewed?
  • What impacts have you seen on productivity since the lockdown began?
  • Have you adopted new tools to minimize time in the lab?  If so, what tools?
Innovation Leaders Speaker Series Webinar: The Future of Humans and Machines
December 10, 2020 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Who: Stephen Maund, President and CEO of Demco Automation, a Philadelphia-area manufacturer of robotic manufacturing equipment
Stephen Maund will discuss the future of humans and machines, innovation drivers and management of an innovation portfolio.

Dow announced the winners of the 2020 Packaging Innovation Awards recognizing breakthrough packaging achievements in design, technology, sustainability and user experience.
The researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the US created the videos which show airflow patterns through masks with and without exhalation valves.
When Lockheed Martin sold its IS&GS services business to Leidos four years ago, the defense giant sent a clear signal that its future was focused on the big weapons platforms such the F-35 fighter, Patriot missiles and Sikorsky helicopters.
Called Acrylaway®, Novozymes’ biological solution cuts down on acrylamide content by up to 95% in food and bakery products. By doing that, it can help food producers comply with an upcoming EU regulation expected to reduce acrylamide levels in food products.