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Welcome To The Innovation Institute



IEEE-USA has defined innovation as a strategic priority and believes the ability to innovate is an increasingly critical skill set for U.S. engineers in order to maintain rewarding careers, as well as for the nation to sustain its competitiveness in the global economy.  In response to the globalization challenges facing the technology sector, IEEE-USA established this Innovation Institute, which is a key focus of our efforts to help IEEE members adapt to the changing world of engineering.

22 December 2010

IEEE-USA COMMENDS HOUSE FOR PASSING INNOVATION LEGISLATION

IEEE-USA President Evelyn Hirt commends the House of Representatives for passing the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 on Tuesday. The legislation, which the Senate passed on 17 December, authorizes federal investment in science, engineering, innovation, technology and competitiveness, and is designed to help the United States maintain its world leadership in high-technology and create jobs. It will now go to President Barack Obama for his signature. COMPETES strives to, among other things, prepare students for high-skilled, high-paying jobs by improving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education; keeps basic research program budgets on a path to doubling at the Department of Energy Office of Science, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); reauthorizes the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E), which supports high-risk, high-reward transformational energy technology development; and provides loan guarantees "for a project that re-equips, expands, or establishes a manufacturing facility in the United States." IEEE-USA, one of more than 750 organizations to endorse the legislation, worked to support its passage.

8 October 2010

IEEE-USA INNOVATION INSTITUTE/GEORGIA TECH'S DIGITAL MEDIA SKILLS FORUM


Recently IEEE-USA’s Innovation Institute Committee collaborated with the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) to put on a panel discussion about the future skills that will be needed by engineers to work in the feild of media. This panel discussion took place during Georgia Tech’s FutureMedia Fest conference, October 5-7. Our panel titled “Digital Media Skills” was made up of educators, industry and technical leaders and focused on how graduating engineers and mid career professionals can tune (or retune) themselves in the era of digital, social, and mobile media communications. This panel discussion is the first in a series of collaborative activities between IEEE-USA's Innovation Institute and Georgia Tech. Check back here soon to find out about our future activities and watch this very informative panel discussion.


11 August 2010

IEEE-USA RELEASES THIRD & FOURTH E-BOOKS IN INNOVATION SERIES

IEEE-USA has released the third and fourth e-books in its e-book innovation series on "Doing Innovation: Creating Economic Value." Gerard H. (Gus) Gaynor, a retired 3M director of engineering, brings you Book 3: Fostering an Innovation Culture and Book 4: What it Takes to be an Innovator.

Gaynor writes that his new book "teaches the fundamentals related to the innovation process, presents various models with their limitations, describes the innovation design process, considers the issues in developing a process model, suggests a generic model and describes organizing for innovation." > For More Details

26 July 2010

IEEE-USA Webinar "Creative Thinking and Innovation"

Title: Creative Thinking and Innovation
Presenter: Ann Herrmann-Nehdi
Held: Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Overview:
This highly interactive webinar will introduce practical tools and techniques for improving processes and team dynamics to maximize creativity, generate innovative ideas and reach breakthrough solutions.

Using a highly actionable model based on three decades of brain research, presenter Ann Herrmann-Nehdi will outline a framework for assessing your current approaches and provide specific methods for building creative and innovative thinking skills.

Participants will:
• Learn how to improve problem definition for more creative outcomes.
• Explore techniques to access and jumpstart creative thinking.
• Apply proven methods for building teams that are optimized for breakthrough thinking

Webinar link:
http://www.ieeeusa.org/careers/webinars/2010/webinar-08-03-10.html

26 January 2010

IEEE-USA Begins Development of Mash-Up Project to Stimulate Innovation in the U.S.

IEEE-USA has begun working on developing a pilot project to create an online collaborative workspace for industry, students, faculty and IEEE members.  After holding several industry roundtable discussions, it became apparent that the best way to enhance innovation in the U.S. is to work with children in K-12. While long range efforts, such as Educate to Innovate, are underway with the support of many organizations including IEEE-USA, industry leaders feel that an immediate approach would be to target engineering students and provide them with an innovative and collaborative experience.

During 2010, IEEE-USA will work with an academic institutions and industry leaders to develop a collaborative workspace for engineering students’ senior design projects.  The focus will be to work in cross-disciplinary and collaborative groups from across the U.S. to solve some of the world’s most serious engineering problems as laid out by National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) Global Challenges:

·       Make solar energy economical
·       Provide energy from fusion
·       Develop carbon sequestration methods
·       Manage the nitrogen cycle
·       Provide access to clean water
·       Restore and improve urban infrastructure
·       Advance health informatics
·       Engineer better medicines
·       Reverse-engineer the brain
·       Prevent nuclear terror
·       Secure cyberspace
·       Enhance virtual reality
·       Advance personalized learning
·       Engineer the tools of scientific discovery

IEEE-USA believes that by focusing efforts on university engineering students, we will be able to create an opportunity for students to work in an environment that they will experience in their future careers and expose them to new technology and potential employment opportunities.

The mash-up will also involve mid-career engineers from industry in its projects who will serve as participants and mentors.  Currently, IEEE-USA is working with a number of engineering schools and companies and hopes to launch the pilot by the 2010-2011 academic school year.  If you would like more information or would like to participate in this project please contact Daryll Griffin at d.r.griffin@ieee.org.

21 October 2009

IEEE-USA RELEASES SECOND E-BOOK IN INNOVATION SERIES
IEEE-USA has just released the second e-book in its new innovation series on "Doing Innovation: Creating Economic Value." Gerard H. (Gus) Gaynor, a retired 3M director of engineering, brings you "Book 2: Developing a Workable Innovation Process."

Gaynor writes that his new book "teaches the fundamentals related to the innovation process, presents various models with their limitations, describes the innovation design process, considers the issues in developing a process model, suggests a generic model and describes organizing for innovation." > For More Details


22 May 2009

 

EBOOK FOCUSES ON "DOING INNOVATION: CREATING ECONOMIC VALUE"
The first of four in a series by Gerard H (Gus) Gaynor, retired director of engineering for 3M, this ebook provide the basics for gaining an understanding of what innovation involves, what it takes to be an innovator, and what it takes to develop a culture where innovation can thrive.  > For More Details

 

 

5 May 2009

 

CALL FOR AUTHORS ON STEM MEASURES OF INNOVATION AND COMPETITIVENESS
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are driving economic and social advancements around the globe. But the U.S. STEM enterprise is lacking metrics for measuring the effectiveness and impact of the many STEM initiatives and funding streams. IEEE-USA is co-sponsoring a two-day workshop on STEM Measures for Innovation and Competitiveness, 21-23 October 2009, in Washington, D.C., to try to answer some of the important questions facing the STEM enterprise. Authors interested in submitting abstracts must do so by 5 June 2009.

 

1 May 2009

 

NSF SEEKS RESEARCH PROPOSALS RELATED TO THE SCIENCE OF INNOVATION POLICY

 

The Science of Science & Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program at the National Science Foundation supports research designed to advance the scientific basis of science and innovation policy. Research funded by the program thus develops, improves and expands models, analytical tools, data and metrics that can be applied in the science policy decision making process.   > For More Details

 

 

16 March 2009

 

STIMULUS BILL PROVIDES FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR R&D, INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
 

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Public Law 111-8) appropriates significant federal funding for technology-related programs in areas identified by IEEE-USA as being of high priority for strengthening the nation's innovation infrastructure and ensuring its long-term economic competitiveness.  IEEE-USA is maintaining a webpage to provide information and links on these funding opportunities as a resource for IEEE members and their companies.   > For More Details

 

 

10 February 2009

 

NEW BUSINESS INNOVATORS GROUP LAUNCHES

 

Business Innovators Group™ (BIG) has launched an international clearinghouse and connection point for professionals responsible for the creation, use and management of innovation programs, initiatives and policy directives. This unique non-profit organization will maintain a comprehensive online portal for innovation resources including executive education, business innovator training and certification, thought leadership, professional networking -- and connections to innovation strategists, technologists, process developers, program managers and consultants around the world.

> For More Details

 

31 December 2008

 

PCAST REPORT LOOKS AT UNIVERSITY-PRIVATE SECTOR INNOVATION PARTNERSHIPS
 

At year end, the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology released a report focusing on the critical role for university-private sector research partnerships, their potential to improve research and innovation, and the obstacles standing in the way of further progress. > For More Details

 

 

31 December 2008

 

A LOOK AT EUROPEAN INNOVATION POLICIES

 

This report from the National Academies Committee on Comparative Innovation Policy highlights a conference that explored regional innovation policies in the context of the policies and programs of the Flanders government, and their interaction with those of the European Union.

 

> For More Details

 

1 December 2008

 

E-BOOK OFFERS PERSPECTIVES ON THE MANAGEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY

 

IEEE Technology Management Council President Gus Gaynor provides an overview of the discipline of Management of Technology (MOT), including general background, current status of MOT, steps needed to develop MOT as a recognized academic discipline and provide a positive impact on industry operations.

 

> For More Details

 

28 July 2008

 

WE'RE ALL INNOVATORS NOW

According to a new report from Britain's National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA), user-led innovation – where users play an active part in the development of new or improved products and services – is exploding thanks to proliferating digital technologies. As a consequence, the lines between firms, suppliers and consumers are becoming increasingly blurred.  New firms based on user-led innovation are being sold for hundreds of millions of dollars only a few years after being founded.

> For More Details 

 

10 July 2008

 

NEW REPORTS ASSESS U.S. INNOVATION STANDING

 

In new report, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) finds that the nature of the U.S. innovation system has changed dramatically over the course of the last 40 years. In the 1970s almost all winners came from corporations acting on their own, more recently over two-thirds of the winners have come from partnerships involving business and government, including federal labs and federally-funded university research. Moreover, in 2006 77 of the 88 U.S. entities that produced award-winning innovations were beneficiaries of federal funding.

 

> For More Details     

 

A June 12 study from the Rand Institute concludes that despite fears of losing ground that the U.S. remains the dominant leader in science and technology worldwide, thanks in significant part to an inflow of foreign students - as well as scientists and engineers from overseas -- who haves helped the U.S. build and maintain its worldwide lead.

 

> For More Details     

 

10-12 June 2008

 

BOSTON INNOVATION FORUM

 

IEEE-USA's second Innovation Forum was held in conjunction with the IEEE Boston Section on 10-12 June 2008 at the Westin Waltham, MA.  The Boston Innovation Forum provided face-to-face training for mid-level managers, current and future leaders from industry, academia, and government.  Group discussions and exercises focused on the following topics:

  • Leadership and Culture’s Impact on Innovation
  • Large Versus Small Organizations as Foundations for Innovation
  • The Innovation Process and How to Leverage Your Style to Promote Innovation
  • Capitalizing on New Technologies and Processes

> For More Details          

16 May 2008

 

NATIONAL ACADEMY STUDY LOOKS AT INNOVATION IN GLOBAL INDUSTRIES

 

Prompted by the offshoring debate, this book, comprising individually authored studies, examines in detail structural changes in the innovation process in 10 service as well as manufacturing industries: personal computers; semiconductors; flat-panel displays; software; lighting; biotechnology; pharmaceuticals; financial services; logistics; and venture capital.    more

 

18 January 2008

 

INNOVATION DEFINED

 

What exactly is "innovation?"  Well according to the Advisory Committee on Measuring Innovation in the 21st Century Economy, Innovation can be defined as "the design, invention, development and/or implementation of new or altered products, services, processes, systems, organizational structures or business models for the purpose of creating new value for customers and financial returns for the firm."  The Advisory Committee, created by the U.S. Department of Commerce, also recommended new and improved metrics for measuring innovation in our national economy more

 

17 January 2008

 

QUOTABLE QUOTE

 

"More often than not, failure in innovation is rooted in not having asked an important question, rather than in having arrived at an incorrect answer"  -- Clayton Christensen, Stephen P. Kaufman, and Willy C. Shih, "Innovation Killers:  How Financial Tools Destroy Your Capacity to Do New Things."  Harvard Business Review (Jan. 2008).

 

8 January 2008

 

IN THE NEWS:  Successfully Embedding Innovation

 

A recently released study by APQC entitled "Successfully Embedding Innovation: Strategies and Tactics," outlines 15 best practices used by  top organizations to successfully embed innovation into their corporate cultures.   more

 

2 January 2008

 

IN THE NEWS:  Innovative Minds Don't Think Alike

As reported by Janet Rae-Dupree in the New York Times (30 Dec. 2007), experts suggest that as knowledge and expertise increase, our creativity and ability to innovate tend to taper off.    more

 

1 December 2007

 

Two New E-Books on Innovation

IEEE-USA has published two new e-books on innovation. The Best of Today's Engineer: On Innovation is a compilation of the best articles on innovation from the Today's Engineer archives, and is now available to IEEE members for only $4.95. In addition, we bring you a great companion book, Innovation Conversations — Book 1: The Innovation Process, from internationally renowned innovation expert and author, William C. Miller — now available to IEEE members for a discounted rate of $9.95. Check out these and 21 other e-books (some free!) to IEEE members. more

 

6 November 2007

IEEE-USA DC Holds First Innovation Forum


Network with experienced innovators and your peers in a unique and interactive educational event!  What is Innovation? How do you innovate? What environment and tools do you need to innovate? How can you drive innovation in your team and organization? More


 

 
Media Highlights

The Institute
(7 January 2008)

The Institute
(5 October 2007)

Today's Engineer
(20 July 2007)

ComputerWorld
(27 March 2006)

ComputerWorld
(16 March 2006)

Outsourcing World
(16 March 2005)

Prizes, Funding, and Research

Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership

NIST Technology Innovation Program

NSF Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

 

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