Monday, October 05, 1998
Identifying the Range of Solutions, will be held at Michigan Technological University on Tuesday, October 6 and Wednesday, October 7, in Houghton. A total sixty representatives from Michigan's industries, universities and economic development firms will attend the session. Approximately 40 participants from the Metro Detroit and Lansing area will attend the Forum. The Governor's Innovation Forum is a year-long series of working sessions designed to allow the state's universities to better understand the needs of high-tech businesses, and help high-tech businesses better understand the needs and capabilities of universities. The Forum is sponsored by: Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Michigan Jobs Commission. "We had more than 100 businesses and academic leaders attend the first session, and we received overwhelming response in addressing the issues surrounding university and industry collaboration," said Doug Rothwell, CEO and department director of the Michigan Jobs Commission. "Our next step is to brainstorm potential solutions in the issue areas drawn from the first session and Michigan Tech is the logical place to do that." The session at Michigan Technological University will begin with a dinner at the Memorial Union Ballroom at 6:30 p.m., hosted by Dr. Curtis J. Tompkins, President of Michigan Technological University. Guest speakers include Gene A. Frantz, Senior Fellow of Texas Instruments, and Dr. Robert Mehalso, Vice President of Business and Technology Development and Chief Technical Officer of DT Industries/Hansford. After their presentation, they will be joined by John McTague, Vice President Technical Affairs, Ford Motor Company and Richard Snyder, President of Avalon Investments, Inc., in a panel discussion on emerging technologies. Wednesday's agenda will include group discussions on four key issue areas, Technology, Infrastructure, People and Culture, at the Memorial Union Building. The day long session will begin at 8:00 a.m. and conclude at 2:30 p.m.