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Innovator in Residence, FIT IDEA
The FedEx Institute of Technology has established the Innovation and Design Engagement Area (FIT IDEA). The IDEA is both a space in which to innovate and a program that supports the use of the latest innovation approaches. The Memphis Innovation Bootcamp (MIB), Triumph Bank Innovation Bootcamp, Special Solutions Space (S3) and programs for U of M and local secondary school students will take advantage of the FIT IDEA capabilities.
 
The FIT Innovator-in-Residence (IIR) provides the IDEA with both the intellectual framework and practical hands-on training skills that are the core of all IDEA programming, often in collaboration with our community partners. The IIR must have extensive experience in innovation and design thinking, be current with the latest advances in those areas and be able to model, lead and assess the progress of clients from high school students to corporate product development teams.
 
The IIR will work with the MIB team to recruit clients and deliver MIB training programs as scheduled (3-5 times annually), work with the IDEA manager to develop marketing materials to recruit clients to S3 and lead (with assistance as needed from our partners such as the MIB team) the Triumph Bank Bootcamp. The IIR will also be available to make presentations about the IDEA's offerings to community groups.
 
The first IIR will be Dr. Brian Janz, First Tennessee Professor of MIS. An award-winning teacher and researcher, Brian brings experience as founder of the Institute for Managing Emerging Technology, associate director of the FedEx Center for Supply Chain Management, co-developer and teacher of the popular creativity and innovation coursework and training at the University of Memphis, and consultant and executive / professional educator.  Brian is eager to help grow the entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystems in Memphis and the Mid-South Region.
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