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
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.