By Curt Guenther and Greg Russell
Michael J. Piore
The University of Memphis, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the University of
Tennessee Health Science Center—all the top local names in research will be showcasing
their work at a major event Oct. 6 on the U of M campus.
Visitors to the Memphis Research and Innovation Expo can talk with leading local scientists
about their research, innovations and creations during the daylong event at the FedEx
Institute of Technology. Many of the 29 booths will include interactive displays.
“Our objective is to bring corporate people to campus to expose them to the research
and research possibilities in the Mid-South,” said Kevin Boggs, organizer of the event
and assistant vice president of Technology Transfer and Commercialization at the FedEx
Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Michael J. Piore will deliver the
keynote speech, “Innovation: Balancing Competition and Cooperation in an Economic Crisis,” at 11 a.m., preceded by remarks at 10:30 a.m. by FedEx CIO Rob Carter. Both will
speak in The Zone, the main auditorium of the Institute.
Piore is the David W. Skinner Professor at MIT and a recipient of the prestigious
MacArthur “Genius” Award. He is co-chair of the MIT Industrial Performance Center
and is also associated with MIT’s Production in the Innovation Economy Center. He
is a co-author of Innovations, the Missing Dimension, in which he describes his own original contributions to various approaches to product
innovation. Piore’s most recent work is focused on the transition from mass production
to flexible specialization.
Bob Bean, CEO of Transnetyx, which is sponsoring Piore’s presentation, said, “This
Expo is a great opportunity to learn about the cutting-edge research achievements
and ideas under development by our local research institutes and creative companies.”
The expo, an official U of M Centennial event, will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission
FedEx, Buckman International, Smith & Nephew, Transnetyx, Bio Peptides Corp., Synergy
Technologies, Ariste Medical, BioDimensions, Computable Genomix, and Foundation Instruments
will be represented.
Researchers from the U of M will include those from the Institute for Intelligent
Systems, College of Education, Center for Partnerships in GIS, biomedical engineering,
SENSORIUM, chemistry, mechanical engineering, the Systems Testing Excellence Program,
Supply Chain Management, physics, electrical and computer engineering, Integrated
Microscopy Center, computer science and the School of Public Health.
For more information, contact Cathy Carrigan at 678-1041.