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"Nurturing Innovation for Problems Big and Small"

C. D. (Dan) Mote, Jr. to Give Whiting-Turner Business and Entrepreneurial Lecture

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MEDIA ADVISORY  November 3, 2010


Melissa Corley
301 405 6501

WHAT: "Nurturing Innovation for Problems Big and Small"--Innovation is a change in thinking, products, ideas, processes, or organizations that leads to better implementation. The scale of innovative implementations ranges from tiny to enormous, and their substances span from conceptual to pragmatic. Innovation occupies our attention because it is the solution of almost every major or minor problem today. How will we raise the quality of life for every citizen? How will we sustain a competitive national economy? How will we increase the safety of foods, develop alternative energy, ensure national security, reduce health care costs, fight pandemics, and so on? The answer is always the same--through innovation. We will discuss nurturing innovation. We will review the history that has led to the current state of innovation and the global connectivity that has expanded both the pace of innovative development and the scale of problems seeking innovative solutions.

WHO: C. D. (Dan) Mote, Jr., Clark School professor of mechanical engineering and former UM president

WHEN: Thursday, November 4, 2010
5 - 6 p.m. - lecture, preceded by reception at 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: 1110 Kim Engineering Building
A. James Clark School of Engineering
University of Maryland, College Park, Md.

The Whiting-Turner Business and Entrepreneurial Lecture at the A. James Clark School of Engineering brings leading technology enterprise thinkers to campus--men and women from large, established companies or small and promising start-ups, who deal with the real-world challenges of a fast-paced, global economy. In their lectures and question-and-answer sessions, they share their insights and experiences, their "war stories" and predictions, inspiring audience members to apply new ideas and approaches in their current or future careers. For more information: