Innovation Engineering Workshop scheduled April 3
February 27, 2014
A new University of
Wisconsin-Stout daylong program will help train business and industry
professionals how to develop an innovation strategy.
The Innovation Engineering Workshop is scheduled from 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at Chippewa Valley Technical College, 403
Technology Drive E., Menomonie.
The event is sponsored by UW-Stout's Manufacturing Outreach
Center and Professional Education Programs and Services.
The program will focus on the needs of CEOs, owners, senior
leaders, plant managers and business development managers.
The innovation engineering method to be discussed has shown
to increase innovation speed and decrease innovation risks.
Studies have found that only 10 percent of companies have an
innovation strategy. Innovators have a return on sales twice as high as
manufacturers that rely on low-cost, quality or delivery strategies.
The workshop will train participants to:
? Discover why innovation management
is a must-have for business growth
Understand the types of innovation and why they are important
Learn to implement tools to create innovative ideas
Participate in exercises to begin their journey
Gain insight on implementing a sustainable innovation management system
For more information and to register, click here.
Keynote speakers will be Bob Oliver and Jeff Carr. Oliver is
a business growth adviser at UW-Stout MOC; he is an electrical engineer with 28
years of experience in manufacturing, development, project management and
operations management. Carr is a management engineer at the center; he has 28
years of experience in management operations and international business
UW-Stout Professional Education Programs and Services, a
division of the Discovery Center, supports the mission of the university by
providing adult learners with access to university education and resources to
enrich their personal and professional lives.
The unit provides programs relevant to the changing needs of
business, industry, educators and the greater community.
The MOC, also under the Discovery Center umbrella at
UW-Stout, is a partner in the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Hollings
Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
The MOC and its NIST MEP affiliates work with small and
midsize U.S. manufacturers to help them create and retain jobs; increase
profits; and save time and money. Last year, through third-party independent
surveying, clients reported more than $13.9 million in impacts and 123 jobs
created or saved as a result of MOC services.
The MOC serves manufacturers in 33 counties in northern and
western Wisconsin to help them compete in a global economy.