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Parks College Students Attend NCIIA Conference

April 3, 2012
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StudentsFrom left to right: Robert Caruso, Rebecca Mitrovich, Brittany Kendrick, Mary Jennerjohn, Kendra Patton, Gregory Keogh (not pictured)One graduate and five undergraduate students attended the 2012 National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance’s Open Conference in San Francisco California. The conference’s focus was on innovation and entrepreneurship as well as sharing design techniques and processes. Further, the sessions included information about what resources you can take advantage of and what to look out for when creating a startup company. More than 300 students and faculty internationally attended the conference, and there were good opportunities to network and share experiences and practices among universities. The most interesting and most educational part of the conference for the students seemed to be the Open Minds competition where NCIIA funded student teams gave elevator pitches to the conference attendees and debuted their products and services they are in the process of getting to market. It was a good chance to see what kind of impact other universities are making in the global marketplace and to meet and interact with other students.

The goal behind attending the conference is to get SLU students exposed to the innovations happening at other universities as well as learn different practices and perspectives on engineering and the kind of an impact one can make with their knowledge. A second goal was to learn about what resources are available for students desiring help in starting up a company or at least even pursuing an idea or technology. The trip was sponsored by KEEN, Coleman Foundation, and ASME Saint Louis Section.

For more information on innovation at Parks, contact Sridhar Condoor, Ph.D. at condoor@slu.edu.

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