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2013 MIT Vienna Conference

Remaking Manufacturing
Vienna, Austria
May 22-23, 2013
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Brian Anthony
Director, Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Program
Research Scientist
Lessons from MEDRC
Day 2, 12:00 PM

Dr. Anthony is the Co-Director of the Medical Electronic Device Realization Center and Director of MIT’s Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Program. With over 20 years experience in product realization – he won an Emmy (from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) in broadcast technical innovation – Dr. Anthony designs instruments and techniques to monitor and control physical systems. His work involves systems analysis and design, calling upon mechanical, electrical and optical engineering, along with computer science and optimization.
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Suzanne Berger
Raphael Dorman and Helen Starbuck Professor of Political Science
Class of 1960 Innovation in Education Fellow
MIT Department of Political Science
Suzanne Berger is Raphael Dorman-Helen Starbuck Professor of Political Science. She co-chairs the Production in the Innovation Economy Commission. The project brings together twenty faculty from departments across the Institute to analyze the role of production capabilities in bringing innovation to market. Their book, Making in America: From Innovation to Market will be published by MIT Press in Fall 2013.

She directs the MIT-France Program in the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI). Her recent research focuses on politics and globalization. She participated in the 1989 Made in America project at MIT. She wrote Made By Hong Kong and Global Taiwan (with Richard K. Lester). She is the author of Notre Première Mondialisation and of How We Compete: What Companies Around the World Are Doing To Make It in Today's Global Economy. Her earlier work focused on political development (Peasants Against Politics) and the organization of interests (Dualism and Discontinuity in Industrial Societies and Organizing Interests in Western Europe.) Suzanne Berger served as Head of the MIT Department of Political Science, founding director of MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI), founding chair of the SSRC Committee on West Europe, and Vice President of the American Political Science Association. She has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of BNP Paribas and currently as chair of the International Scientific Committee of College de France. The French government has awarded her the Palmes Academiques, Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Merite and the Légion d'Honneur.

Professor Berger works in comparative politics and political economy. Her research for the past 3 years has focussed on manufacturing in the United States, and she has directed the work of the MIT Production in the Innovation Economy project. The group has conducted 264 interviews in the U.S., China, and Germany.
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Michael Cusumano
Sloan Management Review Distinguished Professor of Management
MIT Sloan School of Management

Michael A. Cusumano is the Sloan Management Review Distinguished Professor of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management, with a joint appointment in the MIT Engineering Systems Division. He specializes in strategy, product development, and entrepreneurship in the computer software industry, as well as automobiles and consumer electronics. He teaches courses on The Software Business and Digital Platforms as well as Advanced Strategic Management.

Professor Cusumano received a B.A. degree from Princeton in 1976 and a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1984. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Production and Operations Management at the Harvard Business School during 1984-86. He is fluent in Japanese and has lived and worked in Japan for seven years, and received two Fulbright Fellowships and a Japan Foundation Fellowship for studying at Tokyo University. He has been a visiting professor at Imperial College, Tokyo University, Hitotsubashi University, the University of St. Gallen, and Ludwig Maximilians University. He has consulted for some 90 companies around the world, including Alcatel, Amadeus, AOL, AT&T, BMC Software, Business Objects/SAP, Cisco, Ericsson, Fiat, Ford, Fujitsu, GE, Fidelity, Verizon, Hitachi, Huawei, i2 Technologies, IBM, Intel, Lucent, Motorola, NASA, NEC, Nokia, NTT Data, Philips, Robert Bosch, Schlumberger, Siemens, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba. He is a former director of Patni Computer Systems (NYSE: PTI, www.patni.com, sold to iGate-Apax in 2011 for $1.2 billion) as well as several other public and private companies. He is a director of Quantum Leap Innovations (www.quantumleapinnovations.com), a pattern-based analytics software company based in Delaware, and on the advisory board of Fixstars Corp. (www.fixstars.com), a Japanese developer of high-performance computing applications relying on video-game microprocessors and blade servers. He has served as editor-in-chief and chairman of the MIT Sloan Management Review and writes a column on Technology Strategy and Management for Communications of the ACM. He was named one of the most influential people in technology and IT by Silicon.com in 2009.

Professor Cusumano has published 9 books and more than 70 articles. His latest book, Staying Power: Six Enduring Principles for Managing Strategy & Innovation in an Uncertain World (2010, based on the 2009 Oxford Clarendon Lectures), was named one of the top business books of 2011 by Strategy + Business magazine, with translations into Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Italian. The Business of Software (2004) was named one of the best business books of the year by Steve Lohr of The New York Times and is translated into Japanese and Chinese. Microsoft Secrets (1995, with R. Selby), a landmark study of Microsoft’s strategy, organization, and approach to product development, has sold some 150,000 copies in 14 languages. Platform Leadership: How Intel, Microsoft & Cisco Drive Industry Innovation (2002, with A. Gawer) examines the emergence of industry-wide platforms and ecosystem-based competition. Competing on Internet Time: Lessons from Netscape and its Battle with Microsoft (1998, with D. Yoffie), was named one of the top 10 business books of 1998 by Business Week and played a central role in the Microsoft anti-trust trial. Thinking Beyond Lean (1998, with K. Nobeoka) analyzes product development and platform strategies in the auto industry. He is also co-editor of Strategic Thinking for the Next Economy (2001) and author of Japan's Software Factories: a Challenge to U.S. Management (1991) and The Japanese Automobile Industry: Technology & Management at Nissan & Toyota (1985).
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Peter Gloor
Research Scientist
Honorary Professor, University of Cologne, Germany
Visting Lecturer, Aalto University, Helsinki
Distinguished Visiting Professor, Universidad Catolica of Chile
MIT Center for Collective Intelligence

Peter A. Gloor is a Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence where he leads a project exploring Collaborative Innovation Networks. He is also Founder and Chief Creative Officer of software company galaxyadvisors, which develops social media analysis software. In addition Peter is a Honorary Professor at University of Cologne, a lecturer at Aalto University in Helsinki, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at P. Universidad Católica de Chile. He has written 7 books, most recently “Swarm Creativity: Competitive Advantage through Collaborative Innovation Networks” “Coolhunting: Chasing Down the Next Big Thing” (with Scott Cooper), and “Coolfarming: Turn Your Great Idea into the Next Big Thing”. He has a PhD in computer science and an MS (diploma) in mathematics from University of Zurich.

The goal of Peter’s research for the last twelve years has been analyzing the new idea creation process through tracking human interaction patterns on three levels: On the global level, macro- and microeconomic indicators such as the valuation of companies and consumer indices are predicted based on social media analysis on Twitter, Blogs, and Wikipedia. On the organizational level, productivity and creativity of companies and teams is measured through extracting “honest signals” from communication archives such as company e-mail. On the individual level, individual and team creativity is analyzed through face-to-face interaction with sociometric badges and personal e-mail logs. An additional result of Peter’s research is Condor, a tool for dynamic semantic social network analysis.
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Ian Hunter
George N Hatsopoulos Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Head, BioInstrumentation Laboratory
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering

Ian W. Hunter is a Chaired Professor (Hatsopoulos Professor) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he heads the BioInstrumentation Laboratory. Ian was born in New Zealand and had an early interest in science and instrumentation which continues to the present. By the age of 10 he had published his first paper (a design of a miniaturized single transistor radio) and by 14 had built a fully functional gas liquid chromatograph (hydrogen flame ionization type) for chemical analysis. After graduating from Auckland University with BSc, MSc and PhD degrees he did a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at McGill University, Canada. He then joined the McGill University faculty and advanced to tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. In 1994 Ian moved his lab to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT.

His main area of research is in bio-instrumentation and biomimetic materials, specifically research on new high throughput and massively parallel measurement techniques and instrumentation in the medical, biological and pharmaceutical areas. Ian is also working on a new approach to the development of instrumentation and devices using systems whose components (actuators, energy storage, sensors, wires etc) are grown out of conducting polymers. As a result of his research, Ian has over 350 refereed publications. He also invents instruments and devices based on this research. This has led to over 100 issued and pending patents. Ian’s inventions have been used by numerous companies and in addition he has founded or co-founded 20 companies.
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Joseph Jacobson
Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences and Mechanical Engineering
Head, Molecular Machines Group
MIT Media Laboratory

Joseph Jacobson is Associate Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he leads the Molecular Machine Group which is focused on Printed Electronics and Synthetic Biology. The group has a strong interest in Avogadro Scale Engineering (ASE) and in understanding and achieving the fundamental limits allowed by nature in the metric of Complexity Per Unit Cost.
Jacobson was educated at MIT (PhD - Physics) and Stanford (Post-Doctoral Fellow-Quantum Optics). His PhD in Physics from MIT was for his work in femtosecond laser physics where he created the world’s shortest pulse laser (in optical cycles) in 1991. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford from 1992 to 1995 working on experimental and theoretical nonlinear non-local quantum systems where his principal theoretical work, Photonic De Broglie Waves (published in the Physical Review) was subsequently verified experimentally (Edamatsu et. al. Phys. Rev. Lett.2002).

He is the recipient of a 1999 Technology Review TR100 Award for Innovation, The 2000 Gutenberg Prize, a 2001 Discover Award, and has authored over 70 peer reviewed papers and conference proceedings in the fields of femotosecond lasers, quantum optics, molecular electronics, nano-chemistry and synthetic DNA. His work has been honored with hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles including the front cover of U.S.A. Today, Technology Review, Scientific American and the Journal Nature.
The Jacobson lab at MIT is a pioneer of the field of Printed Electronics in which chemistries with novel electronic functionality leverage high speed printing infrastructure and developed E Ink, the technology behind the Amazon Kindle, Sony ebook and the Barnes & Noble Nook.
In the private sector Jacobson has been involved in co-founding a number of companies including E Ink (ebooks), Kovio (Printed Semiconductor Chips) and Gen9 (Synthetic Biology) as well as a founding director of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), a non-profit aimed at bringing low cost laptops to students in developing countries.
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Christian Kesberg
Austrian Trade Commissioner for the USA
Wrap Up & Adjournment
Day 2, 12:45 PM
Christian Kesberg is the Austrian Trade Commissioner for the United States. He is in charge of the US operations of ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA, Austria’s foreign commercial service, and oversees the activities of trade service centers in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington and Atlanta.

Presently ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA has 107 offices in 72 countries where 700 Austrian Trade specialists and experts recruited from host countries assist Austrian enterprises with international business activities. ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA has an annual budget of approximately 70 Million Euro and is the trade and investment promotion unit of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber and its 370,000 member companies. With mandatory chamber membership and a chamber organized under public law the Austrian system uniquely combines strong representation of the business community and political and social arena with extensive service and support programs for entrepreneurs.

Prior to his appointment in September 2006 Christian Kesberg was ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA’s Deputy Director General and Chief Operating Officer. In this capacity, Mr. Kesberg was heavily involved in the design and implementation of trade and investment promotion schemes and played a pivotal role in expanding the agencies focus from export promotion to international business support.

Prior to that Mr. Kesberg was Austrian Trade Commissioner to South Korea, Deputy Trade Commissioner in Japan, Los Angeles and the Emirate of Kuwait.

He frequently speaks on a wide variety of subjects mostly related to international trade, internationalization as well as SME policy and Austria’s export driven economic dynamism.

Christian Kesberg was conferred a doctorate of jurisprudence from the University of Graz Law School.
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Walter Koren
Director General
Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
2002 – Director General, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber – Advantage Austria
1997 - 2002 Trade Commissioner at the Austrian Trade Commission in Mexico Area of Jurisdiction: Mexico, Central America, Panama, Cuba
1994 - 1996 Managing Director, Office of the President, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
1992 - 1994 Special Assistant to Leopold Maderthaner, President of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
1988 - 1992 Deputy Trade Commissioner at the Austrian Trade Commission in Tokyo
1988 Interim Commercial Attaché at the Austrian Trade Commission in Seoul
1985 - 1988 Commercial Attaché at the Austrian Trade Commission in Tehran
1982 - 1985 Commercial Attaché at the Austrian Trade Commission in Guatemala, Area of Jurisdiction: Central America
1981 Joined the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKÖ) Advantage Austria, Austria’s official Foreign Trade Promotion Organisation
1977 - 1982 Studies of law at the Universities of Vienna, Graz and Salzburg Degree: Doctor of Law, Ph.D.
1974 - 1980 Studies of Commerce at the University of Graz and at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration
Degree: Masters in Economics, MSc.

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Karl F. Koster
Executive Director
MIT Office of Corporate Relations/Industrial Liaison Program
Opening Remarks
Day 2, 9:00 AM

Karl F. Koster is the Executive Director of the MIT Office of Corporate Relations. The Office of Corporate Relations at MIT includes the Industrial Liaison Program, which celebrated 60 years of service to the Institute and its corporate partners in 2008.

In that capacity, he and his staff work with the senior administrative and faculty leadership of MIT in developing and implementing strategies for enhancing corporate involvement with the Institute. Mr. Koster has been involved with faculty leaders in identifying and designing a number of major international programs for MIT. Many of these programs focus on institutional development and are characterized by the establishment of strong, international, programmatic linkages between universities, industry, and governments.

Mr. Koster graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in geology and economics in 1974, and received a M.S. from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1980. At the Sloan School he concentrated in international business management and the management of technological innovation. Prior to returning to MIT, Mr. Koster worked as a management consultant for seven years in Europe, Latin America, and the United States on projects for private and public sector organizations.
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Markus Maier
Manufacturing Coordination
Andritz AG
Joined ANDRITZ in 2008 and was appointed as Manufacturing Coordinator in 2011. He is responsible for manufacturing-investments, manufacturing-reporting, as well as for location improvement.
Professional career: Operations Development Graz, Head of Controlling Manufacturing Graz.
At ANDRITZ Markus Maier has been involved in product & process development, product & know-how transfers and enhancing manufacturing strategy.
He obtained his master´s degree in industrial and mechanical engineering at the University of Technology in Graz.
Markus Maier has written his MSc-thesis at ANDRITZ. Since then he has focused on improving manufacturing and together with colleagues he has gained a number of patents with further patent applications pending.
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Armin Rau
TRUMPF Maschinen Austria
Berufliche Tätigkeiten:
1969 – 1972 Lehrausbildung zum Elektroinstallateur Firma Elsässer, D-Sindelfingen

10/1982 Eintritt bei TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen, D-Ditzingen
als Systemingenieur
ab 1985 Gruppenleiter
ab 1986 Abteilungsleiter
ab 1993 Hauptabteilungsleiter für den Bereich

ab 01/2004 Geschäftsführung TRUMPF Maschinen Austria GmbH & Co. KG, A-Pasching
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Hans Jörg Schelling
Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
Feldkirch-Altenstadt Elementary School
Feldkirch Grammar School, Matura 1972 (High School Graduation Diploma)
University of Linz:
Degree in Business Studies, Marketing and Organisation Studies, graduated 1978 (Dissertation — The Sales Potential of Silhouette Designer Glasses) Awarded PhD 1981 (Thesis — Increasing the Exports of Small and Medium Enterprises)

Professional Background
1978 - 1981 Assistant to Prof. Ernest Kulhavy, Department of Trade, Sales and Marketing & Lecturer in Communications, Market Research, International Marketing and Case Studies, University of Linz
1982 - 1996 Lecturer and Examinations Officer, Department of Marketing, University of Linz
1981 - 1990 Leiner/Kika Group, 1988-1990 Managing Director
1990- Managing Partner, Schelling Independent Management Consultancy GesmbH, St. Pölten, Certified Management Consultant since 2007
1992 - 2005 Managing Director, XXXLutz GmbH, Wels
1999 - Managing Partner, Big Deal Marken und MarketingberatungsgmbH, Vienna
2005 - 2008 Managing Director, XLA GmbH, Wels
2005- Member, Supervisory Board, XXX Lutz GmbH, Wels

- Vice-President, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
- Member, Management Consultants Committee, Austrian Professional Association of Management Consultancy and Information Technology (UBIT), Lower Austrian Economic Chamber since 2000
- Member, Steering Committee, Austrian Business Federation (National); Member, Steering Committee, Austrian Business Federation (Lower Austrian Region)
- Chairman, General Accident Insurance Institution (AUVA), 1/5/2008/ - 31/12/2008
- Chairman, Main Association of Austrian Social Security Institutions (HVB), as of 21/1/2009
- Chairman, Danubia Private Foundation, Krems, since May 2011
- Chairman of the supervisory board, Österreichische Volksbanken-AG (VBAG) since April 2012

- Ed. Haas Prize (Dissertation)
- Rudolf Sallinger Prize (Thesis)
- National Marketing Award
- National Advertising Award
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Michael Schrage
Research Fellow, MIT Center for Digital Business
Visting Fellow, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
Visiting Fellow, Imperial College Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
MIT Center for Digital Business
Michael Schrage is one of the world’s most innovative thought leaders on innovation. He has redefined how we think about innovation by focusing on customer acceptance of new products and services as an integral part of the innovation process. He also has pioneered techniques for using rapid prototyping, simulations and modeling to improve return on innovation investment. He is the author of two critically acclaimed books: Serious Play: How the World’s Best Companies Simulate to Innovate and Shared Minds -- The New Technologies of Collaboration.

A research fellow at the MIT Sloan School’s Center for Digital Business, Schrage is a columnist for Fortune, CIO Magazine and MIT’s Technology Review, and is widely published in the business press. He is a regular contributor to The Conference Board Review. He is a senior advisor to MIT’s Security Studies Program and consults to the U.S. government on national security systems innovation. Schrage is a powerful speaker with a very direct and engaging style. His work redefines not just how innovation is done but what innovation means. Innovation is not what innovators do; it’s not about good new ideas. Innovation is about good new ideas that customers will pay a premium to adopt and use! Innovation & marketing. The most innovative organizations fuse "marketing" and "innovation" into an integrated strategy for growth. This redefines how you innovate and how you market your innovations. The key is to understand how your inventions will affect customer relationships and develop strategies that help customers embrace your innovations. Michael Schrage knows how to make such integrative strategies work.

Perhaps no one knows more about how to maximize return on investment from innovation processes than Michael Schrage. The key, as he describes in his groundbreaking book, Serious Play -- How the World’s Best Companies Simulate to Innovate, is rapid experimentation and prototyping, speedy simulation and digital design. New prototyping methods have radically reduced the cost of testing products, services and business models, effectively creating a new financial resource -- iterative capital, a resource that allows you to play seriously with more and more versions of various ideas in less and less time. Schrage helps businesses master these techniques and spend their iterative capital wisely. Manage the links between innovation, the supply chain and the customer cost-effectively.

Schrage’s critically acclaimed first book, Shared Minds: The New Technologies of Collaboration, is the first book to explore the tools and dynamics of successful collaboration as the behavioral key to successful innovation.
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Julie Shah
Boeing Career Development Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Julie Shah is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and leads the Interactive Robotics Group of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Shah received her SB (2004) and SM (2006) from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, and her PhD (2010) in Autonomous Systems from MIT. Before joining the faculty, she worked at Boeing Research and Technology on robotics applications for aerospace manufacturing.

Prof. Shah has developed innovative methods for enabling fluid human-robot teamwork in high-intensity domains, ranging from manufacturing to surgery to space exploration. Her group draws on expertise in artificial intelligence, human factors, and systems engineering to develop interactive robots that emulate the qualities of effective human teams to improve the efficiency of human-robot teamwork. This work has been successfully applied to multiple robot testbeds, including the NASA ATHLETE Rover, a mobile, dexterous humanoid robot in the MIT Media Laboratory, and assembly manufacturing applications.

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Steven Spear
Senior Lecturer
Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
MIT Sloan School of Management

Steven J. Spear is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. His book, The High Velocity Edge, has won numerous awards including the Philip Crosby Medal from the American Society for Quality (ASQ) in 2011.

Spear is an internally-recognized expert about leadership, innovation, and operational excellence, and he is an authority on how select companies—in high tech and heavy industry, design and production, manufacturing and services—generate unmatchable performance by converting improvement and innovation from the rare kiss of inspiration to repeatable, broad-based, skill-based disciplines.

Spear's research has been exceptionally well acknowledged with five Shingo Prizes and a McKinsey award from Harvard Business Review. Spear’s “Decoding the DNA of the Toyota Production System” and “Learning to Lead at Toyota,” are part of the lean manufacturing canon. His “Fixing Healthcare from the Inside, Today” and articles in Annals of Internal Medicine and Academic Medicine have been on the forefront in health care improvement. He has contributed to the Boston Globe and New York Times, has appeared on Bloomberg TV and radio, CBS, and elsewhere.

At MIT, Spear teaches in the Leaders for Global Operations program and in Sloan School executive education custom programs and the open enrollment course, "Creating High Velocity Organizations," which is based on his research. Consulting clients have included well-known corporations like Intel, Lockheed Martin, Intuit, Novelis, Alcoa, and United Technologies, and he has worked hospitals such as Massachusetts General, Brigham Womens, and Memorial Sloan Kettering. At Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, he is on a patient safety advisory board. He also a board member for the not-for-profit Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership and for the medical IT company Aceso.

Among other accomplishments, Spear helped the Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative create its 'Perfecting Patient Care System.' That has been credited with eliminating horrible complications like central line infections and thereby improving care quality while reducing cost. The Alcoa Business System, which he helped design and launch, is regularly credited with hundreds of millions of dollars in annual savings. Other clients have dramatically compressed time and cost for marketing processes, new product development and software design.
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Scott Stern
School of Management Distinguished Professor
Chair, Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management Group
MIT Sloan School of Management

Scott Stern is the School of Management Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management Group at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Stern explores how innovation—the production and distribution of “ideas”—differs from more traditional economic goods, and the implications of these differences for entrepreneurship, business strategy, and public policy. His research in the economics of innovation and entrepreneurship focuses on the drivers of commercialization strategy for technology entrepreneurs, the determinants of R&D productivity in both the public and private sector, and the role of incentives and organizational design on the process of innovation.

He works widely with both companies and governments in understanding the drivers and consequences of innovation and entrepreneurship, and has worked extensively in understanding the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in competitiveness and regional economic performance.

Stern started his career at MIT, where he worked from 1995 to 2001. Before returning to MIT in 2009, he held positions as a professor at the Kellogg School of Management and as a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Stern is the director of the Innovation Policy Working Group at the National Bureau of Economic Research. In 2005, he was awarded the Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship.

Stern holds a BA in economics from New York University and a PhD in economics from Stanford University.
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Karlheinz Töchterle
Federal Minister for Science and Research
Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research
Academic education and qualifications
1969 – 1976 Study of Classical Philology and German Literature at the
Universities of Innsbruck, Constance and Padova
1976 Dr. phil. degree in Classical Philology
1978 Teacher Training Certificate, additional Mag. phil. degree
1986 Habilitation on Seneca’s Oedipus

Professional Career
1976 – 1997 University Assistant at the Institute of Classical Philology
at the University of Innsbruck
1979 – 1980 Probationary year at the Akademisches Gymnasium Innsbruck
1987 Professor at the University of Graz
1987 – 1988 Professor at the University of Munich
1997 – University Professor for Classical Philology
at the University of Innsbruck
2007 - Rector of the University of Innsbruck
21 April 2011 Federal Minister for Science and Research

Research Interests

Roman tragedy, especially Seneca tragicus
Theory of literature
Reception of classical antiquity
Neo-Latin studies
Theory and methodology of teaching the ancient languages


2009 Austrian Grand Order of Merit in Gold for Services
to the Republic of Austria
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Randall Wright
Senior Industrial Liaison Officer
MIT Office of Corporate Relations/Industrial Liaison Program
Opening Remarks
Day 2, 9:00 AM
Randall S. Wright is a Senior Liaison Officer with MIT's Industrial Liaison Program. He manages the interface between the managements of fifteen companies, headquartered in the United States and Europe, and the senior administration and faculty of MIT.

As a Senior Liaison Officer for MIT, he takes part in the analysis of business, technology, and commercial problems within companies, and translates these problem needs into faculty resources at MIT. Business executives seek his help to establish on-going dialogues between their companies and MIT to stay abreast of the latest developments in technology and business practices, and to stimulate innovation in their own organizations. Corporations also seek his help to develop research programs with MIT laboratories.

Prior to becoming a Senior Liaison Officer for MIT, Mr. Wright was a Marketing Manager for Pfizer, Inc., a major U.S. pharmaceuticals company. He was also a Strategic Planning Analyst for Pennzoil Company--a Fortune 500 oil and natural resources company.

Mr. Wright is an invited lecturer at Northeastern University's Executive MBA Program where he lectures on innovation and corporate strategy.

Keynote Speaker, 14th Annual Conference on Concurrent Enterprising, Lisbon, Portugal, June 2008

Author "Why Innovations Are Arguments," MIT Sloan Management Review, Spring 2012

"How to Get the Most from University Relationships," MIT Sloan Management Review, Spring 2008

More Presentations:

“New Value for Shareholders—How Business Sees the University,” Keynote Address, 14th Annual Conference on Concurrent Enterprising, Lisbon, Portugal, June 2008

“Future of the Internet—Developments in the USA," Address to Internet for Industry Conference, September 28, 1998, Graz, Austria.

“From Idea to Product—A Case Study of How MIT Works with Corporations,” Address to the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, September 24, 1998, Vienna, Austria.

“Participation in the Research and Educational Programs at MIT,” Address to Tag der Forschung/Day of Research Conference, September 17, 1998, Klagenfurt, Austria.

“Job Creation and Entrepreneurship in the USA,” Keynote Address to The 28thEuropean Small Business Seminar, Vienna, Austria, September 16, 1998.

“Virtual Reality and Architecture at MIT—City of Bits," Address to The Commercial Impact of Virtual Reality Conference, March 6, 1998, Graz, Austria.

“The New Business Development Environment in Boston,” Address to the Economic Chamber of Carinthia, December 9, 1996, Klagenfurt, Austria.


University of Chicago
Booth School of Business, Chicago, IL
Master of Business Administration

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Master of Science in Metallurgy

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with distinction
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