Category Archives: Guest Speaker

Husky Innovate Speaker Series Event on April 26th

The Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship will host its second Husky Innovate Speaker Series on Friday, April 26, from 12-1 PM in the Pavlis Honors College Collaboration Space (M&M 722). Faculty, students, and staff are invited to join us for a talk given by Michigan Tech’s Dr. Brad King. King is the Ron and Elaine Starr Professor in Space Systems in the department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics. He also serves as the faculty advisor for Aerospace Enterprise, is Director of the Space Systems Research Group, and the CEO of Orbion Space Technology.

King will discuss the “small satellite revolution”, Orbion’s value proposition of affordable, reliable electric propulsion for your small satellite mission, how his team approaches innovation, and how advances in technology such as Orbion’s have disrupted the space industry.

If you are an innovator or entrepreneur working on an idea with the goal of launching your own business, you are highly encouraged to attend. Registration is required, and attendance will be capped at 30. Lunch will be provided to the first 30 people to register. Please register no later than Tuesday, April 23rd.

The Husky Innovate Speaker Series is hosted by the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship which is a collaboration between the Pavlis Honors College, the School of Business and Economics, and the Vice President for Research Office.


Husky Innovate Speaker Series Begins March 1

The Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship will be hosting the first of the Husky Innovate Speaker Series on Friday, March 1 at 12pm in the Pavlis Honors College Collaboration Space (M&M 722). Faculty, students, and staff are invited to join us for a talk given by Michigan Tech’s Andrew Barnard. Barnard is an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics and faculty advisor for SENSE Enterprise.

Barnard is using lean business model development and customer discovery to start his own business, NanoSound. NanoSound focuses on the elimination of noise from pipe and duct systems, like automotive exhausts and heating and ventilation pipes. Barnard will provide an example of an early business pitch and provide insights into the customer discovery process and business model development that has led to significant pivots in the start-up’s trajectory.

If you are an innovator or entrepreneur working on an idea with the goal of launching your own business, you are highly encouraged to attend. Registration is required, and attendance will be capped at 30. Lunch will be provided to the first 30 people to register. Please register no later than Monday, February 26. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Casper (lcasper@mtu.edu).

The Husky Innovate Speaker Series is hosted by the Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship which is a collaboration between the Pavlis Honors College and the School of Business and Economics.


Silicon Valley to Michigan

GLRCBy Office of Advancement

There will be an open roundtable at noon Wednesday (Oct.26) in GLRC 202. The topic of the roundtable is “Silicon Valley to Michigan—Does the Model Translate?”

This will be an open discussion on business, technology, government and the links between Michigan and California. Automotive, start-ups, app-development – who is taking cues from whom? This roundtable is part of the 14 Floors series.

14 Floors is a series of events and activities designed to build momentum and enable culture change on Michigan Tech’s campus. Core are initiatives focused on fostering entrepreneurism and high-tech innovation—both within the context of a global culture and economy. These activities are cross-disciplinary on and off campus, led by staff and faculty, focused on students and largely enabled by Michigan Tech alumni.


Guest Lecturer from Yanfeng

Jeff Potter from Yanfeng Automotive Interiors will be guest lecturing on campus this Monday. Jeff Potter is a Six Sigma Senior Master Black Belt and will be presenting two separate lectures. The first discussion will begin at 4:00pm and is entitled Application of Six Sigma & Robust Design Methodologies at Yanfeng Automotive Interiors.  The second, Discussion of CHyM Technology, will follow at 6:00pm. The lectures will be taking place in room 642 of the Dow. All are welcome to attend! Light snacks and refreshments will be served. Please see the flyers below for more details.

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Lessons Learned From Selling A U.P. Based Product to the World

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Bob Jacquart, CEO and owner of Jacquart Fabric Products and Michigan Tech Board of Trustees Member, will be speaking at Michigan Tech in the first of an ongoing speaker series that is sponsored by the Pavlis Honors College and the new Innovation Center for Entrepreneurship. Jacquart Fabric Products is the home of the Stormy Kromer. Bob Jacquart was born and raised in Ironwood, MI and acquired the Stormy Kromer brand from the original owner in 2001 when he learned that production of the hats was about to cease. Since 2001, his team has built a globally recognized brand around a U.P. based manufacturing company. Bob will share his experiences and lessons learned in a short presentation followed by a question and discussion session. Bring your friends and stop by the Pavlis Honors College Collaboration Space on the 7th floor of the M&M building in room 722 Thursday, February 25th at 10:30am for a great story and insightful wisdom from a true entrepreneur. Attendees will have the chance to enter a raffle to win a Stormy Kromer of their own!