Friday, May 21

8:30 a.m.
Overcome Innovation Inertia: Develop Life-Changing Improvements for Customers and End Users
  • Mike Hess
  • Vice President, Corporate Technology & Innovation
  • Medtronic
In 2005, Mike Hess led a team of innovators at Medtronic to identify a medical device modification they believed would result in better outcomes for patients. A key customer pushed to try the modification, and after it was completed, patented and integrated, the results for patient improvement prove to be outstanding to this day. Mike and his team received Medtronic’s Patent of Distinction in 2020 for their contribution to patient well-being. Now, as Medtronic innovators look to “overcome inertia” in current product designs, they face similar challenges with the addition of new technologies, regulations and risk tolerances. Mike will show how he and his team push through the inertia and prevent valuable innovations from getting “squashed” on their way to fruition.
9:45 a.m.
Design a ‘Single Source of Truth’ for Critical Knowledge Transfer
  • Barb Stamatis, PMP
  • Project Manager, Knowledge Management Office
  • The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
How do you capture the knowledge of your retiring functional experts? How do you transfer knowledge within your organization, and make that critical knowledge both searchable and accessible? Where is the “single source of truth” in your product design and engineering operations? Barb Stamatis shows Goodyear’s remarkable system for knowledge management and transfer. She describes Goodyear’s Technical Journal initiative, which the Goodyear KMO created to capture the deep technical and tribal knowledge of Goodyear’s retiring knowledge workers in R&D and design engineering operations. Barb shows Goodyear’s best practices and shares resources that you can use now, whether you are just getting started with knowledge management, or you need to take your current system to the next level.
11:00 a.m.
Electrification Technologies Drive Transportation Economics
  • David Augustine
  • VP of Product Management and Engineering
  • QM Power, Inc
How will electric motor technology impact your product design and business development? Whether or not your products depend on internal combustion engine power, there are electric motor technologies now emerging. Dave Augustine presents and demonstrates an emerging technology and functional motor and the impact it has on a variety of transportation sectors. Dave shows a visual of the technology innovation process and how it drives product design engineering.