Purdue Calumet’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) Director and Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies Chenn Zhou, Ph.D., will emphasize the importance of technology at Ivy Tech Community College Northwest’s Society of Innovators’ visionary luncheon which is being held at the center on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. The program is entitled: “NWI by 2024: The Imperative for Innovation over the Next 10 Years.” The other panelists include: Mayor Joseph Stahura, Whiting, speaking about innovation in the public sector; Stewart McMillan, Task Force Tips, the private sector; Maggi Spartz, Unity Foundation of LaPorte County, the non-profit sector; Linda Woloshansky, Center of Workforce Innovations, the workforce development sector; Dr. Peggy Gerard, Purdue Calumet, the higher education sector; Donald Babcock, NIPSCO and event sponsor, the economic development sector; and Brandon Griffin, SMDG, LLC the next generation.
Ivy Tech Community College Northwest’s Society of Innovators, a project of The Gerald I. Lamkin Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (I&E Center), is encouraging northwest Indiana leaders to inspire more innovation over the next 10 years at this visionary luncheon.
This unique event is part of a year-long celebration to mark the 10th anniversary of The Society of Innovators.
“Ivy Tech Northwest created The Society of Innovators to discover and encourage more innovation in our 7-county region,” said O’Merrial Butchee, director, Lamkin I & E Center, “Rather than just looking back over the past decade, we are asking northwest Indiana leaders to look ahead to more innovation.”
The 7 counties are: Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Newton, Porter, Pulaski and Starke Counties.
“This event will help us turn our collective thinking toward encouraging better, faster and more innovative thinking along with increased innovation in a global economy,” said John Davies, assistant director, Lamkin I&E Center and managing director, The Society of Innovators. “It will also help us better understand innovation in northwest Indiana; how it happens, why it happens, and who makes innovation happen.”
The Society has nearly 300 members and upwards of 600 members who are associate members in teams.