Industrial Research Institute
IRI e-Innovation Newsletter
No. 422
March 2015
  From the President's Desk

Calling all Voting Reps -  2015 IRI Elections

As a result of IRI's recent By-laws change aimed at improving our ability to select the best leadership possible, this year, there is one candidate for Vice-chairman and six candidates for the four open Director positions on the Board of Directors. 


checkbox 3 Each member company has one vote.  If your company's Voting Representative is unable to return the ballot to IRI by March 20th, another Representative of your company may cast your company's vote.  It is important that each company participates in the election. As you'll see from the slate of candidates, IRI will continue to b led by talented and dedicated directors.
For more information contact Ana Escobar or call 703.647.2591.
Thank you for participating in this process, which is so important to the future direction of IRI.


  Member Spotlight


Steven Moskowitz

Seeing the Big Picture



Combining technical ability and leadership skill is an effort that requires many years and is as much art as science. In developing his career path, Steven Moskowitz, Product Development and Portfolio Manager at Entegris, says the effort which enabled his success in rising to the level of leadership at technical organizations has been his keeping an eye on the big picture.


"I spent a lot of time thinking strategically and making sure I understood how things work together," said Moskowitz. "Be it the integration of processes to build a computer chip or the integration of teams to build an effective organization, keeping an eye on the big picture helped me from getting lost in the weeds in times of crisis."


Moskowitz acquired a BS in Chemistry from the University of Rochester and later a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Washington. Upon completing his graduate studies, he went to work at IBM's Microelectronics Division where he remained for over 12 years. He has since moved to Entegris where he has been for just over a year, but he continues his contributions to society through more than just his work.


"I maintain a strong focus on education," Moskowitz said. "Stretching as far back as my undergraduate and graduate studies where I was a Teaching Assistant, I have since been involved in establishing four different professional training programs, as well as personally developing and teaching over a dozen classes across multiple disciplines. I have trained the entire spectrum of manufacturing, engineering, scientific, and executive professionals. I have learned that reliable, relatable, and accessible education matters most when it comes to keeping your workforce at the top of its game."


Steven Moskowitz's advice for young professionals: "Look at the big picture; think about your career at all times and own it-don't expect someone else to create a career for you. You should be continuously developing new skills that go both broad and deep and never saying no to an opportunity to learn something new. Build strong professional relationships with your peers AND with the current and future leaders in your organization. Finally, don't be afraid to take risks - like many of life's great journeys it's sometimes more fun and exciting when you don't know the exact path to take."




See Steven Moskowitz at IRI's Annual Meeting. Steven will conduct an interactive breakout session on an Approach to a Higher-Order Customer Engagement.




Help Improve Our Research Efforts

ETN Survey on Future of Open Innovation

The External Technology Network (ETN) is seeking participants to help in their study of the future of open innovation. The survey, which takes approximately 2 minutes to fill out, asks about current trends that are affecting or will affect open innovation practices for R&D firms.

Member Companies in the News
Upcoming Events


2015 Annual Meeting
April 27 - 30
Seattle, WA

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March 17-19
San Diego, CA
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May 30 - June 5
Evanston, IL

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**Shaping Innovation Leaders is a unique executive course for high-potential, mid-level technology managers to learn the skills necessary to succeed as they advance in their careers. Seats fill quickly and early registrations receive a discount. Only a few seats left. Send in your registration form today to guarantee your spot.



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In This Issue
From the President
Member Spotlight
Help Improve Our Research Efforts
Member Companies in the News
Upcoming Events
Jon Kuniholm, Open Prosthetics Project
March-April RTM Now Online
J. Stewart Witzeman to Speak at UIDP
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Jon Kuniholm on Open Collaboration and Innovation in Prosthetics

At this year's Annual Meeting, presenter Jon Kuniholm, President, Open Prosthetics Project, will be a panelist in the session "Democratizing Innovation."


 He'll also conduct a breakout session on the role of collaborative development in innovation. 

Innovation in Prosthetics - Jon Kuniholm - LinuxCon + CloudOpen North America 2014 - Day 3 Source

Catch Jon in action from his keynote talk at LinuxCon and CloudOpen North America in August 2014.  

Annual Meeting registration is open. Register early and before March 27

March-April RTM

Use your IRI login credentials to access. Make sure each member of your team reads RTM online. Send us an email and we'll make sure to send your login.

J. Stewart Witzeman, Eastman Chemical, Presents at UIDP
Wednesday Webinar

Dr. Witzeman speaks on
Key Elements to a Corporate RFP on Wednesday, March 4, 1:00 EST.
If you're a company contracting for work being done at a University, register here

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Speaking Engagements?
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Let the IRI community know what you and your company are up to. Would you like to be featured in our Member Spotlight? Send us an email and we'll include in our newsletter. 
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