Industrial Research Institute
IRI e-Innovation Newsletter
No. 430
November 2015
Member Highlight

Ryan Dirkx, VP of R&D, Arkema, to Speak at Société de Chimie Industrielle

Ryan Dirkx serves as Vice President of Research and Development of Arkema Inc. and is responsible for R&D in North America as well as R&D coordination between the U.S. and France. He is a Past-Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Industrial Research Institute, and Past Co-Chair of the Board on Chemical Science & Technology, part of the National Academies. He also holds more than a dozen patents.

"As a lifelong student of innovation management, I am convinced that there is always more to learn on this subject," Dirkx said. "I am honored that the Société has offered me the opportunity to engage with others on such an important topic."

Dirkx received a PhD in Solid State Science from Pennsylvania State University, and a BS in Ceramic Engineering from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He continues to study innovation processes and R&D management for competitive advantage.

On November 18, Dirkx is delivering a talk at a Société luncheon at the Yale Club in New York City titled:

"The Challenge of Innovation as a Driver of Corporate Growth"

Maurice Holland Award Winners

Congratulations to Goodyear's Abhijit Ganguly and Jim Euchner, 2015 Holland Award Recipients

Pictured left to right: John Reid, Deere & Co., Abjihit Ganguly, Goodyear, and Tom Kavassalis, Xerox Innovation Group

Ganguly and Euchner won this year's Maurice Holland Award for their outstanding paper "Business Model Innovation in Practice," published in the 2014 Nov-Dec issue of
Research-Technology Management (RTM).

Member Companies in the News
-from The European Chemical Industry Council

-from Forbes

-Unisys Press Release

-Orbital ATK Press Release

-Kraton Press Release

-IBM Press Release

-Halliburton Press Release

-CASIS Press Release

-from Geosynthetica

-Bunge Press Release

Upcoming Events

2016 Annual Meeting
Orlando, FL
May 23 - 26

Deadline: Nov. 11, 2015

Keynote Speakers:

Bernard S. Meyerson
Chief Innovation Officer, IBM
Chairman of the Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies for the World Economic Forum

Peter H. Diamandis
Co-Founder/Vice-Chairman, Human Longevity Inc.
Chairman & CEO, XPRIZE Foundation

Kaigham "Ken" Gabriel
President & CEO

Vinton G. Cerf
Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist

Spring Meeting
March 7 - 9
Louisville, KY
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June 4 - 10
Evanston, IL
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In This Issue
Member Highlight: Ryan Dirkx
Maurice Holland Award Winners
Member Companies in the News
Upcoming Events
Thank You 2015 Industry Sponsors
#IRISummit15: Thank You!
Anthony Nickens Speaking at AIChE Annual Meeting
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Thank You!

We'll Be Back in
Chicago in 2016

A big thank you to everyone who made it out to this year's Member Summit in Chicago.

You rock!

The video presentations from the meeting can be found in the IRI Learning Center. A meeting recap can be viewed on the IRIweb. You can log in to your IRI Mobile and download presentation slides from the app. You can also check out the hashtag #IRISummit15 on Twitter to see key take-aways from attendees.

We are returning to Chicago for our Member Summit in 2016. We hope to see you there!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Member Summit
IRI Mobile Game:

Top Scorer:
Justin Kugler, Industrial R&D Lead, CASIS

Runners Up:
Sue Burek, Program Manager, Advanced Technology,

Dan Abramowicz, CTO,
IRI Past Chairman

Pictured left to right:
Justin Kugler, CASIS;
Dan Abramowicz, Crown Holdings; and, Sue Burek, Newell Rubbermaid

Anthony Nickens to Speak at AIChE's Annual Meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 11
8:30 - 11:00 AM
Salt Lake Marriott 
Downtown at City Creek

At the 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Ceramatec's Anthony Nickens, an IRI Board Member, will deliver a talk on IRI2038 titled:

IRI2038 Futures Study: A Journey Into the Future of R&D Management

The talk will explore the futures study alongside the four scenarios developed by the project and the implications it has for the future of R&D management.


The IRI2038 Futures Study presents a unique method for more effective strategic planning. If you would like IRI to host a session on the IRI2038 Futures Study and its findings at your company, please contact Lee Green for more information.

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