7:00-5:00 Conference Registration
8:00-9:00 Breakfast plenary (Regency Ballroom)
9:00-4:00 Student Track
9:00-10:30 Breakout 1
  Intellectual Property Track: Papers (CONTINENTAL); Moderator: Abi Barrow, Masachusetts Technology Transfer Center
  Fri 1A1

Martin High, Oklahoma State University

Joint Inventorship and Ownership in Student Team Projects

During the last several NCIIA meetings, there has been much discussion concerning the rights of students in their inventions that result from a team effort. This paper will attempt to provide a tutorial for both faculty and students in the legal aspects of joint inventorship and ownership of patentable intellectual property. Unfortunately, this area of patent law is one of the “muddiest,” but there are some basic rules that can be applied to help head off larger problems.

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  Fri 1A2

Jon Down, University of Portland, and John Turner, Oregon State University

University Technology Spin-Offs: Do Entrepreneurship Academic Programs and Centers Impact Success?

The relationship between university Technology Transfer Offices and other university stakeholders has been problematic. The behavior of TTO directors is often constrained by the monitoring and governance mechanisms put in place to ensure actions conform to the risk-averse profile of most university institutions and the need to secure short-term funding for operations via royalty payments from established technology companies (rather than trading technology for a piece of a high risk start-up).  Our research examines the link between spin-off success and the presence of entrepreneurship programs (or center) on campus. In the paper we will report the significance of this correlation using AUTM data for spin-off success and NCEC and Entrepreneur Magazine data to operationalize entrepreneurship presence. We will also report on two approaches for driving this partnership in order to bring significant benefits to the university community.
  Fri 1A3

Jim Wolff and Derek Ruth, Wichita State University

Technology Commercialization as a Classroom Laboratory Exercise – Structuring the Unstructured

Challenges arise when structuring the unstructured process of evaluating intellectual property (IP) for commercial potential. This paper describes and discusses an effort to create venture start-ups around university technology. The initiative encompasses three phases, the first two of which are the primary focus of this paper. Phase one is a managing emerging technologies course in which student teams are tasked with evaluating the commercializability of multiple technologies from university IP. The teams narrow the technologies significantly to those with greatest potential. The surviving technologies and documentation are inputs for phase two. In phase two, student interns are tasked with an in-depth analysis of commercial potential and to build a thorough business case for the surviving technologies. In phase three, Executive MBA consulting teams are tasked with developing a venture plan and strategy.
  Biomedical Innovation Track: Papers (STATE); Moderator: Maria Oden, Rice University
  Fri 1B1

Evan T. Edwards, | Solutions |, and Larry G. Richards, University of Virginia

Utilizing Human Factors Engineering to Develop Biomedical Innovation

The utilization of Human Factors Engineering is critical for biomedical device design in order to create safe and effective products for patients, physicians, caregivers and the like. Designing for the end user can also identify and potentially eliminate use-related hazards early in the design process. This will not only create a safer product, but also save the manufacturer considerable time and money that may have been needed in the future to correct flaws or errors identified once the product is on the market. As the need for patient-focused technologies increases, so does the need for guidance as to how to develop systems and devices utilizing HFE. This paper will highlight the key aspects of incorporating Human Factors Engineering into the design of biomedical devices including key concepts, methods and techniques used according to industry and FDA standards.

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  Fri 1B2

Bryan Laffitte, North Carolina State University

Visual Thinking as a Tool for Innovative Product Development in Biomedical Research

This interactive workshop results from methods developed in a recent NIH-sponsored project, involving colleagues from several academic disciplines, to develop innovative tools for minimally invasive heart surgery. The experience of working with a large group of diverse experts on complex problems taught us the limitations of verbal communication in regard to problem-solving, and its tendency to allow meetings to devolve into extended bouts of arm-waving. By employing whiteboard brain-storming with an industrial designer acting as a visual facilitator by sketching perspective views of concepts as they are discussed, the collective knowledge of the team becomes much more easily leveraged, allowing all of the members to clarify, challenge, and present alternatives concepts on the spot. Workshop participants will experience ninety minutes of interactive instruction in concept sketching, tailored for any experience level, and emerge with both immediately applicable skills and the confidence to expand them.
  Fri 1B3

Mary Besterfield-Sacre, University of Pittsburgh; Angela Shartrand and Phil Weilerstein, NCIIA

Stimulating Innovative Design in Biomedical Engineering: The BMEidea Competition

Innovative design is a critical aspect of translating emerging research in the biomedical field into real-life applications (e.g., medical devices and products used in patient care). To stimulate greater innovation in this emerging field, NCIIA helped launch an initiative that led to the creation of the BMEidea Competition. This session will describe the primary goals of the competition, its structure, and key outcomes (e.g., winners, commercial outcomes, challenges faced). We will also describe our efforts to assess team-based design processes and create tools to better identify the elements of high quality innovative design.

  Partnerships Track: Papers (OAK)
  Fri 1C1

Christine Kurihara, John H. Linehan, and Paul G. Yock, Stanford University

International Initiatives of Stanford University Biodesign Program

The President of Stanford recently challenged the university community to explore global partnerships in order to help meet the world’s problems. In response, Stanford Biodesign has two initiatives to train biomedical technology innovation leaders. The partnerships have recently been finalized, both with potentially powerful outcomes. In Mexico we are partnering with faculty at ITESM, training them in the Biodesign process so that they may start a similar program there as a gateway to Latin America.  Already, through a pilot, we have brought one faculty member and one medical student to Biodesign for six months. In India, working with the government, we are establishing an international fellowship that will bring four fellows to Stanford for half of a two-year fellowship. In both instances the goal is to train young engineers and physicians to identify major health needs and develop solutions that are cost-effective and widely deployable across a broad socio-economic spectrum.

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  Fri 1C2

Diane Austin, University of Arizona; Arturo Frayre and Irma Fragoso, Instituto Tecnologico de Nogales

Exploring Interdisciplinary Bi-national Partnerships for Innovation and Implementation

This paper/presentation describes an interdisciplinary, bi-national partnership between graduate and undergraduate students from the University of Arizona and the Instituto Tecnológico de Nogales (Sonora, Mexico) that can serve as a model for other educational institutions. UA social science students join with ITN engineering and business students in unique learning spaces within courses, internships, and social service. The paper illustrates the model through a project to design and introduce alternative technologies in Nogales. The project has included assessment, demonstration, education, and training activities to assess approaches for reducing emissions generated by the use of wood and other combustible materials as fuel for household-level heating and cooking. The team has focused on: (1) reducing the impact of household-level heating and cooking by promoting the use of less-polluting technologies, and (2) reducing the need for household heating by promoting more thermally efficient home construction technologies.

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  Fri 1C3

Khanjan Mehta, The Pennsylvania State University

Lessons from the Field: Setting Up a Windmill-based Business in Rural Kenya

Students from various disciplines at Penn State University, University of Nairobi and Kochia Development Group (a community-based organization in Kenya) are working together to develop a robust and sustainable windmill-based power system for rural communities in western Kenya. The objective is to build the system in Kenya using Kenyan resources and set up a profit-driven business around it. The model developed for this project emphasizes building strong relationships between all the involved parties and incorporates engineering design, community development, entrepreneurship and business development, public policy studies, curricular development, etc. to make the project truly sustainable. The first windmill was installed in June 2007 and efforts are underway to scale up the operation. One of the major challenges on this project has been inculcating "business sense" in the communities we have been working with.

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  Innovative Educational Models Track: Papers (FAR EAST); Moderator: Rodney Hill, Texas A & M University
  Fri 1D1

Scott Shim, Purdue University

Creativity Under Pressure

48:2 design is an intensive weekend workshop held at Purdue University every year with a support from diverse corporations and manufacturers. As a part of the senior seminar class, the workshop emphasized a couple of real world circumstances: working under pressure and managing design projects. Multiple teams are made up of eight industrial design students, seniors as project managers and underclassmen (juniors and sophomores) as designers. All students are assigned to one of the teams through a random draw. Each team is given forty-eight hours to provide creative concepts and solutions to a design project assigned by the sponsor. The workshop begins on Friday evening at 6:00 and is completed by 6:00 PM on Sunday. Once a brief overview of the project is presented to the students, project managers are in full control.
  Fri 1D2

Benjamin Castaneda and Fanny Lys Casado, University of Rochester; Jesus Carpio and Eduardo Ismodes Cascon, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru

Generating knowledge in Developing Countries

Innovation through Research and Development (R&D) is critical for the growth of nations. Some countries have recognized the critical role universities play in this process and have developed mechanisms to encourage it. However, in a country like Peru, universities are concerned with knowledge transfer rather than creation. To change this inertia, we have created a system called e-Quipu to support generation of innovative ideas by diverse interest groups formed in the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. E-Quipu provides a framework to pursue interests while developing skills and capabilities such as teamwork, oral and written communications and project development. In addition, the system has contributed to form international teams that collaborate in a virtual environment. E-Quipu provides adequate conditions to contribute to society through publications, national projects, businesses, patents and specialists.
  Fri 1D3

Terri Barreiro, College of St. Benedict and St. John's University

Entrepreneurship Scholars at CSB/SJU:  Four years, Four Trips to China, Six New Ventures Launched

This paper will describe the development and implementation of an Entrepreneurship Scholars (E-Scholars) program at the College of St. Bendedict and St. John's University (CSB/SJU). E-Scholars is a two-year, interdisciplinary, hands-on program.  One important focus of the program is its emphasis on opportunity recognition and the launching of new ventures to seize opportunities. To date, six student-run ventures have been launched by E-Scholars. The program also focuses on building tolerance for ambiguity and gaining awareness of global issues. Both of these areas are addressed by having E-scholars participate in a business trip to China.
10:30-11 Break and soapbox sessions
11-12:30 Breakout 2
  Intellectual Property Track: Panel (FAR EAST)
  Fri 2A

Lisa Getzler-Linn, Lehigh University; McRae Banks, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Liz Kisenwether, Pennsylvania State University; Keith Stanfill, University of Florida; Richard Schultz, University of North Dakota; Jim Baker, Michigan Technological University; Paul Hudnut and Gregory Graff, Colorado State University

Intellectual Property Policies for Corporate-sponsored and Entrepreneurial Students

Many institutions of higher learning have Intellectual Property (IP) policies that apply to faculty and graduate students as well as established norms for contractual agreements in corporate-sponsored projects. However, the widespread popularity of entrepreneurship programs has added to the complicated issues surrounding IP on college campuses. Some institutions have no policies in place for undergraduates.  Existing policies can be problematic when undergraduate project teams develop valuable IP, either for student driven entrepreneurial projects or those sponsored by external companies. The difference between inventorship and ownership, student beliefs about what they own, the perceived value of faculty input and how financial support can affect IP ownership will be some of the topics discussed, along with best practices. Many institutions continue to struggle in clarifying and developing IP policies and strategies suitable for these increasingly popular project courses.
  Biomedical Innovation Track: Panel (CONTINENTAL)
  Fri 2B

Benjamin S. Kelley, Baylor University; Jay Goldberg and Lars Olson, Marquette Univeristy; Robert Malkin, Duke University; and Roger Gonzalez, Steve Ayers and David Dittenber, LeTourneau University

Teaching, Service, and Innovation-Oriented Biomedical Engineering Design

Collegiate undergraduate biomedical engineering continues to emerge and mature as a discipline that provides a sound grounding in engineering fundamentals and with the promise of advancing health solutions around the world. As volunteerism and service learning within engineering programs has grown, so has the diversity of approaches for undergraduate biomedical engineering design projects to be associated with underserved populations. A project that works toward meeting the needs of developing countries is the LeTourneau Engineering Global Solutions (LEGS). National student design competitions such as the Biomedical Engineering Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship Award (BME-idea), and the Engineering World Health (EWH) Projects That Matter Program, provide students with a showcase for the results of service learning and social entrepreneurship projects. Another vehicle is in-class paper designs projects, containing simplified versions of real-world hands-on scenarios

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  Partnerships Track: Workshop (OAK)
  Fri 2C

Joshua Pearce, Clarion University; Ryan Legg, Cornell University; Lonny Grafman, Humboldt State University; and Thomas Colledge, Pennsylvania State University

Leveraging Information Technology, Social Entrepreneurship and Global Collaboration for Sustainable

Currently, those working for a sustainable development all over the world, in a vast array of contexts, are often duplicating efforts. In an era where a rapid transition towards sustainability is needed, such wasted effort is no longer tolerable. This panel will discuss current efforts to overcome this challenge by creating an Open Sustainability Network (OSN) that links relevant individuals, programs, courses, projects, and organizations aimed at sustainable development. The panel discussion will build an understanding of, and collaboration between, relevant online tools. The panel is meant to bridge disciplines to connect and learn from relevant social entrepreneurship, business and product development, service learning, and appropriate technology initiatives to help scale up for more effective impact in teaching, research and practice.

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  Innovative Educational Models Track: Panel (STATE)
  Fri 2D

Nancy Clement, Purdue University; Edward J. Coyle, Georgia Institute of Technology; Malu Roldan, San Jose State University, and Khanjan Mehta, Pennsylvania State University

Creating Social Entrepreneurship Networks

To better meet the increasing needs of society at home and abroad, universities across the country have established innovative outreach programs that provide students with basic entrepreneurial concepts and hands-on experiences. These programs create career pathways in many disciplines and offer entrepreneurial approaches to major issues associated with health, environment, poverty, education, and literacy.  Whether addressing local or global problems, university programs are providing assistance to non-profit organizations by fostering and participating in social entrepreneurship activities.
12:30-2:30 Olympus Innovation Awards Luncheon (REGENCY BALLROOM)
2:30-4:00 Mini-plenaries
  Fri 3A

Entrepreneurship is an Extreme Sport (CONTINENTAL)
Tina Seelig, Stanford University

How do you teach creativity and entrepreneurship? It certainly isn't by lining students up in rows and columns and giving lectures about innovation. Creativity is taught by giving students the opportunity to stretch their imaginations by asking them to solve problems without a one right answer - problems that seem impossible until you turn them upside down and inside out. In this session I will show examples of projects that were given to students and the amazing and unexpected results they deliver. The students surprise me and themselves every time, leaving them knowing that they can creatively turn any problem into an opportunity.

  Fri 3B

Design for the Other 90% (FAR EAST)

Paul Polak, D-Rev
Polak’s focus is on "design for the other 90%"—building technologies that help half of the world’s population, the three billion people who live on less than two dollars a day. He points out that "90% of designers work for the richest 10% of the world’s customers." This is a "silly ratio," and one that Polak has dedicated his life to changing. He’s been working for more than twenty years on International Development Enterprises, looking to assist the world’s small farmers, people who farm an acre or less, living on two dollars or less a day.

4-4:30 Break and soapbox sessions
4:30-6:00 Breakout 4
  Social Entrepreneurship Track: Papers (FAR EAST); Moderator: Edward Coyle, Georgia Institute of Technology
  Fri 4A1

Lisa Reed and Thomas Ngo, University of Portland

Productive Uses of Renewable Energy in Rural Nicaragua: How E-Scholars Learn and Teach Entrepreneurs

The University of Portland’s award-winning E-Scholars Program has always included an international entrepreneurship component. However, with more students requesting social/sustainable entrepreneurship experiences, an additional program option was designed with Green Empowerment, an international NGO based in Portland. In spring 2007, four E-Scholars were selected to begin a specially designed NGO training program with Green Empowerment staff to learn how innovation and entrepreneurship can impact a community. Specifically, the students evaluated the most productive uses for a new micro-hydro system being installed in Malacatoya, Nicaragua. During extensive interviews with the community, NGOs and others, the E-Scholars are responding to the village’s interest in increasing its coffee output for export by helping to improve its coffee de-pulping process. Our panel will share the process for developing similar projects. If we can coordinate two other schools with social entrepreneurship projects, they will join us.
  Fri 4A2

Nancy Clement, Purdue University, and Edward J. Coyle, Georgia Institute of Technology

The Social Entrepreneurship Initiative

This paper describes the Social Entrepreneurship Initiative (SEI) at Purdue University. It is an expansion of the EPICS Entrepreneurship Initiative (EEI) that has taught students in the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program about social entrepreneurship via their engineering design projects for local non-profit organizations. Other socially focused design projects have expressed interest in participating in these product-focused activities. The SEI has thus been designed to support all programs that emphasize and mentor students who are involved in the design and development of products that address the needs of local communities or global society. Important functions of the Social Entrepreneurship Initiative include the creation and support of a network of students, faculty, and programs focused on social entrepreneurship. This is accomplished by providing a venue for students to come together and present ideas for socially beneficial products ideas.

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  Fri 4A3

Dan Buckenmeyer, James Davis, and Melissa Paulsen, University of Notre Dame

Building an Impactful MicroEntrepreneurship Program

In order to realize the potential of microenterprise and social entrepreneurship as a viable means of poverty reduction in the United States, the University of Notre Dame commenced a two-seminar course through the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in the Mendoza College of Business entitled “Microenterprise: The Road to Equality.”  This course is available to undergraduate and graduate students alike and spans all colleges at the University of Notre Dame. The mission of this coursework is to promote the creation of sustainable communities by equipping college students with adequate training to make lasting contributions to the creation or expansion of select small businesses. By expanding this program across schools nationwide we believe the impact of this program can be amplified to a world-changing scale.
  Institutionalization of Entrepreneurship Education Track: Workshop (CONTINENTAL)
  Fri 4B

Michael Lehman, Juniata College

Space + Capital + Support + Community = An Entrepreneur Program

Space. Capital. Support. Community. These words represent the four pillars upon which an effective entrepreneurship program can be built. The Juniata College Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (JCEL) focused on developing offerings in each of these four distinct yet interrelated, areas, creating an innovative program for a college of 1,400 students and 100 faculty members situated in a rural community of 8,000 residents. This interactive workshop will allow participants to identify existing, untapped assets in each of these areas, map out ways of integrating initiatives across these areas and lay the framework for more effectively integrating the business of new venture creation into their institutions. The language, experiences and opportunities rooted in entrepreneurship have practical application and exciting potential when applied across disciplines, developing a program based on these four tenets can be an effective approach.
  Innovative Teaching Tools Track: Workshop (OAK)
  Fri 4C

Khanjan Mehta, Pennsylvania State University

Sensor and Controller System Integration: A New Course to Promote High-Tech Entrepreneurship

The Sensor and Controller System Integration course exploits the power of virtual instrumentation to promote lab automation and accelerate the idea evaluation and product development processes. This is an intensive laboratory-based course that covers interfacing computers of various form factors to a wide array of sensors, actuators, instruments and sub-systems. Essential principles of engineering and computer science are covered in the course and it is open to undergraduate, graduate and professional students from all disciplines across campus. Hands-on technical sessions are accompanied by workshops on entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, innovative thinking, IP and patenting, venture funding, etc. The course enables students to rapidly metamorphose their ideas to proof-of-concept systems for high-tech and low-tech applications using commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components. Students are strongly encouraged to develop high-tech high-impact products for people at the bottom of the pyramid for their course project.
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  Entrepreneurship in Computer Science: Panel (STATE)
  Fri 4D

Richard DeMartino, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Clifton Kussmaul, Muhlenberg College

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programs in Computer, Information Science, and Digital-Related Disciplines

Technology-related innovation and entrepreneurship educational programs have increased in popularity and variety over the past decade. While tech programs have emerged in association with a number of disciplines, the most advanced programs often are associated with colleges of engineering. This proposed panel session explores technology-related innovation and entrepreneurship programs associated with the computer science/software/digital technology discipline. While a number of programs have been developed in this area, such programs are neither as mature nor numerous as those in the engineering domain. This session will include panelists who discuss 1) the challenges associated with the innovation and entrepreneurship programs in the computer science and other digital technology areas and 2) case studies of existing programs. One of those presentations will include a final report of the NCIIA-supported Entrepreneurship in Digital Domains initiative.
6:00 - 9:30

March Madness for the Mind reception and e-team exhibition


Don’t miss this much-anticipated annual conference highlight! A select group of some of the nation’s finest E-Teams will display their state-of-the-art innovations in a private exhibition for NCIIA conference registrants and guests. Meet these entrepreneurial inventors, see their prototypes, and learn about their ideas and further plans for development and commercialization.

The venue is the Nasher Sculpture Center, which is an easy walk from the conference hotel—just two city blocks—and, if the weather cooperates, the event will be hosted outdoors. As an added bonus, the entire museum will be open for attendees to browse!



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