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For two decades, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) has been the mantra of the US educational system. For years, educators have been looking for an effective tool to engage students in the science and engineering arenas in Middle and High School. When asking the question to administrators, "How are you planning to improve the problem solving skills of students engaging in STEM curriculum?" They roll their eyes and offer the excuse that we have not figured that point out yet.
The answer is TRIZ. Most education administrators have never heard of TRIZ and would not know how to implement a TRIZ curriculum. Basic TRIZ knowledge provides the content for students to become more innovative and creative. They will have the tools
  • to make the world around them make sense
  • to identify problems and
  • to generate solution concepts
Help us to overcome educational barriers that prevent TRIZ from reaching our next generation of inventors and engineers.

In February of 1992, Mr. Langevin allied himself with Mr. Shulyak and helped to edit The Art of Inventing, the precursor to "And Suddenly the Inventor Appeared". He also assisted Mr. Shulyak in preparing presentations to various groups. He has studied Systematic Innovation, TRIZ, under the guidance of Mr. Shulyak, a TRIZ Master.

In 1998, Mr. Langevin became a Founder of the Altshuller Institute (AI). He continues to perform the administration and management of AI as the Executive Director and Treasurer.

In 1999, Mr. Langevin became the President of Technical Innovation Center, Inc. in charge of Administration, Training and Finance. He also continued teaching Systematic Innovation to corporate clients and developing new course material.

In 2004, Mr. Langevin became the CEO and principle owner of Technical Innovation Center Inc. His primary responsibilities included Administration, Finance, Marketing, Training and Product Development.

Currently, Technical Innovation Center has 5 books published on TRIZ methodology. The last book published was a TRIZ based science fiction book, "Ballad of the Stars" that was released in August 2006. There are several new books under development that could be used by middle and high school students to learn and practice TRIZ.

Inside TRIZ

Quantifying the TRIZ Levels of Invention

Inside TRIZ


navneet bhushanQuantifying the TRIZ Levels of Invention

A tool to estimate the strength and life of a Patent

TRIZ (Theory of Inventive Problem Solving) classifies inventions into five novelty levels. At level 1 are slight modifications of the existing systems.  At level 2 are those inventions that resolve a system conflict or contradiction using usually inventive solution or inventive principle used to solve similar problems in other systems.    At level 3, the inventions change one subsystem or resolve the system conflicts in a fundamental way. At level 4, the invention gives birth to new systems using interdisciplinary approaches. The level 5 inventions are closer to a recently discovered scientific phenomenon. See article for a complete discussion.



TRIZ Features

Alexander Selutsky

TRIZ Feature

Alexander Selyutsky - a key figure in the history of TRIZ!

Alexander Selyutsky

Selyutsky Alexander Borisovich was born April 6, 1933 to an intelligent Jewish family residing in Leningrad. During the World War II the plant where his father was working was evacuated to the Urals, and the family (the parents and Alexander) moved to Chelyabinsk. Here, Alexander graduated from high school. He wanted to go to a military school, but didn’t pass vision test and entered the Chelyabinsk Polytechnic Institute. In his first year he was forced to learn boxing (because of frequent anti-Semitic attacks) and became a Komsomol activist.

After graduation, he was sent to Petrozavodsk Onega tractor plant, where he worked as a designer. He continued leading a very active social life, organized and led voluntary militia patrolling the streets of the city because the situation was very criminal. In the search for more satisfying work he became interested in patenting, completed appropriate courses and became a patent agent.

In 1960, Alexander married Dolly Naumovna Audleys, and had a daughter Alla in 1961. The same year G.S Altshuller published a book " “Learn how to invent"[1] . After reading this book in 1965 Selyutsky wrote a letter to Altshuller. This letter started their acquaintance by correspondence. Since then, Alexander became one of the most dedicated Altshuller’s disciples and an active promoter of the emerging new science.

They finally met in 1968 in Dzintary (near Riga), at the seminar organized by the Central Board of VOIR (state leading inventors’ and innovators’ society) that invited Altshuller and several of his associates. It was the first time that Alexander and others got a chance to work under the direct guidance of Altshuller and to learn from him. Later, in 1983, Alexander participated as one of the instructors in the seminar conducted by G.S. Altshuller in Moscow at the Institute for continuous education for chemical and petroleum industries.

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