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Systemic Innovation Conference

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Deadline for submitting papers for the Systemic Innovation Conference is approaching.  The next Systematic Innovation conference will take place in San Jose, California, USA on July 16~18. We'd like to remind you of the due date of ICSI paper abstract and GCSI project registration will be

March 15, 2014. If you'd like to know more information, please visit the website or see the enclosed: http://www.systematic-innovation.org/icsi/icsi2014/

 ***Authors of Selected papers of ICSI/GCSI will be invited to submit full paper for review and potential publication in either Computers & Industrial Engineering journal (SCI indexed with high impact factor) or the International Journal of Systematic Innovation.

***GCSI is the world only exhibition/competition in the areas of TRIZ and Systematic innovation which not only value results but also the process to generate the innovation. This will be an excellent opportunity for you to showcase your innovation capabilities to the world. Multiple Platinum/Gold/Silver/Bronze medal awards with award up to USD 3,000 and certificates will be awarded to outstanding projects. Total awards of USD 8000 will be available.

***First 50 paid international registrants will be offered a one-day free pre-conference scenic tour of Silicon Valley. Optional Technical Tour will be available to early international registrants until all spots are filled.

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For the International Conference of Systematic Innovation, please see http://www.systematic-innovation.org/icsi/icsi2014/cfp.php

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Biography
I am the academic program manager for quality and a professor in the Malcolm Baldrige School of Business at Post University. I am also a PhD candidate in Human & Organizational Systems at Fielding Graduate University, and I have a Master of Science in Engineering Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, both from the University of Tennessee. Currently I am also serving as the President for The Altshuller Institute for TRIZ Studies.
My work experience includes over 30 years as a quality professional, achieving multiple certifications in the areas of continuous improvement and innovation: Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Design for Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Organizational Climate Practitioner, and TRIZ (Theory of Inventive Problem Solving) Practitioner. I have also served as a judge for the Michigan Quality Award and an Examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award
Academic background includes being an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan, Dearborn campus, where I taught organizational learning and systems thinking; and at Indiana/Purdue’s Fort Wayne campus where I taught undergraduate statistics. I have also taught certification courses for the American Society for Quality Local Chapters for Reliability Engineering and Quality Engineering.
My philosophy of teaching has evolved from these years of experience in the corporate world and affiliations with institutions of higher education. Reflecting on my past experiences, there are three core beliefs that guide my teaching:
1. People have a built in desire to learn

2. People learn their whole lives
3. Responsibility for effective learning belongs equally to both student and teacher
My research and academic interest are focused on continual evolution of the Quality and Innovation disciplines and building core competencies in people and organizations for continual improvement, creativity, and innovation.
On a personal note, I enjoy photography, golf, fly fishing and gardening. I currently live in Plymouth, Michigan with my wife Jo Ellen. We have three daughters with their respective partners and six grandchildren, two boys and four girls. We also are maintaining a home in the Waterbury, CT area, at Post University, as well as our home in Michigan.

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