Emerging technology focus of conference

Aug 29, 2005

Four Kettering faculty will share their collective supply chain expertise at the Michigan Technology Conference in Detroit Sept. 8.

Four Kettering faculty will participate as a Business Builder sponsor and a Technology Showcase exhibitor in the Michigan Technology Conference (MTC) "Innovate, Integrate, Imagine" Sept. 8 at the Ford Conference and Event Center in Detroit.

The conference is designed to help businesses across Michigan and the Midwest review solutions for cross-industry disruptive and pervasive applications through collaborative technologies. Participants will explore innovative trends shaping emerging industry, to celebrate Michigan technology leadership and to find opportunities for leveraging ideas from university and industry research.

The Kettering University Technology showcase exhibit will focus on four interrelated collaboration themes presented in 'on-line' active demonstrations and discussions highlighting collaborative research, consultancy, and educational capabilities available through Kettering.

Kettering representatives are: Dr. Kenneth Morrison, associate professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Sanjukta E. Patro, assistant professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, and Michael Sanders, assistant professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, and Dr. Charles W. White, associate professor of Business.

"Our four Enterprise Collaboration themes involve a multi-tier supply chain management decision support simulation, real time supply chain collaboration, global classmates, and enterprise multi-functional process collaboration," said White, with particular focus on how these efforts represent a coming wave of integration within and among enterprises in a global supply chain.

The Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department has been teaching supply chain concepts to students for several years, according to White. The earliest research efforts involved mathematical optimization of the supply chain costs, with more recent work featuring an ARENA simulation/animation model. Theconstruction of this model was unique to Kettering research 18 months ago.





The conference is sponsored by the Detroit Regional Chamber, Automation Alley and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. to help technology businesses in Michigan review disruptive and pervasive technology solutions cross-industry, and look at innovative trends shaping emerging industry and find opportunities to leverage ideas from university and industry research.

Sessions include: Scott Anthony, of Innosight, co-author with Clayton Christensen of "Seeing what's next: Using the theories of innovation to predict industry change."

Evan I. Schwartz, author of "Juice: The creative fuel that drives world class inventors."

  • Local and national experts will provide insight on:
  • RFID: the existing and future advantages and challenges
  • New ways to integrate technology into your business plan
  • The future of technology and integrated transportation
  • Thinking like an entrepreneur
  • Uncovering university/industry partnerships
  • Financing a start-up

For more information, call 1-866-MBR-LINE or visit www.detroitchamber.com.