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02-12-2007

Clarkson Announces iTEAM Challenge

Clarkson's nationally ranked program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the School of Business announced this week the first annual iTEAM Challenge; a cross-disciplinary approach to moving an innovation from concept to commercialization.

The challenge requires student teams consisting of a minimum of three members with at least one student representing Clarkson's renowned majors in business, engineering and liberal arts to, in its inaugural project, design a pond/backyard ice rink resurfacing machine that is both affordable and marketable.

"Clarkson recognizes the fact that our students are intellectually creative and collaboration elevates creative outcomes," says Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Marc Compeau adding, "This challenge is intended to harness the collective energy and abilities of students campus-wide to become engaged in the process of innovation by propelling a creative concept to the marketplace utilizing the resources of the university."

"The School of Business can play a pivotal role in fostering a cross-disciplinary team approach to technology transfer," notes Dean Timothy F. Sugrue of the intent of the challenge as part of the school's strategic programming goals. He says engineering and innovation students at Clarkson are immersed in cutting-edge design and product development, but often don't know where to go next after the prototype has been proven successful. At the same time, he notes, business students who exhibit entrepreneurial aptitudes are looking for ideas they can introduce to the global market by developing new ventures.

"The program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship has an obligation to the Clarkson community, given its emphasis on launching technology-based ventures, to promote the iTEAM approach that is being utilized successfully in major corporations to spur innovation. "We have made this emphasis of internal collaboration a priority," says Compeau, who says the Innovation and Entrepreneurship program will be introducing a number of new initiatives, in addition to the iTEAM Challenge, that focus on campus-initiated technology transfer using collaborative models in the coming months.

For more information on Clarkson's iTEAM Challenge, including a project description, please contact Assistant Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Courtney Johnson-Woods at 315-268-3995 or email:cwoods@clarkson.edu.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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