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Thinking Outside Your Paradigm: How Engineer-Entrepreneurs Problem Solve
Tue, April 4, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT
Have an Idea Let’s Talk – Join us at the next IEEE Start-Up Mixer Program
Free Drinks & Pizza: 6:00pm
Interactive Session: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Facilitator / Presenter: Wes Holser
Thinking Outside Your Paradigm – Find out how engineer-entrepreneurs problem solve, design new solutions and invent.
The Theory of Solving Inventive Problems (TRIZ) was conceived by Genrich Altshuller. TRIZ encompasses 40 design principles, wherein Altshuller concluded that there are about 1,500 contradictions that can be resolved relatively easily by applying fundamental engineering principles. In 1969 he published a book entitled Algorithm of Inventing. In this book, TRIZ is revealed as a key component of innovation and invention and as such elucidates the technological reality of transforming a Startup Tech business. The TRIZ methodology provides a tool set, knowledge base, and model-based technology for generating innovative ideas and solutions. TRIZ natural affinity for problem solving relative to technology will be explored in this highly interactive session.
TRIZ expands approaches developed in system engineering and provides tools and systemic methods for use in problem formulation, system analysis, failure analysis, and patterns of system evolution (both 'as-is' and 'could be'). TRIZ, in contrast to techniques such as brainstorming (which is based on random idea generation), aims to create an algorithmic approach to the invention of new systems, and the refinement of old systems (Altshuller, 2000).
TRIZ will be presented by Wes Holser, former Director of Engineering with the US Navy. He will kick off our conversation and highlight simple but important steps you can take to improve the probability of success in your new venture.
About the Speaker
Wes Holser is a Senior Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and currently serves as the Mechatronics Program Manager for the Ventura County Innovates Grant program. He has been a Guest Lecturer at Naval Postgraduate School on Systems Engineering Methods. Wes has served in several executive level positions with the US Navy, including Director of Engineering and Acting Deputy Technical Director of the Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division. He has author / co-author on textbooks, numerous point papers, symposium presentations and journal articles on a variety of technical topics. He holds MS Systems Engineering, an MBA – California Lutheran University, BS Computer Science – California Lutheran University and a BS Nuclear Engineering – University of California, Santa Barbara. Wes is also a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.