Center for Engineering Innovation Kickoff in the News

October 31, 2013

The Center for Engineering Innovation kicked off on Thursday, October 17, 2014 with opening remarks and reception, followed by “speed dating” sessions. Approximately 50 people attended the opening remarks, while 80 people dropped by the event co-hosted by the U’s Center for Medical Innovation. The Center was pleased to host a kickoff reception where people could mingle and network with each other regarding their engineering and entrepreneurial ideas in the atrium, auditorium and adjacent conference rooms of the Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building on the University of Utah Campus.


Thomas Lee of Process Agency and Steve Peterson of NanoLife meet with University of Utah product development engineer Rohit Sharma during a “speed-dating” event that paired inventors and companies with university engineers who can help develop them into products. Courtesy Dan Hixon


The Center is pleased that  reporter Madeleine Brown and photographer Kristin Murphy from the Deseret News took interest in the event. Also, the Salt Lake Tribune reported on the story as well as the University’s paper, the Daily Utah Chronicle.


Dr. John Langell, Director of the Center for Medical Innovation gives remarks. Courtesy Kristin Murphy / Deseret News

During the reception, several inventors and venture capitalists signed up for impromptu  meetings or “speed dates” with our engineers. Ideas were immediately vetted for mutual interest and resulting collaborations have already begun.