IEEE-USA Innovation Forum designed for high-tech professionals

June 09, 2008

WASHINGTON (9 June 2008) -- The conversion of ideas and inventions into useful and affordable products, services and processes spurs economic activity, drives wealth, creates high-paying jobs and improves our standard of living.

The IEEE-USA Innovation Institute, created to help high-tech professionals improve their innovation skills, will host its second Innovation Forum at the Westin Waltham Boston in Waltham, Mass., on 10-12 June.

Unlike programs offered by and for business school graduates, the IEEE-USA Innovation Forum is based on the experience of successful technology innovators.

"Innovation is everything from invention to the final sale," said Dr. Ralph Wyndrum, who serves as Institute president and is a former technology vice president at AT&T Labs. "I have seen the transforming power of innovation throughout my engineering career. Our goal is to help keep innovative thinking alive in the United States."

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from a distinguished faculty, including: Forum attendees will learn to innovate in a team setting and work through real case studies. Group discussions and exercises will focus on:

The event begins on 10 June with an opening-night reception and speakers. The next day includes a full day of teaching and includes breakfast, lunch and breaks. It will conclude with a half-day program that includes breakfast and a morning break.

Current and future leaders from industry, academia and government are among those who should attend. Participants can earn 1.5 CEUs or 10 PDHs. The cost is $795 for IEEE members and $950 for non-members.

For more information and to register, see

Following the forum, all attendees become members of the Institute's online innovation community, which provides access to ongoing, real-time collaboration, discussions, networking and mentoring.

The forum is part of the IEEE-USA Innovation Institute (

"In the global economy, there are but two choices: innovate or evaporate," said IEEE Fellow Norm Augustine, retired chairman and CEO of the Lockheed Martin Corp. and member of the Innovation Institute Advisory Board. "The IEEE-USA Innovation Institute is a leader in assuring that America, its firms and its citizens are among those who do the former - innovate."
IEEE-USA advances the public good and promotes the careers and public policy interests of more than 215,000 engineers, scientists and allied professionals who are U.S. members of the IEEE. IEEE-USA is part of the IEEE, the world's largest technical professional society with 375,000 members in 160 countries. See


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