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Inventors Workshop Features Dynamic Speakers, Panel Discussions

Inventors Workshop Features Dynamic Speakers, Panel Discussions

SOCORRO, N.M. – New Mexico Tech is hosting the Second Annual NMT Inventors and Entrepreneurs Workshop on Friday and Saturday, April 7 and 8, in the Fidel Center on campus.

The workshop features keynote speakers and panel discussions geared toward helping inventors commercialize their intellectual property. The event culminates with the “Wolves Den,” similar to the TV show “The Shark Tank,” in which inventors compete for funding from investors.

Conference co-organizer Dr. Peter Anselmo said the consensus opinion about last year's workshop was that both the mix of content and the distinguished people presenting that content made for the best event of its kind in the state. Further, the lineup of speakers and panelists is even more impressive this year. Faculty, staff, students, and local residents are encouraged to attend and participate in this very worthwhile workshop. For more information, the event website is management.nmt.edu/invent/, or contact Dr. Anselmo at peter.anselmo@nmt.edu with questions.

In addition to the main workshop, Tech is hosting a special presentation by patent attorney Dr. Craig Kenesky of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati. Kenesky will share a short presentation on intellectual property, followed by an informal Q&A session on intellectual property, with faculty and other interested people. The session is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, April 7, in Brown Hall 201. This presentation is intended for anyone in the campus community (faculty, students, and staff) interested in learning about intellectual property and technology commercialization. Dr. Kenesky has been working with a number of NMT campus researchers, and he is therefore familiar with Tech. His firm is also a Gold Sponsor for this Friday and Saturday’s 2017 NMT Inventors and Entrepreneurs Workshop.

Anselmo said the Wolves Den will feature five inventors pitching their concepts. The presenters include one Tech student, one Tech alumnus, a team from Luna Community College, and two outside inventors. The Wolves Den will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and is sponsored by the Kaufman Foundation of Kansas City.

The lineup of speakers is a dynamic list of individuals who have established exceptional careers in entrepreneurship and successful business start-ups. The keynote speakers include the following:

$1n  Dr. Raul Deju, NMT alumnus, senior partner of Brightstar Capital Partners, founder of numerous companies, and author of “We Got Mojo”;

$1n  Gordon Moore, NMT alumnus and president of Lectrosonics in Albuquerque, which won an Oscar for technology;

$1n  Jim Healy, founder and CEO of Northwest Bio

The workshop also features several “New Mexico Success Stories.” Business people from around the state will tell their stories of how their companies became successful. Those speakers:

$1n  Dr. Frank Etscorn, NMT professor and inventor of the nicotine patch

$1n  David Gonzales, NMT alumnus, president/COO of Bison Oil and Gas, and co-founder of Drillnomics

$1n  Mark McCausland, president and CEO of Ultramain Systems Inc.

$1n  Dr. Srinivas Mukkamala, NMT alumnus and CEO of RiskSense Inc. (formerly CAaNES)

$1n  Dr. Waneta Tuttle, president and CEO of Southwest Medical Ventures

The panel discussions feature heavyweights in the world of commerce, investing, and other areas related to intellectual property. For a complete list of the panelists, go to management.nmt.edu/invent/. The discussion topics are as follows:

$1n  “How do you know when/if you have a great idea?”, 1:45 p.m. Friday

$1n  “Making a dream come true: From idea to product,” 4 p.m. Friday

$1n  “Creating your own future,” 9:30 a.m. Saturday

New Mexico Tech president Dr. Stephen Wells will open the workshop at noon Friday, with a talk on “Creativity and Community.” Event co-organizer Dr. Lawrence J. Udell will serve as emcee and offer a welcoming talk. Udell is the chairman of the Licensing Executives Society in Silicon Valley.

Participants will also be treated to special presentations interspersed through the day in between the panel discussions and keynotes. Mollybeth Kocialski, the regional director of the Rocky Mountain USPTO, will talk on Friday. John Garcia of the Small Business Administration in Albuquerque will speak on Saturday.

Registration is open until the event kicks off. Students can register for $25; seniors, military servicemen, veterans, and those with special needs can register for $45; all others are $125 at the door. Registration covers a Western barbecue on Friday evening, as well as sack lunches both days.

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