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Educating for Innovation Symposium on October 2

September 24, 2007

Educating for Innovation Symposium

October 2 at UNM Student Union Building

Innovation – not only is it the key to overcoming increasing global competition, but it’s crucial in solving large-scale world problems. The University of New Mexico is hosting a symposium, Educating for Innovation: Connecting UNM to the World’s Challenges, to present ideas from national keynote speakers and regional leaders about how to strengthen the culture of innovation and educate students to be able to innovate. The symposium is sponsored by the UNM School of Engineering, UNM Anderson School of Management, Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, Mesa Del Sol, Albuquerque Economic Development and STC.UNM.

Educating for Innovation will be held on Tuesday, October 2 at the University of New Mexico Student Union Building Ballrooms A and B. Senator Bingaman and Senator Domenici are the honorary symposium co-chairs and have played key leadership roles in raising the awareness of threats to US competitiveness, the importance of innovation, the necessity of re-invigorating investment in research, and, in particular, the imperative of transforming education. Multiple reports, particularly the National Academy of Engineering's Rising Above the Gathering Storm, have emphasized that transformational changes are needed in higher education, particularly in mathematics, science, engineering, and business.

In the morning session (9:00 am – 11:45 am), Dr. R. Keith Sawyer, Professor of Psychology and Education at Washington University in St. Louis will present, “Creativity, Innovation and the New Sciences of Learning.” Dr. Sawyer’s talk will be followed by a panel discussion that includes Duane Dimos (Sandia), Francis Edwards (Anderson Foundation Board Member), Suleiman Kassicieh (Anderson School of Management), Vera John-Steiner (UNM), and Trevor Loy (Flywheel Ventures).

In the afternoon session (1:45 pm – 4:15 pm), Robert W. Galvin, retired chairman of Motorola, will present “Three Major Innovative Strategies to Create Wealth and Solve World Problems.” This talk will be introduced by UNM President David R. Schmidly and will be followed by a panel discussion that includes Terri Cole (Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce), Mike Daly (Mesa del Sol), Ned Godshall (Altela Inc.), Lisa Kuuttila (STC.UNM), Jack McGowan (Energy Control, Inc.) and Jeff Sterba (PNM).

The symposium is part of a series of events marking the inauguration of UNM President David Schmidly. It is open to the public and is free of charge to all participants. Parking will be available in the structure adjacent the SUB. Parking and seating are limited, so please arrive early. For more information go to or call the UNM School of Engineering Dean’s Office at 505-277-5521.


The Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico is dedicated to excellence in professional management education. At the Anderson School, faculty, staff, and students are committed to shaping the intellect and character of the next generation of business leaders, advancing the knowledge and practice of management, promoting economic development, and building a vibrant intellectual community that serves the highest and best interests of all our stakeholders.

The School was founded in 1947 and now offers more than a dozen concentrations at the BBA and MBA levels and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in the top 20% of business schools in the nation. The School is funded by the State of New Mexico and further support is generated by The Anderson School of Management Foundation. For more information, the public can visit, email, or call (505) 277-6471.