Disruptive Innovation at the Cutting Edge: the Impact Series

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Today we have a post by guest author, Benjamin Seifried. An expert and an experienced writer in the field of innovation, Seifried is an editor for PreScouter Journal.

The Impact Series by PreScouter presents a panel of researchers at the cutting edge of innovation discussing the impact of emerging technologies and research and development projects. Moderated by Kelly Gibbs, the panel was filmed at Chicago’s start-up hub 1871, located in downtown Chicago on March 15th.

The series focuses on the power of disruptive innovations and how they are reshaping the competitive landscape. “You’re not going to be able to maintain a sustained competitive advantage with one particular product,” stated Christopher Westland, Professor of Information & Decision Sciences at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Christopher has extensive professional experience in the US as a certified public accountant and as a risk, valuation and technology consultant in the US, Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Scholars discuss the purpose of their research and what drives the motivation to their discoveries. “Ultimately its about what you’re doing for people,” Ashish mentioned when asked how monetization comes into play for an academic. Ashish is the Chief Scientist at PreScouter. He completed his PhD in Chemistry at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University, focusing his research on designing nanoscale architectures, molecular electronics, molecular memory and organic solar materials.

Daniel Eichelsdoerfer agreed with Ashish adding, “It can be dangerous for academics to only focus on monetization…the whole purpose of academia is to generate ideas…” Dan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Chemistry Department at Northwestern University, where he is focusing his research on nano-fabrication with soft and flexible materials. Prior to entering graduate school, Dan was a software developer at Microsoft and a woodland firefighter in Eastern Oregon.

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