This summer we lost our friend and colleague, Professor Lois Peters, who passed away suddenly. Not only was her death a shock, but leaves such a gaping hole. She was a major force behind the Radical Innovation Research Program at RPI, a wonderful professor of innovation, a prodigious intellect, and just plain fun to work with. She was a true partner.
Over the years, Lois and I began hosting a number of visiting faculty and post-docs. She worked with them more closely than I have, but now I have the bittersweet pleasure of taking that up. This year we have hosted scholars from Australia, Denmark, and Japan. Last year, we hosted from Denmark and Australia as well as a Professor from University of Sao Paolo, Brazil, and are making plans for his former student to complete a post-doc with us in the next year. I sat on the Ph.D committee of a student from Canada recently as well.
Everyone is interested in breakthrough innovation. We’re making progress on many issues, and now we have an opportunity to learn about the global differences in our approaches to managing it. Again, it’s time to set up these functions in companies. We have a small but growing supply of educated students, a much better understanding of how to make it happen, and the need to implement what we know.
Lois….you would be so proud.