University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of EngineeringOnline: Summer 2011
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"Be flexible. Take Risks."
Blair presents in MME’s Pierson Lecture Series

After earning his bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering and psychology at UNL, Kim Blair gained his M.S. and Ph.D. at Purdue University, then trained with NASA and became founding director of MIT’s Center for Sports Innovation.

An Ironman triathlete, Blair is vice president of Cooper Perkins, a technology development and product engineering consulting firm specializing in highly integrated electromechanical systems. He returned to Nebraska in September to speak on "Disciplines of Technology Development and Product Design" with several audiences including Nebraska Engineering students.

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After visiting the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, he discussed how converting learnings from research into commercially viable projects requires successfully “crossing the chasm,” where so many technologies die. Key to the successful development of new products, Blair said, is process focused on reducing risk by simultaneously addressing questions about business viability as well as technological feasibility.

Blair, who earned an Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Nebraska in 2005, advised students to pursue interdisciplinary studies, especially the combination of business with science.

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At the 16th annual UNL College of Engineering Alumni & Friends Golf Scramble at Lincoln's Firethorn Golf Club on Oct. 3, "Team NPPD" included Dallas Beshaler and Dan Weyer, and electrical engineering seniors Chad Briley and Matt Waid. The event's organizer, HDR's Gretchen Dolson, P.E. thanks all participants; funds raised support Nebraska Engineering scholarships.


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