Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard Launches Innovation Program; Selects 2004 Innovation Fellows.



Business Editors/High-Tech Writers

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 5, 2004

Altran Technologies and Arthur D. Little provide lead sponsorship

The Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH) in the University's Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences (DEAS) has established an interdisciplinary Program on Innovation in Science and Engineering with lead sponsorship from Altran Technologies and Arthur D. Little. The program stems from two years of prior teaching and collaboration between members of DEAS, Altran, and its affiliate company, Synectics, Inc., forming the first program of its kind to investigate and foster innovation from within a school of engineering and applied sciences.

"This is a visionary collaboration that will greatly enhance the Division's role in integrating science and technology for society," stated Venkatesh Narayanamurti, Dean of DEAS and Dean of Physical Sciences at Harvard University. "I am grateful for Michel Friedlander's insightful leadership of Altran and Arthur D. Little in promoting scientific and technological innovation globally, which resulted in support of this important endeavor."

Altran Technologies is an international consulting company headquartered in Paris, France. They are pioneers in the field of innovation consultancy, providing the entire range of engineering and consulting specialties, from physical sciences to electronics and information technology, from industrial systems engineering to strategic and management consulting. Arthur D. Little is the world's first management consulting firm, founded 1886 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. They are renowned leading-edge innovators, combining industry knowledge, functional experience, and technology skills to help clients around the world. Altran also operates a Foundation for Innovation, which has an annual competition and a prize for the development of innovation benefiting the general public.

Altran and Arthur D. Little, led by CEO Michel Friedlander, will contribute funding and services to the program over the next five years, as well as engage Innovation Fellows with winners of the Foundation's prestigious international annual innovation award and their team of Altran advisors.

"This is a tremendous opportunity to work with some of the best interdisciplinary researchers and students in the world," Friedlander said. "Providing scientists and engineers with the knowledge, experience, and skills to create innovations fits perfectly with the missions of Altran and the Foundation."

Key elements of the program include expanding existing endeavors, such as the Innovation in Science and Engineering course - developed in 2003 by David Weitz, Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics and Professor of Physics and Thomas C. Esselman, CTO, Altran Technologies, with help from Paul Bottino, TECH's Executive Director - and supporting a host of new endeavors. Through collaboration with Rick Harriman at Synectics, TECH will now be able to offer the same professional level team dynamic and innovation training given in the course to a wide range of research and other inventive academic groups.

"This is a great addition to the TECH program and our efforts to advance the understanding and practice of translating science and technology into societal benefit," Bottino said. TECH was founded on the belief that boundaries -- between disciplines, people, organizations, and ideas -- need to be crossed continually to create science and technology-based innovations. "I'm excited about expanding the impact of the work Professor Weitz, Dr. Esselman, and Rick Harriman have done with our students because we've seen that it can make a real difference in the labs where innovations are being conceived," Bottino added.

The official kickoff of the program took place at the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences on April 29, 2004. During the ceremony, Marissa R. Olson and David S. Ricketts were named the inaugural Innovation Fellows for 2004. Both are pursuing their doctorates in DEAS; in applied physics, Olson is conducting optoelectronic device research; and in electrical engineering, Ricketts is investigating soliton electronics. In June, they will travel to Paris, France where the eighth annual Altran Foundation award will be given to an innovator on the theme of discovering, understanding and enjoying science through innovation.

"We have two excellent fellows to initiate the program and I am looking forward to working with them," said Esselman. "They each will make a significant contribution to understanding the complexities, creative elements, and challenges surrounding innovation. I am also excited about extending our relationship with Harvard, a place that has long valued creativity and collaboration."

About the Harvard Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences

The Harvard Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences (DEAS) is dedicated to the pursuit of interdisciplinary education and research in science and technology. To learn more visit www.deas.harvard.edu.

About the Technology and Entrepreneurship Program at Harvard (TECH)

The Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard's (TECH) mission is to advance the understanding and practice of translating science and technology into societal benefit. To learn more visit http://www.deas.harvard.edu/tech/.

About Altran Technologies

Altran Technologies is an innovation consultancy made up of 16,000 consultants around the world. They are pioneers in the field of innovation consulting, providing the entire range of engineering and consulting specialties. For more information, see http://www.altran.net

About Arthur D. Little

Formed in 1886, Arthur D. Little provides consulting at the intersection of business and technology. They are renowned leading-edge innovators, combining industry knowledge, functional experience, and technology skills to help clients around the world. For more information, visit http://www.adl.com

About the Altran Foundation for Innovation

The Altran Foundation for Innovation was created in 1996 with the purpose of promoting scientific and technological innovation benefiting the general public. For more information, visit http://www.fondation-altran.org/.

About Synectics, Inc.

Since 1960, Synectics, Inc. has helped organizations generate, qualify, and execute breakthrough solutions addressing an array of their most critical challenges. For more information, visit http://www.synecticsworld.com.

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