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Innovation for Impact

Monday, March 08, 2021
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm


Innovators aren’t successful because they come up with new ideas; they’re successful because they’ve learned how to identify problems and pioneer high-impact solutions to real problems. In short, they create value—something that brings needed change in society. WPI prides itself on teamwork and collaboration, breaking down silos and barriers to move forward the great ideas that will make a positive impact in the world. 

This event celebrates successes from three students and one alumni who have benefited from WPI's ecosystem for impact makers and value creators, including the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E) and the Curtis and Dudley Carlson Value Creation Initiative.

Join us for this student and alumni panel facilitated by Curtis Abel, Executive Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, ad interim, and with a keynote from Curt Carlson '67 ’06 (Hon.) whose leadership across his career has transformed world-changing ideas into millions of dollars of marketplace value. You’ll learn how WPI’s robust value creation and I&E ecosystem gives students the strategic toolkit needed focus their original ideas until they’ve developed effective solutions the world needs.

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6:30pm - 6:35pm

Welcome Remarks

Wole Soboyejo, Provost and Senior Vice President

6:35pm - 6:45pm

Keynote on Value Creation 

Curt Carlson, '67 ’06 (Hon.)

Throughout his career, Curt was involved in the development of high-definition TV and SIRI for the iPhone4. He is a trusted and sought-after adviser to government leaders and organizations around the world, including the National Science Foundation, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Click here for more on Curt.

6:45pm - 6:55pm

Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Value Creation Initiative Ecosystem 

Curtis Abel, Executive Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, ad interim and Len Polizzotto, Distinguished Executive-in-Residence

6:55pm - 7:25pm

Student / Recent Alumni Panel 

Moderated by: Curtis Abel, Executive Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, ad interim

Panelists: Aaron Birt, Raymond Magambo, Abby O'Sullivan, and Jeremy Trilling









Raymond Magambo-

Raymond is the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tiketi Rafiki, a platform that helps intercity bus travelers in Tanzania to book and purchase their bus tickets directly using their mobile money accounts. The company has devoted its efforts in improving the quality of transportation sector in Tanzania.


Jeremy Trilling- 

From building an electric flying car in a week to co-founding the nation's first completely high school student run community makerspace, Jeremy is passionate about building sustainable transportation and creating communities of makers to take on the world's challenges.


Abby O'Sullivan- 

Abby studies Senior Biomedical Engineering Major with a Minor in Mechanical Engineering at WPI. She is one of the captains of the Field Hockey team and a member of Phi Sigma Sigma. Currently, she is working on my MQP, Green Tech Bandages, developing a 100% biodegradable bandage.


7:25pm - 7:30 pm Closing Remarks

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Innovation and Entrepreneurship


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