The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People in R and D-Daniel Grupp, Ph.D.-03/29/2011 - 8:30am

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Event Topic: 
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People in R and D
Event Date: 
03/29/2011 - 8:30am
Event Location: 
Sunnyvale City Council Chambers, 456 West Olive Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA
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Event Speaker: 
Daniel Grupp, Ph.D.
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Event Speaker Company: 
Procept Corp.
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Dan has more than 25 years of experience in R&D. His career has covered topics from power electronics, to nanotechnology, to superconductivity, to medical devices. Recently, he was Vice President of Research and Development at Procept Corporation. There, he led a team to build a complex multi-system robotic surgical tool for minimally invasive transurethral treatment of BPH. The team moved the project from bench-top proof-of-concept to full-scale prototype in under six months. The prototype was used in successful animal trials. Prior to Procept, Dan was a Visiting Scholar at Stanford, where he started a company based on his invention of a transistor for the future of digital computing. “When it says Intel Inside,” he says, “we are going to be what’s inside Intel.” Dan sold his company to Acorn Technologies, where he served as Director of Device Development. He negotiated a deal with SEMATECH where the technology is now under codevelopment. Dan has a PhD in nanotechnology physics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in physics from Cornell. He also had a solo show of his sculptures in 2009 at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

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The presentation will focus on principles and habits that make one effective in R&D career.

Research and development is an adventure into the unknown. As engineers, what is not unknown is that we need to produce results by all-to-well-known deadlines. Yet often projects with promising technologies fail to achieve their goals. There can be many factors from team dynamics to limited funding as the root cause. It may also be the methodology of doing the R&D itself that is the gating factor. In this seminar, I will identify seven key principles to R&D that minimize risk and increase productivity. They are all simple, and likely familiar to experienced engineers, but without being clearly defined, they may not always be kept in mind when making decisions. For example, we all know that walking a tightrope is a high-risk proposition. Yet how often have we walked tightropes in our engineering, requiring everything to be tuned just perfectly for it to work? Of course, we can all tell success stories, but these are heroic events that are rare, and don’t lead to a productive career—especially for tightrope walkers. People who are successful over the long term know, “Never walk a tightrope”. Applying this principle and six others regularly and consciously can yield dramatic improvements in getting things done in R&D.