BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo will offer a new
certification course this fall for professionals engaged in
developing new products and services.
The course, dubbed the Knowledge-Driven New Product Development
(KD-NPD) certification program, is targeted at engineering
managers, designers, department supervisors, senior managers,
presidents and people who want to better leverage information
technology to support product development.
The course, which aims to enable future innovation, will be
offered through UB TCIE and the New York State Center for
Engineering Design and Industrial Innovation (NYSCEDII). Both are
part of UB's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
"Each stage of new product development generates large amounts
of new information and knowledge," said Andrew Olewnik, PhD,
NYSCEDII research associate. "Retaining that knowledge for
integration in future developments requires a vision for
implementing knowledge-driven new product development."
Olewnik, who develops and implements product development
processes for industry, will facilitate the course with Kenneth
English, PhD, deputy director at NYSCEDII. English has specialized
in researching and implementing information technology in
engineering design for more than a decade.
The course will be held on three consecutive Wednesdays -- Sept.
12, 19 and 26 -- from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at UB's Baird Research Park,
1576 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.
It will focus on three elements: measuring innovation,
information technology-enabled design, and systems-level thinking.
Participants will explore the concepts through group breakout
sessions and activities. They also will develop a vision statement
for their own firm that will be reviewed during a one-on-one
session with the instructors after the September classes.
Instructors will certify the participants after their feedback is
integrated into the statement.
For more information or to register, contact Kerry Lynch at
716-645-8840 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please register by Sept.
TCIE is Western New York's bridge to excellence. It provides a
dynamic link between UB's expert resources and the region's
business community. Its core focus on operational excellence drives
continuous improvement, and its engineering solutions ignite
innovation and technological advancement. For more information on
how TCIE can assist Western New York businesses, go to http://www.tcie.buffalo.edu
or call 716-645-8800.
NYSCEDII was established in 2000 at UB as a major center for
engineering design to provide companies throughout New York State
with a significant competitive advantage in high-tech product
development. Its mission is to develop next-generation design,
manufacturing, product and process development tools that best
exploit new information, visualization, and simulation technologies
for the benefit of the industrial base of New York State.