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January 2016, Newsletter


click The SearchLite The Community Monthly Newsletter, Jan. ’16

It’s already 2016! Happy New Year to you and your family! How are the new year resolutions coming along? Well to help get us started January is National Staying Healthy Month so let’s get motivated and start the year off with a healthy start. In other news, we are excited about the New Year as well and have much to share with you for the month of January!

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*Feel free to forward this newsletter to anyone that might be interested! We would also encourage you to share our monthly newsletters on your social media platforms so that others may become aware of the IIR Community.*

As always, please feel free to come to me with any questions or concerns you may have (

– Christy Song

Table of Contents

In this issue…

i.  News to Know 

ii.  New projects 

iii. News and Events

iv. IIR Spotlight

News to Know

Scott was recently a panelist at the Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship Event! 

Scott was a panelist for “Leveraging Market Research to Success.” Find out what this event was about and who attended here!

Did you know that Hui & Samaya are running their first projects? 

Samaya is the Lead Catalyst for our latest project “Advanced Motion Control,” and Hui is the Lead Catalyst for “Audiar.” Congratulations to the both of you for stepping up! We look forward to seeing all of the progress you make and are excited to continually work with you!

Want to connect with us on Social Media, but not really sure how to?  

Check out this tutorial on how to share and like posts on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. The tutorial also includes examples of text you could get ideas from for your own posts! CLICK HERE! 

***Want to know more about the IIR Program? Check out our IIR Page and fill out the contact form to talk with us!***  

New Projects:

What we’re working on…

Advanced Motion Control

Lead Catalyst: Samaya Krishnan
Team Lead: Ksenia Sharygina-McLean
IIRs: Anuhya Konduru, Yeiwei Xing, Tao Wen, Peng Ni
Summary: Our client is exploring the market needs and requirements for an advanced motion control rotary actuator. Rotary actuators produce rotational motion using hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical or mechanical energy source with applications in mining, energy and chemical industries, to mention a few. The SearchLite is helping our client understand the current industrial needs and trends to channelize their product development efforts. 

News and Events:

Stay up to date on TSL’s latest news!

Scott was recently a panelist at an ACE Entrepreneurial Event

Scott attended the Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship ’16 event on Jan. 26th in Southfield, MI. He was a panelist for “Leveraging Market Research to Success.” He served as an expert in Market Research for guidance in discussing decisions commonly faced by entrepreneurs of all company sizes. Other panelists included Todd Norwood (Founder & President, Intertwine Corporation) and Shelly Stobierski (Manager of Research Services, MMTC). Check out this post for more details about the event!

Need help in engaging with us on social media?

When we stumble upon a post that we think our peers would enjoy or find valuable we often share the information, but it’s not always as easy as it sounds so here is a tutorial on how to share, like, and examples of text you could get ideas from for your own posts! CLICK HERE! 

TSL Welcomes our new IIRs!  

Please welcome Yewei XingTao Wen, Peng Ni, Patrick Long, and Khushboo Rastogi and check out their profiles. We look forward to working with you and are excited to see our IIR community grow!

Don’t Miss the Upcoming Events!

Suvey Reminder

If you have any suggestions or feedback about the IIR program, please take the time to fill this survey out. It will greatly help us improve the program and will give us feedback on what is and is not working. We look forward to receiving your responses!

*** Have more ideas? We are listening. Take the survey HERE so that you too can impact our community for the better! *** 

Course Completion

As all of you know, the Learning Management System is a crucial part of the IIR experience and we strongly encourage our innovators to participate. It is an easy and fast way to become aware of what exactly The SearchLite does and what terminology we are using and why. Several IIRS have shown outstanding performance and have completed all of the courses to date on our new Learning Management System. We applaud you for your achievements!

Innovator-in-Residence Alumni Spotlight:

IIR Alumni… where are they now?

In the Fall of 2014 TSL launched the IIR Program and Wendy Tay became our first IIR in the history of our IIRs. She was actively engaged and a crucial team member during her stay as an innovator and to this day is involved in our projects, as she recently advised The SearchLite on Trends in Life Sciences.

Tay is a member of the technology associates program at Thomson Reuters where she is able to do three 9-month rotations in a variety of business units giving her the opportunity to gain technology and business insight into several aspects of the company from an enterprise level. She spent her first rotation in Eagan, MN, where she worked on big, linked data in the pharmaceutical intellectual property space. She demonstrated the use of interconnected ontologies and graph technology as a way to enhance content value.

Currently, she is in her second rotation in New York City for Thomson Reuters’ financial & risk business. She is the technical product manager of a new, innovative app. She is leading the strategy and implementation for taking the app from an idea to an official, revenue-generating product, using both technology and business knowledge.

Thank you Wendy for all of your contributions to TSL! We look forward to continue working with you in the future and wish you the best of luck with your bright, inspirational career path!

*** For a sneak peek into the type of work Thomson Reuters does check out this list of 10 predictions of innovation in 2025 ***

“This experience helped me to better understand the kinds of considerations a technologist entering a world of business should have and has taught me basic concepts like target markets which I still use today in my work.”

– Wendy

Check out this video on Wendy’s experience as an IIR!

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