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May, 2016 Newsletter

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The SearchLite

The Community Monthly Newsletter, May. ’16

Did you know that the first permanent English Settlement in Jamestown, VA was established in May? Although The SearchLite is not founding countries, check out how we are expanding our TSL community in this month’s newsletter!

Interested in who’s already a part of the IIR CommunityCheck out our members!

*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 (csong@thesearchlite.com).

– 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

 

Learn how to be rewarded for your hard work!

The SearchLite launched an Innovator-in-Residence Point Reward System. There are several ways to earn points including referring the IIR Program to new potential recruits and collaborating well as a team to meet a project goal. There are several ways to spend the points you earn like a $50 Amazon Gift Card or a Career Relevant Reimbursement worth $50. Read more about the new system under News and Events to learn about the benefits of the program and how you can get started!

 

The SearchLite goes on a Bio-Based Field Trip to Michigan State University

We wanted to learn more about Bio-Based chemicals as it is a growing industry so we decided to take a field trip to learn from the best. Check out what we learned beyond just what it is, but what is in the future of bio-based chemicals!

***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…

 

L & J

Lead Catalyst: Yewei
 IIRs: Marta, Zhijie, Luyao
Summary: L&J Modular Components develops and designs ergonomic solutions for manufacturing customers to enable their team members engage in material handling to operate in a more efficient, profitable, and safe environment. With their proprietary library of modular components to build ergonomic solutions, they are the lego-erector set of ergo systems. One of the major products of L&J Modular components is clamp, which is used by some of Toyota’s stamping facilities. In order to distinguish itself and gain market share, L&J has invented anew kind of clamp using carbon fiber. It is lighter than traditional steel or aluminum materials and can be used in high-speed transfer production lines. L&J would like to engage The SearchLite to conduct a Market Discovery Challenge to test market needs for carbon fiber clamp and identify potential customers for this new invention.

 

AssemTech, Inc. (ATI)

Lead Catalyst: Prianca
IIRs: Maggie, Peng, Khushboo, Dhanashree, Juliana
Summary: AssemTech, Inc. (ATI) manufactures and assembles quality custom enclosures, machined parts and assemblies, printed circuit boards and wire harnessing. This contract manufacturing company is working with DMAP and would like to engage The SearchLite in developing their market strategy by doing a customer validation for them among system integrators, device/component manufacturers, machine builders and other players int he factory automation industry. This will enable them to develop commercial relationships in the manufacturing and factory automation industry, and have a larger presence specifically in the midwest region.

 

ShapeLog 

Lead Catalyst: Prianca
IIRs: Peng, Agatha, Arasakumar
Summary: ShapeLog is a strength coaching tool that uses accurate, verified data. It can be clipped onto gym equipment to record strength training data in real-time that is both accurate and has a seamless user experience. Strength training in the weight room gets recorded using patent-pending technology, and creates an individualized plan based on performance data. There’s no separate wearable since the strength data gets wirelessly transmitted right next to other data in your Fitbit, Apple, Garmin or Withthings dashboard. For this Market Discovery Challenge, The SearchLite will do a market customer validation for ShapeLog in the Physical Therapy arena. This will enable them to develop their market strategy to physical therapy centers and develop their commercialization plans.



News and Events:

Stay up to date on TSL’s latest news!

TSL Innovators-in-Residence Online Retreat Coming Soon!

online retreat

Save the date because The SearchLite Innovators-in-Residence Online Retreat is coming June 5:00 – 6:30 pm Eastern Time. IIRs and friends from all over the world will join us online! Our Ann Arbor-based IIRs are invited to join us at The SearchLite home base. Games, Crucial Info, and Networking are just a few reasons why this event is a must attend event.
Please RSVP ASAP!!!

TSL launched an IIR Point Reward System

After several months of testing, we finally have launched our IIR Point System. On this IIR Info page you can see everyone’s Total Points, Redeemable Points, and Average Weekly Points.

Here is a break down of each category:

– Total Points

– Redeemable Points

– Average Weekly Points

How do you earn the points?

– Weekly Assessment

– Team Bonus

– IIR Referral

– Bounty Reward

– Spot Award

The next question would be to ask, “How do I redeem my points?” Great question!

Currently, there are 5 ways to redeem your points:

1.  A book from the TSL Book List – 5 Points

2.  $50 Amazon Gift Card – 20 Points

3.  Donate $50 to charity or organization – 20 Points

4.  Transfer $50 to another IIR – 20 Points

5.  Career Relevant Reimbursement of $50 – 20 Points

Click HERE for more information! (Password: TSLIIR)

 

The SearchLite goes on a Bio-Based Field Trip to MSU

We all fill up our tanks with gas on a regular basis and we see 87, 89, and 93, but have you ever noticed that many gas stations provide E-85 fuel, which is supplemented with biomass-derived ethanol; You might have also missed that even plastic bags, paint, printer ink and seat components in our cars are now also made of bio-based chemicals. However, what are bio-based products? We took a field trip to Michigan State University to learn from the best! Check out what we learned HERE in our latest blog.

 

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!  

We are always elated when we are able to say our IIR Community is growing. Please welcome Zhijie Wang and Mary Morgan! Check out their profiles. We look forward to working with you and are excited to see our IIR community expand!

 

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 Spotlight:

An IIR that has gone above and beyond…

“I joined the IIR program with a goal to get an insider’s view of industry work and at the same time obtain more market discovery and problem-solving experiences. Though I am still finishing up my first project as an IIR, the lessons I have learned so far have already benefited me in many ways, such as self-awareness, collaborative mind-sets, and social skills. I especially enjoyed the field trip where I got a chance to sit with different subject matter experts and learned about their needs and concerns. It is fascinating that we can apply the ideas of “get out of the building,” we learned from training materials to real-time business situations and accomplish progress. So far the IIR program has surprised me in many ways and taught me so much more than I originally expected. I cannot wait to start my next project and let the new journey surprise me more!”

– Yan Dong

“Yan has displayed great initiative in this project. She volunteered and accompanied me to an all-day field trip to interview first responders. Having her with me was very helpful as she was able to take down interview notes, make recordings, and ask follow-up questions. She has also secured two interviews with key industry experts, which is a crucial component to the success of our project. We look forward to working with her on upcoming projects and are eager to see her continual progress.”

– Prianca Bhaduri


Innovator-in-Residence Alumni Spotlight:

IIR Alumni… where are they now?

Anuhya Konduru

“While graduate school was instrumental in developing my problem-solving and analytical skills, I could not visualize myself seeking a career in academia. To acquire more industry-relevant experience, I began pursuing my interest in business-development aspect of new technologies. To this end, I volunteered my time as an IIR at TSL. In the past year, I was exposed to the workings of multitude of industries, which further cultivated my interest in business world. For instance, I identified a customer segment for an M&A management software. I also led the development of customer acquisition roadmap for a smart toothbrush technology and a new bill of materials software. It has been an amazing and rewarding experience to be able to make impact on client’s business in real-time. In addition to getting familiarized with the business world lingo, these team-projects also provided an opportunity to develop inter-personal skills, which are highly regarded outside academia. Lastly, I believe that my time at TSL was paramount in molding me as a strong candidate for industry with well–rounded experience in problem-solving, business-development and scientific communication. I will be spending the coming months leveraging my skills to “break into” industry by participating in the “Managing Science in Biotech Industry” workshop held by Keck Graduate Institute in Claremont, CA and “Bridge to BCG” – an advance degree summer workshop held by BCG, here in Atlanta.

– Anuhya Konduru

“Anuhya has worked on several diverse projects at The SearchLite which range from software in manufacturing industry to medical devices. She is good at grasping new subject matter quickly and asks the right questions. She is very eager to learn the business skills and always makes a sincere effort when it comes to the tasks assigned to her. As an IIR, Anu has always been very consistent and has actively participated in projects – a quality that we admire and aspire for all of our IIR community to achieve.”

– Divya Patil

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