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November, 2015 Newsletter







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The Community Monthly Newsletter, Nov. ’15


Did you know that November 2 is the only date on which two US presidents were born: Warren Harding and James Polk? Just a little bit of history fun to share at the dinner table. Another topic of discussion you can share is all of the news we have to share with you for the month of November! 

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As always, please  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

The Second IIR Focus Group was Great!

We recently held our second IIR Focus Group and focused on Job Searching (something we can all relate to or are in the process of doing). Check out our blog on the event to find out what problems we were facing and what solutions we came up with! Make sure you RSVP to for the next IIR Focus Group. 


We are switching from SocialCast to Google Docs! 

To better improve the IIR collaboration on Market Discovery Challenges, we are switching tools from SocialCast to Google Docs. This transition will simplify interaction between our IIRs and will allow for more direct engagement with the client decks. For further input or feedback feel free to reach out to


Maybe you missed our blog on Job Searching… 

TSL recently held our second IIR Focus group on Job Searching and we were able to share our questions, concerns, advice, and external references with each other. Read about some of the things we discussed plus more tips and tools in our blog! Also check out our padlet page we used to compile all of our ideas! Be on the lookout for our next IIR Focus group and meet other IIRs and get to know the TSL team better, while of course sharing useful information. 

***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 Biotech for Dental Care

Lead Catalyst: Divya
IIRs: Anuhya, Isabella, Edward, Prashi
Summary: The SearchLite is conducting a Customer Validation for Click Care LLC on behalf of Michigan Pediatric Device Consortium (MPED). Click Care LLC has developed an ultrasonic, battery-powered smart toothbrush called “LifeBrush” that can sense where the toothbrush head is in a user’s mouth plus an app that provides feedback to the user thus improve toothbrushing compliance. 


Industrial Safety Solutions

Lead Catalyst: Scott and Ksenia 
IIRs: Ajith, Prianca, Sofiane (If you would like to join the project please contact Ksenia or Scott
Summary: Industrial machine intelligence is progressing at an exponential rate, but how safe is it? The SearchLite is conducting a Market Discovery Challenge for our client in the market domain of pneumatic safety products. Our client is exploring the next generation of “lock-out, tag-out” safety equipment within the fast growing market domain of factory automation. The information TSL collects on best-fit market applications and value proposition, as well as the target market dynamics will be used to inform new product development planning and direction for our clients safety products initiative. 

News and Events: 

Stay up to date on TSL’s latest news!


TSL will hold a Catalyst training session on Dec. 6th

Are you interested in becoming a team lead or a catalyst? Then our training sessions may be something you should consider! This will be our first ever catalyst training course and we hope to continue holding the training sessions every quarter. Our first attendees will be Qi Zhang, Hui Yang, and Samaya Krishnan. The sessions will be held online so you do not have to worry about being onsite for the event! Please contact if you are interested!   


TSL Welcomes our new IIRs!  

We would like to welcome our new IIRs: Satish Kumar, Supriya Sinha, and Ushma Doshi to the program! We look forward to working with you. Please join us in welcoming them and say hello if you have the opportunity.


Thank you Divya for all of your hard work and contributions!

Divya Patil, one of our Lead Catalysts, will be leaving The SearchLite for her sabbatical. We will miss her greatly and truly appreciate all of the contributions she has made during her stay with TSL. We look forward to her return and wish her the best during her leave. Thank you Divya!


Don’t Miss the Upcoming Events! 

Community Building Workshop will be held @ Michigan State


Scott, Visha, and MJ will head to MSU to kickoff a workshop on how to grow the IIR community at MSU on Tuesday December 8th! TSL has become a familiar name at MSU through connections with the college of engineering and has maintained career development interactions with MSU college of engineering and the career services department. Through this event we hope to discuss how we can further spread awareness of our IIR Program and connect with MSU students. Our contact at the career services department is Julia McAnallen, Graduate Career Services Coordinator, and at the college of engineering our contact is Katy Colbry, Director for Graduate Initiatives in the college of engineering. For more information contact 


Survey 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… 


“Anuhya is a quick learner and always enthusiastic to develop new skills. Her posts are meticulously summarized making them very easy for further synthesis, a quality we are always looking for IIRs to develop. She is also an active participant in the weekly project discussions and has good inputs.” 

– Divya

“My experience at TSL has been fantastic so far. I got to work on projects from diverse fields such as Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering and Medical Devices. These projects have helped me develop an understanding of situation/working/challenges of industries outside my area of expertise. Working with TSL has been a platform for me to develop the skills needed to thrive in a non-academic career and an opportunity to separate myself from peers. I truly appreciate everything TSL does to improve the overall learning process by constant mentoring and providing access to several books, online learning materials. I look forward to working on may more projects.” 

– Anuhya

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