Innovation Week: “Innovation as Problem-Solving” keynote and presentation of Faculty Distinguished Research Awards

Kick off the second annual Innovation Week with a keynote presentation by MIT Professor Vladimir Bulović and the honoring of Case Western Reserve University’s Faculty Distinguished Research Awards. The kickoff, which features free lunch and networking time, will be Tuesday, Sept. 26, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Tinkham Veale University Center ballroom. The session also will be livestreamed.

Bulović will present “Innovation as Problem-Solving,” discussing innovative approaches to addressing today’s critical problems.

The event is free and open to the public, but an online RSVP is required.

About the keynote speaker

Vladimir Bulović, the Fariborz Maseeh Professor of Emerging Technology at MIT and the founding director of MIT.nano

He directs the Organic and Nanostructured Electronics Laboratory, co-leads the MIT-Eni Solar Frontiers Center, leads the Tata GridEdge program, and is the founding director of MIT.nano, MIT’s nano-fabrication, nano-characterization, and prototyping facility. He is an author of over 250 research articles (cited over 60,000 times and recognized as the top 1% of the most highly cited in the Web of Science). 

He is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and an inventor of over 120 U.S. patents in areas of light-emitting diodes, lasers, photovoltaics, photodetectors, chemical sensors, programmable memories, and micro-electro machines, the majority of which have been licensed and used by both startup and multinational companies. 

The startup companies Bulović co-founded jointly employ over 350 people, and include Ubiquitous Energy, Inc., developing nanostructured solar technologies; Kateeva, Inc., focused on development of printed electronics; and QD Vision Inc. (acquired in 2016) that produced quantum dot optoelectronic components. Products of these companies have been used by millions. 

Bulović was the first associate dean for innovation of MIT School of Engineering and the inaugural co-director of MIT’s Innovation Initiative, which he co-led from 2013 to 2018. For his passion for teaching Bulović has been recognized with the MacVicar Fellowship, MIT’s highest teaching honor. He completed his electrical engineering bachelor’s degree and PhD at Princeton University.

About Innovation Week

Innovation Week, a celebration of the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of the Case Western Reserve University Community, is a series of presentations, workshops, tours and pitch competitions taking place Sept. 26–29. View the full schedule and register for events today.