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MinnTS is an annual joint meeting of area technical and scientific organizations. The first meeting occurred in March 2003. The 2003 meeting was sponsored by four participating groups (MMS, SEMI, AVS and ASM). By 2005, the number of participating groups had doubled to eight.

MinnTS was started for the purpose of providing a venue for local technical professionals to get together for networking, dinner, and technical presentations given by local experts. The speakers are deliberately chosen from the local area, to avoid travel expenses and to minimize costs for the participating organizations. In some cases speakers from outside the area have been able to combine an appearance at MinnTS with scheduled visits to area businesses. Because of the wide diversity represented by the sponsoring organizations, the speakers are chosen to present a range of general interest topics.

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Date: March 15, 2016

Location: 3M Innovation Center Map

Attendance: All interested persons are welcome to attend. Because there are a limited number of seats, sponsoring organization members and guests of members will be given preference if registrations exceed available seating.

Cost: $30.00

Reservations: are closed


The Internet of Things (IofT)

Michael Finegan
Technical Design Consultant, Multi-Tech Systems, Inc.

The "Internet of things" (IoT) is a growing topic of conversation both in the workplace and outside of it. It's a concept that not only has the potential to impact how we live but also how we work. But what exactly is the "Internet of things" and what impact is it going to have on you and your organization? IoT is growing at an astronomical rate and is getting bigger every day. To prepare for IoT, companies in all sectors must build a connected device strategy that makes sense-from both a financial and logistical standpoint-if they want to capitalize on the enormous opportunity IoT offers. This presentation will discuss business models around the IoT applied to specific industries, and explore the technologies available and device strategies to connect your "things" to the Internet.

Recent Trends in the Cyber Security Threat Landscape

Noah Korba
Senior Manager, Global IT Security Infrastructure, Forensics and Incident Response teams
General Mills

Cybersecurity touches all aspects of our lives, from personal banking to national defense. Impacts from recent attacks are far reaching - from the exposure of social security numbers, health records and credit card numbers to intellectual property and national defense secrets. It has even permeated into modern warfare - in 2014 alone, the US government spent $31B in cyber defense platforms and services, designed to defend against cyber attacks. In this talk, Noah Korba will discuss recent trends in Cyber Security, including who the attackers are, what they are after and how they monetize their spoils. He will draw from his experience as an ethical hacker to provide examples of how recent cyber attacks have played against corporations and government entities. Finally, he will provide common ways for MinnTS members to protect themselves from these threats both personally and professionally.

Schedule of events:
4:00 Innovation Center Tour 1 (Maximum 50 people)
5:00 Innovation Center Tour 2 (Maximum 50 people)
5:00 - 6:00 Registration, social with refreshments
6:00 - 7:00 Dinner (followed by move into auditorium)
7:00 - 7:15 Welcome message, introductions (Gary Korba)
7:15 - 8:00 Stefan Lindvall - The Internet of Things
8:00 - 8:15 Break
8:15 - 9:00 Noah Korba - Recent Trends in the Cyber Security Threat Landscape

Dinner Menu:

  • Chopped Mixed Green Salad
  • Chef Choice Seasonal Vegetable
  • Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
  • Rosemary Lemon Chicken with Herb Citrus Glaze or
  • Beef Tenderloin with Roasted Red Pepper Soy Glaze
  • Assortment of Cheesecakes

Past Speakers

    Dr. Richard Danila, Ph.D, M.P.H - Deputy State Epidemiologist, Minnesota Department of Health
            "Emergence of Infectious Diseases In the Last 20 Years"
    Marc Roe - Technical Services Specialist, 3M Company
            "Protecting Workers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks: The Challenges"
    Dr. Alexander Khoruts - Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Center for Immunology, University of Minnesota
            "From Stool Transplants to Microbiota as a Novel Class of Therapeutics"
    Dr. Donald Dengel - Director of the Human Performance Core and Densitometry Services, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of Minnesota:
            "New Ideas on Diagnostic Testing for Traumatic Brain Injury" (Slide Presentation)

    Jian-Ping Wang - Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota
            "Novel Iron-Nitrogen Permanent Magnet Technology"
    Matt Jore - Core Motion, Inc.
            "Novel Wind Turbine Technology"

    Pam Stewart - 3M Company:
            "The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act: New Rules for U.S. Patents and What They Mean for Industry and Inventors"
    Marie Johnson - AUM Cardiovascular, Inc.:
            "Wisdom in innovation: lessons from General Motors, the University of Minnesota and AUM Cardiovascular"

    Katsumi Matsumoto - Associate Professon, University of Minnesota:
            "The Science of Global Warming: Often Confused But Actually Clear" (Slide Presentation)
    J. Drake Hamilton - Science Policy Director, Fresh Energy:
            "Global Warming Mitigation and Adaptation Options"

    Jim Turnure - Excel Energy:
            "Clean Energy Technology 2010"
    Scott Stephens - U.S. Department of Energy:
            "The Promise of Photovoltaic Technologies"

    Ron Voelker - MnDOT - Retired:
            "The Old 35W Bridge" (Slide Presentation)
    Peter Sanderson - Project Manager, Flatiron Corp.:
            "The New 35W Bridge" (Slide Presentation)

    Robert Gehrz - University of Minnesota:
            "Infrared Astronomy with NASA's New Spitzer Space Telescope"
    Robert Pepin - University of Minnesota:

    Frank Armatis - 3M:
            "Nanotechnology In Consumer Products"
    Mark Obrovac - 3M:
            "Lithium-Ion Batteries" (Slide Presentation)

    Dick Hemmingsen - University of Minnesota:
            "Biological Energy Sources and Minnesota Based R&D"
    John Goodman - Entegris Corporation:
            "Fuel Cells and the Potential Hydrogen Energy Future" (Slide Presentation)

    Vincent Chow - Optobionics:
            "Artificial Retina"
    Arthur Coury - Genzyme Corporation:
            "Advanced Biomaterials"

    Donald McClure - 3M Company:
            "Web Coating for Fun and Profit"
    William Smyth - 3M Company:
            "Displaying the Future"

    Prof. David Shores - University of Minnesota:
            "Corrosion, You've Got to Love It"
    Don Deal - Seagate:
            "Corrosion and Cleaning in Magnetic Read/Write Head Manufacturing"
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