Minnesota Technical Symposium
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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 19, 2015, 5:00 to 9:00 PM

Location: Medtronic Headquarters at 694 & Hwy 65 in Fridley, MN. 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

Emergence of Infectious Diseases In the Last 20 Years

Dr. Richard Danila, Ph.D, M.P.H
Deputy State Epidemiologist
Minnesota Department of Health

Dr. Danila will present on the reasons why there has been a global emergence of infectious diseases in the last 20 years with an emphasis on the current Ebola Virus Disease outbreak and its implications for Minnesota.

Protecting Workers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks: The Challenges

Marc Roe
Technical Services Specialist
3M Company

Protecting workers during an infectious disease outbreak presents challenges including selection, training and utilization of appropriate level of personal protective equipment (PPE). Each outbreak is unique and on many occasions there is debate around the potential modes of transmission leading to uncertainty in determining necessary PPE. Moreover, formal guidance from health authorities as to the appropriate PPE ensemble evolves as more information about the infectious disease becomes known. Once the level of protection is identified, selection of the best design for the worker and tasks may provide unique challenges. These challenges will be discussed with regards to PPE design and selection.

Schedule of events:
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 Speaker 1
8:00 - 8:15 Break
8:15 - 9:00 Speaker 2

Dinner Menu:

  • Pomegranate and spiced orange roast turkey tenderloin
  • Sweet cream mashed potatoes
  • Steamed green beans with carrots
  • Spinach salad with balsamic roasted beets
  • shaved red onion
  • fennel bulb and fairbault dairy crumbled ama blue cheese finished with dried tart cherry gastrique
  • Assorted pies (Apple, Blueberry, Banana Cream, Pecan and Pumpkin)
  • Assorted soda and water
  • Coffee service with hot tea

Past Speakers

    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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