Past events

Past Events



Instructor: Dr. Carlos Bazan, Assistant Professor & Engineering Chair in Entrepreneurship, Memorial University

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 16 th , 2021; 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (NDT)

Translating the university’s scientific and technological advances into value-
creating products and services is becoming a priority for both the university and funding agencies. Notwithstanding the commercial potential of the university’s discoveries and inventions, turning those innovations into market-ready products and services, let alone successful businesses, can prove extremely difficult.

This workshop will present a systematic framework to help university investigators initiate, plan, execute, and close a translational research and development project with the intent of commercializing the research outcomes. It will also show the essential aspects of the entrepreneurial process (venture creation). That is, the iterative process (lean start-up approach) that starts by recognizing a business opportunity (problem), followed by conceiving a business idea (solution), assessing the idea, developing a business model, and ending by launching and then growing a sustainable business.

Dr. Bazan is currently Assistant Professor and Engineering Chair in Entrepreneurship with the Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science at Memorial University. Dr. Bazan has been studying efficient and effective ways of translating basic and applied research outcomes into commercially viable products and services. This includes the identification of both best practices for successful technology innovation, transfer and commercialization; and barriers in the ecosystem that are hindering the translation of university innovations into successful businesses. Outside of academia, Dr. Bazan has extensive “C” level management experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit business worlds. He worked as Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Board of Directors for many years in both California and Paraguay. Dr. Bazan is also a serial entrepreneur and has started or helped start several businesses in a wide range of industries.

Invited Speaker: Dale Booth, President & Founder of Innovation 7

Date & Time: Monday, June 8th , 2020; 3:00 - 6:00 (EST)

Training at the sea

Two at-sea training activities were made available to our researchers and HQP on the vessels (Atlantic Kingfisher and Skandi Vinland) for marine pollution and spill response navigating nearby St. John’s supported by our collaborators from Canadian Coast Guard and Husky Energy. We also supported HQP to conduct field work on the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. These present a unique feature of PEOPLE and we will continue to create more opportunities for our trainees. For example, Dr. B. Chen and a few co-PIs have been working with two new partners, Government of Northwest Territories and Arctic Research Foundation (ARF). ARF, an NGO, operates 5 vessels and supports field trips for research and educational activities in the Arctic region. We are planning to send trainees to do training on the vessel “Nahidik” and conduct sampling/analysis work in the Great Slave Lake-Mackenzie River/Bay region and the coast of Beaufort Sea in every summer in 2021-2026 (summer 2021 rescheduled to 2022 due to COVID). Additional fundings are being sought from NSERC Alliance and Mitacs.

Off-shore oil spill response training - Atlantic Kingfisher

Date & Location: Sept. 24th, 2018; St. John's, NL, Canada

Faculty and HQPs from Memorial University participated in the off-shore oil spill response training

Off-shore oil spill response training - Skandi Vinland

Date & Location: Oct. 2nd, 2019; St. John's, NL, Canada

HQPs from Memorial University participated in the off-shore oil spill response training

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