Norwich University’s Todd Lecture Panel Culminates Yearlong Focus on Innovation


April 13, 2017

Norwich University presents three nationally and internationally known innovators from the fields of creative design, technological design, and design for social good, for a Todd Lecture panel discussion on Thursday, April 27, in Plumley Armory, which follows a showcase of innovation. The “Making Innovation Symposium” is free and open to the public.

Please join us at 6 p.m. for the “Making Innovation Showcase,” a curated exhibition of student academic and creative research that is the culmination of a yearlong focus on innovation.

The showcase will be followed by a 7 p.m. Todd Lecture panel discussion, “To Act As Well As To Think: Leadership, Innovation, and the Creative Impulse,” an evening with Michael Jager, Natalie Jeremijenko, and William Kamkwamba. The panel will be moderated by entrepreneur Jonathan Speed, a 2014 graduate of Norwich’s Master of Arts in Military History. Two awards will be presented to students at the conclusion of the evening in recognition of work that exemplifies leadership through innovative thought as well as practice.

The Making Innovation Symposium is the culminating event of a series of experiential learning exercises focused on the themes of leadership and innovation. Throughout the year, six co-curricular NU IDEA Design Challenges engaged nearly 100 students to creatively solve real world problems with their peers. The innovation challenges further Norwich’s goal of creating a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, and creative thinking on campus. The final challenge of the term will be facilitated by Jonathan Speed on Wednesday, April 26, at 4 p.m. in the Kreitzberg Library Todd Multipurpose Room.

While panelists are on campus, Norwich will seek their input regarding emerging fields, critical path skills for near-future leaders, as well as recommendations about curriculum to strengthen entrepreneurship-related courses. Panelists will visit with students enrolled in a range of courses across campus, including biology, engineering, nursing, English, writing, and architecture. They will additionally interact with students affiliated with the Center for Global Resilience & Security and the Entrepreneurship Club.

The panelists are:


Michael Jager is founding Partner/CCO of Solidarity of Unbridled Labour (formerly Jager DiPaola Kemp (JDK) Design). For more than 25 years, Jager has been creating and collaborating with international brands, driven by the idea that design distinction matters most. Guided by Ezra Pound’s simply but elegantly stated principle, “Make it new,” his work for brands such as Burton Snowboards, Seventh Generation, Xbox, Nike, Levis, DontPayFull, and Patagonia is recognized worldwide.

NATALIE JEREMIJENKO (pictured above)

In 2014, Natalie Jeremijenko was awarded the VIDA Art and Artificial Life International Awards Pioneer Prize, “for her consistently brilliant portfolio of work over the past two decades.” Named one of 2013’s Most Innovative People, one of the most influential women in technology in 2011, and one of the inaugural top young innovators by MIT Technology Review, Jeremijenko directs the Environmental Health Clinic and is an Associate Professor in the Visual Art Department at New York University. She holds degrees in biochemistry, engineering, neuroscience, and history and philosophy of science.


William Kamkwamba is the co-author with Bryan Mealer of the New York Times best-selling book “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope.” A remarkable success story about the power of human ingenuity in the face of crippling odds, Kamkwamba’s story shares his vision for “a new kind of Africa, a place of leaders instead of victims, a home of innovation rather than charity.”


An alumnus of Brown University—where he is an emeritus trustee and board member of the Brown Entrepreneurship Program—and Norwich University, Jonathan Speed has 30+ years of business development, finance, and start-up experience with companies in the finance/private equity, life sciences, and technology sectors. He is currently the CFO at Versal Group, a San Francisco-based eLearning company. During his twenty years in the Bay Area, Jonathan has advised non-profits, entrepreneurial organizations, and serves on the boards of four start-up companies. In fall 2017, Jonathan will launch 1790 Media—a student-oriented media platform created to expand entrepreneurial and innovation education, knowledge, and mentorship to today’s diverse student population.

The Making Innovation Symposium is hosted by the Colleges of Professional Schools, Science and Mathematics, and Liberal Arts. It is a capstone event in Norwich’s Year of Leadership, the third of a five-year $100M campaign to transform academics at Norwich University in celebration of Norwich’s upcoming bicentennial.

About Norwich University

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here:    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886

Ideas @ Work: #13 Summer Camps

Photo of students at the Norwich University GenCyber@NU summer cyber camp

33 ideas big and small from Norwich students, faculty, staff, and alumni that are transforming campus and the world.

The Norwich Record

Spring 2016

How do you recruit promising high school students to test drive the Norwich experience? Think summer camp. For 15 years now, NU’s Future Leaders Camp has brought teenagers to campus for a two-week, military-leadership adventure camp. Last year, Norwich launched two new summer programs. GenCyber@NU offered a free, weeklong cybersecurity immersion for high school juniors and seniors. The program was cosponsored by the National Security Administration and the National Science Foundation. The School of Architecture + Art also hosted a Summer Design Academy for aspiring architects taught by Norwich faculty and alumni. All three camps return this summer, along with a new offering: an entrepreneur boot camp hosted by NU’s School of Business and Management.

More Ideas@Work:

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Two Norwich Student Projects Showcase Research, Start-up Savvy

Norwich student-led research projects and start-ups showcase their ideas at competitions in Washington, DC, and Texas this weekend
Daphne Larkin
Norwich University Office of Communications

April 9, 2015

As the final weeks of the 2014-2015 academic year wind down, Norwich students are packing in as much experiential learning and service as humanly possible.

This Friday six students plus faculty mentor Tara Kulkarni, PhD, will travel to a national research competition in Washington, DC.

A civil and environmental engineering professor, Kulkarni received an EPA pilot grant in September that funds her collaboration on a student research project led by senior civil engineering student Susan Limberg.

Serving as faculty advisor, Kulkarni wrote a proposal based on Limberg’s idea of developing pervious concrete filters to control stormwater runoff. One compelling component of their project is a filtration process aimed at transforming rainwater into drinkable water.

They received a Phase I, $14,957 grant from the P3: People, Prosperity and the Planet Student Design Competition for Sustainability, a national-level competition organized by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

On April 11-12 the team will participate in Phase II at the National Sustainable Design Expo (NSDE) in Washington to compete for the P3 Award and a grant of up to $75,000 to take their design to real world application.

Business Start-up Competition

At the same time, Norwich student entrepreneurs are heading to Texas to showcase their idea for a business startup aimed at the maker movement. Team YETi designed a project board to simplify the electronics of maker applications and will pitch their business start-up at a Texas Christian University competition.

James Whitlock and Josh Coleman, electrical and computer engineering juniors at Norwich, and Joe Poulima, a former Norwich undergrad and current electrical engineering technology major at Vermont Technical College, designed a device to “bridge the gap between conceptual model design and finished product” for the ever-growing maker market.

Norwich faculty helped the team hone their pitch, which won the recent NU Launch! entrepreneurial business competition. Team YETi will now pitch their idea at the 5th Annual TCU Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures student business plan competition to be held at Texas Christian University’s Neeley Entrepreneurship Center on April 10 – 11.

This marks the first time Norwich University will participate in the annual competition in which undergraduate students around the world pitch plans for for-profit values-centered enterprises that impact society in meaningful ways.

 Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
(802) 485-2886, (m) 595-3613

The Business of Baseball: A Summer Intern’s Inside View

Junior business major Taylor Kacur recalls lessons she learned during a summer internship with the Syracuse Chiefs AAA minor league baseball team.
By Taylor Kacur ‘15, Accounting and Management | School of Business & Management

October 22, 2014

Throughout my years at Norwich, I have heard a lot of professors in the School of Business and Management stress the importance of internships and the unique knowledge students gain from such opportunities. During my junior year, I wanted to acquire my own real-world experience. I knew that a summer internship would be an ideal way for me to get a sense of the business world outside a typical college setting. Equipped with ideas on how to find and land internships from the Norwich Career Center, I applied to various internship programs, accepting an offer from the Syracuse Chiefs minor league baseball team in Syracuse, N.Y., a AAA affiliate of the Washington Nationals near my hometown. I knew little to nothing about baseball and had never considered working in the sports industry before. But luckily Tim McCarver-like knowledge of the game was not a job requirement. So I took on the challenge, recalling the words of Babe Ruth: “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”

From my perch as an intern, I saw every angle of a corporate sports business in action, working directly with fans at customer service and front desk operations and helping with on-field promotions, social media marketing and event planning. I found that my Norwich School of Business and Management courses, such as Introduction to Marketing, Operations Management and Organizations of Business, really helped prepare me for these tasks. I also glimpsed the finance side of the business from bookkeeping to raffling and was interested to discover how tough a business baseball can be in which to turn a profit. A lot depends on how staff treat customers. The combined efforts of interns like myself and employees helped increase the club’s average attendance this season. My most satisfying experiences as an intern were seeing a full stadium on game day and watching fans of all ages happily enjoy the game with friends and family. One of the key lessons I learned from this internship is to enjoy what you do and with whom you work. I couldn’t imagine not meeting all of the friendly staff and interns that I closely worked with this past summer.

By the end of my summer as a Syracuse Chiefs intern, I learned that private business accounting is a path I could pursue in the future and that I enjoy working in the sports industry. Without this work experience, I may never have considered it as a possible future career. My internship taught me about real-life business operations. It also gave me the experience and tools required to land a different internship this semester in an auditing department.