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Pat Ryan “The State of Science and Technology in Minnesota”
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When: May 19, 2011
From 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Where: Minikahda Club
3205 Excelsior Blvd
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55416-4699
United States
Contact: Mark Haupt

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Pat Ryan "The State of Science and Technology in Minnesota”

May 19, 2011

Minikahda Club 3205 Excelsior Blvd Minneapolis

As Minnesota State government leaders wrestle with a stagnant economy they will be confronted by two significant challenges in the coming months and years: the dual imperatives to resolve our current state’s budget deficit, and how to invest in strategies to grow our economy. The stakes could not be higher. Minnesota’s competition is no longer from North Dakota, Wisconsin or even California but also in the emerging markets such as India, Brazil and China.

To compete, industries from agriculture and mining to biosciences, manufacturing, electronics and energy must rely on innovation and advances in science and technology (S&T). Yet, our status as a state of innovation is slipping, and our entrepreneurial activity and new business formation is almost at a standstill (ranking 42nd among all states). In 2009, while the nation grew high-tech jobs, Minnesota lost jobs. And during this period, states like Ohio, North Carolina, Kansas, Pennsylvania and others have invested in their science and technology economies, and are already seeing enormous dividends for their work. Such trends spurred the 2010 state legislature to establish the Minnesota Science and Technology Authority as an entity that would craft strategies for innovation-based economic development, and act as a trusted agent to help ensure active collaboration among industry, academia and government.

Our speaker, Pat Ryan is a current member of Advisory Commission to Minnesota’s Science and Technology Authority. He worked for over 27 years as a Technologist in the Data Storage industry, first with Control Data Corporation and more recently with Seagate Technology. His experience has ranged from Operations to Advanced Technology development in the Thin-film Head division where he served as Chief Technologist. His most recent position was as Vice President for Advanced R&D where he led an effort in next-generation non-volatile solid state memories. He has over 25 patents in nanotechnology, sensors, MEMs and thin-film magnetics. He is a founding member and former Board Chair for MN Nano, a state-wide, private sector led coalition of industry, higher educational institutions, government entities and investors, promoting nanotechnology for long term economic health in the region. He also serves on the MHTA Board of Directors.

Pat is CEO of sSpectrum Technology, LLC in St. Paul and consults to Biotech, Storage, and Semiconductor industries. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota.

Pat will discuss the approaches that have been taken to stimulate S&T in other States and the models that have been researched in formulating a S&T Authority for Minnesota. Current status of 2011 legislation to expand the Authority’s efforts will be given.

Registration and Breakfast Buffet 7:30 - 8:00 am

Program 8:00 – 10:00

Networking 10:00 – 11:00


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