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  1. 1. innovation the society of innovators recognizes ingenuity and creativity in the region
  2. 2. Congratulations Innovators 2 society of innovators . march 26, 2010 a special publication of the times media company
  3. 3. ‘ innovation is the lifeblood of our region!’ W Dear Friend of Innovation: elcome to this special publication of The Times celebrating the individuals and project teams of “The 2009 – 2010 Class” of The Society of Innovators. These innovators are re-imagining ways to do things better, faster and differently for the good of their organizations and our region. In most cases, these innovators go unheralded. This is the reason the work of The Society is important! The Society of Innovators inducted new Members with innovative ideas, from health care to manufacturing, from residential developments to underground utilities. The “2009 – 2010 Class” was remarkable on several levels. Our most recent class represented the largest number of single nominations since The Society was launched by Ivy Tech NW and our partners. Also, the scale of innovation was impressive. For example, our Chanute Prize co-recipients for Team Innovation consisted of projects launched by the largest dairy in the United States and, respectively, the largest steel company in the world. There is nothing small about innovation in the seven counties of Northwest Indiana. But you will also read about other innovations of all varieties from our newest Members – individuals as well as project teams! Most important, this gives us an opportunity to say thank you to deserving individuals and organizations. First, we thank the Times for this wonderful insert. Next, we thank our Board of Governors who render great service and countless hours, along with Committee Members and other volunteers who help The Society in so many ways. Next, we thank our “Principal Sponsors” that are listed below for their continuing support. Last but not least, we thank all of you across this region who support The Society, our ”Innovators Cafes” and other creative projects through the Gerald I. Lamkin Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center. Our purpose is to promote growth and innovation across our Northwest Indiana Region. Please join us in encouraging innovation in your workplace and community! Sincerely, J. Guadalupe Valtierra O’Merrial Butchee Chancellor Interim Chair Ivy Tech Community The Society of Innovators College of Indiana of Northwest Indiana Northwest principal sponsors a special publication of the times media company society of innovators . march 26, 2010 3
  4. 4. governors of the society of innovators of northwest indiana The Society of Innovators is governed by a volunteer group of leaders representing Northwest Indiana. We are grateful for the service of those who serve as elected Governors, as well as those who serve on Committees. board of governors O’Merrial Butchee, Gayle Faulkner-Kosalko, Janice Tazbir, Member, Mike Worosz, Assistant Vice Interim Chair, The 2006 - 2007 Fellow, 2007 Member, Chancellor of Academic Society, Director, Gerald The Society, Editor of The Society Affairs, Regional WED I. Lamkin Innovation & Whiting’s Write Stuff, Assistant Nursing Academic Services, Entrepreneurship Center Times Columnist Professor, Purdue De LaGarza Campus, East University Calumet Chicago; Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana NW Richard Sussman, Kathy DeGuilio-Fox, Eric Horon, Advertising Keith Kirkpatrick, Ph.D., Interim Vice Executive Director, Operations Manager, KPM Group & Executive Chair, The Society, Purdue Technology The Times Media Director, Leadership General Manager, Center of Northwest Company Northwest Indiana Global R&D Center, Indiana North America, East Chicago Richard Marrell, Rich Barnes, Ph.D., Maggi Spartz, 2005 - 2006 Fellow, 2006 - 2007 Member, President, Unity Interim Secretary/ The Society, Foundation of LaPorte Treasurer, The Society, Hokey Spokes County RLM Prosthetics, International Valparaiso committee members Michelle Golden, Mitch Barloga, Cal Bellamy, 2008 - 2009 Member, 2007 – 2008 Member, 2006 - 2007 Member, The Society, The Society, The Society, Partner, Golden Studios Northwestern Indiana Krieg DeVault Law Firm Regional Planning Schererville Commission a special thank you! Roy E. Evans, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Roy E. Evans, Ph.D., Tom Cera, Purdue University Calumet and Tom Cera, Chief Operating Officer, Chair, The Society Chair, The Society Court Holding Limited, have served as Chairs of the Society of of Innovators of Innovators (2007 – 2010) (2005 – 2007) Innovators. We thank them for their outstanding service, countless hours, and inspired leadership in support of The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana 4 society of innovators . march 26, 2010 a special publication of the times media company
  5. 5. facts about the society of innovators of northwest indiana - our fellows, members & chanute prize recipients The purpose of The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana is to 1) Celebrate Innovators, 2) Promote innovation across the seven counties of Northwest Indiana, and 3) Encourage innovation across the generations. ”Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana Northwest The Society honors Gerald I. Lamkin who for over is proud to have launched The Society of Innovators 40 years had the “cherished dream” of a truly of Northwest Indiana with our Principal Partners listed comprehensive community college for Indiana, which below. Innovation is recognized as the lifeblood has been realized today with Ivy Tech Community of organizations. The purpose of The Society of College of Indiana. It is with great pride and our hope Innovators is to inspire innovation across all walks of to encourage future dreamers, visionaries, and innova- life as our contribution to Making Indiana Great.” tors that we establish this regional award to be given J. Guadalupe Valtierra, Chancellor for outstanding achievement in innovation and service to our community, region and world. The Chanute Prize for Team Innovation is dedicated The Society selects up to six outstanding to promoting 21st Century innovation in the private, innovators each year as Fellows from among our public, and not-for-profit sectors. It was created to Members. Our Fellows must live or work in Northwest honor the path-breaking glider flights of Octave Indiana and can be found across all walks of life. The Chanute and his team in 1896 whose historic flights innovation must demonstrate a new way, a different helped get the Wright Brothers off the ground seven way, or a better way, and have a positive effect on years later. The Chanute Prize is sponsored by Krieg our quality of life. ArcelorMittal sponsors the Fellow DeVault Law Firm. Awards. In the event a teacher rises to the level of a Fellow, The Center of Workforce Innovations sponsors this award. Individuals and Project Teams are nominated to The Society of Innovators. They are selected through a rigorous process by regional leaders who confer upon them the honor of Membership. Each Member receives a Certificate of Membership. Our purpose is to celebrate those among us who are distinguished by their capacity 2009 - 2010 to innovate so that we can encourage a “Region of Innovation.” “The Society of Innovators celebrates the creativity and diversity of Northwest Indiana by seeking out and recognizing innovators from all sectors of our economy who contribute to our quality of life.” a special publication of the times media company society of innovators . march 26, 2010 5
  6. 6. ‘1000 stories of innovation in northwest indiana! ’ F Dear Business & Community Leader: or nearly a quarter of a century, I have had the good fortune and great privilege to assist outstanding leaders in improving our quality of life in times of historic change. From the early days of the Northwest Indiana Forum to helping launch the Quality of Life Council to organizing The Society of Innovators with Ivy Tech NW, I have been a helper to leaders in regional initiatives to encourage fresh, imaginative and creative approaches. Many individuals and organizations have worked diligently for the greater good of Northwest Indiana through hard work, sacrifices and countless contributions. During these years, I have experienced the consequences of at least three inflections. The first had occurred just before I returned to the region with the loss of thousands of steel worker jobs which adversely impacted workers who had depended for years on accessing steady jobs in the mills. This caused a loss of confidence and a negativity that infected our belief in ourselves and capacity to effect positive change. The second inflection occurred as the first wave of globalization led to hard choices to improve our efficiencies and effectiveness. No better example than when the five mills along our lakeshore became two giant mills. This continued to shrink our workforce, but also sustained and even improved our capacity in steelmaking as well as in other industries. Today, we are entering a time of hyper-change in which innovation can help find newer, better and faster ways to do business. Let us continue to put aside the old ways and become the “world-class” region envisioned in the “Dare to Dream…” initiative. This is led by the Gerald I. Lamkin Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center of Ivy Tech NW and supported by all 7 colleges and universities and other partners. Today, there are 1000 stories of innovation in great and small ways in established as well as new industries. No more are we just a steel or refining economy, but an economy in which steel, refining and other traditional industries are showing the way through new and innovative approaches that embrace a skilled workforce that increasingly values education. There are also new and different industries taking their place in our economy. No surprise if you have been in business over the years, you are an innovator today! Still, we have much work to do to build this region and take the steps necessary to be globally competitive. { } Let innovative thinking be our beacon in the 21st century! John Davies “Let innovative Managing Director thinking be our Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana beacon in the 21st century!” 6 society of innovators . march 26, 2010 a special publication of the times media company
  7. 7. thank you to 13 organizations for hosting ‘innovators cafes!’ I vy Tech Community College of Indiana Northwest joins with the Gerald I. Lamkin Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center and the Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana in saluting the forward-looking organizations below for hosting our “Innovators Café” over the past five years. Our purpose has been to familiarize NWI leaders with out-of-the box thinking and innovation in all sectors in Northwest Indiana as we work toward becoming a “Region of Innovation.” We thank these organizations and their leadership teams for hosting a “Café” and for generously encouraging innovative best practices while opening their doors to visitors in the spirit of celebrating outstanding creativity in our workplaces: April 11, 2006 September 14, 2006 January 25, 2007 May 31, 2007 May 25, 2006 September 20, 2007 January 10, 2008 June 19, 2008 September 25, 2008 January 22, 2009 September 24, 2009 January 14, 2010 September 23, 2010 a special publication of the times media company society of innovators . march 26, 2010 7
  8. 8. society of innovators // cLass of 2009 & 2010 Dr. Peter Kesling Frank 2008-2009 fellow Brummett 2009 – 2010 fellow the society of innovators of northwest indiana F rank Brummett is founder, BerylMartin, Griffith. On visiting his printing operation, a 747 cockpit can be seen on the exterior of the building. Frank was nominated for his “Feed the Future” initiative hosting massive Christmas parties over several years free for thousands of urban children in Gary and East Chicago. These parties involved big name bands and legends such as the late Koko Taylor. He is perhaps better known for creating the near lifesize “Statue of Liberty.” More recently, he has launched a new funeral casket business nationwide. Frank is a former merchant seaman, entertainer, and entrepreneur. Unity Foundation Congratulations to Frank Brummett! of LaPorte County A Proud Supporter Frank Brummett was nominated by Gayle Faulkner-Kosalko, retired Chamber of Innovation Executive, a Governor for The Society, and a Fellow. “Frank has produced a program called ‘Feed the Future’ that is performed for the entire Gary and East Chicago school systems. He provides most of the money plus conceptualizes and directs the shows. He builds fabulous sets that go into school gyms and provides age-appropriate gifts for each student at no cost to the school system. In addition, a number of students are randomly selected to receive a professional drum set or piano.” Award sponsor: ArcelorMittal Gerald I. Lamkin Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana Northwest 1-800-843-4882 Ext/ 4428 ©2009 Bukva Imaging Group www.bukvaimaging.com www.arcelormittal.com 8 society of innovators . march 26, 2010 a special publication of the times media company
  9. 9. society of innovators // class of 2009 & 2010 sarah H. Givens T. Clifford 2008-2009 fellow Fleming 2009 – 2010 fellow the society of innovators of northwest indiana T. Clifford Fleming, an attorney and developer, created the nation’s first green residential community – The Village in Burns Harbor. This community is visible on I-80/94 by the brightly colored homes. Cliff was inspired by growing up in a Gary neighborhood. He realized that this neighborhood encouraged a “sense of community.” When he saw a 60-acre parcel available in Burns Harbor, he recognized the opportunity to create a community unlike any other. This new urban design community is located in a place many thought unusual, but he knew it was just right. His vision was an affordable, environmentally-sound community that would send a message that anything is possible in Northwest Indiana. The Village in Burns Harbor became the first development to be certified A Proud Supporter of Innovation under the National Homebuilders Ansi-approved National Green Building Program. Congratulations to T. Clifford Fleming! Cliff was nominated by Don Babcock, NIpSCo, and Bryce pickering, porter County Builders Association. “Cliff Fleming has set a benchmark for home and land development in Northwest Indiana. He has earned the distinction of becoming the first residential development in the nation to be certified under the National Association of Homebuilders’ Ansi-approved National Green Building program. He has had another first: His development hosted the first-ever ‘Green Homes on parade.’” Award sponsor: ArcelorMittal Gerald I. Lamkin Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana Northwest 1-800-843-4882 Ext/ 4428 Cliff and Joyce Fleming ©2009 Bukva Imaging Group www.bukvaimaging.com www.arcelormittal.com a special publication of the times media company society of innovators . march 26, 2010 9
  10. 10. society of innovators // cLass of 2009 & 2010 robert steingass Mark 2008-2009 fellow C. Kime 2009 – 2010 fellow the society of innovators of northwest indiana M ark C. Kime is Director of Cardiology and Neuroscience at Porter Health, Valparaiso. He created several medically-motivated inventions. The I-Cart™, along with the Endoscope Cleaner/ Sterilizer, are both patented and sold to the medical market, including sales as far away as Australia. Porter has benefited from his “test site,” getting firsthand benefit of his innovative thinking. For example, as inventor of the I-Cart, this was designed to solve a problem. Several employees were facing job shifts because they were physically unable to move heavy equipment necessary to complete their jobs. He developed a device using an electric motor drive coupled with an accelerator that enabled employees to move large carts —and even beds—easily. His I-Cart is helping A Proud Supporter of Innovation many other employees worldwide. This became the world’s first detachable moving invention. Congratulations to Mark C. Kime! Mark was nominated by Jonathan Nalli, CEo, porter Health. “Mark Kime uses his talent and imagination to make life better for patients and employees. His position has inspired Mark to create several medically-motivated inventions. No better example than his I–Cart in which he fashioned a device using an electric motor drive coupled with an accelerator that enabled employees to move large carts as easily as steering a wagon.” Gerald I. Lamkin Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana Northwest Award sponsor: ArcelorMittal 1-800-843-4882 Ext/ 4428 ©2009 Bukva Imaging Group www.bukvaimaging.com www.arcelormittal.com 10 Education GuidE . MaRcH 12, 2010 A SPECIAL PUBLICATION OF THE TIMES MEDIA COMPANY
  11. 11. society of innovators // class of 2009 & 2010 Lee Botts John “Jack” 2008-2009 Gerald i. Lamkin fellow Moreland 2009 – 2010 fellow the society of innovators of northwest indiana J ohn “Jack” Moreland is visualization specialist for the Visualization Lab of Purdue University Calumet. Using technology, he helps unravel the complexities of problems affecting engineering, business and the sciences. He has collaborated on projects that have allowed corporations to get people to think in a new way in seeing a problem or find a solution. Experts and novice alike step into a virtual world using 3D glasses and interact with computer- generated imagery that simulates data of complex industrial processes and concepts. Working with diverse organizations such as steelmakers and the European Space Agency, he draws on a unique combination of knowledge, human ingenuity, and the capacity to draw information from teams to solve real-world problems. Congratulations to John “Jack” Moreland! A Proud Supporter of Innovation He was nominated by Regina Biddings, purdue University Calumet, and Chenn Zhou, ph.D., who is also a Fellow in The Society. “Jack sees complex problems from engineering, business and the sciences on a daily basis. Using cutting edge visualization technology, he helps unravel the complexities of a given problem and gets people to see things in a new way. Jack helps others—including faculty and students—see data in a more natural and intuitive way, helping them learn a new generation of immersive and 3D technologies .” Award sponsor: ArcelorMittal Gerald I. Lamkin Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana Northwest 1-800-843-4882 Ext/ 4428 ©2009 Bukva Imaging Group www.bukvaimaging.com www.arcelormittal.com A SPECIAL PUBLICATION OF THE TIMES MEDIA COMPANY Education GuidE . MaRcH 12, 2010 11
  12. 12. Doctors, patients see benefits from robotic technology da Vinci Si Surgical System comes to Sisters of St. Francis Health Services Northern Indiana Region T he da Vinci Si Surgical System, now available at St. Margaret Mercy’s Hammond Campus and at Saint Anthony Memorial Health Centers in Michigan City, and available through referral from the other hospitals in Sisters of St. Francis Health Services Northern Indiana Region, consists of a sophisticated robotic platform that is designed to enable complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach. According to the manufacturer, California-based Intuitive Surgical Inc., da Vinci Si consists of an ergonomic surgeon’s console, a patient-side cart with four interactive robotic arms, a high-performance 3-D HD vision system and proprietary EndoWrist instruments. Powered by state-of-the-art robotic technology, the da Vinci system is designed to scale, filter and seamlessly translate the surgeon’s hand movements into more precise movements of the EndoWrist instruments. The result is Left photo (from left): Melissa Ortiz, RN; Sandi Christian, OR tech; Sally Pustai, RN/OR supervisor; Sara Velligan, OR tech; and charge nurse an intuitive interface with breakthrough surgical capabilities. Kelly Mendez, RN; will assist surgeons during da Vinci procedures at Saint Margaret Mercy. Right photo (from left): Dr. Lisa Hendricks, Dr. The system’s main features include Intuitive motion, high- Michael Messina and Dr. Alfred Pamintuan show the da Vinci unit at Saint Anthony Memorial Health Centers. resolution 3-D vision and the EndoWrist instrumentation. Intuitive motion refers to the System’s interface, which helps surgeon to operate from a seated position at the console. To The procedure, for which individual results may vary, allows make da Vinci surgery look and feel like traditional “open” move the instruments or to reposition the camera, the surgeon patients potential benefits of a minimally invasive procedure, surgery. But this is where the similarities end. simply moves his/her hands. including less pain, less blood loss and less need for blood A high-resolution 3-D stereo viewer is designed to provide da Vinci makes it possible for more surgeons to perform transfusions. It also can make for a shorter hospital stay, a surgeons with an immersive experience. Unlike conventional minimally invasive procedures involving complex dissection or quicker recovery and faster return to normal daily activities. approaches, the target anatomy appears in high magnification, reconstruction. This ultimately raises the standard of care for in brilliant color and with natural depth of field. To perform a complex surgeries, translating into numerous potential patient procedure, the surgeon uses the console’s master controls benefits. to maneuver the patient-side cart’s four robotic arms, which securely hold the patented EndoWrist instruments and high- resolution endoscopic camera. “Saint Anthony Memorial and the Sisters of St. Francis have always been most committed The EndoWrist instruments’ jointed-wrist design exceeds to women’s health. Another example of this commitment is the recent purchase of the da Vinci the natural range of motion of the human hand; motion scaling Surgical platform. This will allow more patients to undergo surgical procedures in a minimally and tremor reduction further interpret and refine the surgeon’s invasive fashion, resulting in less pain, quicker recovery time and shorter disability time from hand movements. da Vinci also offers what it calls a fail-safe place of employment. This is cutting-edge technology and as a regional health system, we remain design, incorporating multiple, redundant safety features designed to minimize opportunities for human error when at the forefront of women’s care” compared with traditional approaches. Lisa Hendricks, MD, OB/GYN, Saint Anthony Memorial medical staff president da Vinci has been called a remarkable improvement over conventional laparoscopy, in which the surgeon operates while standing, using hand-held, long-shafted instruments, which have no wrists. With conventional laparoscopy, the surgeon For more information must look up and away from the instruments to a nearby 2D about Sisters of video monitor to see an image of the target anatomy. The St. Francis Health VISION | surgeon also must rely on his/her patient-side assistant to position the camera correctly. Services Inc., INNOVATION|P visit www.ssfhs.org RECISION In contrast, the da Vinci’s ergonomic design allows the For more information, call 219/933-2087 or visit www.smmhc.com 12 society of innovators . march 26, 2010 a special publication of the times media company
  13. 13. Sisters of St. Francis Health Services Northern Indiana Region Leading the Way with Distinction Saint Anthony Medical Center, Crown Point • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Stroke – Eight Years in a Row (2003-2010) • Five-Star Rated for Hip Fracture Repair – Three Years in a Row (2008-2010) • Ranked among the Top 5 in Indiana for Overall Orthopedic Services – 2010 • Recipient of the 2009 HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award TM • Ranked among the Top 5% in the Nation for Patient Safety – 2009 Saint Margaret Mercy Healthcare Centers, Hammond • Best in Gary, IN Region* and Only Specialty Excellence Award Recipient for Cardiac Surgery 2010 • Recipient of the 2010 HealthGrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence AwardTM • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Cardiac Surgery – 2010 • Ranked Among the Top 10 in IN for Overall Cardiac Services – Two Years in a Row (2009-2010) • Ranked Among the Top 5 in IN for Cardiac Surgery - 2010 • Recipient of the 2009/10 HealthGrades Women’s Health Excellence Award™ – recognizing excellence in vascular, cardiovascular, orthopedic, stroke and pulmonary care for women • Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Women’s Health – 2009/10 • Five-Star Rated for Women’s Health – 2009/10 Dyer and Hammond • Recipient of the HealthGrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™ – Two Years in a Row (2009-2010) • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services - Two Years in a Row (2009- Row (2009-2010) • Five-Star Rated for Hip Fracture Repair – Two Years 2010) • Ranked Among the Top 10 in IN for Overall in a Row (2008-2009) • Ranked Among the Top 15% in the Nation Pulmonary Services – Two Years in a Row (2009-2010) • for Hip Fracture Repair – Two Years in a Row (2008-2009) Dyer Campus • Ranked Among the Top 10 in IN for Cardiology • Ranked Among the Top 10 in IN for Spine Surgery – 2009 • Services – 2010 • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Failure – Four Hammond Campus • Ranked Among the Top 5 in IN for Years in a Row (2007-2010) • Received the Highest Possible Star Ratings A Driving Force Cardiac Surgery – 2010 • Five-Star Rated for Coronary Bypass Surgery for Treatment of Heart Failure – Three Years in a Row (2008-2010) • With five hospital campuses, 47 affiliated clinic – 2010 • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Failure – Three Years Ranked Among the Top 15% in the Nation for locations, over 1,050 physicians and 5,900 in a Row (2008-2010) • Received the Highest Possible Star Ratings employees, the Northern Indiana Region hospitals Treatment of Heart Failure – Three Years in a Row (2007-2009) • of the Sisters of St. Francis are a driving force in for Treatment of Heart Failure – Three Years in a Row (2008-2010) • Ranked Among the Top 10 in IN for Overall Cardiac Services – 2009 • healthcare today. Our hospitals are not only Ranked Among the Top 10 in IN for Cardiology Services – 2009 Ranked Among the Top 10 in IN for Cardiac Surgery – 2009 • Ranked highly ranked by national ratings experts, • Five-Star Rated for Hip Fracture Repair – Five Years in a Row (2006- but they provide compassionate care guided Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services – by principle and mission. In 2008, we provided 2010) • Ranked Among the Top 15% in the Nation for Hip Fracture Two Years in a Row (2009-2010) • Ranked Among the Top 10 in IN for over $142,650,000 in community benefits Repair – Four Years in a Row (2006-2009) • Recipient of the Healt- and will continue to work with all Overall Pulmonary Services – Two Years in a Row (2009-2010) • Grades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™ – Two Years in a Row the communities we serve with Five-Star Rated for Overall Pulmonary Services – Two Years in a purpose and superior care. (2009-2010) • Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Row (2009-2010) • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Pulmonary Services – 2010 • Ranked Among the Top 5 Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – Four Years in a Row (2007- in IN for Overall Pulmonary Services – 2010 2010) • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Pneumonia – Two Years in a • Five-Star Rated for Overall Pulmonary Services – Two Years in a Row (2009-2010) • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – Two Years in a Row (2009-2010) • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Pneumonia – Three Years in a Row (2008-2010) • Received the Highest Possible Star Ratings for Treatment of Pneumonia – 2010 • Saint Anthony Memorial, Michigan City • Recipient of the 2010 HealthGrades Gastrointestinal Surgery Excellence Award™ • Only Recipient of the 2010 HealthGrades Gastrointestinal Surgery Excellence Award™ in the Region** • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for GI Surgery – 2010 • Ranked Among the Top 10 in IN for GI Services – 2010 • Ranked Among the Top 5 in IN for GI Surgery – 2010 • Five-Star Rated for GI Surgery – 2010 • Five-Star Rated for Cholecystectomy – 2010 Franciscan Physicians Hospital, Munster • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Failure – Two Years in a Row (2009-2010) * As defined by the federal government’s Office of Management and Budget. **Region is Michigan City–LaPorte, IN as defined by the federal government’s Office of Management and Budget. a special publication of the times media company society of innovators . march 26, 2010 13
  14. 14. society of innovators // cLass of 2009 & 2010 alan Harre Mike 2008-2009 fellow Sanders 2009 – 2010 fellow the society of innovators of northwest indiana M ike Sanders is President of CPX Inc., of Kentland Indiana, which is one of Newton Counties largest employers. Mike came from humble beginnings. He ‘grew up’ visiting the city dump and collecting parts to make go carts. He gained a passion to learn and a tenacity to succeed. Perhaps his best known story happened years ago when as a young tool and die maker he proved to GM engineers how to manufacture a part that they had designed but couldn’t figure out how to make. His company got the business! More recently, he solved a problem in his own company causing 30% waste that involved injecting a decoration label on GE washers. Though the solution eluded engineers, he figured out that air was being trapped under the A Proud Supporter label. So he had a brush installed on robotic arms to squeeze out air. of Innovation This has become standard practice in the industry. Mike’s capacity to solve complex problems is almost legendary in Newton County. Congratulations to Mike Sanders! He was nominated by Larry K. Dowty, Kentland Bank. “Mike learned to ‘think outside the box’ long before that became a cliché phrase. He never understood that some things just weren’t supposed to be possible so he was never discouraged about taking on projects that other thoughts to be unobtainable. In his early career, Mike devised a way to manufacture a part Gerald I. Lamkin Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center that Detroit engineers said was impossible to do, particularly by someone with no Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana Northwest more extensive background, education and experience as Mike. He proved them 1-800-843-4882 Ext/ 4428 wrong and they left scratching their heads!” ©2009 Bukva Imaging Group www.bukvaimaging.com Award sponsor: ArcelorMittal www.arcelormittal.com 14 society of innovators . march 26, 2010 a special publication of the times media company
  15. 15. society of innovators // class of 2009 & 2010 richard Bender Patrick 2008-2009 fellow A. Wilkins 2009 – 2010 fellow the society of innovators of northwest indiana P atrick A. Wilkins is founder and president of Boss Industries, LaPorte. His company introduced a rotary screw PTO air compressor integrated within a truck chassis that is safe, dependable and practical for the underground utility industry. He took an existing technology and took it to the next level creating benefits to the utilities industry that includes less equipment, lower liability, improved safety, and savings. Traditional air compressors are typically pulled behind trucks or dangling from cranes, and are free standing units. By contrast, the Boss compressor is built into the truck chassis. This has reduced the “footprint” on the job site because less equipment is required by the utility. Today, Boss Industries has 60% of all rotary screw PTO compressor sales to the utility and municipal markets. Headquartered A Proud Supporter of Innovation in LaPorte, this corporate facility is a state-of-the-art complex with over 50,000 square feet. Today, Boss innovations are found on every continent. Congratulations to Patrick A. Wilkins! He was nominated by Maggi Spartz, president, Unity Foundation of Laporte County and a Governor for The Society. “patrick Wilkins has successfully taken an existing technology and is innovative in applying it to new applications and meeting needs of their customers worldwide. patrick has been innovative in three fundamental ways: 1) to start his Patrick Wilkins with model of PTO own company in his 30’s based upon his rotary screw air compressor. dream for the future; 2) to get the right Gerald I. Lamkin Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center people on the bus in the right seats and Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana Northwest 1-800-843-4882 Ext/ 4428 keep them dedicated to the vision—especially a trusted and competent brother paul; and 3) solving his customer’s complex problems. one innovation saved ©2009 Bukva Imaging Group www.bukvaimaging.com workers from injuring themselves on the job.” www.arcelormittal.com Award sponsor: ArcelorMittal a special publication of the times media company society of innovators . march 26, 2010 15
  16. 16. society of innovators // cLass of 2009 & 2010 ArcelorMittal Global R&D T eam, North America co-recipient of the chanute prize for team innovation T he co-recipient of the Chanute Prize is the ArcelorMittal Global R&D Team, North America based in East Chicago that helped develop the advanced high strength steel hydroformed structures project. This enabled Ford to engineer the 2009 F-150 truck with a new hydroformed steel body structure that included an industry-first use of tubular ultra-high strength steel, earning a top safety rating. This collaborative effort by multi- disciplinary teams involved Ford, ArcelorMittal and Vari-Form in the United States and Canada, which led to the development of the second generation reverse mechanism body structure design for trucks. This project earned the Henry Ford Technology Award, effectively utilizing ArcelorMittal’s advanced steels meeting or exceeding FMVSS 216 requirements for roof crush resistance. This also earned new business for the Indiana Harbor Plant in East Chicago. Congratulations to the ArcelorMittal Global R&D, North America Team! The ArcelorMittal Global R&D Team, North America based in East Chicago was nominated by engineer Ravir Bhatnagar. “Demonstrating expertise in materials and applications technology, ArcelorMittal R&D executed several enabling technology projects to help Ford engineer the 2009 F–150 truck, with an all-new hydroformed steel body structure including an industry-first use of tubular ultra-high strength steel. The all-new body shell structure is more weight efficient and easier to manufacturer.” Award sponsor: Krieg DeVault Law Firm 16 society of innovators . march 26, 2010 a special publication of the times media company
  17. 17. society of innovators // class of 2009 & 2010 community Healthcare system rize The ChanuteoPation n v for Team In2009! for 2008- F Oaks air F arms co-recipient of the chanute prize for team innovation T he co-recipient of the Chanute Prize for Team Innovation is Fair Oaks Farms. This remarkable destination is owned by 9 families who operate 10 dairies, with 450 employees and 100 employees who staff the Dairy Adventure Center. It is the largest dairy farm in the United States and the premier agricultural destination in Indiana that attracts 400,000 visitors a year. At a time when most Americans no longer have an opportunity to visit a farm, Fair Oaks Farms offers a wonderful opportunity. Its uniqueness is not only celebrated as a ‘showcase’ for agriculture, but Fair Oaks Farms is also visited by leading business organizations that want to learn about Fair Oaks’ leading energy and environmental features. Fair Oaks Farms has upwards of 25,000 acres and 32,000 cows. Launched in 1998, it was established by dairy farmers who relocated here from out west because this location met the objectives of a business model for a dairy to be successful in the 21st century. Congratulations to the Fair Oaks Farms Team! Fair Oaks Farms was nominated by Jennifer Whaley, Director, Economic Development, Newton County. “FOF is an approved component of the National Dairy Farmer promotion program and represents Indiana’s largest agri-tourism destination. These are large dairy operations, each barn a quarter of a mile long, Gerald I. Lamkin Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center but thanks to this investment Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana Northwest at Fair Oaks, children, adults and families can re-connect with agriculture, which 1-800-843-4882 Ext/ 4428 remains one of Indiana’s and the nation’s most important industries.” ©2009 Bukva Imaging Group www.bukvaimaging.com Award sponsor: Krieg DeVault Law Firm a special publication of the times media company society of innovators . march 26, 2010 17
  18. 18. northwest indiana innovators 2009 - 2010 members of the society of innovators of northwest indiana members Robert Koval, Principal, Evans John P. Hodson, Kouts multiple Elementary School, Lake Station He launched a longterm R&D media, He led a six-year initiative that project between the Kankakee including turned an asphalt area into an award- Valley Historical Society and the public radio. winning outdoor environmental Department of Anthropology at classroom. the University of Notre Dame with John (Jack) a unique grassroots focus using Moreland, Visualization Leon Dombrowski, Accucraft archaelogy to help preserve and Specialist, Purdue University Imaging, Hammond He launched interpret local history. Calumet - Fellow 2009 - 20 10 interchangeable signage, filling a He uses cutting edge visualization void with adaptable, affordable, and T. Clifford Fleming, Village technology to better understand accessible products. in Burns Harbor - Fellow complex challenges from He launched the first residential engineering, business, and the David Cook, Hoosier Bat, development in the nation to sciences that help unravel daunting Valparaiso This co-owner invented, be certified under the National problems and inspire people to see “The So ciet Northwes y of Innovators t In cele patented and manufactured a more Homebuilders Green Building things in a new way. all sector diana by seekin brates the crea s of our econom g out an d tivity an d divers y who co recognizing in ity of durable wood bat made of an ash Program next to steel mills and ntribute no to our qu vators from ality of lif e.” handle, hickory hitting area and soft interstates. Mark C. Kime, Director, Cardiology maple on the barrel end, giving more & Neurology, Porter Health - Fellow durability in the hitting area. Robert Rivers, Ph.D., Purdue He makes life better for patients University Calumet Dr. Rivers, and employees, creating several Denise Koebcke, Media Specialist, Dean School of Education, launched inventions used in other states and Jefferson Middle School, Valparaiso a curriculum called “Mission Ocean, countries such as the world’s first Diha Feije, Ph.D., President, Euclid She launched the Team Lead Exploration Earth” for middle single-wheel movable machine. Diagnostics, LLC This business is Program that encourages student school students featuring deep-sea developing methodologies to detect leadership among bystanders to cope submarine research and research Bart J. Wolf, Ph.D., Director, gene-specific technology to reduce with bullying behavior. computer simulation in three states. Department of Geography and the number of unnecessary biopsies Meterology, Valparaiso University performed for routine prostrate Myra Spearman, Gary This survivor Dan Plath, Westville He created He created a scientifically rigorous cancer screening. of domestic violence for 18 years new ways to explore Northwest and nationally recognized launched “The Weaker Vessel,” the Indiana through underutilized meterology program for students, Patrick A. Wilkins, President, nation’s only online data base of waterways and launched the including the annual storm-chasing Boss Industries, LaPorte - Fellow domestic violence abusers to save Northwest Indiana Paddling trips to the Great Plains. His company introduced a rotary lives and prevent domestic abuse. Association, including the Burnham screw PTO air compressor system to Marquette Water Trail Expedition. David J. Saylor, President, Utility integrated within a truck chassis that Mary Hunter, Gary Services Corporation, Valparaiso was safe, dependable and practical This grandmother invented “Mary’s Thomas E. Carroll, President, He patented technology to isolate for the underground utility industry. Marinating Stick” to enhance the Lakeshore Public TV & Radio He restrictions in collection systems and flavor of meat that is now available brought a new energy to the station, help small communities rehabilitate Robin Bisseker, President True to chefs throughout the country making Lakeshore a unifying force to their storm sewer and sanitary Blue Pool Products, Valparaiso which solved the problem of regionalism and connecting people, collection systems at a much He launched “Pool Python,” a overnight marinating. ideas, and information through lower cost. patented pool skimming device that 18 society of innovators . march 26, 2010 a special publication of the times media company
  19. 19. reduces energy consumption, water is designed to shut off a circulation the site at one quarter of the cost of – Chanute Prize Co-Recipient consumption and chemical usage for pump motor in a drain using sensors other remediation. Fair Oaks Farms developed a 21st cleaning swimming pools. to save lives. century business model that includes Dage – MTI, Michigan City educating the public through Carvel Hoffman, retired engineer, Mike Sanders, President, CPX John and Peggy Moore, co-owners, the Dairy Adventure Center and ArcelorMittal Global R&D, East Plastics, Kentland - Fellow turned around the oldest camera developing a “closed loop” system Chicago He engineered first-in-the- His “out of the box thinking” has manufacturer in the United States in that includes utilizing cow waste world products, including the first made him almost legendary for a two-year initiative to develop the products as a “green” strategy for tomographic sheet profile gauge for coming up with solutions that have “next generation” digital camera for biomass energy. measuring modern steels that was even stumped GM engineers and microscopes by laboratories around inspired by how astronomers look at helped make his company one of the the world for bio/medical research and Advanced High Strength Steel objects. largest employers in Newton County. other uses. Project – Chanute Prize Co-Recipient ArcelorMittal Global Steve Douglas, retired art Mark Reshkin, Ph.D., Valparaiso Wristband Safety Project, School of R&D in East Chicago was involved instructor, North Newton He did pioneering work, not only as Nursing, Purdue University Calumet in a three-company project in High School, Morocco His creative a geologist, but also with Lee Botts A capstone course for nursing two countries to develop a new techniques such as the recreation of in co-founding the Indiana Dunes students launched a statewide color- hydroformed steel body structure “Whooville” out of pottery sparked Environmental Learning Center and coded system for patient identification earning a top safety rating for the student’s interest, promoted reading, the Quality of Life Council. with the help of Northwest Indiana 2009 Ford F-150 truck. and encouraged scholarship. Hospitals and the Indiana Hospital Kristin Sievers-Banks, Scott Middle Association that standardizes Reggie Flesvig, Porter Township School, Hammond This Teacher wristband colors for patients to Schools He uses “technology of the Year as recognized by the save lives. innovation” as a method of engaging LakeShore Chamber of Commerce Fair Oaks Farms, Newton County students in authentic learning uses innovative techniques to help practices, tapping into digital students grasp science. experiences to help underachieving students. Jason Lenig, Teacher, New Rolling Prairie High School He launched Building and enhancing community and business investment Gregory Simms, Sr., a teacher a new patented baseball called in workforce, education, and economic development at Washington Township High “Hitters Eye” for training pitchers that School He integrates history into his represents “the only idea accepted teaching, such as creating a dodgeball from the outside every 5 years” by game that simulated World War II Rawlings Sports Corporation. that became a highly popular and an interactive teaching tool. Elizabeth Ridenour, a teacher at Kesling Middle School, LaPorte team members She launched the Dino Dig curriculum Jupiter Oxygen Corporation, in which student “palentologists” Hammond This company invented a dig up “dino” artificats from three high flame temperature combustion tons of sand to study science in her heat transfer technology working with classroom. the DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory that saves fuel, reduces W. Dennis Hodges, Merrillville carbon emissions, and cuts fossil fuel Optimizing Talent, Strengthening Communities His advocacy in encouraging 21st usage in recycling aluminum products. century high speed passenger travel through the Indiana High Speed Rail Highland Redevelopment Association. Commission, Highland The Bult Oil Phytoremediation Project involved Robert Vellines, Jr., Gary the planting of poplar trees on the He created a ground fault circuit site of the refinery, a brownfield interrupter for swimming pools that development strategy that cleaned up a special publication of the times media company society of innovators . march 26, 2010 19
  20. 20. Innovation! let innovation be our beacon of the future T his insert is dedicated to individuals and teams working in organizations, communities and government to make the seven counties of Northwest Indiana a “Region of Innovation” in the 21st Century! M E D I A C O M P A N Y 20 society of innovators . march 26, 2010 a special publication of the times media company

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