The City Museum of Saint Louis is a unique explorable wonderland built out of reclaimed architecture, scrap metal, stone, wood, and brick. The original vision was created by Bob Cassilly and opened to the public in 1997. The museum is continually growing and changing under the guidance of small number of skilled craftsmen and artists who worked beside Cassilly until his tragic death in 2011. Ashley Kaempf describes the indirect path that led her to become a builder of the City Museum as well as her creative process within a group and how it compares to other artistic fabrication environments.
Great innovation does not come from learning other people’s ideas, or memorizing a body of information. It starts with understanding yourself and thinking for yourself. Additionally it requires the courage to argue your ideas when they may not be popular or initially received. As engineers, you may have to innovate to solve some of the world’s hardest challenges in an environment that may be full of unconscious biases. This session aims to equip you with the tools to be able to innovate in the face of biases and stereotypes.
Learn how Business Excellence (BEx) combines disciplined innovation methods with elements of venture capitalism, crowdsourcing and collaborative leadership to deliver rapid and sustainable business improvements and innovations in any industry. These methods have been proven to not only improve employee engagement, drive change and adoption in a more rapid pace, but also overall customer experiences and drive growth. Its track record of innovation, leadership development and value creation for over a decade has won multiple industry awards and global accolades including the Global Award of Excellence (by Rice Global Forum) and the 2016 Top US Private Company for Leaders (by Chief Executive Magazine).
Island countries experience high and volatile energy prices, and their economies are extremely vulnerable to global oil price fluctuations. Natural resources offer potential for generating local, renewable energy, and can contribute to socio-economic development for countries in the Caribbean and beyond. With on-going cost declines for renewable energy technologies, careful integration of renewable energy into existing systems can benefit utilities and customers, resulting in a more resilient community. In this session, learn about Saint Lucia’s energy transition planning work, including the partners, process, and outcomes.
Introduce budding entrepreneurs with apps, hacks and software. Introduce budding entrepreneurs with apps, hacks and software which will save time and money. These tools will be low cost or free yet important if not vital to operating a business, which will save time and money. These tools will be low cost or free yet important if not vital to operating a business.
Presentation on the ins and out of sanitary and waste water treatment, including what happens to wastewater after it goes down the drain. Topics will include: wastewater characterization (municipal, commercial, industrial), conveyance systems, engineering and treatment basics (preliminary/primary, secondary, tertiary), and an overview of the regulations, permitting, siting / master planning, as well as facility design and construction. Emerging issues in the wastewater treatment field will be presented: Cogeneration Systems, Water Reuse, Flood Protection, and the ever-popular, lesser-known campaign focused on “Flushables” (baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, paper towels, etc.) Education!
Bringing a product from an idea to a real product is a difficult task and as companies grow larger with more success, it is harder to get a product out the door. More processes get added and what is really needed to create a product sometimes get left behind. This session will focus on some of the tools of lean product development and how to use them to get a product out the door faster. We will focus on the top 10 tips from product managers.