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With an eye on helping high-tech companies maximize their growth potential, the Technological Leadership Institute (TLI) shows high-tech companies how to move more adeptly by exploring ways to map technology strategies, maximize intellectual property assets, marshal technologies, stimulate innovation, and commercialize ideas. Whether earning a degree or attending a professional short course, our corporate and academic programs are developed with involvement from some of industry’s top minds.
Established in 1987 with a Honeywell Foundation endowment, the roots of our success are deep, with its foundation and early achievements the direct result of the commitment and pioneering vision for technological leadership and management training for Minnesota’s scientists and engineers. Thanks to that vision and commitment, we continue to develop and deliver an exceptionally rich learning environment for the career development needs of its students and technical professionals.
Our programs focus on applied learning with theory brought to life through real-world applications. Students and faculty share their knowledge and compare their experiences. We offer three M.S. degree options. Management of Technology provides tremendous opportunities to gain wider and deeper skills to manage and lead in technology-intensive environments. Infrastructure Systems Engineering is ideal for civil engineers or those in related fields who need the latest in infrastructure management to do their jobs more effectively. Security Technologies provides current and aspiring analytical and risk management policymakers and innovators the tools to meet a growing demand in business and industry. A variety of corporate programs are also available. Additionally, we oversee the College of Science and Engineering’s Gemini Project for undergraduate students. This project includes classes and workshops to help students in basic business and entrepreneurial skills with an eye for the technical and engineering marketplace.
Faculty members from science, engineering, ethics, public policy, law, public health, veterinary medicine, and food safety are active in several research areas. These include global transition dynamics to enhance resilience, security, and efficiency of national critical infrastructures such as energy, communications, transportation, and economic networks; business strategy, business and the natural environment; problem formulation, modeling, and knowledge engineering; developing and integrating micro sensors and micro actuators with silicon VLSI technologies and compound semiconductors for sensing applications and more.