The Technological Leadership Institute's fellows teach courses, work with students regarding career goals, and consult with companies in Minnesota and around the world. They are outstanding experts in business and technology and bring a variety of experience to benefit each of our degree programs.
Andrew Borene provides senior executive leadership for worldwide strategic initiatives supporting IBM’s i2 Safer Planet Division. In the private sector, Mr. Borene has provided business leadership within publicly-held international companies, directed corporate development at a defense technology startup, and served as program manager for U.S. government agency contracts.
As a TLI fellow, Brian Isle teaches vulnerability and risk assessment methods for critical infrastructure at the Technological Leadership Institute and is CEO and a member of the technical staff at Adventium Labs. He’s also been published in more than 20 publications and is on the board of directors for the Minnesota chapter of the FBI-sponsored InfraGard organization.
David Rhees is a historian of science and medicine whose specialty is the evolution of medical technology in Minnesota and beyond. He holds a Ph.D. in the history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania. He was the executive director of The Bakken Museum for 23 years and led the expansion of the museum into an award-winning center for science education and for historical research on the medical applications of electricity. While at The Bakken he led an oral history project on Minnesota’s “Medical Alley” – one of the world’s leading clusters of medical device firms -- and has conducted more than 80 audio and video interviews with leaders of the industry. He assisted the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention with an exhibit on Medical Alley at the National Museum of American History (opened in 2015). He is the co-editor of the book Dreaming On With Earl Bakken (2014). Currently, he is working on a book with the Danish firm MedTrace to be called Sharpening the Focus: Oral Histories of Oxygen-15 Water Perfusion Imaging. He also is working to develop a public TV documentary on Medical Alley.
Michael Wright is chairman of the TLI Advisory Board and a founding board member of the MN Innovation Lab. He currently serves as President and CEO of Artisans Inc. a privately held consumer products company in transition. Mr. Wright is a proven leader of scale enterprises faced with the need for transformational change. He has delivered more than two decades of global P&L leadership for diverse public and privately held technology enterprises. His experience ranges from early stage to maturity, primarily in the semiconductor, materials, plastics, software, instrumentation, food and filtration industries. Mr. Wright is also the published author of The New Business Normal and has written more than 30 articles. He is the recipient of the IABC Excel award for business communications and has won numerous awards in marketing and advertising. He also holds two patents in micro-fluidics.