Idea Jam with David Edelstein, September 14

Looking for a good idea?  Want to brainstorm and get your creative juices flowing?

Come to an “Idea Jam” on Thursday, September 14 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Bird Library with David Edelstein ’78, Vice Chair of the Syracuse University Board of Trustees.  The event will be held in Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Room 114, Bird Library.

Edelstein is an entrepreneur and corporate innovator whose career included positions in information management at IBM, Bristol–Myers Squibb and Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics (formerly Dade Behring).

He is interested in meeting students to share his experiences and help jumpstart some innovative thinking.  Edelstein will be pitching a few problems he’s identified, and hoping some students will be interested in devising creative solutions.  Students will also be invited to make flash pitches and get feedback on their ideas.  The fun, informal session will explore the “art of the start” through brainstorming and idea generation.  It will be an opportunity to see how the process of ideation can lead to problem solving and creative solutions.

Before retiring, Edelstein served as the vice president of supply chain management project management at Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics where he led the development of advanced information and e-business systems to support the company’s worldwide organization. Previously, he was senior vice president of regulatory affairs, quality systems, health, safety and environment, and CIO for Dade Behring. Prior to joining Dade Behring, Edelstein was vice president of information management and productivity, responsible for financial and supply chain systems at Bristol-Myers Squibb. He also held various positions in information technology for IBM.

For Syracuse University, Edelstein is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Trustees Academic Affairs Committee. He has served as a member of the Dean’s Council and Campaign Leadership Council for the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science. He has also served as an affiliate Professor at L.C. Smith College and guest lectures on the topics of complex integration projects and health care and information technology.

The event is sponsored by the Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University with the College of Engineering and Computer Science, Whitman School of Management, the iSchool and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication.

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