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About Commentator: Michael S. Slocum

| On 01, Jan 2007

Michael S. Slocum

Dr. Michael S. Slocum, Principal and CEO of The Inventioneering Company, is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of strategy and innovation, specializing in Competitive Excellence and the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ). He has over 20 years of research, development, quality, and design experience including senior executive positions in the research, development, engineering, and quality arenas. Dr. Slocum’s latest thought leadership is embodied in the new book: INsourcing Innovation. His work has been recognized by Fortune magazine as being one of the 25 Breakthrough Technologies of 2005 and has also been featured on the History Channel, ABC, CBS, and NBC.


Dr. Slocum has solved over 4,300 technical and non-technical problems using TRIZ and has developed or participated in over 500 patentable innovations. He has also specialized in Competitive Excellence and the integration of systematic innovation with Six Sigma (DMAIC and DFSS). Dr. Slocum is the principal architect of the commonly used Competitive Excellence Model, which combines the strategies of Preservation and Evolution into a synergistic competitive excellence strategy applicable to any organization.


Dr. Slocum’s research and developmental work at Ontro was awarded the “Most Innovative New Product of 1999” by the UCSD CONNECT program. He has applied similar advanced methodologies to launch vehicles, the International Space Station, submarines, 44 satellite systems, weapon systems, medical programs, pharmacological systems, and various other technical and non-technical programs.


He is currently researching a total product / process development system that integrates comprehensive QFD, Six Sigma, and TRIZ in an Axiomatic Design structure. He is also working on advancements in TRIZ concerning Ideality, modeling, integration with Six Sigma and Axiomatic Design, and an extensively revised version of TRIZ.


As an adjunct professor and member of the graduate faculty at North Carolina State University, Dr. Slocum developed and taught a TRIZ graduate course and edited the classroom textbook, TRIZ: The Right Solution at the Right Time. Dr. Slocum has also taught innovation classes at Monterey Technical University (ITEM), CU Boulder, MIT, and Cal Poly Pomona. He has concurrently led TRIZ research and development programs for ten years, authoring over 130 published papers on TRIZ and other innovation and design methodologies.


Dr. Slocum studied under two TRIZ Masters who were given diplomas by Altshuller: Boris Zlotin and Alla Zusman. He also studied at the U.S. Army Intelligence School and holds a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in physics. He is an editor of The TRIZ Journal, founding editor of Izobretenia (Journal of the Altshuller Institute for TRIZ Studies), and an editor of the Journal of TRIZ in Engineering Design (JTED). A Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society in London, he is also a member of the European TRIZ Association (ETRIA) Global Coordination Group, Altshuller Institute, New Technology Review Panel of the National Food Processors Association, Institute of Food Technologists, Society for Plastic Engineers, New York Academy of Sciences, Association for the Advancement of the Sciences, American Physical Society, American Material Society, American Society of Quality, ISSSP and the American Chemical Society.