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The Triz Journal | January 16, 2018

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Dr. Phil Samuel

As the Editor and Chief of The TRIZ Journal, Dr. Phil Samuel brings tremendous experience in TRIZ and innovation in general. Dr. Phil is the chief innovation officer for BMGI, leveraging more than 20 years of experience as he works with organizations to insource creativity and increase organic growth potential. Phil is a dynamic speaker and author whose deep expertise has earned him the reputation of an industry pioneer.


Jack Hipple

Jack is principal, Innovation-TRIZ Associates, which provides training and consulting in breakthrough problem solving and organizational innovation. He is a chemical engineering graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with 30 years of industrial experience with Dow Chemical, Ansell Edmont and Cabot Corporation. At Dow he was responsible for both the corporate chemical engineering laboratory and was its Discovery Research director.

Since 1999, he has been consulting on the TRIZ (Theory of Inventive Problem Solving) methodology. He has led the evolution of TRIZ thinking and application into non-traditional areas such as organizational and management issues, as well as into unique technical areas such as human factors and consumer product design. He has also pioneered the combination of TRIZ with other creativity techniques such as CPS and Edward DeBono’s tools and teaches a course at the University of South Florida on industrial creativity and innovation techniques. He also teaches inventive problem solving for both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers

His clients include BP/Amoco, S.C. Johnson, Dow Chemical, GAF Roofing, National Starch, Mobil Chemical, Air Products, Bank of Montreal, Siemens (both in the U.S. and in Mexico), the U.S. Navy, Lockheed Marti and M&M Mars. He has taught TRIZ courses for the Altshuller TRIZ Institute, the European TRIZ Association, the American Creativity Association and the World Future Society.

He is a certified TRIZ specialist and is also a certified DeBono (Six Hats™ and Lateral Thinking™) user and certified MBTI™ and Kirton KAI™ trainer.

-Six Hats and Lateral Thinking are registered trademarks of APTT
-KAI is a registered trademark of M.J. Kirton


Prakasan Kappoth

Prakasan Kappoth (Prakash) is a Senior Manager working as a Systematic Innovation facilitator and innovation consultant at MindTree Ltd., Bangalore, India; a mid-sized IT Service Company delivering techno-business solutions to clients across the globe. He helps MindTree’s internal and external customers with identifying and solving technical and non-technical problems using structured innovation techniques (specializing in TRIZ).

In his capacity he is also working toward his Ideal Final Result (IFR) of “not doing his job – or others doing his job” by implementing continuous learning platforms for structured innovation and effective thinking focusing on engineers and leadership team. He recently started working with educational institutions (engineering and business) providing them hands-on systematic innovation workshops and frequent lectures to inculcate creative thinking for the future workforce (more ideal solution).

He has been in the IT industry for over 12 years; He has worked in a variety of technical domains including network management, industrial automation, image processing, consumer and embedded appliances, automotive and storage. He is an active student recently completed his MBA besides Dip in IT, Textile and Fashion Technology, and is now enrolled in a psychology course.

Prakash also represents ETRIA (European TRIZ Association) in India as a global coordinator, Member, Altshuller Institute of TRIZ Studies, and founded the TRIZ India Forum, a not-for-profit platform bringing together TRIZ enthusiasts from India.


Toru Nakagawa

Toru Nakagawa first met TRIZ in May 1997, and introduced it into Fujitau Labs for a year.  Then, moving to Osaka Gakuin University as Professor in 1998, he worked for research, education, and proliferation of TRIZ and its extensions.  Even after retiring OGU in 2012, he has been actively working as Professor Emeritus for promoting Creative Problem Solving Methodologies including TRIZ/USIT/CrePS.

He first learned TRIZ and translated Yuri Solamatov’s TRIZ textbook and then Darrell Mann’s Systematic Innovation textbook into Japanese, in collaboration with many colleagues. He also introduced USIT (Unified Structured Inventive Thinking) developed by Ed Sickafus into Japan since 1999.  He extended USIT further by reorganizing all the TRIZ solution generation methods into a system of USIT Operators, and by representing the USIT process in the form of ‘Six-Box Scheme’, which was found to be an new basic paradigm for creative problem solving.  He realized in 2012 that for responding various demands by people, a General Methodology of Creative Problem Solving (beyond TRIZ) is necessary; and that such a general methodology (CrePS) can be established on the basis of the Six-Box Scheme.  Thus he is currently making efforts for developing the CrePS methodology and its concise procedure USIT in the paradigm of the Six-Box Scheme.

He was a core member for founding Japan TRIZ Society, NPO, and served as the Program Chairperson of Japan TRIZ Symposium in 2005 through 2012.  He gave presentations at TRIZCONs of Altshuller Institute (a life-time member of AI since 1998), ETRIA TFCs (every year from the first 2001 to present), TRIZ Journal, etc. Recently he gave keynote lectures at TRIZ related conferences in Iran, Malaysia, Korea, Hong Kong, etc.

He established “TRIZ Home Page in Japan” in Nov. 1998 as a public (i.e., not private/personal) Web site in Japanese and in English.  As the Editor, he collected good papers/articles written by various authors in Japan and over the world (besides his own many papers/articles) and posted them in Japanese and in English in parallel.  The site, actively updated every 2 to 4 weeks (without a fixed schedule), is now a very rich library of TRIZ papers with a well-organized index system.  On the basis of this experience, he has been proposing to establish a Global Network of Public Web Sites in TRIZ.  He is now happy to help “The TRIZ Journal” serve for promoting TRIZ in the global scale.