Nashville, Tennessee 37235
Telephone: (615) 322-7311
Department of Biomedical Engineering
April 3, 2002
Mr. Zion Bar-El
25505 West 12 Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48034
Dear Mr. Bar-El:
It is a pleasure to write this letter to
Ideation International Inc. on behalf of the Department of Biomedical
Engineering at Vanderbilt University and the VaNTH ERC. Your positive
record in support of our mission and your compelling vision for the future
have been of great benefit to our students. During the past two years you
have worked with Dr. Paul King and our biomedical engineering students to
enhance their engineering education. Their two-semester design course has
benefited greatly from your powerful reality-based approach. Through the
use of Ideationís methods for innovation and state-of-the-art software,
our students have been able to solve real engineering problems and have
produced several patent applications. These exciting results have caused
us to take steps to introduce the I-TRIZ approach into the STAR Legacy
Cycle learning hypothesis of VaNTH. In particular, it is our expectation
that VaNTH students challenged with industry-relevant problems will use
the I-TRIZ approach to innovative problem solving as part of the Legacy
Cycle approach to learning.
Your contribution as an industrial partner
has strengthened our relationship and commitment to each other. We welcome
a closer collaboration as Ideation assists us in expanding our internship
program, creating alliances of excellence in biomedical and
bioengineering, and recruiting new industrial partners. We believe that
your international industrial experience, Ideationís advanced methods of
innovation, and your work on our campus uniquely qualify you to introduce
and lead similar programs. It is a pleasure to offer our assistance to
Ideation International and to introduce you to other universities.
We look forward to continuing our work
together and highly recommend that our academic partners at VaNTH ERC join
us in expanding this collaboration to give students early learning
experiences working with industrial companies and solving real-life
problems to improve their engineering education.
R. Harris, M.D., Ph.D.
Orrin Henry Ingram
Distinguished Professor of Engineering
Professor of Biomedical
Engineering, Medicine, and Chemical Engineering
Chair, Department of Biomedical
Director, VaNTH Engineering Research
Center in Bioengineering Educational Technologies
C. Collins, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor of
Industrial Liaison, VaNTH ERC