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Department of Biomedical Engineering

April 3, 2002

Mr. Zion Bar-El
Ideation International
Suite 5500
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.


Thomas 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 Engineering

Director, VaNTH Engineering Research Center in Bioengineering Educational Technologies

Jerry C. Collins, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Industrial Liaison, VaNTH ERC


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