Hiram College


Every Wednesday during the 12-Week, the Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship hosts Fireside Chats with local entrepreneurs. This week’s Fireside Chat will take place on a Thursday.

At 7 p.m. at East Hall Forum, entrepreneurs will discuss their journeys – how they started their business, what they did right, what they did wrong and where they are going next.

Sept. 18: Innovation: Powering People Forward! with Ryan Farris, Engineering Manager, Parker Hannifin Corporation

Big corporations can be entrepreneurial (often called intrapreneurial), too.  Best known for its hydraulic pumps and electric motors in the mobile, industrial and aerospace industries, Parker Hannifin decided to take its expertise to the medical device industry.  The company licensed technology from Vanderbilt University to develop Indego, a powered exoskeleton that assists paraplegics, stroke victims and other paralyzed or semi-paralyzed people to walk independently. Ryan Farris, engineering manager, will share the story of the development of this amazing technology.

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