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FIRESIDE CHAT SEMINAR: Innovation: Powering People Forward! with Ryan Farris, Engineering Manager, Parker Hannifin Corporation Technology Venture

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. Come hear Ryan share the story of the development of this amazing technology!


Join us every Wednesday evening for an hour or two of stimulating conversation with entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial thinkers! If you have ever wondered how businesses or organizations get started, here’s the chance to find out. The seminars run from September 5 through November 14 (no speakers on September 12 or November 7).

Each Wednesday an entrepreneur will tell their story. Some of these entrepreneurs may be well seasoned; some may be just starting out. Hear how they did it…what they did right…what they might do differently, and what they might do next! This semester our focus is on technology, the College’s theme for the year.