AUTM Eastern Regional Conference 2015

AUTM Eastern Regional Conference 2015

Well summer is winding down, school has started back, and football season is ready to explode back onto your T.V. All this can only mean one thing, time for the AUTM Eastern Regional meeting. This coming Monday, our office will be making an appearance in Raleigh, NC for the annual regional meeting. Below are some highlights of things we are super excited to check out.

Barbecue

When you think rivalries in North Carolina, the Tobacco Road rivalry of Duke and North Carolina may come to mind. But, the two perennial hardwood titans may not be the biggest rivalry of the state. That distinction could go to the factions of East and West – or Lexington – style barbecue. Differences between the two can be found in the sauce and hog usage. You see, Eastern style uses a vinegar and pepper based sauce along with the whole hog. In fact, Eastern style is said to include everything of the pig except the squeal. On the other hand, Lexington style adds ketchup to their vinegar and pepper base to form what is known as “red sauce.” Additionally, the Westerners only use the dark meat of the pork shoulder, which is juicier, richer, and moister.

Since we are going to Raleigh, it is only likely we will get to try the Eastern style. However, we will do our hardest to not show any favoritism in this on-going debate and attempt to get some Lexington style as well. After all, we are personally responsible to make recommendations to friends and family on the best BBQ. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it.

Conference Events

It should be noted that we think this event will go swimmingly well. It is led by our very own Rick Swatloski, who doubles as the Assistant Vice President of the Eastern Regional. Rick is one of Tuscaloosa’s best leaders, after all.

As for workshops that we want to attend, two caught our eye. Protect and Accelerate: Commercialization of Software and Information Technology and Tech Scouting: What Industry Is Looking For and How To Be Found.

With the recent increase in mobile and web apps, we are always getting questions on the best methods to commercialize new software. A simple answer is best practice are always evolving. We hope this workshop will throw a bit of useful knowledge our way.

As a small office, we have no choice but to work as efficiently as possible if we hope to see big returns. The sooner we can align our technology with what industry needs, the better chances we have of being discovered and inking out deals. In the Tech Scouting workshop, we are hoping to get some tips or tricks that can help optimize our efforts in this area.

Overall, we hope to make the most of our two days in Raleigh by doing the things everyone loves to do at conference: networking, soaking up as much knowledge as we can, and taking a small break from the daily grind.

 

Meet Our Team:
Rick Swatloski, Ph.D., CLP – Director

Rick is our fearless leader and captain. No, seriously he’s a captain. As in he will fly your plane kind of captain. Not only is he our leader, but also he is the Vice President of the Eastern Region. You can catch him roaming the halls and networking like an all-star. If you see him around, be sure to say hello and strike up a conversation. He will certainly like to hear what you have to say, and we know you will like what he says. After all, it will be your captain speaking.

 

Whitney Hough, Ph.D., MBA – Assistant Director

Whitney isn’t afraid to cut a rug or ink a license deal. When she isn’t wearing her boogie shoes or cashing checks, you can find her speed-reading a good book. Be sure to ask her what’s currently on the list, it is sure to be a good one. If you do happen to have the pleasure, expect to leave the conversation with some awesome new facts along with a few new bestsellers to check out.

 

Ben Bickerstaff – Graduate Research Assistant

The only team member not a part of the three letter club, Ben is the tagalong grad student and the resident wild card. When he isn’t writing dynamic blog posts – like this one – you can catch him discussing any one of a number of things from how Ohio State’s Sugar Bowl victory was a fluke to how best to market a cutting edge piezoelectric sensor. So if you’re brave enough, roll the dice and see what kind of conversation you get.

 

Hopefully, we will see any or all of you next week in Raleigh. Fair warning, it is the opening week of football season, so we make no apologies for the unabashed use of our world famous catchphrase, Roll Tide!

 

Well summer is winding down, school has started back, and football season is ready to explode back onto your T.V. All this can only mean one thing, time for the AUTM Eastern Regional meeting. This coming Monday, our office will be making an appearance in Raleigh, NC for the annual regional meeting. Below are some highlights of things we are super excited to check out.

Barbecue

When you think rivalries in North Carolina, the Tobacco Road rivalry of Duke and North Carolina may come to mind. But, the two perennial hardwood titans may not be the biggest rivalry of the state. That distinction could go to the factions of East and West – or Lexington – style barbecue. Differences between the two can be found in the sauce and hog usage. You see, Eastern style uses a vinegar and pepper based sauce along with the whole hog. In fact, Eastern style is said to include everything of the pig except the squeal. On the other hand, Lexington style adds ketchup to their vinegar and pepper base to form what is known as “red sauce.” Additionally, the Westerners only use the dark meat of the pork shoulder, which is juicier, richer, and moister.

Since we are going to Raleigh, it is only likely we will get to try the Eastern style. However, we will do our hardest to not show any favoritism in this on-going debate and attempt to get some Lexington style as well. After all, we are personally responsible to make recommendations to friends and family on the best BBQ. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it.

Conference Events

It should be noted that we think this event will go swimmingly well. It is led by our very own Rick Swatloski, who doubles as the Assistant Vice President of the Eastern Regional. Rick is one of Tuscaloosa’s best leaders, after all.

As for workshops that we want to attend, two caught our eye. Protect and Accelerate: Commercialization of Software and Information Technology and Tech Scouting: What Industry Is Looking For and How To Be Found.

With the recent increase in mobile and web apps, we are always getting questions on the best methods to commercialize new software. A simple answer is best practice are always evolving. We hope this workshop will throw a bit of useful knowledge our way.

As a small office, we have no choice but to work as efficiently as possible if we hope to see big returns. The sooner we can align our technology with what industry needs, the better chances we have of being discovered and inking out deals. In the Tech Scouting workshop, we are hoping to get some tips or tricks that can help optimize our efforts in this area.

Overall, we hope to make the most of our two days in Raleigh by doing the things everyone loves to do at conference: networking, soaking up as much knowledge as we can, and taking a small break from the daily grind.

 

Meet Our Team:
Rick Swatloski, Ph.D., CLP – Director

Rick is our fearless leader and captain. No, seriously he’s a captain. As in he will fly your plane kind of captain. Not only is he our leader, but also he is the Vice President of the Eastern Region. You can catch him roaming the halls and networking like an all-star. If you see him around, be sure to say hello and strike up a conversation. He will certainly like to hear what you have to say, and we know you will like what he says. After all, it will be your captain speaking.

 

Whitney Hough, Ph.D., MBA – Assistant Director

Whitney isn’t afraid to cut a rug or ink a license deal. When she isn’t wearing her boogie shoes or cashing checks, you can find her speed-reading a good book. Be sure to ask her what’s currently on the list, it is sure to be a good one. If you do happen to have the pleasure, expect to leave the conversation with some awesome new facts along with a few new bestsellers to check out.

 

Ben Bickerstaff – Graduate Research Assistant

The only team member not a part of the three letter club, Ben is the tagalong grad student and the resident wild card. When he isn’t writing dynamic blog posts – like this one – you can catch him discussing any one of a number of things from how Ohio State’s Sugar Bowl victory was a fluke to how best to market a cutting edge piezoelectric sensor. So if you’re brave enough, roll the dice and see what kind of conversation you get.

 

Hopefully, we will see any or all of you next week in Raleigh. Fair warning, it is the opening week of football season, so we make no apologies for the unabashed use of our world famous catchphrase, Roll Tide!

 

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