On Thursday, October 20, the University of Portland will be hosting its Operations & Tech Management Symposium from 4 - 7 PM in Shiley Atrium.

Join us for thought-provoking discussion led by industry leaders followed by networking reception. Meet the speakers and connect with movers and shakers in the operations and technology management field.
Don’t miss this inaugural event!

  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Fred Pond, former CIO Columbia Sportswear
    Chris DeGallier, CGD Owner; Greg Martin, Knowledge Universe CIO; Jimmy Godard, Bank of America VP Senior Change; Renee Eaton, Rapidmade CEO; Rick McClain, Milwaukee Electronics COO, Derek Weiss, VP, Deputy CIO Cambia Health Solutions and Wilson Zorn, Adidas Sr. Enterprise Architect.


  • Registration/Welcome
  • Keynote Speaker – Fred Pond, CIO Columbia Sportswear
  • Guest Speaker – Jackie Baretta, CIO Willamette University
  • Panel Discussion Moderated by: Lisa McCaffrey (see “Speakers” for panel bios)
  • Networking Reception

Event Details:

  • When: Thursday, October 20th 2016, 4-7PM
  • Where:  University of Portland – Shiley Hall (Atrium)
  • Parking: FREE (main campus parking lot)
  • General Admission: $35 (includes “Primal Teams” book by Jackie Baretta, reception appetizers and drink)
  • Student Admission: $15 (includes “Primal Teams” book by Jackie Baretta, reception appetizers and drink)

In yet another example of surgeons using 3D printing to plan complex surgeries, Chinese researchers have begun creating personalized models of patients' hearts. These models are based off of ultrasound scans of the organs which are then rendered precisely so that doctors can see exactly the size and detail of each unique heart. This helps in the planning and execution of surgeries, which can be prolonged and risky without apt preparation. These medical models will be helpful not just to doctors but also to medical students.

Given the resulting health and cost benefits, this application of additive manufacturing is expected to see explosive growth.

We've blogged before about firms that are using 3D printing to help the visually impaired "see."  Innovative individuals and businesses have found unique ways to enhance the aesthetic, educational, and medical experiences of people with different levels of blindness.

In Helsinki, designers are 3D printing replicas of famous works of art so that they can be touched and experienced in a way like never before; objects can now be handled by visually impaired students so as to better understand concepts in their education.

A doctor in New Zealand has applied this technology to create an affordable medical device that can help examine patients’ eyesight and diagnose conditions that can be treated and prevented.

In this one field of medicine we in turn can see a global effort to make lives better through 3D printing and its versatile array of applications.