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TEDxPennQuarter 2011 - Damian Saccocio - Reinventing The Research University

Damian is a something of a nerd-gone-astray -- while working toward his computer engineering degree as a young Buckeye, he correctly observed his relative lack of skills in VAX VMS DCL compared to peers so wrote a thesis on "red apples" that told the story of the Soviet Union's long standing policy of appropriating western technology; this led to a master's in political science from MIT where he focused not so much on how to build bridges as it were but where they should be built and their impact; these bridges turned into information superhighways and brought him to DC where he was privileged to work on technology policy issues of great importance at the National Research Council long before most folks thought they were important. Missing the freedom that comes with being poor, Damian went back to graduate school and earned a doctorate in Management from Rensselaer Poytechnic Institute (the nation's first, after West Point, engineering school which was founded to help train civil engineers for the communication/commerce pathways of the time, canals). Upon returning to DC, Damian began a decade with AOL which began with 28.8 baud modems and ended with streaming video over broadband—talk about disruptive technology! He's particularly excited about the current, if slow, revolution in watching (and interacting with) moving images over long distances (aka TV) and has worked with the "free-space" motion controller folks at Hillcrest Labs and the media backend system folks at Artesia (now Open Text). He is currently a Director with the Advisory Group at Huron where he advises universities on how best to connect the dots between research, faculty, and students with the broader innovation ecosystem of companies, investors, and customers. In his spare time he enjoys watching the Rugby World Cup and wrestling with his three kids. About TEDx: In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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