Past Lectures

The food we eat, the water we drink, the way we shop, our entertainment technology … it’s all connected.

Discover how industry experts are utilizing machine learning, data, the Internet of Things, and user experience expertise to integrate technology into our lives in unexpected ways.

Fall 2018

Testing the Water: Where Plumbing and IoT Mix

Mike Sale and Sarah Schlifke, Delta Faucet

About Mike Sale

Mike has worked in several product development roles for Delta Faucet Company, most recently helping bring Delta’s first internet-connected, voice-enabled kitchen faucet to market. Known for a keen eye for market opportunities balanced with an authentic appeal for risk-taking, he is an assertive voice for innovative thinking across Delta Faucet Company’s product lines. He is also responsible for cultivating strategic IoT external partnerships outside Delta Faucet Company’s core lines, starting with the whole-home water monitoring device from Buoy Labs. Mike completed his undergrad at Lehigh University and MBA at the IU Kelley School of Business.

About Sarah Schlifke

As Delta Faucet Company’s Innovation Product Manager, Sarah is a forward-thinker in Delta’s Research & Development group working to bring aspirational ideas to a manufacturable reality. Using a steadfast, detailed approach, her combined love for insights and product enables her to passionately shepherd consumer-focused, innovative products and technologies from “fuzzy ideas” through hurdles of concept design, research, and cross-functional support. Sarah joined Delta Faucet Company as a Strategic Marketing Analyst and later transitioned to Product Management where she has spearheaded a variety of high-technology and design product launches for Delta Faucet Company’s premium plumbing brand. Sarah completed her undergrad at the IU Kelley School of Business.

About Delta Faucet Company

Founded by Masco Corporation in 1954 with the introduction of the single-handle faucet, Delta Faucet Company is proud to be America’s faucet innovation leader, featuring Delta®, Brizo® and Peerless® products. A WaterSense® partner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Delta Faucet is a global organization that offers kitchen faucets, bath faucets, shower heads, shower systems, toilets and related accessories, selling products in more than 53 countries.

A Transformation from Hardware to Connected Solutions

Scott Sullivan, Shure Inc.

About Scott Sullivan

Scott Sullivan is Vice President, Global Product Management of Shure Inc., manufacturer of microphone and audio electronic equipment. The company’s products include wireless systems, mixers and digital signal processors, microphones, and accessories.

Sullivan began his career at Shure as a buyer in the purchasing department and spent the last 23 years in Global Product Management. He managed the definition of hundreds of new Shure products for over two decades and the entire Product Roadmap since 2006.

About Shure Inc.

Shure Incorporated was founded by S.N. Shure in 1925, who sold kits to build radios. In the 1930s, when factory-made radios became available, the Company began to manufacture microphones. Shure was contracted by the U.S. government to make specialized microphones for military tanks, ships, and aircraft in the 1940s, and adopted manufacturing and testing procedures to ensure that products would withstand the rigors of battle. Today, Shure products are legendary for their ruggedness and dependability, including the Shure SM58®, the most popular vocal microphone in the world for the past 50 years.

Most recently, Shure has developed breakthrough technologies in wireless, audio networking, and personal listening products. Shure envisions growing from a legacy of rock solid hardware, to a future consisting of intelligent microphones and speakers, where everything in-between is software.

Connected Devices and Digital Entertainment

Jim Meyer, CEO, Sirius XM Radio

About Jim Meyer and SiriusXM Radio

James E. Meyer is Chief Executive Officer of SiriusXM, the largest radio broadcaster measured by revenue, with more than 30.6 million subscribers. Meyer oversees all aspects of the company’s operations from its New York City corporate headquarters.

Previously, Meyer had been SiriusXM’s President, Operations and Sales, responsible for overseeing and directing the Company’s automotive OEM (original equipment manufacturer) business, online services, retail markets, product management, and engineering functions. Prior to joining SiriusXM in May 2004, Meyer was President of Aegis Ventures, a general management consulting company, where he provided support for SiriusXM.

Before Aegis, he held a number of senior management positions in consumer electronics over a 25-year period, including Thomson, General Electric, and RCA.

SiriusXM creates and offers commercial-free music; premier sports and live events; news and comedy; exclusive talk and entertainment; and the most comprehensive lineup of Latin commercial-free music, sports, and talk programming in radio. SiriusXM is also a leading provider of telematics and connected vehicles services, providing safety, security and convenience services to a host of major automotive manufacturers.

Spring 2018

Evolving technology is redefining how we work, age, and govern. In the spring 2018 Industry Lecture Series, speakers reveal how data is driving agriculture and city government, and providing insights into aging in place.

The Responsive City: A New Way of Operating
Steve Goldsmith, former Indianapolis mayor
Harvard University Kennedy School of Government

The Collision of Agriculture, Technology, and Sensors
Brad Fruth, Beck’s Hybrids

Design and the Longevity Economy
Susann Keohane, IBM Corporation

Fall 2017

From the kitchen of tomorrow to the way we deliver products, IoT is about connection and convenience. Our fall 2017 Industry Lecture Series speakers offer insights into how the products of the future will be designed, ordered, and transported.

Amazon’s Innovative Warehouse Operations and Systems Design
Will Seidelman, Amazon

How “Smart” Lift Trucks and Materials-Handling Equipment Are Transforming Distribution Center Operations
Mike Gallagher, Crown Equipment

Gourmet Cooking Made Easy: How GE Appliances Is Using IoT to Enable New Cooking Experiences
Chris Bissig, General Electric Appliances