Last Tuesday, the summer research fellows entertained their first guest speaker, Michael Summers, at the weekly lunch. Summers was the CEO of several companies early in his career, and has now taken a higher role in aiding a broad range of companies with his group: Cody Ventures. After an energizing auditory introduction, he introduced several of his larger and current ventures, including Quintel – an antenna manufacturing company specializing in innovative ways of increasing signal throughput, range and versatility. With Quintel, he demonstrated the iterative process of innovation, showing how antennas kept getting smaller and more powerful as the version number went up.
Summers brought along Andre Cote, CEO of Omni-ID . Omni-ID has made great strides in the land of RFID (Radio frequency identification) tags. With Omni-ID Summers stressed the importance of diverging multidisciplinary teams, explaining how a biologist, and two RF experts had together unraveled a problem plaguing the RF industry.
Summers ended his presentation with advice to follow one's passion. He stated “You must follow your passion. Only those with a passion for their work will reach the top of their field.”
Amidst lunch after the presentation, Summers mingled with the fellows to discuss their business plans and hear about their research projects.
Next week, guest speaker David Child, the inventor of Tectonic Toys, will present on the application of these "toys" for everything from education to disaster relief.