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The late Ralph Braun told the story of being a young man confined to a wheelchair who wanted to get to work. So he built a vehicle wheelchair lift that has given freedom to countless people globally while employing 700 people at Braun Industries in Winamac.
As automakers look at systems that can robotically pilot a car, and Chicago launches digital manufacturing, it may seem silly to ask where the next generation of pioneers will come from.
No, this is not about politics! It’s about doing the right thing for the right patient in the right way at the right time. It’s about doing it right and knowing what makes it right!
Most Americans take for granted the bounty on our tables, but we realize natural foods are better for us.
When does tradition become an anchor to innovation?
Do you agree an innovative business model in one industry can sometimes be used in another?
Harmony is something we normally associate with music, but Don Keller applies it to the factory floor.
To the 2013– 2014 Members, Fellows and Chanute Prize Recipients in The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana
Here’s how a Purdue Calumet scientist helped find the Higgs-Boson, or the “God particle.” Remember, it was big news when discovered last year!
By now, most know that nearly 1,000 black pilots challenged the status quo by their courage and discipline in protecting American B-17s. As bomber escorts, they flew the P-51 planes with red tails made famous in the movie “Red Tails.”
In this time of competition for alternate materials for the next generation of automobiles, I ponder if Northwest Indiana is engaged in a great global drama called “Car Wars.”
As the national economy turns the corner, and employment levels inch upward, Elevate Ventures is seeking “innovation-driven companies” to stimulate equity investment and jobs in Northwest Indiana.
In the face of recent tragic suicides of children from New York to Nevada, at least one educator is urging social innovation to transform current approaches to anti-bullying strategies.
Is innovation an everyday occurrence in Northwest Indiana?
Francisco Ezell, a first-grader at McKinley Elementary School, holds a recycled granite “Pal.”
What happens when first- and second-graders encounter cow eyeballs, pig hearts and granite rocks?
When you work around creative and innovative people, the conversation inevitably turns to innovation and youth.
Down the hallway from a bumper sticker that reads "Back Off. I’m a Scientist," resides Neal H. Haskell, a world renowned forensic entomologist in the Evans Arts and Sciences Building at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer.
This is a place where ideas and complexity come to life on the screen from the beauty of intricate French poetry to the grandeur of a massive blast furnace.
Innovation is what we do naturally in Northwest Indiana.
Can children be nurtured and yet learn boundaries of behavior? Of course!
Are creative entrepreneurs self-taught?
Like Thomas Edison, Gregg A. VanDusseldorp Sr. got his start in a small incubator of big ideas.
Those of us who have been around a while think we know our national park.
One of the films featured during the Gary International Black Film Festival was called “Goners.”
Those of us in Northwest Indiana have a habit of focusing on things not always positive, and sometimes we miss the present.
Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door. Right?
Which best describes the Purdue Technology Center of Northwest Indiana?
Is it possible for Northwest Indiana to blaze new trails in the complex medical field of advanced molecular cancer diagnosis and research?
Stone masons split blocks of granite older than the time of dinosaurs to make modern products like counter tops.
When Principal Angela Hambling of Rolling Prairie Elementary School takes staff out to celebrate, she always orders dessert first!
Talk to Charlie McGill, the new "entrepreneur in residence" for Elevate Ventures, and get ready to be inspired about the future for Northwest Indiana.
There's a "green shoot" growing in Merrillville that could lead to even more growth in the unlikely field of information technology in Northwest Indiana.
Is it possible the children of Northwest Indiana will discover the immense human treasure that exists in our region?
What do the Crossroads Regional Chamber, Gary Chamber, Lakeshore Chamber, Michigan City Area Chamber, Starke County Chamber and the Greater Valparaiso Chamber have in common?
Imagine Northwest Indiana as a best-in-class resource for cutting-edge solutions to high-tech problems, from trouble-shooting to "what if" scenarios.
Sharing his story of being a young man confined to a wheelchair who just wanted to get to work, Ralph Braun invented a vehicle wheelchair lift that has given freedom to thousands worldwide while employing 700 people at Braun Industries.
In this era of a digital revolution, Myra Spearman, of Gary's Miller neighborhood, has launched what is now known as the National Domestic Violence Registry.
Innovation seems to be growing, and this is good news in a global economy. Why? Innovation is the antidote to a lack of competitiveness.
Storm chasing isn't a term of choice for Bart J. Wolf, Ph.D. He'd rather call it a storm field study.
This company is a supplier to the world of high performance parts that are changing the radio-controlled race car industry.
Tom Sourlis is a world-class rugby athlete better known for his philanthropy and business skill as founder of MortarNet.
How quickly can mobility be lost. So I wonder if through unforeseen circumstances, we could rise to the courage of Ralph William Braun, CEO of The Braun Corp.
Howard Cohen is close enough to the end of his job at Purdue University Calumet to see the beginning of a new "intellectual adventure."
Ernest Talarico Jr. always wanted to be a physician.
Most of us wouldn't think twice about dropping a small packet of detergent in our dishwashers or laundry machines, but maybe we should.
When a nuclear submarine was christened last month in Newport News as the future USS California, dignitaries learned that students back in California were operating a web-based submarine called "Mission Ocean" as part of this event.
What are the chances of surviving cancer so rare that the odds of contracting it are only 1 out of 10 million?
More of us need to know about a global research and development center in East Chicago where the spirit of innovation is strong and the commitment to steelmaking expertise robust.
I have long admired the diversity of our region, from the agricultural bounty in the southern counties to big steel along the lakeshore.
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