Les spent the past 13 years solving our nation’s most challenging big data problems. He currently serves as the Director of the Blackstone LaunchPad at Montana State University. Previously, he co-founded a data science services company called The Twenty. Prior to that, he co-founded RedOwl Analytics, where he served as the VP of Client Services and Analytics. Before jumping into the private sector, Les served as a Technical Operations Officer at the Central Intelligence Agency. Prior to CIA, he was a member of the professional staff of the National Security Technology Department at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. He began solving problems of national significance in 2002, when he interned at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, working on a special project with the Counter-proliferation, Analysis, and Planning System. Later that year, he contributed to a study with the Army Research Labs where he developed unique methods to analyze the performance of a diagnostic device used to detect Malaria. Les graduated 2nd overall in the class of 2003 from West Point and served for five years as an Infantry Officer in the US Army.
Bioengineer by degree and mechanical engineer by trade. I've invented and designed breathing machines for premature infants in resource limited countries, designed ear scanning devices to improve the process of hearing aid creation for MIT media lab spinoff companies and developed microbial fuel cells that generate power from dirt for labs at Harvard University. Additionally, I started a product development firm in Bozeman two years ago to help others bring their ideas to fruition, and work with them from concept through to production. And most recently I have launched a Wyoming based business designing and developing luxury watches from rare and precious materials.
Lucia Ricciardelli is an Assistant Professor in the School of Film and Photography at Montana State University in Bozeman, where she teaches film and documentary studies and mentors graduate students in the MFA program in Science and Natural History Filmmaking. Her academic work has shown a consistent interest in the interdisciplinary connections between representations of class, race and gender in a broad range of visual media – specifically film, art, photography and digital technologies. In February 2014, Ricciardelli published an anthology on the relationship between photography and film, Illusions of Stillness and Movement, and her new book American Documentary Filmmaking in the Digital Age: Depictions of War in Burns, Moore, and Morris was released in December 2014. Currently, she is performing a transnational comparative study of American and Italian documentary filmmaking practices, investigating the ways in which public concerns are mediated by nonfiction film in different national contexts.
Meta Newhouse, former Creative Director of GroupBaronet in Dallas, Texas, has worked for a myriad of clients such as Blockbuster, Motorola, Dallas County Community Colleges and The American Heart Association. Her work has been recognized nationally and internationally (PRINT, HOW, Communication Arts, AIGA, Graphis, NOVUM). She currently teaches Innovative Ideation, Art Direction and the slightly subversive Guerrilla Advertising courses. She is also a self-professed typography nerd and an award-winning documentary filmmaker. You can follow her latest research projects at www.typeofplace.com and tipo2013.blogspot.com.
Laura Black is associate professor of management at Montana State University's Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship and a principal of Greer Black Company, a research and consulting firm that has worked with start-ups, humanitarian and not-for-profit firms, and large logistics, pharmaceutical, and federal research and development organizations. Her research and work experiences have used qualitative and simulation-based research methods to improve collaborative practices in the context of innovation, product development, and cross-organizational and interdisciplinary work. At MSU she has taught courses in strategy, professional communications, and entrepreneurship. More recently, her research focuses on women entrepreneurs, and she is building Human Scale Business, a B Corp start-up creating community, conversation, and curated content for women manufacturers.
From the University of Texas at Austin she earned B.A. in Liberal Arts. She worked as a writer and associate editor of a travel magazine about Texas before returning to UT for an MBA. At FedEx she worked in new-service development and in the information systems and telecommunications division, and then as part of an internal process-improvement consulting team reporting to the CEO and Chairman’s office. She received a doctorate in organizational studies and system dynamics from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
I am a Professor of Graphic Design who specializes in publication design and digital photography. As an author and action sports photographer my feature articles have appeared on the pages of Hot Rod Magazine for over a decade. Now a mentor to students with dyslexia, I spend time teaching individuals how to embrace their abilities as visual learners, facilitating success by developing strategies that empower their strengths.
Bruce Zignego is Principal at Zigco LLC, a product development and design company based in Bozeman, Montana. Bruce comes from industry where he worked in product development for over thirty-one years. Bruce has experience in a broad range of fields, the aerospace industry, the computer peripheral industry, and the biotechnology industry. Bruce spent the majority of his career with Hewlett Packard, (over 25 years), where he was director of one of the largest electro-mechanical design centers in HP, and more recently Bruce was vice president of product development for Foxconn Corp., the world's largest contract manufacturer. Bruce has experience in research and development, manufacturing, quality, customer support and marketing. Bruce has extensive global experience, he has done business in over 20 countries and has lived in Italy and China. Bruce also teaches business related engineering courses at Montana State University (MSU). The courses are Engineering Economics, Production Inventory Cost Analysis, Business Fundamentals for Engineers and a graduate course called ‘Leading the Technical Enterprise’.
Born in Saint Paul Minnesota, Jim moved to Chicago Illinois at age eighteen. He attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago for his undergraduate degree and eventually traveled to New York for a graduate degree from The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts (Bard College). For approximately ten years, prior to accepting the Sculpture position at MSU, Zimpel taught courses at Columbia College Chicago and managed the Art and Design Department’s Fabrication Facilities. Zimpel exhibits nationally and internationally and has attended numerous residencies abroad. He encourages his students to maintain an active and engaged social and personal practice and stresses the importance of flexibility and interdisciplinary.
Evan Twyford is an industrial designer with over 10 years of vehicle-design, industrial design and graphic production experience spanning various industries such as aerospace, transportation, oil & gas, soft goods, entertainment and more. He has a fascination with design for extreme environments, and a specialization in human centered design as it applies to small vehicles and spacecraft.
After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2005, he spent 7 years at NASA’s Johnson Space Center where he worked on the design of dozens of space vehicles and habitation concepts such as the Orion capsule and the Small Pressurized Rover concept. He has also helped to develop various small scale products for use in space. In 2012 he joined Cricket Trailer/ TAXA Inc, a small startup producing innovative outdoor recreational vehicles. As product development manager there, he led design and development of their new Firefly vehicle.
He currently teaches in the Industrial Design Department at the University of Houston and works professionally as an independent freelance concept designer where he continues to offer his design services to clients around the world.
As a member of the teaching faculty of the College of Engineering and the University Honors College, Mandy has found a passion for curriculum design. As the lead instructor for the College of Engineering’s junior-level Multidisciplinary Design course, she has been re-tooling to course to go beyond the technicalities of disciplinary design, equipping engineers of the 21st century to confront the complex multidiciplinary problems which await them. Mandy is an engineer by trade, with a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering (MSU 2001) and a Masters in Engineering Mechanics (Virginia Tech, 2002). Before and after graduating, she worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for an engineering analysis group. In 2007 she, her husband, Steve, moved back to Bozeman so that they could raise their family (two daughters, ages 8 and 5) in the mountains of Montana. She has broad interests and enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities. Mandy has taught many courses, including Introduction to Engineering, Texts and Critics, Mechanical Vibrations, Engineering Data Analysis, Mechanical Component Design, Multidisciplinary Junior Design (engineering and CS students), Design Thinking for Our Community (upper division HONR seminar co-taught with Durward Sobek), and Our Nuclear Age (another upper division HONR seminar).
Mandy enjoys hiking, camping and skiing with her family, running the trails of Bozeman, and teaching her girls piano. Her daughters would describe her as a geeky but fun mom, continually trying to get her two girls excited about Legos, circuits, gears, and messy science experiments.
Professor Nicholas Ward (F. Erg. S) obtained his Ph.D. in Human Factors psychology from Queen's University (Canada). He is currently a Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Montana State University and a Senior Research Scientist in the Center for Health and Safety Culture at the Western Transportation Institute. Professor Ward teaches product design and usability engineering at the graduate and undergraduate level. Much of his design work has been involved with the automotive sector (i.e., intelligent vehicles). Professor Ward has led interdisciplinary and international research consortia to study traffic safety research including intelligent transportation systems, driver behavior (impairment), and traffic safety culture. He is a national leader in the definition and advancement of traffic safety culture as a new traffic safety paradigm.
Brent Rosso is an Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship in the Jabs College at Montana State University. An organizational psychologist, Brent teaches courses in organizational behavior and start-up entrepreneurship. His research explores the tensions inherent to creativity and innovation in organizations, with a particular interest in how constraints can enable creativity in teams. He also studies what makes work meaningful. Brent received his Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology and Management & Organizations from the University of Michigan. Prior to his academic career, Brent consulted with corporate clients in the areas of leadership development and change management.
Jake works at the intersection of UX, tech and digital marketing for clients looking to grow and convert users online. As such, he gets to tackle all sorts of interesting challenges ranging from startups working on wearables for dogs to luxury consumer eCommerce. Jake also teaches interdisciplinary courses on design thinking and digital marketing at Montana State University and lean startup for the Minneapolis College of Art & Design.
Driven by creativity and a background in mechanical engineering, David pursued the world of consumer product design and prototyping. His first designs to hit the marketplace altered the archery industry with award-winning products including product-of-the-year two consecutive years. He then spent 5 years splitting time between New Zealand, Costa Rica, Europe, and other pockets around the world, where he guided youth service projects and expeditions with his wife. As he traveled, creativity never stopped, but rather expanded as the world shrunk and his invention journal grew.
With Bozeman, Montana calling his name, David made his way back home to co-purchase a product design firm, Salient Technologies Inc. Formed in 1998, Salient offers product development, industrial design, 3D Printing/rapid prototyping, marketing renderings and animations and engineering drawings for manufacturing. Named on dozens of patents, he has helped develop countless products for startups and leading brands; from wheelchairs to toys and games; from cryogenic valve technology for NASA, to a prototype-of-the-year as noted by Popular Science.
He is co-inventor of Maker Studio, open-ended maker kits that encourage kids to build out of their imagination by using standard engineering components along with repurposed household items. Living in a log cabin in Montana as a father of three, he continues to be a leader in this creative industry by staying on the forefront of technology, prototyping and product design.
President & Co-Owner of Salient Technologies, Inc.
Stephen studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and Montana State University-Bozeman. After working for a Fortune-200 energy producer and then an internet software startup, Stephen joined Salient Technologies, Inc. in 2000. At STI, he has developed thousands of innovative product designs for a wide range of companies both inside and outside of Montana, being named on numerous patents in the U.S. and abroad. Stephen specializes in ergonomic and user-centric design, 3D virtual simulation, and design for manufacturing. Stephen is a musician, singing and playing guitar, bass, and saxophone. He also is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, biking, skiing, and hiking with his family of four in beautiful Bozeman, Montana. In 2015, Stephen was honored with a 20 Under 40 award, which recognizes "businesspeople, entrepreneurs and employees in southwest Montana who have achieved success and improved the quality of life for others in their communities."
Paul Andersen has been teaching science in Montana for the last twenty years. He spent the first half of his career teaching all the science classes at a small rural school in northern Montana. Paul is currently a science teacher at Bozeman High School. Paul has created hundreds of YouTube science tutorials that have been viewed millions of times by students around the world. Paul was the Montana Teacher of the Year and he was a finalist for National Teacher of the Year. When he is not teaching Paul enjoys spending time with his family skiing and hiking in the mountains around Bozeman.
Executive Director of Corporate Relations and Co-Founder
Ascendant Advisory Group
Andy is a dedicated technologist and relationship expert. He advises startups and more mature businesses on digital media tactics, branding, fundraising, and new technologies to streamline their operations while refining their growth strategies. Andy is a graduate of the University of Montana and has a deep technical background in IT built over a 14 year career in the engineering consulting industry. He serves as a member of the Montana Ambassadors Board of Directors and is a coordinator for the annual creativity and global innovation summit known as HATCH in Big Sky. Andy has dedicated his "off time" to helping businesses and entrepreneurs grow, develop and innovate. His passion for helping others succeed in their pursuits is second to none.
When he's not helping clients define their vision or promoting entrepreneurship, this Montana native enjoys exploring all the wonderful hiking trails around Helena with his wife, Beth, and two little boys.
A toy designer, technologist and business builder, Phil Sage is Hasbro’s Senior Director of Global Product Acquisition & Inventor Relations (now, that’s a title you’ll struggle with in furbish); his career talents and curiosity were quite evident at a young age, compiling RC car motors, fishing wire and 9v batteries … into elaborate masking tape bound lawnmowers, charging his family a weekly gardening fee in the process! … his passion for the game of rugby, his immersion in the digital world (commodores, SEGA’s and alike) .. Certainly piecing together a unique individual from Wales, UK. Graduating with a BSc first class honors degree in Product Design, University of Wales, Swansea … then later graduating from Middlesex University, London with a Master of Design in Product, Innovation & Management. His love affair with the most magical of industries spans 13+ years, laying building blocks to his career with LEGO A/S in Denmark . His ‘transforming’ Hasbro journey began at their EU R&D facility, working across all toy & gaming segments, all age groups, executing developments with global brand teams. Phil was an integral part of futuring within the business, bringing a global philosophy of partnering with the best resources or experts. After structuring global technology acquisition from bottom up, it was time to re-focus his boundless energy on the task in hand. Relocated to Rhode Island, USA, in 2012, he is driven to make significant impact with his design, marketing and wider business stakeholders … truly show the benefit and value add of open innovation. He is inspired to grow Hasbro's future, focusing on all levels of people, process and product innovation … in turn delivering the globes best play experiences … those which inspire kids of all ages.
Creative technology pioneer with a passion for human experience and technology. Over 20 years experience in software engineering, design, scaleable server technologies and business development. More recently he has turned his attention to multi-platform mobile and wearable device technology and software. Tim and his team currently deliver world class design and technology to numerous startup and emerging companies as well as the Fortune 50 in a variety of industries.
Entrepreneur ~ Collaborator ~ Integrator ~ Facilitator. Pete has co-created seven restaurant concepts, and co-founded energy efficiency and angel investing companies. He is a Certified Integral Facilitator, Adjunct Professor at MSU’s College of Business, and is a Licensed clinical professional counselor with a MS in human development. Pete was a speaker at Bozeman’s first TEDx and he facilitates interactive events such as TEDx Whitefish and HATCH14. He’s passionate about his family, playing hockey, tennis and music, facilitating transformative experiences, creating deliberately developmental and holocratic organizations, Integral Theory, and contemplative practices.
I'm a former HATCH music groundbreaker that is inspired by quality, passion, and change. My major areas of study include oppression/political theories, music, and history/government. I'm driven by the world's potential for harmony, despite the constant ignorance and apathy that I encounter on a daily basis. I'm deeply curious. My ultimate goal is to restructure and repair the world, but first I should probably finish high school.
Lou Morris is originally from Northern Minnesota. He studied Broadcasting at Northland College after a career on the airwaves, he transitioned into the print/publishing industry.
Morris and his family have enjoyed living in Big Sky country for over twenty years, where he continues to provide his clients with business solutions through paper, ink and technology.
Lou has had the privilege of being a part of the "HATCH Family" since its inception in 2004. He has had the opportunity to assist as a Coordinator in many areas of HATCH and currently serves as one of the Ground Breaker Coordinators. This gives him the chance to work with young film, music and design students from around the world. They arrive with "wide eyed" youthful enthusiasm and return home with a clearer focus.
Lou Morris looks forward to introducing you to this year's Ground Breakers at HATCHExperience 2015.