Twin Cities and France -- Driving Innovation & Technology

April 21, 2014

Twin Cities and France -- Driving Innovation & Technology

Hosted by Le Réseau Entreprises, A Young Professionals Business Networking Event

Toast Wine Bar and Cafe

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm  

Heritage Landing Building, 415 North 1st Street, Mpls

Our innovation and technology industry is comprised of four key sectors:  Research & Development centers, Software & IT, Advanced Manufacturing, and Energy & Renewables.  

Join us to hear more about what is happening in the sixth most inventive city worldwide!

Special Guests Include:  

~ Andrew Borene, Chairman, Robotics Alley 

~ Steven Girshick, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota 

~ Bérénice Mettler, Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota 

~ Andrew Wittenborg, Director of Outreach, Minnesota High Tech Association

FACCMN Members:  $20 per person

Non-Members:  $30 per person

Hors d'Oeuvres.  Door Prizes.  Cash Bar.

Register Now! (space is limited)

About Our Speakers

Andrew Borene Chairman of Robotics Alley

Andrew Borene is a defense industry executive, attorney and adjunct professor of public affairs at American University in Washington, DC. He is Director of National Security Solutions at Nuance Communications, Inc. He is also the Chairman of Robotics Alley, President of the Twin Cities Chapter of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems (AUVSI) and on the Advisory Board for the Cyber Security Summit. He is a Truman National Security Project Defense Council Member and on the Veterans Council of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.

Mr. Borene has expertise in the national security enterprise, information workflow, government relations, and capital markets. As a program manager with LexisNexis, he supported U.S. defense and intelligence agencies and led roundtables on open source intelligence. He served on active duty as a U.S. Marine intelligence officer with the 1st Marine Division, including combat service in Iraq and as the executive officer for its Headquarters & Service Company at Camp Pendleton.

He has published legal sourcebooks on International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law (Law of Armed Conflict) and U.S. Intelligence Community Law. Mr. Borene holds a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School, a B.A. in Economics from Macalester College, and he completed an executive education program in international development finance at Harvard University. He was awarded a U.S. Department of State funded fellowship as an Emerging American Leader for the study of post-conflict peacebuilding in Northern Ireland.

His writing and commentary has been published by The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Hill, The Washington Times, and other publications. He has appeared on CNN, ABC News, Fox News, CBS, National Public Radio, BBC, Al Jazeera America, CCTV (China), CTV (Canada) and other outlets.

Steven L. Girshick Kenneth T. Whitby Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Director,  High Temperature and Plasma Laboratory; Graduate Faculty Member, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Prof. Girshick is professor of mechanical engineering and a member of the graduate faculty in chemical engineering and materials science at the University of Minnesota.  He received an SB in humanities and science at M.I.T. and a PhD in mechanical engineering (1985) at Stanford.  Since 1985 he has been at the University of Minnesota, where he is director of the High Temperature and Plasma Laboratory. 

Prof. Girshick is editor-in-chief of Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Nanoengineering and Nanosystems.  He was the recipient of the 2005 Plasma Chemistry Award, the highest award of the International Plasma Chemistry Society. 

In addition to Prof. Girshick’s work on synthesis and processing of aerosol nanoparticles he has published a number of papers on nucleation theory.  Prof. Girshick's current focus is on engineering the production of multicomponent nanoparticles for cancer theranostics.

Bérénice Mettler Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics

Professor Mettler’s current research focuses on guidance of aerial vehicles in challenging tasks and environments, with an emphasis on algorithms for autonomous guidance and human interactive guidance. She runs the Interactive Guidance and Control Lab (IGCL), with the primary aim of developing formal methods for the system-wide study of human, human-assisted, and autonomous control of vehicles.

Some of Dr. Mettler’s specific research includes real-time planning and decision making for dynamic systems; the system integration of control, planning, and perceptual functions; and the principles of cognitive functions involved in spatial reasoning and adaptation. Her work involves an interdisciplinary approach, combining theory of controls and dynamics with psychology and neurosciences. She is affiliated with the University of Minnesota’s Center for Cognitive Sciences.

Dr. Mettler received her degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland in 1996.  She received her Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, at Carnegie Mellon University in 2001.  

Andrew Wittenborg Director of Outreach, Minnesota High Tech Association

Andrew Wittenborg handles member relations for MHTA and works to connect companies and organizations with the resources they need to grow Minnesota’s innovation and technology economy. Andrew joined MHTA from the Minnesota legislature where he served as a director of public affairs for the House of Representatives. He spent more than 20 years as a broadcast journalist and, during that time, was executive producer of special projects at both KSTP and WCCO television.


Le Réseau Entreprises, A Young Professionals Business Networking Event

~ Engaging speakers focused on professional development

~ Meeting talented, internationally focused young professionals

~ Creating meaningful professional connections

~ Enhancing your skills for a global economy


Sponsored by The French American Chamber of Commerce, Minneapolis / St. Paul, your international professional connection! 

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