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    Innovation Studies Program

    About the Program

    The Innovation Studies Program is the first known program of its kind in the country, helping students develop the innovation understanding and skills necessary to succeed in any discipline or field. The course brings students through the entire process of innovation, from individual idea generation to group development to presenting a final version of the idea. Along the way, students learn about crucial elements of the innovation process, including market analysis, financial planning, and intellectual property. Students also have the opportunity to learn from professionals in their field via field trips to local corporations and real-world feedback on their final presentations.

    Through this program, students develop skills that will benefit them during and beyond their undergraduate academic career. The ability to creatively and critically develop an idea from the ground up while incorporating techniques such as market analysis, risk management, and financial planning is highly sought after in the professional world. The course blends theoretical principles with hands-on experience to create a thorough introduction to the world and processes of innovation.

    How was this program initiated?

    The Innovation Studies Program was developed out of a collaboration between Bruce Bolon, associate professor and chair of the physics department, and alumnus Roger Appeldorn ('57). Appeldorn was a leading innovator at 3M during his long tenure with the company and has 35 patents to his name. As a result of his substantial contributions to the company, he was elected to the prestigious 3M Carlton Society (their “hall of fame”). He and his wife, Marilyn ('58), also fund the program through the Appeldorn Family Endowed Fund for Innovation Studies at Hamline. The Appeldorns understand the necessity of training young learners to put their knowledge to practical use in creative, high-impact ways and have ensured that the program is financially sustainable so that Hamline students for years to come will be able to take part in this program.

    For more information, please read the following two feature stories: 

     Roger Appeldorn innovation

    Roger H. Appeldorn

    Roger H. Appeldorn graduated from Hamline University in 1957 with a degree in physics. He started working at 3M Corporation while still a student at Hamline and continued with the company upon graduation, where he would eventually be elected into the 3M Carlton Society (their "hall of fame”). His extensive career in optics and microreplication technologies has produced 35 patents in his name and contributed to many significant developments in the field. In 1997, he was awarded Hamline’s Alumni Accomplishment Award and he has continued to invest in Hamline’s future in many different ways. Examples include Roger being the invited speaker at the 22nd annual Emma Kay Malmstrom Lecture as well as his establishment of the Appeldorn Family Endowed Fund for Innovation Studies with his wife, Marilyn ('58), so that future Hamline students can develop their own innovation skills. For more information, please read: Alumnus and Innovator.