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Leading Engineering and Technology Innovation

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Category: Academic Network, Community & Engagement, Corporate Innovators, Founders & Startups, Ion Prototyping Lab




December 7, 2023
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm CST


4201 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002


Topic 2 in the Leading Engineering Series

Product Management in Industry 4.0:  Elevate Your Tech Career into Engineering Leadership, Product Mastery, and Trailblazing Innovation

This is part two of the new series from Rice University Leading Engineering and Technology Innovation in the Digital Revolution.

The series is designed to expose engineers at corporations and scaling startups to skills needed to lead engineering without leaving engineering. It is brought to you by Rice University’s engineering faculty in collaboration with Ion. Rice faculty will provide introductions to concepts to help engineers take leadership roles in producing the best products and services for the market.

What to expect

Embark on a transformative journey at the intersection of Industry 4.0 and product management with Uyiosa Abusomwan, Professor of Practice at Rice University, where the latest industrial advancements have become catalysts for propelling your career into leadership, driving product development, and mastering the art of technology innovation. This talk is designed to unravel the intricacies of leveraging Industry 4.0 to not only enhance your product’s value proposition but also to elevate your professional skills, setting the stage for accelerated career growth.

We’ll discuss strategies for turning ideas into value-generation products, infusing Industry 4.0 insights into your product management approach, and exploring the dynamic synergy between cutting-edge technologies and career development. From understanding the transformative power of data analytics and AI, to mastering the art of agile adaptation in the Industry 4.0 landscape, we will uncover the knowledge and skills needed to navigate this new industrial era.

Join us for an insightful discussion that could redefine your career trajectory, providing practical insights for using Industry 4.0 as a springboard for professional advancement. To enrich your experience, the session will feature insights from RCEL Product Management in Industry 4.0 graduate students who are learning to navigate this journey. They will showcase their projects, offering firsthand accounts of how they strategically apply best practices in product management and Industry 4.0 technologies to cultivate product ideas.

About the Speaker

Uyiosa Abusomwan, Ph.D. joined the faculty at Rice University in 2021 as a Lecturer in the Master of Engineering Management and Leadership (MEML) program. 

Uyiosa is an experienced leader in the development and deployment of innovative technologies. He held multiple roles in engineering, new technology development, reliability management, and digital transformation. Uyiosa is also a senior global technology manager for digital engineering at Eaton, where he leads corporate strategies on digital design, facilitating the integration of emerging technologies to enhance engineering efficiency and streamline product lifecycle management. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Uyiosa’s experiences position him as an advocate and passionate leader in product development, product lifecycle management, and digital engineering.


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