Two I-Week events planned for today

Innovation Week, News

OMAHA, Nebraska (October 27, 2020)—Innovation Week continues today with two virtual events, a seminar about women in STEM fields and panel discussion about web and app development.

The seminar about Nebraska women in STEM is sponsored by Nebraska BIO, where UNO’s Christine Cutucache, PhD, will present, “Leadership and Mentorship in STEM: The Critical Need and Action Plan” at 10:30-11:45 a.m. That event is free for students, but $25 for non-students. Registration is required:

Dr. Cutucache is the Haddix Community Chair of Science, an Associate Professor of Biology and the Director of the UNO STEM TRAIL Center at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. A tumor immunologist turned science educator, Dr. Cutucache has secured $10.9 million in extramural funding, has published 34 peer-reviewed articles on her research, and was selected as a 2020 Fulbright Scholar.

The STEM talk will be closely followed by UNeMed’s panel group on local web and application development, beginning at noon via Zoom (

Taylor Korensky

Taylor Korensky

Planned panelists for that discussion are the Omaha Media Group’s Brad Nietfeldt, UNO’s Deepak Khazanchi, PhD, and Appsky’s Taylor Korensky.

A founding partner of Omaha Media Group, Brad Nietfeldt is a multi-award winning web development, digital marketing and search engine strategist. He develops innovative marketing solutions for C-Suite and Executive Leadership to aid in the promotion of both private and public sectors.

Deepak Khazanchi, PhD, is Professor of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis in the College of Information Science & Technology at UNO. Dr. Khazanchi works closely with many UNMC researchers on designing, developing and deploying technology interventions.

Taylor Korensky is Appsky’s founder and CEO, and holds a degree in IT Innovation from UNO. He is particularly passionate about the Lean Startup method, having competed, won, and judged several pitch competitions. This gives him unique insight into the product development lifecycle and understanding the critical components of a successful business idea.

The panel discussion is free and open to all.

Innovation Week will continue on Wednesday with another panel discussion, this one covering local prototyping and manufacturing options on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at noon. Open and free to all, that panel discussion can be viewed via Zoom at

Finally, Innovation concludes on Thursday, Oct. 29, with the Innovation Awards ceremony at noon.

The awards will be held via Zoom, and will honor all UNMC and UNO faculty, students and staff who submitted a new invention, were awarded a U.S. Patent or had a technology licensed during the 2020 fiscal year. UNeMed will also name the year’s Most Promising New Invention and will announce the “Innovator of the Year.”

The Awards ceremony can be viewed via Zoom at

Innovation Week opened on Monday with a panel discussion about SBIR/STTR funding.

More information about Innovation Week and the Innovation Awards can be found at

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