Distinguished Lecture

The Art & the Science of Innovation- Journey of a Corporate Innovator

Meera Sampath

Vice President for Innovation and Business Transformation
Friday, October 21, 2016
1:30pm - 2:30pm
1500 EECS

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About the Event

"The value of an idea lies in the using of it," Edison said. "I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of the service it might give others." Turning inventions into useful, valuable innovations takes a lot more than the creative spark. Research is a critical step in the innovation process and technology a key ingredient, but successful innovators don’t just solve the problem right -they solve the right problem. They don’t just “spend time designing the bridge, but think about the people who are crossing it”. They "fail often so they can succeed sooner." In this talk, I will share some recent exciting innovations at Xerox Services (recent winner of an Outstanding Corporate Innovator award), our recipe for success, and lessons learned along the way.


Meera Sampath is Vice President, Innovation and Business Transformation, at Xerox Services, the Business Process Outsourcing arm of Xerox. In this role, she serves as the primary liaison between the company’s four global labs and its Services business and oversees a broad multiindustry research and innovation portfolio.

Meera joined Xerox in 1996 as a research scientist at the Xerox Research Center in Webster, NY. As a Principal Scientist, she led the design and development of intelligent self-diagnosing printing systems and innovative support tools for field service engineers. Later, as leader of the Xerox innovation group’s emerging markets expansion team, Meera drove the creation of the Xerox Research Center India, the company’s fifth global lab and its first in Asia. As Founding Director of the center, she established the strategic research agenda for the center, pioneered innovation for emerging markets, and created a strong open innovation network in India with leading academic institutions and research organizations.

Meera is a senior member of the IEEE and serves on the ECE advisory board at the University of Michigan. She has served as Associate Editor for the Springer Journal of Discrete Event Dynamic Systems, as a judge for the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award, and on NSF panels. She holds 15 U.S. patents.

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Sponsor(s): ECE

Open to: Public