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Computer Science & Engineering and the Minnesota High Tech Industry: A Symbiotic Relationship in its Infancy

Date of Event: 
Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 5:30pm
University of Minnesota, Keller Hall (EE/CS Building)


For the Minneapolis/St. Paul Regional Area


Free parking tickets will be handed out in the meeting.

Meeting   Announcement:


January 4th, 2018
5:30-8:00 p.m. at The University of Minnesota
5:30 start for networking, 6:15 start of meeting.

Keller Hall (EE/CS Building)
 Keller Hall Room 3 -125 (Look for signs)

EE/CS Building has been renamed Keller Hall
Minneapolis, MN

A map is available here.


This Month’s Meeting:


Computer Science & Engineering and the Minnesota High Tech Industry: A Symbiotic Relationship in its Infancy.   

Speaker: Professor Mats Heimdahl

Mats Heimdahl is the Department Head and a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He earned an M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden and a Ph.D. in Information and Computer Science from the University of California at Irvine.


His research interests are in software engineering, safety critical systems, software safety, testing, requirements engineering, formal specification languages, and automated analysis of specifications.


He is the recipient of the NSF CAREER award, a McKnight Land-Grant Professorship, the McKnight Presidential Fellow award, and the awards for Outstanding Contributions to Post-Baccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education at the University of Minnesota



The Twin Cities region has a long history of groundbreaking computer and software companies ranging from the pioneers, for example, Honeywell, UNISYS, and Cray, to today's stars such as Code-42 and JAMF. (And, let us not forget about the "non-tech" tech companies such as, for example, Thomson Reuters, Target, and Optum). The Cities are also home to a great Department of Computer Science & Engineering with top-notch research in most fields of computing. In today's environment of declining state and federal support for higher education and severe shortage of skilled computing professionals, it is crucial that industry and academia develop a relationship to secure a well educated workforce for the 21st century. Unfortunately, this symbiotic relationship between industry and academia has not yet fully developed. In this talk I will share my view of the problem, discuss possible solutions, and solicit feedback and suggestions from the participants; this will be an opportunity to join a dialogue that will help position us all for success in the future


Program Manager: 

         Anthony  Harder - Senior Integration Architect at Hazelden Betty Ford


Twin-SPIN Mission Statement:
The Twin-SPIN software process improvement network  (SPIN) is a regional organization established in January of 1996 as a forum for the free and open exchange of software process improvement   experiences and ideas. Representatives from industry, government, academia, other professional organizations, and consultants are welcome to participate. Our mission is to help sustain commitment and enhance skills in the area of software process improvement through an active program of networking and mutual support. The organization strives to serve as a source of educational and experiential information for its members, other SPIN organizations, and the general community of software professionals.  

Meetings are normally held on the 1st Thursday of each month from 5:45-8:00 p.m. Twin-SPIN is a non-profit organization and is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Center for Software Engineering (UMSEC).  See:

2017 Sponsors:

Facility Sponsor
University of Minnesota, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

$2,000 Sponsors
University of Minnesota Software Engineering Center (UMSEC)

$500 Sponsors


$200 Sponsors


$100 Sponsors

Glewwe's Castle Brewery


Best regards.   Hope to see you on January 4th


Dick Hedger

Twin-SPIN Meeting Planner