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Matt’s Favorites: Just One More…And Much More

So here we are, looking over the penultimate edition of Matt’s Favorites. Don’t cry! You can still bug me at the Engineering Society of Detroit. But for now, let’s check out the local tech news…

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/08/2014

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Leaders & Innovators: Camille Nicita

Camille Nicita is president and CEO of Gongos Inc. in Auburn Hills. Gongos, which includes Gongos Research and O2 Integrated, provides research on initiatives spanning the entire product and marketing life cycle, and combines enterprise and research knowledge through consultative relationships. Gongos works with corporations such as Coca–Cola, Visa, Johnson & Johnson, General Motors, and Fiat Chrysler. First named to the Inc. 5,000 list of the Fastest Growing Companies in America in 2007, the company was a 2010 finalist in Inc. magazine’s Winning Workplaces and is among the Honomichl Top 50 U.S. marketing research organizations. Gongos is certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. Under Nicita’s leadership, the company increased revenue growth 12 percent in 2013, and the number of full–time employees increased by 15 percent. During the past five years Gongos experienced 70 percent revenue growth and 70 percent full–time employee expansion. Nicita is vice chair of the advisory board of Michigan State University’s master’s in market research program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and her MBA from Wayne State University. Read the complete profile at http://www.ltu.edu/leaders.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/08/2014

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Michigan Residential Broadband Adoption Tops National Average

The broadband advocacy organization Connect Michigan Tuesday released new data showing that broadband adoption in Michigan is now above the national average, with 79 percent of households subscribing to broadband service in 2013, up from 67 percent in 2010.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/08/2014

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West Michigan Economy Accelerates, Purchasing Managers Index Show

The West Michigan industrial economy experienced slow but accelerated growth, according to the results of a monthly survey compiled by Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/08/2014

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder gets a look at autonomous vehicle technology at a robotics forum in Sterling Heights Tuesday. WWJ photo / Matt Roush

Michigan Robotics Week Kicks Off With Industry Executive Forum

Michigan’s fifth annual Robotics Week kicked off Tuesday with a new event, the Michigan Robotics Industry Executive Forum. Organized by the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, the day-long event drew more than 100 business leaders and technology innovators to the Maneuver Collaboration Center on the General Dynamics Land Systems campus in Sterling Heights.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/08/2014

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UM Internet Pioneer Honored For Building Web’s First Backbone

For about a decade that ended in the mid-1990s, the fledgling Internet ran out of Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan. Now a UM School of Information professor who played a key role in bringing that early web to life has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/08/2014

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GreenLancer To Supply Solar Energy Support Material To Canadian Installer

GreenLancer.com, a web-based engineering company that designs green energy systems, announced that it has signed a master service agreement with the Toronto-based solar energy company Pure Energies.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/07/2014

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Flint Firm’s ‘Smartlamp’ Tops Kickstarter Funding Goal In Just 3 Days

A wireless app-controlled “smartlamp” called the Lava Ion has met its Kickstarter crowdfunding goal of $20,000 in just three days.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/07/2014

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MSU, UM To Work On New Food Ingredient Research Institute

There will soon be a new independent academic center at Michigan State University studying the safe use of chemical ingredients in consumer packaged goods. MSU will operate the Center for Research on Ingredient Safety in association with the University of Michigan, the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the food, beverage and consumer products industries.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/07/2014

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Matt’s Favorites: The Big Good-Bye, And Much More

It’s spring, a time of year for new beginnings. But for new stuff to begin, old stuff has to end. And so it is for me, and for my time at WWJ Newsradio 950.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/06/2014