February 18, 2015 at 1:30pm

Science Entrepreneurship Speaker Series

The Millikin University Institute for Science Entrepreneurship, a signature program of Millikin's Center for Entrepreneurship, will continue its 2014-2015 Speaker Series on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 with keynote speaker Mark D. Schweitzer, managing director of intermodal and international freight at Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM).
 
The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the East Room of Lower Richards Treat University Center on Millikin's campus; the event is free and open to the public.
 
Mark D. Schweitzer was appointed managing director of intermodal and international container freight in 2008. Prior to this position, Schweitzer advanced through various ADM management responsibilities within grain merchandising, North America oilseed processing, North American warehousing, oilseed and energy risk management. With more than 20 years of risk management and customer relations experience, Schweitzer's areas of adeptness include transportation logistics, inventory management, and vendor negotiations that allow him to be instrumental in helping guide and create cost-effective solutions for the transformation of businesses supply chains.
Schweitzer earned his bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University, Master of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University and executive management development from Harvard.
 
Schweitzer will discuss how all trade of wealth and productive labor involves transportation, whether it is the movement of goods or the movement of people to and from their homes, jobs, and places where they shop. Today, complex trade is impossible without modern, mechanized transportation, and such transportation is provided by the Midwest Inland Port. In addition, Bruce Stoddard will comment on Parke Inc.'s decision to expand and the influence the Midwest Inland Port had on this decision.
 
The speaker series focuses on science entrepreneurship and how an increased emphasis on entrepreneurship can spark job creation and societal well-being. Throughout the academic year, executives from science ventures will be discussing particular aspects of their business. In addition, business leaders will be discussing broader topics of interest.
 
The Institute for Science Entrepreneurship was originally funded by a Millikin University Performance Learning Enhancement Grant in December 2012. Since that time, the institute has received funding from the Andreas Foundation, Coleman Foundation, 300 Below Inc., a private foundation and anonymous donors to develop the 2014-2015 Speaker Series and other institute programming.
 
Formed by Dr. David Horn, Dr. George Bennett, professor of chemistry, and Dr. Casey Watson, associate professor of physics and astronomy, the Institute for Science Entrepreneurship connects external clients with faculty and students of Millikin to provide high quality services to science companies and private practices.
 
In addition to the speaker series, the Institute for Science Entrepreneurship has recently garnered several accomplishments including external funding from Caterpillar Decatur to support a new course entitled "Introduction to Science Entrepreneurship," external funding and a collaboration between 300 Below Inc. and Millikin University, and a collaboration with the Community Foundation of Macon County to host a convening on poverty.
 
The Institute for Science Entrepreneurship also offers Performance Learning opportunities for students through its new Science Entrepreneurship Research Fellow Program. The program matches student interest with needs of private practices and companies in the health and natural sciences.
 
For more information on the speaker series or the Millikin Institute for Science Entrepreneurship call 217.424.6392 or visit institute-science-entrepreneurship.