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Dr. Stephen A. Di Biase served as the Chief Executive Officer of Laser Applications Technology (LAT) LLC and as currently President of Premier Insights, LLC. He is an entrepreneur, building businesses and capabilities from emerging technology.  In leading LAT, Dr. Di Biase developed the business model and go to market strategies for introducing a disruptive technology for labeling produce.  With Premier Insights, Dr. Di Biase teaches leaders how to become more innovative by making innovation a discipline they can refine.

During his 40 year career, Dr. Di Biase has become accomplished in using innovation to create value in a global commercial setting.  He has over 20 patents, mentored technical professionals, and taught innovation and human resource management in both corporate and university settings. He has guest lectured at several academic institutions and has authored books, patents and corporate publications. 

Dr. Di Biase graduated from The Pennsylvania State University and sits on the Science Advisory Board for The Pennsylvania State University. He is also a retired member of the Board of Trustees for the Mt. Union College, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Industrial Research Institute, a leading experienced based innovation management association.

Prior to joining JohnsonDiversey, Dr. Di Biase spent 26 years with the Lubrizol Corporation, where he held a variety of leadership positions, including general management roles and those with profit and loss responsibility for emerging businesses derived from technology platforms.  These global assignments often involved business development from strategy conception to execution managing teams of Sales, Marketing, and Business Development professionals.

Prior to accepting the assignment in business development Dr. Di Biase was the Vice President – Research, Development, and Engineering where he was responsible for the global technical and scientific leadership for a centralized R&D function comprising of 700 professionals, an operating budget of $120+ million, and a capital budget of $10+ million. 

In this role Dr. Di Biase fostered innovation and delivered results using processes such as stage gates, project and portfolio management, 6-Sigma, and advanced statistics while introducing a variety of IT based tools such as data mining and predictive modeling.

Dr. Di Biase has served as chairman of The Lubrizol Foundation Scholarship Committee, Chairman of the Northeastern Ohio Section of the American Chemical Society, Board member of the Cleveland Area Research Directors (CARD) and in The Boy Scouts of America where he served in a variety of posts.   Dr. Di Biase has been honored by The Pennsylvania State University College of Science with its 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award and serves as an adjunct professor at Benedictine University in Naperville IL.

 

 

 

 

 

Advancing Your Tech Career

Advancing Your Tech Career 
By Stephen Di Biase, Ph.D.

 

You just graduated from college, where you worked very hard to acquire a technical degree, the nature which is not material, be it information technology, biology, physics, engineering, and many others. In addition to working very hard you may now be entering the workforce with significant debt. A recent estimate made by the government suggests that the average debt for student today is nearly $30,000 and when combined with a slowly growing economy and wage stagnation, paying off this debt is not only a burden you but a significant drag on the economy. So your first priority is finding a decent paying job, beginning your life, leading to a financially successful career. 


 

The one course, unavailable for you to take in college, or graduate school, was one that prepared you for a career in industrial R&D.

These courses simply do not exist and didn’t when I was a student 40 years ago. However, if I was a new graduate, I would want an easy to read, useful guide, helping me successfully begin my career.

Unfortunately, most new technical professionals entering the workforce, often in an R&D setting, with no idea how the system works and having to “learn on the job.” Realistically, all new employees have to learn on the job to some degree, but this process is greatly enhanced by combining an educated point of view of how industrial R&D is done with on the job experience.  Combining these two approaches makes the first years of employment both more efficient and far more effective.drag on the entire economy. The first thing that comes to mind is

My premise for writing this book is that having  a simple and actionable framework, as a guide for  entering the workplace , would be valuable to new technologists. Further, I wanted to create a text that helped these new employees to be more innovative since that is what all employers expect from every employee. Interestingly, many new employees, while hired to be innovative, may not even know how to define innovation let alone do it. My intent for writing this book is to help new technical professionals develop an educated point of view on what their careers might be, and how to be innovators, as early as possible.