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    Where innovation starts

    Prof. Barrett carries with him an article he once read in The New York Times where Isaac Asimov (“a personal hero of mine”) was asked by the U.S. government to encourage innovation. He politely declined to do so.

    Instead, he wrote about creativity and that he thought creativity cannot be encouraged, but must come from an inward reflection.

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    For Prof. Barrett, he believes a sense of curiosity drives the innovation process. He “sees it daily” in his grandchildren, and he thanked his parents for providing him the ability to maintain that sense of curiosity as an adult.

    “Inspiration is not only internal, but stimulated by friends and colleagues,” he said, citing one mentor of his who told him never to limit his own horizons.

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    “Finally, what has allowed me to remain persistent is my wife, Ann, who often put aside her own pursuits to support mine,” he said, getting emotional. “I am truly humbled by this honor.”

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