Jack Hipple is Principal in Innovation-TRIZ, Inc., a consulting company specializing in unique approaches to TRIZ training, the application of TRIZ to non-technical and organizational problems, and the integration of TRIZ with other innovation and creativity tools. He and his associate, Mark Reeves, have also developed unique ways to use TRIZ in the prosecution and defense of intellectual property.
He is particularly knowledgeable in the areas of inventive problem solving, corporate technology transfer, and the use of different skill sets and tools in developing inventive organizations. He has been trained in the use of a variety of innovation tools such as DeBono's Lateral Thinking™ and Six Hats™, Michael Kirton's Adaptive/Innovative assessment tools, the Buffalo Creative Process Inventory (BCPI)assessment tool, the Insights assessment tools, as well as TRIZ and the Innovation Workbench™ software. He is a Certified Engineering Management Professional and a certified TRIZ Specialist
Jack is a chemical engineer, receiving his degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 1967. After a 30-year career in the chemical industry, where he spent significant time in the innovation and creativity area, he became involved with innovation and creativity methods full time in 1998. He led Dow Chemical's Discovery Research program as well as its corporate chemical engineering research depatment.
During this time, many new commercial products were launched which were outside the existing business' focus. At Cabot Corporation and Ansell Edmont, he was responsible for major new technology programs in specialty inorganics, and breakthrough process technology for protective equipment.
Jack has published numerous articles in Chemical Engineering Progress, Chemical Technology, Mechanical Enginering, the TRIZ Journal, and Research-Technology Management. He has given presentations and led major workshops for the Altshuller Institute, the European TRIZ Association (ETRIA), the American Creativity Association(ACA), The Innovation Network annual conference, The Institute for International Research (IIR), the Industrial Research Institute (IRI), the World Future Society (WFS), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS), the American Supplier Institute (ASI), the Licensing Executive Society (LES), and the EPA. He has taught evening and graduate classes for Baylor University, Eastern Michigan University, and the University of South Florida