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INCOSE Midwest Gateway Meeting: Ross Stanton, TRIZ - The Theory of Inventive Problem Solving

  • Date:
    Jun 21, 2016 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Address: 201 Evans Lane
  • Location: St. Louis, MO USA
  • Venue:
    DRS Technologies

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21 June 2016, Networking & Lunch 11am, talk starts 11:30 am


TRIZ is widely regarded as the world’s most powerful and comprehensive method for innovative problem-solving. It was virtually unknown outside of the Soviet Union before the fall of the Berlin Wall, and is still unknown to most engineers in the United States.

TRIZ is based on the idea that for any type of problem that needs to be solved, a problem like it has already been solved. To capture the way problems have been solved, over 3 million patents have been studied to date.

TRIZ is normally used to solve problems related to engineered systems, but is also used for business, social, economic, and other types of systems.

The presentation will consist of a high-level overview of TRIZ and its benefits, with an emphasis on how it relates to systems engineering. Also, a full example of a TRIZ solution will be presented.


Ross is a mechanical engineer with a passion for innovation. He’s named on 4 U.S. Patents and 2 U.S. Patents Pending. His formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and graduate certificates in Project Management and Software Design & Development. Other credentials include Registered Professional Engineer in Missouri and Certified TRIZ (Theory of Inventive Problem Solving) Practitioner.

He has experience in aero structure design, automated system design, manufacturing simulation, and tooling design. In the biomedical field, he led the mechanical design of a highly successful automated medical diagnostic system. In the aerospace field, in addition to developing innovative solutions for unmanned systems, he developed methods to predict the effects of manufacturing variation. He’s currently working to make commercial aircraft wings more affordable by using advanced manufacturing simulations.

Ross is a dedicated bicycle commuter and volunteer trail builder. He also enjoys mountain bike riding & racing, as well as taking classes on improvisation (improv) methods.


DRS Technologies, 201 Evans Lane, St. Louis

Reservations are required, please contact Mike Araiza ( by 16 June 2016 for a lunch count and badging for non-DRS attendees. Non-DRS attendees, please email Mike Araiza the following info by 16 June 2016: Name, Company Represented, and Citizenship. US citizens must provide a government issued photo ID upon entry into the facility. Non-US citizens must provide their passport upon entry. Non-US citizens are prohibited from bringing recording devices into the facility including those embedded in cellphones and laptops. Photographs are not authorized at any time. Please park anywhere except for reserved spaces.