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K-State Today

April 9, 2019

Global Campus Alumni Fellow to present on design thinking and innovation April 11

Submitted by Grant Guggisberg

K-State Global Campus' 2019 Alumni Fellow, Nathan Smit, will present "What's the Big Idea: Design Thinking and Innovation," from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in Room 114 of the Leadership Studies Building.

Smit is a 2008 graduate of K-State's online food science and industry bachelor's degree program and now works as a senior innovations manager for Hormel Foods Corporation in Austin, Minnesota. In his role, Smit leads an innovation team to develop new food products for Hormel. He has introduced more than 30 new products in his career, including Skippy P.B. bites and Skippy P.B. and Jelly Minis, and holds two patents on food products and processes.

In 2017, Smit received the Learner Recognition Award from the National University Technology Network, which honors outstanding accomplishment by graduates who earned their degree through distance education.

Smit recently completed a graduate certificate in design thinking and principles of innovation from Stanford University. A meet and greet event with Smit will follow the presentation.

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