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Sierra Commons offers course on new product development

Have you ever had an idea for a product you were sure would be successful? Do you dream of taking that product to market and starting your own business? Are you paralyzed by a lack of knowledge on where to start? Local business incubator and co-working facility, Sierra Commons, is offering a course on product development from 2 to 5 p.m., June 3, June 17 and July 1. The course will take place at the new Sierra Commons facility, 792A Searls Avenue, in Nevada City. The workshops will be taught by Russell Rudin, Ph.D.

Dr. Rudin has 16 years experience as a professor at Santa Clara University in the engineering management department. He developed and currently teaches their graduate curriculum in new product development and management of technology. Many of his students are entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley area.

Dr. Rudin is also co-founder and president of Ximatek, Inc., and founder and director of the Tech Venture Network of Ridgecrest, with over 10 ventures in the process ranging from robotics to cosmetics. As part of his Network activities, Dr. Rudin founded Global Need Water Technology, Inc., which is currently in final negotiations with a large investor to produce a high-efficiency solar desalination system. He holds a Ph.D. in engineering management from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

The course will cover:

• The overall new product development process;

• tools and techniques to use in each phase;

• clearly defining the opportunity;

• pitfalls to avoid;

• new trends in the product development process; and

• a brief introduction to integrating the new product development process into project management planning.

The cost is $125. Those who are interested should contact Sierra Commons at 530-265-8443 or may register online at There are a limited number of spaces available and registration is required before May 31.

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