Mandi Shelmadine is the Research and Development Manager for W.W. Grainger. In this position, she is responsible for leading the R&D team at the University of Illinois Research Park. Her team is specifically responsible for researching developing trends and identifying emerging technologies that may be disruptive to the industry and company. Mandi leverages early emerging technologies and tracking of trends in academia and industry to drive innovation. She leads, manages, and motivates research-minded university personnel to business-oriented goals. She is currently pursuing her MBA in Applied Management at Eastern Illinois University. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation and volunteers for several committees. In addition, Mandi is the proud mother of 2 daughters, who are both actively involved in competitive cheerleading. They enjoy golfing, canoeing, swimming, and horseback riding for family time.