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Win Philips
Vice President for Research
University of Florida

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Being entrepreneurial means being an original thinker. To have success in research, creative thinking is the first order of business. It's very important. So is a can-do attitude, the ability to press ahead and find solutions.

In research, you need curiosity; you have to be someone who wants to keep learning forever. Hard work is a given for success. I was born and raised on a Virginia farm, and living on a farm teaches you entrepreneurial thinking. There you are, face-to-face with the problem, and you have to solve it.

I was the first in my family to go to college, and I have been fortunate enough to be involved in research on everything from moon dust to artificial hearts. The University of Florida has virtually every degree program you can name. And we're building for the future, with 800,000 square feet of new research space.

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