Six Students from the Canary Islands join Management of Technology Program
Six students from the Canary Islands were admitted to the Management of Technology Program in the Fall, 2008, semester. The six students, Ivan Febles, Alfredo Garcia, Juan Manuel Gomez, Juan Antonio Ligero, Aday Mederos, and Jose Munoz , received scholarships from The Fundacion Empresa Universidad de La Laguna and The Fundacion de la Universidad de Las Palmas in Spain. They are expected to complete the requirements for the Master of Science in Management of Technology degree in August of this year.
The purpose of the Canary Islands program is to increase the students’ skills and professional experience in managing technology projects and businesses. They do this through their studies leading to the M.S.MOT degree and by working as Research Assistants for Dr. Cory Hallam, Director of the Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE) on projects with direct value and impact on the economy of the Canary Islands.
The projects being undertaken by this group of students include the development of guidelines for encouraging technology entrepreneurship in the Canary Islands and the development of a recommended academic program in renewable and sustainable energy for UTSA.
The MOT program has a longstanding partnership with the Canary Islands. For the past several years graduate students have studied in the program and college faculty members have visited the Canary Islands to strengthen the exchange program.
The Management of Technology program offers professionals in scientific, engineering, mathematical or other technology-based disciplines the opportunity to develop and improve managerial and business skills. The program offers two master's degrees: a M.B.A. concentration in Management of Technology and a Master of Science degree in Management of Technology.
MOT student and doctoral candidate in IS selected to participate in the Doctoral Consortium
Ruben Mancha, MS MOT and doctoral candidate in Information Systems, has been selected to participate in the Doctoral Consortium of the 15th Americas Conference on Information Systems to be held in San Francisco, California, August 6 - 9, 2009. The Doctoral Consortium gives students the opportunity to share their dissertation work, receive feedback, and interact with other faculty and students from around the globe.
Ruben will represent UTSA with his work in progress on behavioral aspects of online auctions, supervised by professor Jan Clark, PhD. He has also co-authored another two papers that will be presented in the conference.
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Brian G.R. Hughes, Guest Speaker for MOT 5203 and the CITE
MOT 5203 and the CITE is pleased to announce a guest lecture by Mr. Brian Hughes, San Antonio-based technology innovator, entrepreneur, and investor. Mr. Hughes will be presenting insight into his remarkable successes and failures as a technology entrepreneur, including some of his recent companies and investments.
Brian G. R. Hughes
Brian Hughes is the Chairman and Product Engineer of HBN Shoe, a company dedicated to making high heels shoes comfortable, and the world a happier place. In 2008 he founded SegSaddle LLC in San Antonio, which is developing aftermarket seating systems to make the Segway® Personal Transporter of more use to more people.
Brian received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT where he is a life member of the MIT Corporation, its board of trustees. He was President of MIT Alumni Association in 1999-2000 and currently chairs the MIT Visiting Committee for the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. He also received an MBA from the Harvard Business School, after which he spent five years insuring spacecraft. In 1984 he co-founded PTAT System Inc., which built the first privately funded transatlantic fiber cable linking New York and London which was sold to Sprint in 1989, thus ending AT&T’s international telecom monopoly. Brian then switched back to the space business and ended up as CEO of the American Rocket Company, which shut down in 1995. The good news is the hybrid rocket technology developed by American Rocket powered Burt Rutan’s SpaceShip One, winner of the X-Prize. In 1996 he moved to San Antonio with his wife Lissa Martinez and began investing in early stage companies such as Secure Logix, Novus Edge and BioScale. He now focuses his time and energy on HBN Shoe and SegSaddle exclusively.
Management of Technology Program Hosts Annual Awards Banquet
The Management of Technology program hosted their annual recognition dinner this spring. The awards program recognizes alumni and current graduates of the Management of Technology program. During the event, Dr. James Remkus was presented with the 2007 Tracey-Bodensteiner Award.
"James has had a lasting impact on our program," said William Flannery, director and associate professor of management of technology. "He was an exceptional student in our program, and he was instrumental in expanding the biomedical component of our program."
Remkus has developed and taught a course on the biomedical industry as part of the program curriculum. He has helped foster relationships with companies and individuals in the biomedical industry as well as establishing academic relationships with the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.
The Tracey-Bodensteiner award recognizes community members who have made significant contributions to the Management of Technology program. It was established in honor of James Tracey, former dean of the UTSA College of Sciences and Engineering, and Wayne Bodensteiner, former director of the Division of Management and Marketing.
Ray Cisneros, MS MOT, Receives $1000 Scholarship
On August 31, Ray Cisneros received a $1000 Scholarship from the Alamo Chapter of the Project Management Institute. The scholarship was presented to Ray by Edward Olszanowski, Director of Professional Development for the Alamo Chapter. Ray was selected based on essays he wrote on his goals for the future, and familiarity with project management principles. He was also judged for his leadership skills, extracurricular activities, overall academic performances and writing skills.
Diane Walz, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies representing the College of Business, expressed her delight to Ray for his work in obtaining the scholarship and commended the Alamo Chapter of the PMI for the support they are providing to UTSA students and programs. The Alamo Chapter of PMI has awarded over $5000 in scholarships to project management students in the last 4 years. Annually they plan to award one scholarship per year to a UTSA student studying project management. The Alamo Chapter of PMI has also established an annual research award to recognize the Management of Technology Capstone project making the most significant contribution to project management theory and practice. The first one was presented April 2006 to Terri Davis, MS MOT alum.
Flannery Represents UTSA and MOT at PICMET 06
July 8-13, 2006 - Istanbul, Turkey
Dr. Flannery attended PICMET 06 this year in Istanbul representing UTSA and the College of Business. This year's theme was "Technology Management for the Global Future." PICMET, Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology, is the premier organization for Management of Technology. This annual conference was attended by the world's leading experts who participate in the discussions and set the stage for innovation management.
Our leading expert, Dr. Flannery, exchanged information, reestablished links with old friends, chaired two sessions and presented an abstract. This year the abstract "Key Factors in the Transfer of Technology from Universities in the United States and Implications for Emerging Technology Economies" was authored by Minerva Garcia Delgado, MS MOT Dec 05 and co-authored by Dr. Flannery.
Dr. Flannery chaired the session on Technology Management Education and also the session on Technical Workforce. As Membership Chair of ETMERC (Engineering and Technology Management Education and Research Council), he served as a member on the ETMERC discussion panel. ETMERC is the organization of the heads or their designees of the educational programs and departments in engineering and technology management throughout the world.
Of course, being in such an exotic place as Istanbul, he couldn't resist a cruise on the Bosphorus Strait which separates Europe from Asia. The city of Istanbul is spread across two continents. It was a chance to relax and mingle with the other attendees.
Faculty Member Receives Tenure
Kevin Grant has had two papers published in academic journals. The first article was co-authored with Michael Baumann, assistant professor of psychology, in the December 2005 issue of the Engineering Management Journal. "Launching the Projects in Space Learning Program" described an active learning experience tool designed to impart core project management skills.
He also co-authored a publication with J.S. Pennypacker in the February 2006 issue of IEEE Transactions. The article, "Project Management Maturity: An Assessment of Project Management Capabilities Among and Between Selected Industries," provides a snapshot of the current level of project management maturity among industries based on 42 detailed components of maturity. The abstract was based on a survey of 126 organizations and established a baseline to support organizational assessments of project management maturity.
MOT Alumnus Named Rising Star
Amelia Kardocus Badders, MSMOT '04, was recently featured as one of San Antonio's Rising Stars in the San Antonio Business Journal. Of over 250 people nominated, Badders was honored with this prestigious award due to her persistence in achieving her goals and her career success at City Public Service.
Badders was most recently named Director of Strategic Services for Energy Delivery Services at City Public Service in January 2006.