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Critical Success Factors For Technopolis Creation

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006



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Entrepreneurship Division Poster Sessions

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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11.373.1 - 11.373.19



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Kenneth Ports QTS, Inc.

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Dr. Kenneth A. Ports is currently Senior Scientist at QTS, Inc. in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Until recently, Dr. Ports was a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Associate Dean in the College of Engineering at Florida Tech. Prior to Florida Tech, Dr. Ports spent 25 years in the microelectronics industry in technical, management, staff and internal consulting roles. He led several corporate programs, including project management, product to market, technology roadmapping, and strategic planning. He was corporate director of University Relations, and his duties included overseeing the research pipeline. He has over 40 publications and papers, numerous company-private handbooks and documents, and 11 patents. He has a B.S. in Physics from Penn State and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from Purdue University.

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Dennis Kulonda Florida Tech

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Dr. Dennis J. Kulonda is a scholar/entrepreneur with substantial academic and industry experience. He served as Director of the Engineering Management Program at the University of Central Florida; Dean, College of Business at Alfred University, New York; and Director of the Center for Professional Development at James Madison University. He has had industry experience as Managing Partner of Operations Associates; manager of Education Consulting at Broadway & Seymour; and Industry Consultant at Management Science America. Dr. Kulonda has co-authored more than forty refereed journal articles, refereed proceedings and books. He has a BSIE from Kettering University, an MSIE from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from N.C.S.U.

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Clifford Bragdon Florida Tech

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Dr. Bragdon is a Distinguished Research Professor, and Associate Provost and Dean at Florida Institute of Technology. He has authored five books and over 100 articles as well as either a PI or Co-PI on over $50,000,000 worth of university based research. Previous to FIT he was Associate Vice-President, Associate Dean and Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology. Previously he was Vice President and Dean of the School of Aviation and Transportation at Dowling College and the Director of the National Aviation and Transportation Center in New York.
His Ph.D. is in the field of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Carmo D'Cruz Florida Tech

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Dr. Carmo A. D’Cruz is Associate Professor in the Engineering Systems Department at Florida Tech. A twenty-year veteran of the semiconductor industry, Dr. D’Cruz has studied and taught at Engineering and Business schools. His experience ranges from R&D and engineering to manufacturing, operations, marketing and Business Development. His research areas include Technopolis Creation and Engineering Entrepreneurship. He has developed pioneering courses in Systems Engineering Entrepreneurship, Technical Marketing, High Tech Product Strategy and Technology Commercialization Strategies. He has a BSEE from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, a MSEE from Drexel University, Philadelphia, a MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a Doctorate from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

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Critical Success Factors for Technopolis Creation Carmo D’Cruz, Clifford Bragdon, Dennis Kulonda Florida Tech, Melbourne, Florida

Ken Ports QTSI, Inc Cocoa Beach, Florida


Technopolis communities are sprouting up all over the world and are creating a profound impact on global economic landscapes. Today’s global economy can be characterized by increasing globalization, heightened interdependency and the emergence of a new paradigm of regional, institutional and technological clusters, which facilitate innovation and its commercialization, called the “Technopolis Phenomenon”.

This paper reviews research done on creation of Technopolis communities and highlights exemplary best practices from Technopolis communities around the world such as Silicon Valley, Boston, Austin, Ireland, Bangalore, Taiwan, Sophia-Antipolis, and others. The role of academia-industry-government collaboration in creation of Technopolis communities is discussed in detail. This involves sustained, collaborative efforts by academics, industry representatives, Entrepreneur Support Organizations (ESOs), Economic Development Organizations (EDOs), engineers, entrepreneurs, investors, and other practitioners to develop initiatives, plans, methodologies, infrastructure, and action items for Technopolis creation.

The authors' experiences in attempting to create a Technopolis community on the Space Coast of Central Florida add insights for program implementation and effectiveness. Engineering education programming linking academic / continuing education programs with experiential entrepreneurship and community outreach activities is emphasized. Critical Success Factors for Technopolis creation are identified.


Today’s global economy can be characterized by increasing globalization, heightened interdependency and the emergence of a new paradigm of regional, institutional and technological clusters, which facilitate innovation and its commercialization, called the “Technopolis Phenomenon”.

A Technopolis (plural Technopoleis) is a region trying to build and maintain a healthy, technology-driven economy. 1

Dr. Fred Phillips (ex Austin, Texas) of the Maastrict School of Management ((Netherlands),1 an acknowledged authority and experienced expert on the Technopolis phenomenon in the US and Europe, has postulated that Technopolis regions grow by:

Ports, K., & Kulonda, D., & Bragdon, C., & D'Cruz, C. (2006, June), Critical Success Factors For Technopolis Creation Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--1188

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