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Live Cases In Technology Transfer

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

Publication Date

June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



Conference Session

Project Management and Team Issues

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10.901.1 - 10.901.9



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Thomas Wollin

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Ronald Bennett

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Melanie Steinborn

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Al Dombrowski

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Live Cases in Technology Transfer

Ronald J. Bennett, PhD, Al Dombrowski, Melanie Steinborn, Thomas Wollin

School of Engineering University of St. Thomas


Case study methods can be an effective way to learn about complex situations and analyze topics using a systems approach. This is particularly important in our applied curriculum. In the topic area of technology transfer, there are few cases that are relevant and appropriate for our graduate students who are working professionals in the technology-based industries located in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.

However, we have had guest speakers in this class with extensive experience in technology transfer. Students from previous classes suggested using their experience as the basis of case studies. A method called “Live Cases” had been developed by one of the UST College of Business professors for use in Costa Rica. With his assistance, a “Live Case” method for the course “Technology Transfer and Contemporary Issues” was developed. Guest speakers write a brief case situation and provide some guiding questions. The graduate students work in teams, analyze the case, and create questions and potential solutions of their own. The following week the guest speaker presents the background, and engages the class in a sparkling discussion of the case. This has led to very energetic and fruitful discussions and very positive comments from speakers and students alike.

Two side benefits have resulted. First, the guest speakers say they get some very good ideas from the students and second, other faculty are beginning to explore this method for their classes. D Background

The Mission of the School of Engineering is the statement that guides all of our programs. It states, “We provide an applied, values-based learning experience that produces well-rounded, innovative engineers and technology leaders who have the technical skills, passion and courage to make a difference.” We strive to deliver on this promise, and students are attracted to this mission.

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Wollin, T., & Bennett, R., & Steinborn, M., & Dombrowski, A. (2005, June), Live Cases In Technology Transfer Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14466

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