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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation Division New Ideas Session 1

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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24.1254.1 - 24.1254.9



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David G. Novick University of Texas, El Paso

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David Novick is the Associate Dean of Engineering for Graduate Studies and Research, Professor of Computer Science, and Mike Loya Distinguished Chair in Engineering. He formerly directed UTEP’s Kauffman Campus Initiative and now serves as co-director of UTEP’s Mike Loya Center for Innovation and Commerce. He leads the College of Engineering’s Task Force on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which includes participants from colleges across the university. Dr. Novick, who is a graduate of Harvard Law School, teaches UTEP’s course on Intellectual Property Law, and chairs the university’s Intellectual Property Committee.

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Cory Hallam University of Texas, San Antonio

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Cory R. A. Hallam was born in Montreal, Quebec, in 1973. He received a B.Eng degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University, Ottawa, in 1996, and an M.Eng in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1997, an M.S. in Technology and Policy in 2001 and a Ph.D. in Technology, Management, and Policy in 2003 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
From 1997 to 2001 he was the Lead Systems Engineer for developing MIT’s Aero/Astro Learning Labs. From 2003 to 2005 he worked Lean Enterprise Transformation Efforts with Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems, and served as a program manager on the Global Hawk program for Aurora Flight Sciences until 2006, implementing Lean Enterprise strategies to improve UAV program schedules and costing. In 2006 he joined the University of Texas at San Antonio as the founding Director of the Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship, and currently serves as the university’s Chief Commercialization Officer. He is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Technology Management conducting research and publishing on topics including Lean Enterprise Transformation, Systems Analysis of Renewable Energies, Technology Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship. Under his leadership, UTSA has forged new ground in the realm of technology commercialization, including the first technology licenses, faculty start-ups, student patent filings, student start-ups, on campus incubation of start-ups and partner companies, and a Commercialization Council that bridges the gap between university research and the broader technology commercialization community in San Antonio.
Mr. Hallam was a recipient of the MIT Course 16 Sixteen award, the SABJ 40 under 40 award, the Richard S. Howe Undergraduate Teaching Excellence award, and currently holds the Jacobson Distinguished Professorship in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UTSA.

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Olivier Wenker MD The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

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Dr. Wenker is a Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and the founding Director of their Office of Technology Discovery. Dr. Wenker started his career as an anesthesiologist in 1985. He is triple European board certified in anesthesiology, critical care medicine and emergency/disaster medicine as well as American board certified in Antiaging and Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Wenker served many years as emergency/trauma physician on board rescue helicopters, ICU airplanes, ambulances, and emergency physician vehicles. He worked as a trauma field physician, rescue diver, disaster medicine triage and lead physician, and served many years as chief of a medical team for special police forces. He was involved in over 700 rescue missions and several dozens of special forces missions. In 2004, Dr. Wenker earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Jones Graduate School for Management at Rice University in Houston, Texas, receiving the prestigious Jones Award for Academic Excellence. Dr. Wenker’s special interests involve electronic publishing and the use of digital information for education. He is the founder and CEO of Internet Scientific Publication, LLC, an online medical publishing house distributing over 80 medical journals. He frequently travels and lectures on topics including healthy lifestyle choices, nutrition and wellness, doping-free athletic performance enhancement, and the use of essential oils for health. Dr. Wenker also developed some education programs in entrepreneurship and is one of the PI’s of an Innovation and Entrepreneurship grant issued by The University of Texas.

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Gary L. Frankwick University of Texas at El Paso

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Gary L. Frankwick (Ph.D., Arizona State University) is Professor of Marketing and Marcus Hunt Chair in the College of Business at the University of Texas at El Paso. His research interests lie primarily in the business-to-business side of marketing, and include marketing strategy decision-making, marketing management, sales management, new product development, and supply chain management. His research has been published in the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management, Journal of Supply Chain Management, and Industrial Marketing Management, among others. His primary teaching responsibilities include marketing strategy, and new product development.

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The UT TRANSFORM ProjectThe UT TRANSFORM project (Translational Research Advancement Network to Support,Fund, Organize, Roll Out, and Motivate UT Innovations) is a joint project of four University ofTexas (UT) System institutions: UT San Antonio, MD Anderson, UT El Paso, and UT Austin.The project, funded by the UT System, sought to create and maintain a transformational andprogressive entrepreneurial ecosystem within the university environment, essential factors forfostering, supporting, developing, and commercializing new technologies. The project’s goal increating this ecosystem was not only to help change academic mindsets and cultures, but also toresult in higher competiveness in global markets, increased external funding via follow-upresearch dollars, enhanced educational environment for students and faculty, increasedmarketability of UT graduates, and greater financial returns to the university via technologycommercialization.The project comprised two major phases: (1) education in innovation, entrepreneurship, andcommercialization, and (2) identification and funding of promising and competitivetechnologies.The project’s education initiatives included: • An Entrepreneurs Academy™, an online program designed to help faculty learn the fundamental concepts of starting a business and commercializing their innovations. The modules provided in the Academy combine a selection of best-in-class videos and reading materials. • A comprehensive assessment of entrepreneurial orientation, perceptions and activity across UT System campuses.The project’s commercialization initiatives included: • A competition that awarded up to $10,000 each to over 30 projects by UT System faculty and students as seed funding for innovative commercialization projects, ranging from “Roller printed semiconductor nanomembranes for flexible RF electronics” to “Proof-of- principle in vivo efficacy study of dengue antiviral drug candidate.” Project leaders were required to complete the Entrepreneurs Academy™ before their project was funded. The projects, from campuses across the UT System, are expected to complete their work in the summer of 2014, when their results will be showcased. • A start on building the UT System’s ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship, through a Web site that provides paths for commercialization at the project’s participating institution, including university and community resources.The project is assessing its outcomes through early, mid-term, and long-term measures, with anadded category called collateral benefits. Early measures include the number of participants,certificates, collaborations, invention disclosures, and seed fund applications. Mid-term measuresinclude the number of seed-funding awards granted, monthly users of online content, downloads,patent applications, new startups, licenses, co-investments into startup companies by thirdparties, and results from a satisfaction survey of project participants. The long-term measures, tobe evaluated after the project’s completion in the summer of 2014, will include the number ofsuccessful product launches into market and funds generated by the projects. The measures ofcollateral benefits assess other activities that have increased the success of UT Systeminstitutions as a result of the project’s entrepreneurial and commercialization activities.Ultimately, the program will be a success if in the long term more entrepreneurially mindedstudents and faculty desire to come to UT and more companies seek UT as their first choice inpublic/private partnerships for developing and commercializing new technologies.

Novick, D. G., & Hallam, C., & Gilbert, D. J., & Wenker, O., & Frankwick, G. L. (2014, June), The UT TRANSFORM Project Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23187

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