David G. Novick, Mike Loya Distinguished Chair in Engineering and Professor of Engineering Education and Leadership, earned his J.D.at Harvard University in 1977 and his Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science at the University of Oregon in 1988. Before coming to UTEP he was on the faculty of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Oregon Graduate Institute and then Director of Research at the European Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Engineering. At UTEP he has served in a number of positions including as Chair of the Department of Computer Science, Associate Provost, Associate Dean of Engineering for Graduate Studies and Research, and co-director of the Mike Loya Center for Innovation and Commerce. His research focuses on interactive systems, especially human interaction with intelligent virtual agents, and on interaction in support of innovation. He served as General Co-chair of the ACM Conference on Universal Usability 2000, Program Chair of ACM SIG-DOC 2003 and General Chair of ACM SIG-DOC 2007, and organized SIGCHI's series of events in Natural Language Interfaces. He has authored or co-authored over 120 refereed publications and over $16 million in funded grant proposals.
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.
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.
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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