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Management School Launches Speakers Series

Mix of Scholars and Business Leaders at New UCR Speaker Series

Business Breakfast Speaker Series Begins with talk on technology transfer

(January 26, 2006)

Donald Siegel

Donald Siegel

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — — The A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management at UC Riverside launched its public speaker series designed for the Inland Empire’s business community on Jan. 26, with a talk about effective technology transfer between universities and industry. Thursday’s speaker was Donald S. Seigel, professor and chair in the Department of Economics at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (PRI) in Troy, N.Y.

The series, titled “AGSM Business Breakfast Series,” is scheduled monthly and will feature a mix of research scholars and business leaders for informal presentations.

Siegel’s talk, titled “University-Industry Cooperation in Technology Transfer” touched on the lessons learned from the explosion in the cooperation between universities and the business sector in the past quarter century. Since the 1980 congressional passage of the Baye-Dole Act, which ushered in the era of university technology transfer, the growth has been impressive by any measure, whether it be university patents, license agreements or start ups, but impediments remain, he cautioned. According to Seigel, the four main impediments are:

  • Informational and cultural barriers that exist between academia and industry.

  • Insufficient incentives for faculty to engage in the research that leads to technology transfer.

  • Insufficient staffing and compensation practices at university technology transfer offices.

  • The need for greater education of faculty, post-doctoral researchers and graduate students in the technology transfer process, its value for their research, and on the workings of entrepreneurs.

The drive to establish a medical school at UCR is one of the best practices in increasing technology transfer, according to Siegel.

“A medical school is very important for improving the effectiveness of technology transfer because biotechnology is one of the most dynamic areas of growth,” he told the audience.

Siegel received his Ph.D. in business economics from Columbia University in 1988. He was a research economist at the National Bureau of Economic Research from1988 to 1989. Since then, he has held a variety of academic posts at the State University of New York; Arizona State University; and Nottingham University Business School, UK before arriving at PRI.

The AGSM Business Breakfast Series events are scheduled at 7:30 a.m. at the UCR/California Museum of Photography, 3824 Main St., Riverside, Calif. For more information, contact Cynthia White at AGSM at (951) 827-7767 or by email at

The following are the upcoming speakers in the series:

  • Feb. 23 — David L. White is the Economic Development project Manager for the city of Riverside with more than 12 years experience in economic development. His talk is titled, “If We Build It, They Will Come - Building the Technology Community in Riverside.”

  • March 30 — Kenneth Merchant, professor of accounting in the Executive MBA Program at the Marshall School of Business at USC. Merchant is also the chair of accountancy at Deliotte & Touche LLP. Merchant’s expertise is in management accounting and control.

  • April 27 — Marcelle Chauvet, associate professor of economics at UCR. Chauvet’s expertise is in economic forecasting, applied macroeconomics and the financial markets.

  • May 25 — Yash Gupta, Dean of the Marshall School of Business at USC. Before becoming dean at the USC business school, he was dean of the University of Washington Business School. Gupta’s expertise includes operations strategy, quality management, and production scheduling and information systems strategy.

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