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UCR Hires Top Technology Transfer Economist

UCR Business School Hires Renowned Technology Transfer Economist

Don Siegel joins A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management July 1.

(June 14, 2006)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Donald Siegel, an internationally renowned expert on the transfer of technology from universities and federal labs to business, will join the faculty at the University of California, Riverside’s A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management (AGSM) on July 1.

Siegel comes to UCR from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, N.Y., where he was chairman of the department of economics. RPI is the nation’s oldest technological university. At UCR Siegel will hold the dual titles of professor of entrepreneurship and associate dean.

“Siegel’s hire represents one of the most significant senior appointments in the history of the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management,” said interim dean Raymond Williams. “He will place UC Riverside, particularly our efforts on the Palm Desert campus, instantly on the national radar screen with respect to entrepreneurship.”

His research interests include the strategic and economic implications of entrepreneurship and technological change, university technology transfer, corporate social responsibility, and productivity analysis. His papers have appeared in such leading academic journals as the American Economic Review, the Economic Journal, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Law and Economics, the Journal of Financial Economics, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Research Policy, the Academy of Management Review, the Academy of Management Journal, the Strategic Management Journal, the Journal of Business Venturing, the Journal of Management Studies, and the Journal of Management.

Siegel is the editor of the Journal of Technology Transfer and president of the Technology Transfer Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the scholarly analysis of technology transfer and developing and sharing best practices in technology transfer from universities and federal laboratories to the private sector. He will bring both the journal and the society with him to UCR. In recent years, he has also co-edited 22 special issues of leading journals in management and economics on topics relating to university technology transfer, entrepreneurial development, and corporate social responsibility.

In January, he referred to UCR’s drive to establish a medical school as being consistent with established best practices, in terms of increasing the rate of technology transfer at a university. It will also enhance the impact of the university on regional economic development, he said.

“A medical school is very important for improving the effectiveness of technology transfer because the biomedical field is one of today’s most dynamic areas of growth,” he told the audience at an AGSM Business Breakfast appearance.

“I am excited at this unique opportunity to help AGSM develop world-class MBA programs in Riverside and Palm Desert, enhance external funding, and develop stronger connections with other units on campus,” Siegel said.

“The Heckmann Center on the Palm Desert campus is an ideal venue for the MBA in entrepreneurial management and for developing additional targeted masters programs for the growing class of managers involved in technology transfer, intellectual property management, and technology commercialization at universities, federal labs, and local and regional technology-based institutions (science parks and incubators).”

Siegel then discussed some of the events he plans to bring to UCR Palm Desert.

“ I have secured commitments from leading academic journals (Economica, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, and the Journal of Business Venturing) to host numerous academic research conferences at the Heckmann Center, tied to special issues of these journals, as a means of establishing a research presence for AGSM in entrepreneurship,” said Siegel. “I am also pleased to announce that the Technology Transfer Society Annual Conference, which was held last year at the Kauffman Foundation and this year at Georgia Tech, will be held at UCR Palm Desert in late September 2007.”

Siegel’s teaching duties will include both the Palm Desert and Riverside campuses. In his role as associate dean, Siegel will be responsible for building the entrepreneurship initiative on the Palm Desert campus and searching for two new assistant professors of entrepreneurship for UCR Palm Desert.

Siegel was recently ranked by the European Economic Association as among the top one percent of the world’s economists, in terms of publications and citations. He has also received grants or fellowships from the National Bureau of Economic Research, the National Science Foundation, the American Statistical Association, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Samuel Neaman Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology at the Technion-Isreal Institute of Technology. He has also served as a consultant to the United Nations, the National Research Council, Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise, Chase Manhattan, the Securities Industry Association, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs & Co., Deloitte and Touche, and the National Association of Manufacturers.

Siegel has an undergraduate degree in economics from Columbia University, where he was captain of the tennis team in his senior year. After working as a securities analyst for an offshore hedge fund, he received his master’s and Ph. D. degrees in business economics from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He then served as an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation post-doctoral fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Mass. Since 1989, he has held a variety of academic posts at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Arizona State University, and the University of Nottingham, before arriving at RPI.

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