Tag: Michigan Tech faculty

Dr. Dana Johnson Receives ASQ’s 2016 Gryna Award

Dr. Dana Johnson was honored for her contributions in Quality this spring by the American Society for Quality.  She received ASQ’s 2016 Gryna Award for co-authoring the paper, “SEM of Service Quality to Predict Overall Patient Satisfaction in Medical CLinics: A Case Study,” published in 2015 in Quality Management Journal, Vol. 22,  No. 4 pp. 18-36.  The ASQ Gryna Award is for the largest single contribution to the extension of understanding and knowledge of the philosophy, principles, or methods of quality management.  Dr. Johnson’s co-author, Dr. Roberta S. Russel, is a Professor of Business Information Technology at Virginia Tech.  Both authors thank Elizabeth MacInnes, V.P. Quality, UP Health Systems Portage and James Bogan, UP Health Systems Market President for providing access to the data necessary to complete this research.

About ASQ

ASQ is a global community of people dedicated to quality who share the ideas and tools that make our world work better. With millions of individual and organizational members of the community in 150 countries, ASQ has the reputation and reach to bring together the diverse quality champions who are transforming the world’s corporations, organizations and communities to meet tomorrow’s critical challenges. Celebrating 70 years in 2016, ASQ, with its world headquarters in Milwaukee, Wis., USA, operates regional centers in the U.S. and Canada, North Asia, South Asia, Latin America and Middle East and Africa. Learn more about ASQ’s members, mission, technologies and training by visiting the ASQ webpage.

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Economic Equality and Entrepreneurship: SBE Faculty Publish Top Paper

1-27-16 Tech Today

A paper about the role that economic inequality may play on entrepreneurial entry, co-authored by Emanuel Xavier-Oliveira (SBE) and Andre Laplume (SBE) (as well as Pathak from KSU), was chosen as one of the top 10 papers of the year 2015 published in the Human Relations Journal (ranked #5 in Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary).

This recognition is awarded by the journal’s editorial team to the papers that best encapsulate broad readership appeal, sound methods and whose theories advance knowledge.

Karol Pelc: Innovator and Technology Strategist

Before coming to Michigan Tech in 1985, Karol Pelc worked for electric power industry as an engineer, project leader and R&D manager. At the Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland, he lectured on production and R&D management. He was the founder and director of the Forecasting Research Center at that university. He has also served as international consultant in R&D and engineering management.

Karol Pelc
Karol Pelc

During his years at Michigan Tech, Dr. Pelc taught several courses related to engineering/technology management such as economics of technological change, management of technology, project management and international technology management. In 2001, he became co-founder and the first director of the Center for Technological Innovation, Leadership and Entrepreneurship CenTILE. He also initiated and organized the Entrepreneurs and Inventors Club of Michigan Tech. Since the 1990’s, he has been conducting research on technology strategies in Japanese industry, and on knowledge mapping theories and methods. He published actively in academic and professional journals. In 2004, he received the Excellence in Research Award from the International Association for Management of Technology for being the most prolific author in the domain of technology innovation management.

After retiring from Michigan Tech in 2005, as a professor emeritus Dr. Pelc continues to be active in research, teaching and consulting. In the fall of 2005, he was a visiting scholar at the Japan Center for Michigan Universities in Hikone, Japan. In 2006, he served as Fulbright Professor of technology systems management at the University of Maribor, Slovenia. In 2008, he presented a lecture series on global innovation networks for the International Business and Technology Management Program at the Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland. In the years 2006 – 2008, he was a visiting lecturer of production and technology management at the Kozminski University in Warsaw, Poland (formerly L. K. Academy of Entrepreneurship and Management). Dr. Pelc has also continued to teach graduate courses at Michigan Tech during the summer terms (2006-2009).

His publications in the recent years (2005 – 2009) include the book Innovation and Technology Strategy published in Poland (2008), coauthored by W. Kasprzak, chapters contributed to three other books, and several publications in refereed journals such as Transformations (2008), International Journal of Technology Management (2005) and jointly with A. B . Jambekar in Team Peformance Management (2007) and Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management (2006). Dr. Pelc has also been actively involved in editorial work and served as guest editor for the International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies (2009), and International Journal of Technology Management (2005).

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ITOxygen from CNN Money

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IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Michigan Technological University today announced several initiatives to help students develop the multi-disciplinary skills required in a growing number of jobs and professions around the world.

Businesses today are looking to the next generation of IT and business experts for so-called “T-shaped” skills, which encompass both deep business skills, represented by the horizontal line of the “T,” and technical understanding, represented by the vertical line. Top prospects will understand the dynamics of the globally integrated enterprise, can work across geographically distributed teams, and have experience using open source technologies to address real world business challenges.

IBM is teaming with Michigan Tech to develop curricula and sponsor an ‘on the job’ learning program to encourage the development of these sought after skills. In an effort to encourage the use of open source technologies, IBM has donated WebSphere software with the agreement that any assets created through these programs will be made available to other universities around the world at no charge.

Michigan Tech Curriculum Maps to the Future of Work

Michigan Tech recently introduced a Service Systems Engineering program to address the expansion of the services sector, which the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports represents more than 80 percent of the U.S. economy and is continuing to grow.

ver the past five years, IBM has been working with more than 150 universities around the world to grow the adoption of Services Science, Management and Engineering (SSME) http://www.ibm.com/university/ssme which is similar to Michigan Tech’s program. Taking a multi-disciplinary approach to education, SSME looks at how factors such as technology, relationship, culture, economics, and processes inform and impact the service business.

IT Oxygen Invigorates Students

Moving beyond the classroom, IBM and Michigan Tech want to give students a chance to apply their academic expertise and problem solving skills to real world business challenges. Unlike an internship or a cooperative work experience, Michigan Tech’s Enterprise program http://www.enterprise.mtu.edu brings together a small group of students that study different disciplines in a start-up business environment — the students are compensated for their work and they pay rent and other overhead costs.

IT Oxygen http://www.itoxygen.com, partially sponsored by IBM, is a student-run team focused on using cross-disciplinary expertise to solve some of the most challenging business process issues facing the university. By working in a team that spans academic disciplines, the students get natural exposure to new ways of thinking and problem solving.

“The program brings together students from various geographies and academic disciplines, closely reflecting what it’s like to work in today’s globally integrated enterprise,” said Jim Frendewey, associate dean of business and economics, Michigan Technological University. “Giving students access to IBM technologies and thought leaders provides our students with an advantage when they reach the workforce.”

As part of the program, IT Oxygen team members are getting a chance to apply a service oriented architecture (SOA) approach to improve business processes at Michigan Tech. SOA is a business strategy that helps a company reuse existing technology to more closely align with business goals resulting in greater efficiencies, cost savings, agility, and productivity. SOA http://www-306.ibm.com/software/solutions/soa represents a $160 billion market opportunity, and a growing source of jobs worldwide, making it an essential part of an employee’s skills base

IT Oxygen is getting hands-on training by developing solutions to improve Michigan Tech’s course scheduling tools with regard to classroom, student, and professor availability. Using WebSphere software, the students can model and simulate how the processes can be transformed before they actually go in and do the work. The team is also using business process management (BPM) enabled by SOA to streamline many processes associated with submitting a grant research proposal. IT Oxygen creates open source solutions to address all of these challenges, making them available for reuse by other universities.

“Michigan Tech’s Enterprise Program operates in a way that is very similar to IBM’s Extreme Blue internship program http://www-913.ibm.com/employment/us/extremeblue, putting a small group of cross-discipline students together in effectively a start-up business,” said John Soyring, vice president, solutions and software, IBM. “The program provides the students with a chance to build SOA skills while seeing what the future of work looks like in terms of bringing together individuals with different areas of expertise to solve difficult business challenges.”

Much of this is made possible through IBM’s Academic Initiative, a program offering a wide range of technology education benefits to meet the goals of colleges and universities. As a member of this initiative, participating schools receive free access to IBM software, discounted hardware, course materials, training and curriculum development. Nearly 2,000 universities and 11,000 faculty members worldwide have joined IBM’s Academic Initiative.

Michigan Tech is also part of the World Community Grid http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/newsletter/video/viewVideo.do which is focused on creating the world’s largest public computing grid to tackle projects that benefit humanity.

For more information about the Michigan Tech program, go to: http://www.enterprise.mtu.edu/ or http://www.enterprise.mtu.edu/archives/2004/09/itoxygen_inform.html

Merz Receives MTU Faculty Distinguished Service Award


On September 18th, the University presented Dr. Thomas E. Merz the 2006 Faculty Distinguished Service Award . Merz, former Mayor of the City of Houghton, was cited for improving the relationship between the City and the University, for giving MTU students a voice in city government and for his active involvement in the establishment of the Michigan Tech Enterprise SmartZone.