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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

Science Editor Will Discuss Controversy, Human Welfare and Uncertain Scientific Future at Technology and Management Awards

Stanford University professor and editor-in-chief of Science magazine Donald Kennedy will give the keynote speech at The University of Arizona’s 2008 engineering and business awards luncheon.

TUCSON, Ariz. – October 7, 2008 – Stanford University Professor Donald Kennedy, who served as editor-in-chief of Science magazine until earlier this year, will give a keynote speech titled Science: What’s New, What’s Promising, What’s Political at The University of Arizona’s Technology & Management Awards Luncheon (TMAL) on Friday, October 10, 2008, at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Ariz.

Kennedy said he plans to discuss science from three points of view. The first point of view — what’s new — will cover recent scientific discoveries that seem to have “interesting possibilities but … uncertain futures,” Kennedy said. The second point of view — what's promising — will focus on “human welfare: health, energy, the environment,” he said. The third viewpoint — what's political — will touch on areas in which new discoveries have generated controversy, and explore why.

Kennedy has served on the faculty of Stanford University from 1960 to the present. From 1980 to 1992 he was president of Stanford University. He was commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from 1977 to 1979. Previously at Stanford, he was as director of the Program in Human Biology from 1973 to 1977 and chair of the Department of Biology from 1964 to 1972.

Kennedy is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He served on the National Commission for Public Service and the Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology and Government, and as a founding director of the Health Effects Institute. He currently serves as a director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and as co-chair of the National Academies’ Project on Science, Technology and Law. Kennedy received AB and PhD degrees in biology from Harvard University.

The awards will be presented by UA President Paul Shelton; Paul Portney, dean of the Eller College of Management; and Thomas Peterson, dean of the College of Engineering.

2008 Technology and Management Award Recipients

College of Engineering — Chris Lewicki
Chris Lewicki is manager of the Phoenix Mars Mission, the first mission in NASA’s Scout program, which successfully put the Phoenix Mars Lander on Martian soil on Sunday, May 25, 2008. Lewicki graduated from The University of Arizona’s College of Engineering in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering, and again in 2000 with a master’s degree in the same subject. In 2001, when he was a senior flight systems engineer at the California Institute of Technology’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., Lewicki became flight director for NASA’s Mars Exploration Rovers Mission.

More than 4 years after landing on Mars in January 2004, the two rovers — Spirit and Opportunity — are still going strong. At that time, Lewicki likened the experience of landing a rover to driving a sports car, but modestly asserted that flight engineers were “valets who bring it around to the front and give the keys to the science team.”

Eller College of Management — Roberto Guerrieri and Alicia Coleman
Before founding Incentive Logic in 1998, Roberto Guerrieri held several leadership positions in Silicon Valley companies such as Hewlett-Packard and Apple Computer. He cofounded the, which introduced the first eReward catalog service to the Internet. later changed its name to Incentive Logic, which provides incentive management tools and services to increase customer loyalty, sales performance and employee productivity. In 2007 and 2008, the company was named on the Inc. 5000 list as one of the fastest growing companies in America. Guerrieri holds an MBA from The University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management.

Alicia Coleman also holds an MBA from Eller College, and has been a driving force in developing longstanding relationships with Incentive Logic clients since the firm’s inception. As vice president of worldwide sales, she is responsible for $35 million in annual sales. Coleman has extensive knowledge of the loyalty incentive marketplace. She owned a reward catalog business in the 1990s and was the founder of Decoratours, a start-up that provides personalized, guided decorating tours of unique stores and shops.

Eller College of Management — Jay Geldmacher
Under Jay Geldmacher’s leadership, Emerson Network Power’s Embedded Power and Computing group has grown from $300 million to $2 billion in revenue, and is one of the world leaders of power conversion and computing products. The company, headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., currently employs more than 31,000 people and has operations on three continents. The globe-trotting Geldmacher — he travels about 250,000 miles a year — is responsible for establishing the company’s strategic direction, formulating international marketing and business development strategies, retooling operations to accelerate expansion and control costs, and leading an executive team with accountability for fulfilling the company’s mission and business goals.

Before joining Emerson Network Power, Geldmacher was executive vice president of Knowles Electronics, a $200 million global electronics manufacturer. Before that, he was vice president and general manager of the $100 million Asia-Pacific division, during which time he was headquartered in Taipei. He attended The University of Arizona on a full basketball scholarship. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Eller College, and a master’s in business administration from the University of Chicago.

College of Engineering — Douglas Silver
Douglas Silver has spent the last three decades dedicated to the international mineral industry. After obtaining a master’s degree in economic geology in 1980 from The University of Arizona, he began his career as an exploration geologist with the Anaconda Copper Company. He also worked for Noranda and Bond International Gold. Silver quickly found that his personal interest lay in mineral property valuations. In 1986, he created a private consulting company, Balfour Holdings Inc., and spent more than 17 years advising clients on global mineral appraisals, acquisitions and mergers, and strategic planning.

Silver suspended his consulting practice in 2003 to found International Royalty Corporation (IRC), a global mineral royalty company of which he is chairman and chief executive officer. IRC was the largest mining-related public offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange in 2005 and has since listed on the American Stock Exchange. IRC’s revenue has grown from $400,000 in 2005 to $50 million in 2007. The company currently owns more than 80 royalties.

Technology and Management Awards Background

The annual Technology and Management Awards Luncheon recognizes the competitive advantage resulting from collaboration between engineering and business. The event honors individuals who have made significant contributions in business and technology, and who are the vanguard of this critical collaboration. TMAL also creates awareness in the business community of the collaborative courses and student-focused programs being pursued by the engineering and business colleges at UA. These efforts focus on moving knowledge and ideas rapidly from the university to the marketplace.

This is the 10th annual TMAL. New this year is the Shaping the Future Award, which recognizes the contributions of engineers and business executives whose work today will have a profound effect on the society of the future. The other award made at the luncheon is the Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors career-long contributions by UA alumni who have been instrumental in their company’s success and who have shared the benefits of that success with UA.

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.

Press Contact:
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

The College of Engineering has for more than 120 years produced alumni who have explored, shaped and made habitable the world, indeed the universe, in which we live. US News & World Report Ranks the College of Engineering’s hydrogeology program 1st in the nation, the graduate program in industrial engineering 19th, the graduate program in electrical engineering 33rd, and the computer engineering program 44th. ranked UA Engineering 42nd in the country. The College received more than $27 million in research funding in 2007; offers 17 undergraduate degrees; and in 2007/2008 awarded 445 undergraduate, 136 master’s and 57 doctoral degrees. The 131 full-time faculty include 13 members of the National Academy of Engineering and 5 UA Regents’ Professors. In 2008/2009, the College enrolled 2,408 undergraduate and 640 graduate students.

Press Contact:
Pete Brown, College of Engineering

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