McGuire Faculty and Endowed Chair Fall Activities

Oct. 10, 2016

McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship faculty members and endowed chairs have been busy, attending the 2016 Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2016 (read more), and participating in several outreach events so far this Fall. 


Dr. Carlos J. Alsua, McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship Academic Director and Senior Lecturer, International Management and Global Entrepreneurship, hosted a group of students from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, campus Sonora Norte, a private multi-campus university based in Monterrey, Mexico, on Sept. 9. The students were from several programs: International Business, Entrepreneurship, Management, and Marketing. Dr. Alsua led them through a workshop on Intercultural Negotiations and Innovation. 

This exchange is part of the McGuire Center's ongoing process of global impact, said Dr. Alsua. "As a global leader in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the McGuire Center welcomes visitors from many parts of the world," he said. 

Dr. Alsua also was a guest speaker at a class at Las Vegas High School, a magnet school where many of the sophomores, juniors and seniors work in the hospitality industry to help their families. Some have graveyard shifts from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. and then go right to school after work.

"Many of the students are the first in their family to have an opportunity to aspire to a college education," Dr. Alsua said. "It is difficult to keep focused and awake when you have been working all night. Yet, many  are aware that education is their only ticket out of the rut of low paying service jobs in the hospitality industry." 

Dr. Alsua gave a talk on the importance of bilingualism in this globalized economy and how a college education and a career in entrepreneurship and innovation can serve as a tool for them to partake of the American Dream. 

Dr. Sudha Ram, Anheuser-Busch Chair in MIS, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, was interviewed by AZPM about social media and politics on Sept. 23. She discussed how politicians could use social media to reach younger adults and effectively communicate their political message. Dr. Ram's research specializes in social media analytics and how people interact with and use social media. She gathers data from blogs and social media websites and analyzes the data to mine customer sentiment that helps predict better business decisions and customer activities. 

Dr. Ram also attended an alumni event in Chicago on Sept. 28 to talk about Big Data. 

Dr. Hsinchun Chen, Thomas R. Brown Chair in Management and Technology, is the founder and co-chair of the 14th Annual Cybersecurity and Big Data Conference Sept. 28-30 at the University of Arizona. 

Dr. Joseph P. Broschak attended the Next Wave Ventures' Rising Tide Summit in Del Mar, California October 7-9. As the lone male in attendance, Joe was observing a meeting of all women angel investors to gain insights into the Rising Tide training program and the network of female angel investors for his research on Increasing Women’s Representation in Entrepreneurial Activity. Dr. Broschak’s research, done in collaboration with colleagues at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Maryland, is funded in part by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.  

Jim Jindrick, McGuire Entrepreneurship Program Mentor in Residence, will present "Biz Speak Basics for Engineers" to the Tucson Student Branch Chapter of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society on Oct. 13. 

In the meeting, Jindrick will discuss the No. 1 critical success factor for every business venture, explain key business terms every engineer should know, and answer the most-often-asked questions about business and entrepreneurship. 

Dr. Anne Stringfellow, Senior Lecturer, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, will be attending the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) conference in Atlanta Oct. 16-19.