Executives and Thought Leaders Share Market Innovations with Students for Business Week 2010

Zyvex CEO James Von Ehr
Zyvex CEO, James Von Ehr

April 17, 2010 - Business Week 2010 brought local executives to the classroom April 12-16 to share their knowledge and insight. Topics revolved around the Business Week 2010 theme Innovations Transforming Business in North Texas and Beyond. Discussions centered on new innovations changing the way we do business across key industries including supply distribution, aerospace and energy.

The week brought special focus to the business case for nanotechnology and its applications in various product and service markets. Bradley Pietras, Director of Research and Development for Lockheed Martin, discussed nanotech's current and future roles for his organization. James Von Ehr, CEO and founder of the Dallas-based nanotechnology development firm Zyvex, shared his perspective on commercializing nanotechnology.

Mr. Bruce Tanner
Lockheed Martin CFO presents the many dimensions
of innovation at the April 13 Executive Dinner
Bruce Tanner, Chief Financial Officer for Lockheed Martin Corp. and UT Arlington M.B.A. alumnus, returned to campus Tuesday, April 13, to deliver a keynote address on innovation at the Business Week Executive Dinner. Tanner's take on innovations at Lockheed Martin spanned the breadth of the most impressive displays—the recent demonstration of the F35's vertical landing—to less ostentatious innovative practices such as business processes and nurturing human capital. More than 325 guests attended the Executive Dinner. Dinner sponsors included Lockheed Martin, Fort Worth Business Press, Daimler Financial Services, Decision Analyst, Frost Bank, Gaston Group, Hunt Consolidated Inc. and Hunt Oil Company, Justin Brands, Progressive Incorporated, and Verizon.

Business Week 2010 also included Nano-101, a special session introducting the basic concepts of nanotechnology to business students. Nano-101 was developed and presented by Sergio Bento, Director for the Center for Innovation at Arlington; Dr. Ron Elsenbaumer, Vice President for Research and Federal Affairs at UT Arlington; Dr. David Gray, Associate Dean for the College of Business; Dr. Susanna Khavul, Assistant Professor of Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Robert Magnusson, Texas Instruments Distinguished University Chair in Nanoelectronics; and Debra Wawro, CEO of Resonant Sensors, Inc.

Here's a sampling of the nanotech basics covered in Nano-101:

  • Nanoscience is the study of structures that are smaller than a virus.
  • A nanometer is a billionth of a meter or less than one millionth of an inch.
  • Nanotech products and services may exceed $1 trillion in five years.
  • The U.S. is in a tough competitive race in nanotech research with countries such as China, Japan, and Russia.
  • UT Arlington and its partner, Resonant Sensors, Inc., are currently developing patented biosensor technology.
  • UT Arlington has received $17.5 million in external funding for nanotech research since 2001.

Download the Nano-101 PowerPoint presentation.