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International Symposium Explores New Business Vulnerabilities

June 13, 2003

International terrorism and executive malfeasance have brought about new perspectives on the operations of every modern enterprise. Three area universities are sponsoring an international symposium July 28 - 30 at UTA’s Automation & Robotics Research Institute in Fort Worth to explore these challenges and discover potential solutions.

The University of Texas at Arlington, the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth are sponsoring the symposium, titled Developing Agile Enterprises to Overcome Vulnerability. Topics of discussion will include the accelerating global competition for new customers, changes in the way enterprises transact businesses, renewed emphasis on returns-on-investment, response to terrorist attacks, and improving investor confidence in top management decisions and performance. The symposium will be of great interest to civic and industry leaders responsible for formulating first-response policies.

Speakers at the symposium include Dr. George Wright, Provost, UTA; Dr. Da Hsuan Feng, vice president for Research and Graduate Education, UTD, who has organized a special session on bioterrorism; Dr. Ron Blanck, President, UNTHSC and a former US Army Surgeon General; Andrey Kostogryzov, Russian Academy of Rocket and Artillery Sciences, Moscow; and Neil Fisher, director of Secure Capability Focus, United Kingdom. Other speakers will include security and health experts from UTA, the University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center and the University of Texas at Tyler Health Science Center. The UT-Houston experts designed response protocols for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

UTA Industrial Engineering Professors Don Liles and David Kellogg are chairs of the symposium. Professor Frank L. Lewis is the program chair. Contact Sarah Densmore at or 817-272-5934. The Automation & Robotics Research Institute is located at UTA’s Fort Worth Campus, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. South, off Handley Ederville Road. More information about the symposium may be found at