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Dave Bueche, School of Engineering (650) 723-5004,



Stanford engineers explore technology 'beyond innovation' at Entrepreneurs Day

What is some of the hottest research on campus? How do you transfer technology innovations into viable businesses? After the adrenaline rush of the dot-com gold rush subsides, how do you sustain business growth in a more rational market?

Stanford engineers will address these questions and more during "Beyond Innovation," the second annual Entrepreneurs Day (eDAY) symposium, to be held Saturday, May 19, on campus. Sponsored by the School of Engineering's Alumni Relations Program and the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, eDAY is a celebration of engineering entrepreneurship at which engineering alumni, faculty and students share their accomplishments. Organizers expect this year's event to draw 400 participants.

"Stanford engineering has a tradition of fostering innovation and entrepreneurship," said Beth Curran, alumni relations director for the School of Engineering. "eDAY offers us a chance to celebrate that tradition while honoring some of the latest entrepreneurs, both in the lab and in the private sector."

Hosting the event will be Jim Plummer, the Frederick Emmons Terman Dean in the School of Engineering and the John M. Fluke Professor of Electrical Engineering. The symposium will feature three panels: "Beyond Silicon: Hot Technology Trends," "Tech Transfer: Translating Technology into Viable Businesses" and "After the Adrenaline Rush: Sustaining Growth in a More Rational Market."

Participating faculty will include Tom Byers, associate professor (teaching) of management science and engineering; Joe Goodman, the William E. Ayer Professor of Electrical Engineering, Emeritus; Tom Kenny, associate professor of mechanical engineering; Monica Lam, professor of computer science; Audrey MacLean, consulting associate professor of management science and engineering; David A. B. Miller, the W. M. Keck Foundation Professor of Electrical Engineering; and Channing Robertson, the Ruth G. and William K. Bowes Professor of Chemical Engineering.

Participating alumni will include Jim Carreker, founder, Arbutus Associates and Aspect Telecommunications; Bill Coleman, chair, CEO and founder, BEA Systems; Mike Farmwald, co-founder, Rambus and Chromatic Research; Mar Hershenson, CEO, Barcelona Design; John Lilly, founder and Silicon Valley managing director, Reactivity; Barbara Paldus, CTO, Informed Diagnostics; David Rickey, chair and CEO, Applied Micro Circuits Corp.; Jagdeep Singh, CEO, Zepton Networks, Inc., and chair, OnFiber Communications; and Mike Volpi, chief strategy officer, Cisco Systems.

The School of Engineering was founded in 1925 and is currently celebrating its 75th anniversary. Home to eight departments, 220 faculty members and more than 3,300 students, it is a center of research and technology innovation dedicated to providing a world-class engineering education augmented by interaction with alumni and industry.


By Dave Bueche

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