Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Lee Lambert Competition Winner

The winner of the recent Lee Lambert blog competition is Sandra Burkey!  Thanks to everyone who entered. If you didn't win, you can still attend "Value Add Project Management Techniques - Tools YOU can USE", this Friday.  Read more about the Lee's background and event details on the PMI Tucson website here.  Don't forget that if you're associated with UA, you may qualify for this discount.

NCMA Event: Tucson Biotech Startup Success Stories

Entrepreneurial use of Federal Research Contracts/Grants

FREE – Students/$ 10 Members/$ 15 Non-members (and @door)
Please register for this event by September 26th at http://ncmatucsonseptember.eventbrite.com

Date:  Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Time:  6–7:30 pm (Registration @ 5:45 pm, light hors d'oeuvres)
Location:  UA College of Law School Building, Room 164
(Use Park Ave. or Highland Ave. Parking Garages, UA Map)
Presenter:  Emre Toker (Eller College of Management McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship Mentor in Residence)

Mr. Toker started his first technology company, MedOptics Corporation, in 1994 with a personal investment of only $10,000.  Utilizing Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants of over $2 million, MedOptics developed new digital imaging systems for the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.  In 1998, Mr. Toker teamed up with one of the leaders of solid state imager design, Mr. Gene Weckler, to form Rad-Icon Imaging Corporation in Silicon Valley.  Rad-Icon also became a highly successful company as the leader in CMOS-based x-ray imagers.  Both MedOptics and Rad-Icon were subsequently acquired by DALSA Corporation, a world leader in high-performance imaging products.

In 2001, using the same principles of very low initial investment and leveraging small business research and development grants, Mr. Toker started Bioptics Corporation, which develops FDA-cleared imaging systems for breast cancer surgery.

Mr. Toker is currently working on his fourth venture, Surgical Tools, LLC, which is developing novel disposable and capital equipment products to improve the clinical outcomes for breast cancer patients. Surgical Tools has already been awarded two National Cancer Institute research and development grants to be used toward the development of these unique and innovative products.

Mr. Toker has authored and co-authored numerous patents and articles published in scientific and trade journals. He is a member of the Desert Angels and DesertTech, two Tucson-based angel investor groups, as well as a member of Lab-X, a Turkish angel investor group. Emre has his BA in physics from Reed College, his BSEE from the California Institute of Technology, and his Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Act today to win a free seat at Lee Lambert's Sept 30th event in Tucson!

The chapter has one last free seat for a chapter member to attend Lee's training "Value Add Project Management Techniques - Tools YOU can USE". To be eligible to win the free training (or to get a credit for a future Lee Lambert event, if you've already registered) you need to:
  • Be a current PMI Tucson chapter member.
  • Send an email to pmitucson@gmail.com with the words "LL: Blog Competition" in the subject.  Please include a phone number in the body of the email.  The email must be received before 11:59pm Friday September 16th.
Good luck!

UA Discount for Sept 30th Lee Lambert Event

The chapter has negotiated a $150 discount for UA students and faculty to attend Lee Lambert's upcoming event in Tucson "Value Add Project Management Techniques - Tools YOU can USE".  Read more about the Lee's background and event details on the PMI Tucson website here.  You do not need to be a chapter member to benefit from this discount, but you'll need to take your UA ID card to the event.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Volunteer Request for Tucson and Sierra Vista Future Cities Competition

The Future Cities Competition is a national, project-based learning experience, that involves four activities for 6th, 7th and 8th grade student teams:
  • computer design of a city at least 150 years in the future using SimCity4 Deluxe software
  • writing a 1,000-word essay on an assigned engineering topic (this year's topic is alternative energy)
  • construction of a scale model of their city
  • making an oral presentation about the city at the Regional Competition in Phoenix on January 28, 2012.
Details are on the national website, www.futurecity.org, or the Arizona Regional website, www.futurecity-arizona.org

For many years students in Sierra Vista and Tucson have participated in the Future City program. A school usually has several teams, each comprised of three students, the teacher, and an engineer-mentor. The role of the engineer-mentor is to meet periodically with a team or teams at a given school between August and early January to answer students' questions about different engineering-related elements of the competition, help guide the students in their research, and generally serve as a resource. One of the objectives of the competition also is to give students direct contact at an early age with working engineers so that they will learn what engineers do in and for society and possibly consider engineering as a career path.

The time commitment for an engineer-mentor can be as great or as little as the individual engineer wishes to dedicate, e.g., as much as an hour weekly or perhaps just a few visits at key points over the five-month period of the competition. This is worked out between the engineer-mentor and the teacher. Any contribution of an engineer's time and expertise is greatly appreciated. Two or more engineers may also share the mentoring of a team or teams. Usually teams meet in the early morning hours (e.g., 7:30 or 8:00 a.m.), although a team may meet after school.

The local organizers are anxious to recruit new engineer-mentors for teams in both Sierra Vista and Tucson areas, so if you or any or your colleagues would be interested, contact me for further information.

FYI: To promote awareness of project management, the Project Management Institute Education Foundation sponsors a prize for the Best Project Plan at the national Future Cities Competition. Volunteers from the PMI Washington, DC Chapter serve as judges for the competition. A number of PMI chapters are already involved with their local Future Cities Competition, including but not limited to Colorado Springs, Milwaukee, Michigan Thumb, Sacramento, and Phoenix.