July 2017 Technical Activity Committees

Report of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship TAC

The mission of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Technical Activity Committee (I&E TAC) is to promote, facilitate, expand, and support innovation and entrepreneurship activities within TEMS

Innovation can be simply defined as an idea implemented with impact, and an entrepreneur may be viewed as the idea implementation agent.  Since the goal of technology and engineering management is the effective implementation of technological and engineering ideas, innovation and entrepreneurship management is at the heart of Technology and Engineering Management.

The innovation process has the following major participants: The Idea Generator, the Core Team, the Supporter, and the Adopter.  Each major participant invests time, money, energy, and other resources in the process of creating an idea and implementing it through building the core team, seeking and providing support, developing products or services, and marketing them to achieve impact with customer adoption.  Although ideas are basic to innovation, the human elements in motivating and implementing idea creation, support, and adoption to achieve impacts are key to innovation and entrepreneurship management.

With the above mission and understanding as background, the I&E TAC had a successful organizing meeting at the 2017 TEMSCON in Santa Clara, California.  At the meeting, we mapped the following near-term plans:


The TAC currently has over 40 interested members worldwide, and we plan to expand the membership to 200 by 2020.  Thus, we actively recruit new members.  We plan to invite well-known innovators and entrepreneurs, like Whurley, as honorary members.  If interested, please contact the TAC Chair, Oliver Yu at oliver.yu@sjsu.edu.

Technical Activities:

We plan to organize several technical sessions at the 2018 TEMSCON in Chicago.  We already have two committed.  Again, if interested, please contact the TAC Chair, Oliver Yu at oliver.yu@sjsu.edu.


The TAC is building a simple Webpress site at http://sites.ieee.org/tems-iande.  With resources, we plan to expand the site into a fully interactive platform, tentatively named Global Access Innovation Network (GAIN), to facilitate discussions, virtual conferences, and project collaborations, and as a major knowledge base for members.


We plan to collaborate with groups with similar interests both inside and outside IEEE.  We are currently

developing a cooperative relationship with a well-known innovation training organization, the

TVLP Institute (www.tvlp.co), which provides one-week and three-week training to technology innovators and entrepreneurs to successfully develop and launch their ventures. TVLP program participants are from 30+ countries in 5 continents. TVLP will provide two $1000 scholarships to I&E TAC members, while general members of IEEE can also apply.  For more information, please contact TAC Chair, Oliver Yu at oliver.yu@sjsu.edu.

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