Ken Pickar
Visiting Professor of Mechanical Engineering

California Institute of Technology
208 Gates-Thomas, Mail Code 104-44
Pasadena, CA 91125
(626) 395-4185

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E/ME 103: Management of Technology

Professor: Ken Pickar
TA: Paul Dieterle
9 units (3-0-6); third term
T, TH 1:00-2:30 pm, 142 Keck

E/ME 103 is for students interested in learning how rapidly evolving technologies are harnessed to produce useful products and successful businesses. Students will work through Harvard Business School Case Studies, supplemented by lectures and invited business leaders to elucidate the key issues. The cases will be taken from various industries (financial services, semiconductor, medical devices, biotech, aerospace, etc.) The course is designed for students considering working in companies (any size including startup) or perhaps eventually going to business school.

There are two options for the final project. Teams can choose to do an assessment of a technology or technology field and make projections about the future of this field. The other option is to perform an innovative capabilities audit of a technology-focused company. You can choose any size firm - there are many in the Pasadena and Southern California area to allow for easier networking.

Topics include technology as a growth agent, financial fundamentals, integration into other business processes, product life cycle, product development pipeline, learning curves, risk assessment, financial implications, technology trend methodologies (scenarios and projections), core competencies, portfolio management, motivation, rewards and recognition, outsourcing and joint ventures.