August 2009

Joseph Morgan

Joseph A. Morgan has over twenty years of military and industry experience in electronics and telecommunications systems engineering. He joined the Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution Department in 1989 and has served as the Program Director of the Electronics and Telecommunications Programs and as the Associate Department Head for Operations. He received his BS degree in electrical engineering (1975) from California State University, Sacramento, and his MS (1980) and DE (1983) degrees in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University. His education and research interests include project management, innovation and entrepreneurship, and embedded product/system development.

Jay Porter

Jay R. Porter joined the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution at Texas A&M University in 1998 and is currently the Program Director for the Electronics and Telecommunications Programs. He received the BS degree in Electrical Engineering (1987), the MS degree in Physics (1989), and the PhD in Electrical Engineering (1993) from Texas A&M University. His areas of interest in research and education include product development, analog/RF electronics, instrumentation, and entrepreneurship.


Jay Porter has applied for and been awarded 1 grant

  • Creating Business/Engineering Multidisciplinary E-Teams

    Began June, 2007 and ended June, 2009

    Texas A&M University’s Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering Technology (EET/TET) Undergraduate Programs currently culminate in a year-long capstone course sequence where entrepreneurial teams of engineering technology students transform an idea into a prototype. Over the past five years, this experience has been enhanced to include technical project management, formal faculty advisor teams, and a requirement for a final marketing presentation. Our successes have included industry requests to buy project know-how, winning first-place in a university-wide product idea competition, and a student team attempting a start-up company through the help of venture capitalists. However, to help students develop entrepreneurial qualities, the faculty has identified four areas for improvement: • Student teams need to be more interdisciplinary to include business and marketing skills. • Students need more formal training in the aspects of creating and running a business. • Students need exposure to “real-world” entrepreneurs who can provide mentorship and guidance. • More focus needs to be place on the idea/brainstorming process to ensure that student teams can effectively evaluate their ideas from both a technical and business perspective. This proposal seeks funding to improve the current course sequence through the creation of E-Teams that include EET/TET undergraduate students and graduate students from the School of Business. In addition, a weekly seminar will be added where student teams invite regional entrepreneurs to speak on relevant topics. Finally, students will be required to attend short-courses offered by the University and by the regional Small Business Development Center on creating and running a small business.

    With the team:

    • Dr. Theresa Maldonado Associate Dean of Engineering, Dwight Look College of Engineering, Texas A & M University
    • Jay Porter
    • Mr. David Hollingsworth Director, TEES, Texas A & M University
    • Dr. Walter Buchanan Professor and Head, Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution, Texas A & M University

Dave Mullen

Dave Mullen is a senior at Worcester Polytechnic Institute majoring in Management Information Systems. Graduation date is May 2010. He is part of a project completed as a third year requirement in conjunction for a Bachelors Degree at WPI.

Divya Mathew

Divya Mathew is a senior at Worcester Polytechnic Institute majoring in Management Information Systems. Graduation date is May 2010. She is part of a project completed as a third year requirement in conjunction for a Bachelors Degree at WPI.

Jillian McMillen

Jillian McMillen is a senior at Worcester Polytechnic Institute majoring in Management Engineering. Her graduation date is May 2010. She is part of a project completed as a third year requirement in conjunction for a Bachelors Degree at WPI.

Jason Morris

Jason A. Morris is an Associate Professor of Industrial Design at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. He has experience as a consultant product designer for clients such as APC, Kryptonite, Waterworks, Siemens, Homax, Boston Scientific and The First Years. Jason earned his Master's of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute in 1996 and his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University in 1992.

Nirmal Sethia

Nirmal Sethia is Professor of Management and Director of Center for Business and Design in the College of Business Administration at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He has also held research and teaching positions at University of Southern California. Sethia has directed a major study supported by the National Science Foundation to examine the role of design as a strategic resource for innovations in high tech industries. Previously, with support from the National Endowment the Arts, he developed a multidisciplinary course on Design, Creativity and Entrepreneurship. Currently, under the auspices of Center for Business and Design, he is engaged in creating an international network of professionals committed to business-design partnership for promoting a more sustainable human future.

Brad Rogers

Brad Rogers is a Professor of Engineering and Engineering Technology at ASU Polytechnic campus and Director of R&D for GlobalResolve, a social entrepreneurship program to start business ventures around solutions for developing countries. His research and teaching involve thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics and rural development. He won the ASU Creasman Award in 2009 for Excellence for his work in GlobalResolve.


Brad Rogers has applied for and been awarded 1 grant

  • GlobalResolve: Development of the Twig Light

    Began May, 2009 and ended August, 2010

    GlobalResolve, a social entrepreneurship program at Arizona State University, respectfully requests an E-team grant of $19,000 to support the development, testing, initial distribution and evaluation of a technology developed at ASU that produces clean, ultra low cost lighting. The project was conceived during interviews conducted by GlobalResolve with villagers and poor urban dwellers in the West African country of Ghana, in which a commonly identified problem was the need for affordable, clean lighting. Responding to this challenge, an innovative technology called the Twig Light has been developed in which a low cost, compact thermoelectric generator, powered by combustion of small pieces of wood or other combustible material, is used to light a bank of LED lights sufficient to illuminate a small room. This project has the following primary objectives: • Perfect the existing prototype to overcome identified technical problems and manufacturing issues. • Manufacture 20 units and distribute them to homes in the sub-Saharan African countries of Malawi and Ghana as part of the GlobalResolve African trip during July and August of 2009, which is already scheduled and funded. • Return to Malawi and Ghana during the Summer of 2010 to evaluate performance and acceptance of the technology, and initiate commercial enterprise. We believe that this innovative idea has potential to improve the economic and social conditions of impoverished people, and we hope that NCIIA will view this project as a natural extension of its efforts and respond favorably to this request.

    With the team:

    • Brad Rogers
    • Dr. Mathews Mary Sponsored Projects Officer, Sponsored Project Services, Arizona State University at the Polytechnic Campus
    • Dr. Scott Danielson Chair, Engineering Technology, Arizona State University at the Polytechnic Campus

Kevin Dooley

Kevin Dooley is a Professor of Supply Chain Management and a Dean's Council of 100 Distinguished Scholar in the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Dooley is a world-reknowned expert in the application of complexity science to help organizations improve. He has published over 100 research articles and co-authored an award-winning book, Organizational Change and Innovation Processes. He is on several journal editorial boards, including Decision Sciences and Journal of Operations Management. He has been awarded two patents concerning Centering Resonance Analysis, a novel form of network text analysis, and is co-founder and CEO of Crawdad Technologies, LLC, a provider of text analysis software for academics.

Mark Henderson

Mark Henderson is a professor in the new Department of Engineering at the Arizona State University Polytechnic campus. He is a founder of GlobalResolve, an ASU program to create global student teams and partnerships that solve problems of clean water, health and energy and create sustainable business ventures for villages in the developing world. GlobalResolve received the 2009 ASU Alumni Association Creasman Award for Excellence. More information can be found at

Mark Henderson has applied for and been awarded 2 grants

  • Global Resolve: Social Entrepreneurship Through Innovation and New Product Development

    Began December, 2005 and ended June, 2007

    Global Resolve is a proposed new program at Arizona State University to create Global teams of students and faculty to address local needs in developing countries and under-represented populations. This involves the School of Global Studies, the Carey School of Business and the College of Sciene, Engineering and Technology at ASU and equivalent groups at international partner universities. The teams of trans-disciplinary social entrepreneurial students and faculty are formed around solving needs at a particular global location identified by a global partner . The teams work together across time and distance to develop products to satisfy the needs of the population and help enable local economic development. This proposal requests funding for two pilot projects, one with the Hopi Nation in Arizona and one with the UK and South Africa to develop medical instrumentation. These two pilot projects in 2006-07 will be assessed and used to kick off the larger scale Global Resolve Program in Fall 2007. We are building off the foundation of current successful activities at ASU in global product development.

    With the team:

    • Dr. Alan Artibise Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus
    • Ms. Vicki Krell Sponsored Projects Site Supervisor, Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus
    • Mark Henderson
    • Dr. David Jacobson Professor and Director, School of Global Studies, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus
  • The Global Innovation for Village Entrepreneurship (GIVE) Capstone

    Began March, 2010 and ended December, 2011

    GlobalResolve proposes the development of a capstone and certificate for Global Innovation for Village Entrepreneurship (GIVE) with the express purpose to create solutions for village problems in developing countries and then build a business around the solution. The capstone courses are: 1) Global Impact Entrepreneurship: Introduction to Global Poverty, Entrepreneurship and Village Appraisal; 2) Village Immersion: Travel to and Assessment of Needs of a Developing Village using GlobalResolve partners to identify the village and arrange for local help. The goal will be to talk to the villagers and experience what poverty looks like, feels like and the specific needs of the villagers and to mentor the village in venture startup. And, 3) Solution Development: Creating a Sustainable Technological Business Solution for a Village. This course, taught by a diverse team of faculty and enrolling a diverse set of students, will bring together the theory from course 1 and the experience from the field trips in course 2 into a set of products developed for a village with the goal of creating village-based sustainable business ventures. This capstone is a DR-100 program as well as being one of the Acara Institute's Challenge programs - Multiple partners for global impact. Our three goals for this program are: 1) Develop student and villager capacity to address global issues through the application of entrepreneurial principles 2) Expand ASU’s capacity to solve key issues in developing nations through research, venture creation, and international collaboration 3) Start sustainable business ventures in developing countries

    With the team:

    • Dr. Keith Hjelmstad Dean and Vice President, College of Technology and Innovation, Arizona State University at the Polytechnic Campus
    • Dr. Mark Henderson Professor, Engineering, Arizona State University at the Polytechnic Campus
    • Dr. Chell Roberts Professor and Chair, Engineering, Arizona State University at the Polytechnic Campus
    • Mrs. Peggy Mathews Grant Administrator, ORSPA, Arizona State University at the Polytechnic Campus