Comparative Technology Transfer and Society 1.1 (2003) 3-4
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Technology Transfer and the University of Colorado
President of the CU System
IN THE FALL OF 2001, the chancellors of all four University of Colorado (CU) campuses joined me in endorsing CU 2010, a bold system-wide agenda to map the future of the University of Colorado for the next decade. This vision consists of five major system objectives: a university without walls, a culture of excellence, increasing resources and using them wisely, diversity, and an integrated infrastructure. I salute the development of this new journal, Comparative Technology Transfer and Society (CTTS), because it clearly supports each of these objectives.
- A University Without Walls. It is increasingly the case that current and future research problems do not honor traditional disciplinary boundaries. The creation of a research-based journal, explicitly adopting an interdisciplinary approach to the study and practice of technology transfer, clearly meets our vision. The editorial board of the journal includes world-class scholars and practitioners from the physical sciences, medical technology, economics, business, agriculture, engineering, computer science, and public administration. The journal's conscious effort to bridge theory and practice for global dissemination is demonstrated by both its editorial board and content.
- A Culture of Excellence. The CU system is already recognized as a top public research university; but because the enemy of great is good, we must choose wisely those areas in which we seek to demonstrate excellence. Technology transfer is, I believe, one of those areas in which we can excel for two reasons: first, we clearly have the interdisciplinary resources to achieve excellence; and [End Page 3] second, it is increasingly important to all our constituents around the world.
- Increasing Resources and Using Them Wisely. This mission is many faceted: using technology transfer to aid our students and community; and continuing to maintain relationships with private foundations, the state legislature, and federal agencies. In this context, both the organizational structure and financial support for the journal reflect its deliberate focus on building public/private partnerships and adding value through relationships with our community—local, state, national, and international. CTTS is housed within the Colorado Institute for Technology Transfer and Implementation (CITTI), an entity established to build bridges between high-tech industries and the University, and among the disciplines, such as business and engineering, most directly related to technology transfer and innovation.
- Diversity. Achieving a diverse University of Colorado means that we should reflect the global community with international programs. CTTS clearly reflects diversity, both in its scope and the composition of its editorial board. Technology transfer refers to the technological and business practices by which innovations are adopted, and in addition, to the wider range of cultural, social, economic, and political variables that bear upon the effectiveness of the transfer process. By focusing on this broad sociotechnical definition of technology transfer, the journal exemplifies CU's mission.
- Integrated Infrastructure. By modeling the benefits of appropriate technology transfer in its mission, structure, and funding, CTTS exemplifies the systemic integration of interdisciplinary University programs with the needs of the University's communities.
I join the CTTS editors, CITTI, and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus in advancing my vision for the University of Colorado System as embodied in CU 2010, and for having the energy and commitment to help make CU 2010 a reality.
Dr. Elizabeth "Betsy" Hoffman is the twentieth president of the four-campus University of Colorado System. Educated as an economist and historian, Hoffman had an accomplished career as a faculty member and researcher prior to moving into academic administration. Most recently, she was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as a member of the National Science Board. She can be reached at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.