Welcome from the Director
"There exist limitless opportunities in every industry. Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier." —Charles Kettering, founder of Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company; director of research, General Motors from 1916 to 1947; cofounder of Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute; and inventor of the automobile electric ignition system
Whether in the early 1900s when Charles Kettering was developing automobile electrical ignition systems or today as technology managers develop and commercialize technologies based on the latest research and innovations in mobiles, semiconductors and software and robotics, managing technology successfully is a special challenge.
Today, this challenge is made even more manifest as technology innovation and product commercialization occur at an increasing pace, and industries become more networked and global. To prepare technology leaders to succeed in this environment, George Mason University's School of Management and a consortium of Northern Virginia technology firms established the Master of Science in Technology Management.
The program's goal is to provide students with a graduate education that will help them further their careers as technology leaders and innovators. The program directly addresses how to achieve success in the technology marketplace and emphasizes technology management and leadership; the special consideration of technology innovation, commercialization, introduction, and integration; and the methods and approaches of systems thinking.
Our Technology Management program builds on its location in one of the most dynamic technology regions in the United States by partnering with many local innovative technology firms. Through these partnerships, our Technology Management program is able to advance the curriculum to meet current market needs. Our program has outstanding faculty, who have academic and industry technology management experience and are able to bridge theory and practice. Our program's students are accomplished and achievement oriented.
Our Technology Management program is one of only seven in the U.S. that are partners in the U.S. government's CIO University and graduates receive the CIO University certificate in addition to their master's degree. The program is also a founding partner, along with Waseda University, Japan and the National Electronics Computer and Technology Center (NECTEC), Thailand, of the International Academy of CIO, a global organization working to foster and facilitate IT Executive Leadership and CIO worldwide.
With our outstanding faculty, excellent students, and supportive industry partners, I believe that the George Mason Technology Management program is one of the best educational values in the region, if not the country. The program has a record of successfully educating technology leaders to take on greater responsibilities and leadership roles. We look forward to talking with you about our program and how it might work for you.
J.P. Auffret, PhD
Director, MS in Technology Management