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News contact: Beth Keithly, UTD, (972) 883-4568, keithly@utdallas.edu

Two Added to External Advisory Council for UTD Office
Of Vice President for Research and Graduate Education

Dr. Robert J. Potter
Dr. James Yoh
Dr. Robert J. Potter
Dr. James Yoh

RICHARDSON, Texas (June 18, 2003) — The Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Education at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) has expanded its external advisory council to 30 members with the addition of two entrepreneurs, one who has prospered in the corporate world and one who has successfully started and run his own business.

The council is tasked with helping administrators plan the future of the university's research, assisting in maintaining a sense of direction and focus in current research and interacting with UTD's internal council to build a common view of research. Members also provide insight into trends, entrepreneurial activities, government liaison and global outreach.

"Intense entrepreneurial spirit and intellectual tenacity are two central ingredients of a 21st century research university. A successful entrepreneur is someone who can balance a creative vision and innovative skills with the realities of the business world," said Da Hsuan Feng, vice president of research and graduate education at UTD. "This balanced approach will greatly and undoubtedly enhance the research vision of the university."

The new members are:

  • Dr. Robert J. Potter, president of R. J. Potter Company, a technical and business consulting firm based in Irving, Texas. Potter previously served as chief executive of Datapoint Corp. and held senior management positions with such companies as Nortel Networks, International Harvester Company, Xerox and IBM. He holds an M.A. in physics and a Ph.D. in optics from the University of Rochester and has a B.S. in physics with honors from Lafayette College. His doctoral thesis was the first in the U.S. on fiber optics. Potter serves on the boards of two NASDAQ companies, Molex and Cree, as well as two private companies. He is a trustee of the Illinois Institute of Technology and is an advisory director of The American National Bank
  • Dr. James Yoh, president, chief executive officer and founder of Galaxy Scientific Corporation (GSC). Since its inception in the late 1980s, GSC has shown a profit every year. The company provides technology-driven products and services to a broad range of customers in both government and private industry. In January, GSC led a group of eight companies to win a $2.7-billion, eight-year contract from the U.S. Army to ensure the successful design, development, deployment and operation of critical systems across the spectrum of U.S. government agencies. Yoh serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Stockton State College of New Jersey and is a board member of the AtlantiCare Medical Foundation. He also serves as president of The Monte Jade Science and Technology Association Mid-Atlantic, which aims to attract and unite business and academic communities in the Mid-Atlantic region. Yoh holds a Ph.D. in nuclear physics from Notre Dame University.

About UTD
The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor, enrolls more than 13,000 students. The school's freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit the university's Web site at http://www.utdallas.edu.


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