School of Management
Patricia Schoch, UTD, (972) 883-6298, [email protected]
High-Level Global Communications Strategy
The forum, which is being sponsored by
UTD’s School of Management (SOM) and will be held in the school’s new 204,000-square-foot
building on the southern end of campus, will offer participants an opportunity to hear – and
to interact with -- influential CEOs and other senior executives, entrepreneurs, policymakers and
academics as they assess the future of the ever-changing telecommunications industry.
“We’ve created a forum that is issue-driven and topical, one that will focus on key problems confronting the telecommunications sector and try to plot a reality-based road map for future development,” Majumdar said.
The forum’s various panels will address such critical issues as the major concerns of corporate chief executive officers, the way that digital-services markets are evolving, how technology is shaping next-generation networks, how to make sense of the merger wave that some experts believe is “waiting to happen” in the wake of the recent Cingular and AT&T Wireless deal, and dealing with the reality of the Internet Telephony phenomenon that is threatening to overturn a century-old established order of legacy networks that most of the world has grown up using.
The panels will feature many of the most
prominent names in the communications industry, including: Sanjiv Ahuja, chief executive officer
of Orange; Robert Crandall, senior fellow, Brookings Institution; David Farber, considered the “father
of electronic switching” and now Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science and Public
Policy at Carnegie Mellon University; Paula Kruger, executive vice president, Consumer Markets Group,
Qwest Communications; W. Eric Mentzer, vice president and chief technology officer, Communications
Group, Intel; Robert Pepper, chief of policy development for the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC); C. K. Prahalad, the Harvey C. Fruehauf Professor of Business Administration and professor
of corporate strategy and international business at the University of Michigan and co-author, with
Gary Hamel, of the popular business strategy book, “Competing for the Future;” Martin
Perry, chief economist for the FCC; Sam Pitroda, chairman of WorldTel and “father of India’s
telecommunications sector;” Mike Quigley, CEO of Alcatel USA; Angel Ruiz, president and CEO
of Ericsson North America; Dave Schaeffer, CEO of Cogent Communications; Sue Spradley, president
of Wireline Networks, Nortel Networks; and Lester Taylor, professor of economics at the University
SOM Dean Hasan Pirkul noted that in the last decade his school had invested significantly in the field of telecommunications knowledge.
“With that in mind, we are pleased
to be able to present a forum that can attract the best and the brightest minds from academia, government
and industry,” Dr. Pirkul said. “With stimulating discussions and high-powered panels,
we feel this conference has something significant to offer everyone interested in the past, present
or future of communications technologies.”
About The UTD School of Management
The School of Management is the largest of UTD’s seven schools, with an enrollment that has increased 92 per cent over the last seven years to more than 4,300 students. ORMS Today, a publication of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS), ranks the SOM sixth worldwide in business school research productivity in the fields of operations management and management information systems between 1996 and 2002. The school’s new building — featuring classrooms with state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment, wireless connectivity, video-conferencing facilities, two computer labs, faculty offices, meeting rooms and an executive education center — opened last summer.
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 13,700 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 www.utdallas.edu.
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