Special Borenstein Talk on Friday To Shed Light on Electricity Crisis
Haas Investment of $800,000 in New Computer Infrastructure Means Ultrafast Network
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Haas and St. Petersburg School of Management: Sharing Our Knowledge
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SPECIAL BORENSTEIN TALK ON FRIDAY TO SHED LIGHT ON ELECTRICITY CRISIS
What went wrong with California's electricity restructuring? How can the state recover from the precarious supply situation it is now in? Does the California crisis have lessons for other states that are restructuring?
To address these questions, Severin Borenstein, E.T. Grether Professor of Public Policy and Business Administration and director of the UC Energy Institute, will talk about "The Trouble with the California Electricity Market (and Some Solutions)." The talk will take place on Friday, January 19, at 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. in the Haas School's Wells Fargo Room.
The talk is open to Haas School students, faculty, staff, and alumni as well as to representatives from the media. Borenstein will discuss issues surrounding the California electricity restructuring and possible solutions to the current crisis, followed by a 40-minute question-and-answer session.
Borenstein conducts research in competitive strategy and government regulation. He has published papers on the airline, oil and gasoline, and electricity industries. He is a member of the Governing Board of the California Power Exchange and served on the California Attorney General's Gasoline Task Force in 2000. He has advised legislators and regulators on restructuring of the electricity industry, and has appeared in numerous print and broadcast media forums.
RSVPs to the event are not required. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
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HAAS INVESTMENT OF $800,000 IN NEW COMPUTER INFRASTRUCTURE MEANS ULTRAFAST NETWORK
The Haas School of Business is marking another milestone in Dean Tyson's long-term plan to make the school a showcase on campus for instructional computing and distance-learning. The school has significantly upgraded its computer network thanks to an $800,000 investment in infrastructure technology. As a result, the Haas School's network is now ten times faster, and the tiered classrooms now have active network connections available at every desk.
"The installation of a cutting-edge Cisco Systems network has been a key component in the Haas School's ambitious technology strategy," says Dean Tyson. "The school is committed to pioneering new technologies and exploring innovative approaches to instruction and course delivery. This highly robust and reliable network will result in an even more vibrant environment for conducting teaching and research, and it will greatly enhance the administrative operations of the school. Most importantly, it will enable us to continue to expand our curriculum and program offerings by facilitating more partnerships with other top business schools and corporations, allowing us to deliver programs not only on-site, but also online or through videoconferencing to remote sites all over the world."
Over the past few months the Haas Computer Center staff has been implementing the upgrade to the network. New switches and routers have enabled the school to upgrade from 10-megabit-per-second shared Ethernet service to 100-megabit-per-second switched service. This means that each connection gets the full bandwidth, instead of sharing bandwidth, which was necessary with the previous system.
"Here is an analogy," says Zane Cooper, the Haas School's chief technology officer. "We've not only added several lanes to our information highway but, by providing redundancy, we've actually added a second highway as well." The central campus network group plans to upgrade the connection between Haas and campus to a redundant, gigabit connection by the end of February. That means there will now be a back-up connection that can provide service to/from campus if one connection to campus fails. It also means that the network can now be upgraded without any disruption of service to the Haas community. The Haas network backbone, which connects all the network closets together within the three Haas buildings, is gigabit Ethernet.
Next steps in implementing the school's technology strategy include a project to bring a substantial increase in power for research computers via the purchase and installation of a powerful new Sun Microsystems server and the launch of an experiment to assess the best ways to deploy wireless technology within the Haas complex for use by students, faculty, and staff.
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NEW PROGRAM ON THE TEACHING OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP HOSTED AT HAAS
The teaching of entrepreneurship was the theme of a special education training program last week at the Haas School of Business that attracted about 40 university faculty members and entrepreneurs who teach the subject at schools in the US and Europe. The first annual PriceBabson@Berkeley entrepreneurship educators program -- a new West Coast version of a program taught for years at Babson College -- was hosted by the school's Center for Executive Development and the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
"Our selection as the West Coast host for this prestigious program is a real coup," said Jerry Engel, the Lester Center's executive director. "It is also a recognition of the leadership position our entrepreneurship program has accomplished."
The three and one-half day program pairs a faculty member who is teaching -- or hopes to teach -- entrepreneurship, along with a successful entrepreneur who also teaches or will teach the subject as an adjunct professor. Pairs of faculty and entrepreneurs came from schools across the US -- including schools at two Native American reservations -- as well as universities in England, Germany, and Switzerland.
Two recent Haas School graduates were among the entrepreneurs enrolled in the program: Keval Desai, MBA 99, and David Hehman, MBA 98.
The program was taught by faculty drawn from Babson College as well as by Haas faculty, including Professor of Entrepreneurship John Freeman, Engel, and Andrew Issacs, executive director of the Management of Technology Program at Haas.
This "buddy system" model for teaching teachers of entrepreneurship originated at Babson College in 1984, with support of the Price Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies. The new West Coast Program is supported by Price as well as the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.
The Price Institute is also a longtime supporter of the Lester Center, having recently made a long-term commitment to the Center in the form of a $750,000 gift to be received over the next five years. It will support the Harold Price Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, which supports the Entrepreneurs Association and its affiliated programs: the Partners for Entrepreneurial Leadership (PEL), the Berkeley Solutions Group, the venture capital internships, and other student programs. Through the years, the Institute has given programmatic funding, which to date totals close to $800,000.
Holton and Helzel Honored for Work in Entrepreneurship
At the closing lunch of the program, former Haas School Dean Richard Holton and Adjunct Professor Leo Helzel were presented with a special award by Dean Laura Tyson to acknowledge their work in building the entrepreneurship program at the Haas School, and in successfully teaching the subject through a partnership of a faculty member (Holton) and a real world entrepreneur (Helzel). The Haas effort to teach the subject began more than 30 years ago when Holton and Helzel were among the first educators in the US to teach a course in entrepreneurship at a university.
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GEARING UP FOR AN EVENTFUL SPRING
PBS and Haas to Host HP's Fiorina and Cisco's Chambers Debate
The Haas School will host the CEO Exchange, an evening with Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and Cisco Systems Chairman John Chambers, on Wednesday, April 11. The event will be taped and televised by PBS (Public Broadcast System) at a later date.
CEO Exchange will take place at Zellerbach Auditorium in the early evening. It will be open to Haas School students, faculty, and staff as well as alumni. Details on how to RSVP will follow closer to the event date.
Similar shows have been taped at several business schools, including London Business School, Wharton, Michigan, and Chicago. California b-schools will include Haas, UCLA's Anderson, and Stanford GSB. The show will be edited to include an introduction of the Haas School and the Berkeley campus, and questions from a faculty member before being aired on PBS.
Haas MBAs Organize Asia Business Conference - March 3, 2001
Big names in Asia business will discuss new high-tech opportunities in the Pac Rim at the second annual international conference at Haas on Saturday, March 3. The conference is being organized by Haas MBA students.
This year's event, "Rising Asia: A New Chapter of Opportunity," will feature keynote speakers Dr. Ta-Lin Hsu, chairman and CEO of Hambrecht & Quist - Asia Pacific, and John Wadsworth, chairman of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Asia. Speeches and panel discussions will focus on how Asia businesses have evolved during the high-tech and Internet revolution. The conference will also examine what new opportunities have been created as the region recovers from the currency crisis. Tickets will go on sale in mid-February.
Business Faculty Research Dialogues: What's Next for the Dot-Coms?
This spring the Business Faculty Research Dialogue continues its series on the "Shake-Out in Cyberspace: What's Next for the Dot-Coms?" John Gage, chief scientist at Sun Microsystems, will speak on Friday, February 23 and Christos Cotsakos, chairman and CEO of E*TRADE, on Friday, March 9. More details to come.
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SHARING OUR KNOWLEDGE: HAAS AND ST. PETERSBURG SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT
A group of faculty and graduate students from the School of Management at St. Petersburg University (Russia) attended a custom program hosted by the Institute for Management, Innovation, and Organization (IMIO) at the Haas School last week.
The IMIO program, "Understanding and Teaching Entrepreneurship," brought four faculty members and six graduate students from St. Petersburg University to Haas for a solid week of learning how Haas teaches entrepreneurship.
Former Dean Richard Holton ran the program and coordinated the work of a group of Haas faculty and staff who provided the curriculum. "We paid attention to the question of what aspects of what we've learned here about teaching and doing entrepreneurship are transferable to the Russian business climate, and to what extent that climate inhibits entrepreneurial growth," said Holton. The program was funded through grants from the US Information Agency and the Soros Foundation.
Pat Murphy, assistant director of IMIO, described this program as a continuation of all the work Haas has done with St. Petersburg University. When the School of Management at St. Petersburg was founded in 1993, the faculty in St. Petersburg turned to colleagues at the Haas School, with whom they had worked on projects in the past, for advice on building the program. Faculty visits in Berkeley and St. Petersburg, and a year-long discussion of appropriate curriculum soon led to a working partnership. Now the School of Management has grown from just 33 students to 950 students in its undergraduate, master's, MBA, evening MBA and Ph.D. programs.
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NORMAN MINETA, BS 53, TO JOIN BUSH CABINET
President-elect Bush has named San Jose Democrat Norman Mineta to head the Department of Transportation. Mineta is serving as Secretary of Commerce under President Clinton, after having represented Silicon Valley in Congress for nearly 20 years. Mineta received his undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business in 1953.
Mineta was the first Asian Pacific American to be mayor of a major city -- San Jose, the first to lead a House committee -- the Committee for Public Works and Transportation, and the first to be named to a Presidential Cabinet.
After serving as mayor of San Jose, Mineta was elected to congress in 1974, where he served for nearly 20 years. In 1993, he was named chairman of the House of Representatives Committee for Public Works and Transportation. He left Washington in 1995 to become senior vice president at defense contractor Lockheed Martin. He returned in 2000, when President Clinton named him Secretary of Commerce.
Having spent part of his youth during World War II in a Japanese American internment camp near Cody, Wyoming, Mineta became a staunch advocate for Japanese Americans. He was one of the driving forces behind the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, in which the US Government officially apologized for the injustices committed to Japanese Americans forced into internment and paid reparations of $20,000 to each living survivor.
A native of San Jose, Mineta was one of the early supporters of the high-tech boom in Silicon Valley. He is known for his role in settling the semiconductor chip dispute with Japan and for his focus on protecting intellectual property rights.
Mineta will be the only Democrat serving in Bush's cabinet. In accepting his nomination, Mineta made it clear that while he is a proud Democrat and would choose his own staff, he views transportation as a bi-partisan issue. In an interview with AP, he said: "There are no Democratic or Republican highways, no such thing as Republican or Democratic traffic congestion, no such thing as Republican or Democratic aviation and highway safety."
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EXECUTIVE DEVELOPMENT STAFF READY FOR CONTINUING GROWTH
Providing learning services for top-level executives in Silicon Valley and around the world is increasingly important for Haas. Last year, the Haas Center for Executive Development (CED) program revenues expanded by nearly 40%, providing a record level of revenue to support other school activities.
CED plans to continue its rapid growth this year by expanding the custom learning services it is providing to clients and developing into a learning services portal to bring Haas School resources to the business community.
This development depends on the efforts of an expanded and well-qualified team at CED. Some of the new people who have recently joined CED to implement these plans include: