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Norman Gray was appointed the new Carlton Highsmith Chair of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Quinnipiac University. He was photographed at the school's Mount Carmel campus Wednesday June 17, 2015. (Photograph by Caroline E. Couig/Quinnipiac University)

 

Norman Gray, a senior biomedical scientist with 30 years of executive management experience across a wide range of health care disciplines, has been named the Carlton Highsmith Chair of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. “The appointment of Norman Gray to the Carlton Highsmith Chair illuminates the strength of our academic program while bringing a highly successful entrepreneur to Quinnipiac,” said Matthew O’Connor, dean of the School of Business. “Norm will provide strong, vibrant and visionary leadership in his new role.”  

Gray holds eight U.S. and international medical device patents. In 1984, Gray founded and launched Gammahealth. Under Gray’s leadership, the company evolved from an incubator medical research and development organization to a multinational group of companies encompassing product development, manufacturing, distribution and sales worldwide. Gammahealth was eventually acquired in 2008.

”Professor Gray has successfully guided companies in all phases of development, including planning, startup, acquisition and international expansion,” said Carlton Highsmith, vice chairman of the Quinnipiac University Board of Trustees, who established the chair in 2012 with a $1 million gift. “Practical experience coupled with superb academic credentials from Penn State and MIT makes Dr. Gray uniquely qualified to hold this chair.”

In addition to teaching undergraduate entrepreneurship and engineering students at Quinnipiac, Gray will be responsible for the university’s Innovation Center and partnership with the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (ConnCAT) located in New Haven.

“The ConnCAT Entrepreneurial Academy is designed to help an entire generation of inner-city youth gain an appreciation for entrepreneurship and free enterprise,” according to Erik Clemons, ConnCAT’s executive director. “Students will learn what it takes to build a business from that first idea to the birth of a successful company,” Clemons said. “Quinnipiac University students will serve as mentors, sharing their knowledge of finance, management, marketing and advertising while also serving as role models for our students.”

Gray earned his doctorate in mechanical engineering from MIT. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Penn State.

 

PrintThe Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has awarded a 2014-2015 Superior Merit Award designation to the Quinnipiac University SHRM@QU student chapter for providing exceptional growth and development opportunities to its student chapter members.

SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 professional and 20,000 student members in over 160 countries, the association serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession.

“SHRM is pleased to announce our 2014-2015 Student Chapter Merit Award winners. These chapters, led by an inspiring and dedicated group of student volunteers and chapter advisors, truly represent the future of the HR profession,” said Susan Post, Divisional Director, East, and the lead for SHRM’s Student Programs. “Their achievements, which go above and beyond their everyday academic and work commitments, is commendable, and we applaud the positive impact their efforts have on their schools, the local community and beyond. The future of HR shines bright knowing these students are among those leading the way.”

Chapters have the opportunity to earn an award based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle, which ran from April 1, 2014, to March 31, 2015.

The SHRM student chapter merit award program, which began in 1972, exists to encourage development of more effective student chapters and to promote outstanding activities and projects by student chapters in the following areas: student chapter requirements, chapter operations, chapter programming and professional development of members, support of the human resource profession and SHRM engagement.

The Quinnipiac University SHRM student chapter receives a digital logo for use in electronic or print communications and will be recognized in SHRM’s publications and at its conferences.

For more information about SHRM’s Student Chapter Merit Award program, visit http://www.shrm.org/Communities/StudentPrograms/Pages/awards.aspx.

For more information about SHRM@QU, visit https://shrmatqu.wordpress.com/

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Mary MeixellMary Meixell has accepted the position of Interim Associate Dean of the School of Business and Engineering.  Mary will begin her appointment on July 1, 2015.

Mary earned her B.S. in Civil Engineering from Penn State, her M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia, her M.S. in Transportation from MIT, and her Ph.D. In Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University. Mary is currently Associate Professor of Management and Industrial Engineering in the School of Business and Engineering.  Prior to joining Quinnipiac, Mary was Assistant Professor in the School of Management at George Mason University and has industry experience at Lucent Technologies and General Motors Corporation.  Mary has published extensively in a variety of areas including logistics, transportation, operations research, manufacturing technology, and management.  Mary has also been a strong contributor on campus through her work on the University Education Committee, Faculty Senate, Curriculum Review Committee, New Synthesis Task Force, Engineering Task Force and Steering Committee and several School of Business and Engineering Committeees.

 

Justin Kile, associate professor of industrial engineering at Quinnipiac University. August 20, 2012.

Justin Kile, Associate Dean of Engineering at Quinnipiac University

Justin W. Kile, Associate Dean of Engineering, was the Keynote Speaker at the 2015 ACE Mentor Program of Connecticut Scholarship Awards Dinner. The Dinner celebrates the achievements of students and mentors from the Connecticut chapters of the national organization. Kile highlighted the new Quinnipiac Engineering programs and discussed the need for enthusiastic young engineers to help solve the grand challenges facing our society.

The ACE name stands for Architecture, Construction and Engineering. The ACE program helps to mentor high school students and inspires them to pursue careers in design and construction. It’s now the construction industry’s fastest-growing high school mentoring program, reaching over 8,000 students annually.

The mission is to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction through mentoring and to support their continued advancement in the industry.

The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. not only engages sponsors and volunteer mentors to expose students to real-world opportunities, it financially supports each student’s continued success through scholarships and grants. Since 1994, ACE has awarded over $14 million in scholarships to promising participants.

Kile, who joined Quinnipiac in 2012, holds a PhD and ME In industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.

SB450 WinnersEach semester, students in the Capstone Undergraduate Strategy Classes (SB 450) run a simulated athletic footwear company. The winning team’s company performance is measured by meeting certain investor expectations, as well as how they score relative to other companies in their class.

The achievements of the winning team members from each section are recognized at an end-of-semester awards ceremony.

Winning teams from the Spring 2015 term include the following:

Fantabulous Footwear (Tara Daleo, Dereka Nawracay, Emilio Tomas)

Just Shoes (Robert Bluze, Sam DeBlois, Rebecca Holstein, Jennifer Moll)

Casual Kicks (Travis Minor, Arthur Snyder, Andrew Stimpson)

Jack McAdoo (Matthew DeVore, Matt Laggis, Jack McAdoo)

Alpha Footwear Inc. (Joe Almeida, Tracey Hummel, Kevin Russell, Kylie Stanger)

Endurance Footwear (Alexa Bestoso, Nick McCloskey, Ashton Pett)

Students, faculty and staff packed the Mount Carmel Auditorium for alumnus Frank Casanova ('80), featured guest lecturer for the Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

Students, faculty and staff packed the Mount Carmel Auditorium for guest lecturer and distinguished alumnus Frank Casanova (’80) – April 23, 2015

Students, faculty and staff packed the Mount Carmel Auditorium (formerly the Grand Courtroom) last Thursday for alumnus Frank Casanova (’80), featured guest lecturer for the Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

Casanova, a senior director for Apple Inc., spoke about his personal life, profession, and the “nonlinear path” that led him from Quinnipiac University to Silicon Valley.

Frank Casaova currently leads a team managing the marketing activities for iPhone and iPad with telco partners around the world. He works with Apple’s Enterprise team helping manage relationships with companies like IBM.

Frank earned his bachelor’s degree in Information Systems (IS) from Quinnipiac University. During the lecture, he spoke about the decision to change his accounting major after an “Introduction to Computers” elective class.

“Computers spoke to me,” he said before giving credit to the friends that helped him through his student career.

After graduating, Frank joined Apollo Computer outside Boston where he was Senior Product Manager for a line of desktop workstation computers. After just a few short months and one large acquisition, Frank was laid off and forced to find another job.

Reflecting on this experience, Frank told the audience, “Don’t sweat it. When the floor is taken out from underneath you, those are opportunities.”

Frank would eventually be recruited by Apple to join their High-End Computer Group, and after more than 25 years, has had four entirely different jobs at Apple’s Cupertino, California headquarters. In Frank Casanova’s opinion, “Changing jobs is good.”

When it comes to management and leadership, Frank tells students to learn as many bad things from bad managers possible, and then push them away. Relationship management is crucial, and the key to successful relationships is being kind, approachable and honest.

(From left) Debbie Casanova ('81), Frank Casanova ('80), Paul Caiafa ('80), Professor Bruce Saulnier

(From left) Debbie Casanova (’81), Frank Casanova (’80), Paul Caiafa (’80), Professor Bruce Saulnier

Quinnipiac University, Frank says, was his “spring board,” and he has remained close with Computer Information Systems Professor Bruce M. Saulnier. Especially in recent years, Frank has enjoyed talking with West Coast hockey fans about the impressive Men’s Ice Hockey team.

Frank and Debbie Casanova (’81), a member of the Quinnipiac University Board of Trustees, have two children, Caelyn and Cory. They reside in Saratoga, Calif., and as one audience member had asked – they are in fact fans of the HBO television show Silicon Valley.

(L-R) Professor Angela Mattie, Francis Kissi (MBA-HCM '16), Kurt Barwis, CEO/President Bristol Hospital, Jonathan Stewart (MBA-HCM '16), John Midy (MBA-HCM '15), Connor Rand (MBA-HCM '17), Melissa Dowers (MBA-HCM '16), Professor Teresa Tai

(L-R) Professor Angela Mattie, Francis Kissi (MBA-HCM ’16), Kurt Barwis, CEO/President Bristol Hospital, Jonathan Stewart (MBA-HCM ’16), John Midy (MBA-HCM ’15), Connor Rand (MBA-HCM ’17), Melissa Dowers (MBA-HCM ’16), Professor Teresa Tai

Quinnipiac University’s chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (QU-ACHE) last month hosted Kurt Barwis, President and CEO of Bristol Hospital, for an informal discussion on the landscape of the health care industry.

Titled, “A Lesson from a Hospital CEO: My Thoughts about the Future,” Barwis spoke about the rewards and challenges of hospital administration, as well as the nature of the rapidly evolving health care management field. Other ‘lessons’ included the trends towards consolidation and for-profit healthcare, and the impact proposed budget cuts may have on Connecticut’s hospitals.

“QU-ACHE is a highly active student organization, and it was our pleasure to host Mr. Barwis for this special event,” said Professor Angela Mattie, associate professor of management and Chair of the Health Care Management and Organizational Leadership department.

Professor Mattie is the faculty advisor for QU-ACHE, and was also appointed to serve on the Regional Advisory Committee of The Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

“CT-ACHE has been extremely supportive of our students, which has afforded our members access to a wide network of healthcare executives and a number of internship and work opportunities,” said Professor Mattie.

QU-ACHE is open to graduate-level students in health care management program. It is affiliated with the larger ACHE professional society, to which 30,000 leading health care executives from across the United States belong.

To learn more about health care management at Quinnipiac University or other programs of study, please visit the School of Business website.

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