PICMET '04 Workshops
Four workshops are schedules on Saturday, July 31, 2004. Two are in the morning, two in the afternoon.  The $175 fee for each workshop (or $300 for two workshops) is in addition to the symposium registration fee.
Workshop - 1
Saturday, July 31, 2004. 09:00 - 13:00
"Scanning New Technologies for Strategic Opportunities"
Speaker: Rias J. van Wyk, Center for the Development of Technological Leader, USA

New technologies represent new opportunities - to improve products, enhance processes, refine decision support systems and create new industries. This workshop shows participants how to map and track new technological developments as a basis for reshaping corporate strategy. The seminar demonstrates the use of Technoscan(R), a global map of technology trends.


Rias van Wyk holds the William R. Sweatt Chair in the Management of Technology at the University of Minnesota. Van Wyk has been called the leading authority on strategic technology analysis (STA). He has over twenty five years of experience in this field; providing professional support to technology executives, teaching executive and academic programs and doing research. He has advised companies like American Medical Systems, Entegris, Keithley Instruments, Minnesota Technology Inc., Rosemount and Seagate. In addition to his consulting work he has twenty five years of board level experience. He has degrees from three universities including a Master's degree from Harvard focusing on science, technology and public policy. He is a Founding Member of the International Assocaition for Management of Technology (IAMOT) and serves on its Executive Committee. He is a member of the National Assocation of Corporate Directors.

Workshop - 3
Saturday, July 31, 2004. 14:00 - 18:00
"Managing R&D and Technology-Intensive Projects"
Speaker: Hans J. Thamhain, Bentley College, USA

This intensive, workshop-style seminar addresses the daunting challenges of stimulating innovation and dealing with risk, uncertainty, time and resource pressures. The seminar provides seasoned managers and project leaders in R&D and technology-intensive environments with a forum for discussing contemporary management concepts, tools and techniques suitable for these dynamic and often non-linear processes.

The emphasis is on best practices. Working interactively in small groups, participants will analyze complex project scenarios, discuss challenging problems, share experiences and work out potential solutions. Participants will also apply the latest techniques for planning, tracking and controlling technical projects, compressing the time-to-market cycles, managing innovation under cost and time constraints, establishing early warning systems, leading self-directed project teams, and dealing with interruptions, risks, conflict and commitment.


Hans J. Thamhain specializes in technology-based project management. Hans Thamhain is a Professor of Management, and Director of MOT and Project Management Programs at Bentley College, Boston. His industrial experience includes twenty years of management positions with high-technology companies: GTE/Verizon, General Electric and ITT. Hans Thamhain has PhD, MBA, MSEE and BSEE degrees, and has written over seventy research papers and five professional reference books in project and technology management. Dr. Thamhain is the recipient of the Distinguished Contribution Award from the Project Management Institute in 1998 and the IEEE Engineering Manager of the Year 2000 Award. He is certified as New Product Development Professional, NPDP, and Project Management Professional, PMP. Additional Profile: Marquis Who’s Who in America