Research in Action: Summer 2015

Manufacturing 3D
Plastic gears fresh from the 3D oven at the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Youngstown, Ohio. (Reuters)

America’s Innovation Ecosystem May Get Bipartisan Budget Boost

(Editor’s note: Professor Steven Currall’s column originally appeared on The Conversation, an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community.) Many pundits give President Obama’s budget proposal little chance of passing in the Republican-controlled Congress. In fact, the House and Senate budget blueprints have set the stage for a likely veto […]

Patrick Ward

Patrick Ward Starts Online Home Furnishings Company

Alumnus Patrick Ward MBA 06 has launched a new online home furnishings company,, that gives residential and commercial customers as well as design professionals access to home furnishings directly from overseas factories at prices up to 50% lower than comparable products. “When traveling internationally for business, I was always amazed at the amount of […]

UC Davis MBA students at the International Committee of the Red Cross headquarters in Geneva.

Five Days in Switzerland

The World Economic Forum recently named Switzerland the most competitive country in the world. In March—shortly after Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit and historic nuclear negotiation with Iran—28 UC Davis MBA students traveled to this global business, humanitarian, diplomatic and financial hub to see firsthand how the Swiss do business. The Business of Government […]

Brian Hoblit
Brian Hoblit MBA 07 accepts the 2015 GSM Alumni Award for Outstanding Service.

Brian Hoblit Joins Leadership Team at Lamplighter Financial

Brian Hoblit MBA 07 has joined the executive team at Lamplighter Financial as the company’s chief financial officer. It’s a new chapter in his 10-year career in finance and business development. Founded by Hoblit’s fellow alumnus Brian Woodall MBA 06, Lamplighter is a “financial watchman” that offers expertise in finance, accounting and capital-raising transactions to […]

Q & A with Alumnus and Dean’s Advisory Council Member Malcolm Harkins

As disruptive technology innovations and escalating cyber threats continue to create enormous information security challenges, we caught up with Harkins to ask his perspective on key issues: This past year has certainly been a wake-up call for information security executives and managers of data across every industry. Share your thoughts on this new cybersecurity landscape. […]

Barry Keller mentors Karen Wagner, a postdoctoral scholar focusing on neurobiology and eicosanoids, at the 2014 UC Entrepreneurship Academy.

Keller Pathway Fellowship Paves Women’s Entrepreneurial Journey

A year ago, Barry and Lynda Keller funded a new initiative through the Sacramento Region Community Foundation to help innovative women explore the commercial potential of their work. Their generosity allowed three researchers to attend the 2014 UC Entrepreneurship Academy at no charge. “Women entrepreneurs have a significantly more difficult experience [than men] when it comes to raising money […]

Jim Kelly

For Jim Kelly, Success Is More Than Academic

Jim Kelly MBA 10, the Graduate School of Management’s new assistant dean for finance and administration, admits that his career path has been, well, “winding.” “It does not make much sense when you look at it,” he says. “Twenty years in nonprofit management of international operations, a year as a stay-at-home dad, an MBA, two […]

Claire Kurmel

Claire Kurmel Focuses on Financial Security

Claire Kurmel’s parents—a banker and a teacher—made financial literacy a priority for their family. “We talked about money, saving and investing at the dinner table,” remembers Kurmel. “Today I work in financial services because I want all Americans to retire with dignity. Increasingly, lawmakers and industry are working together to expand financial education and access […]

Cleveland Justis leads a workshop at the National Labs Entrepreneurship Academy.

A Partnership for Progress with the National Labs

Nearly 50 researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Sandia National Laboratories/California got down to business for three days in early June, learning about life as an entrepreneur. The scientists and engineers attended the first-ever National Labs Entrepreneurship Academy (NLEA), a partnership of LLNL, Sandia and the University of California, Davis that is designed […]

Ignite 2015

Ignite 2015 was hosted by the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. The event took place March 4-7 and drew 75 participants from UC Davis, Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas, Houston. The three-day intense immersion experience included field trips on […]