Sustainable Infrastructure and Technology Management

In order to be successful in a time of rapid change, innovation, and shifting economies, companies and organizations within technology-based industries must be able to identify current and future technology needs, implement plans to meet those needs, and steer their research and development efforts in the direction that will help them best achieve their goals. One way to do this is by developing technology roadmaps (TRMs).

There is no single definition of a TRM, but in general, a TRM is a tool for evaluating, planning, and decision making in industries in which technology plays a central role. A TRM assesses needs and indicates possible technological solutions to meet those needs. Organizations such as NASA, Europe’s Strategic Energy Technologies Information System, and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), was well as companies such as Google, Intel, and Apple frequently employ teams of scientists, engineers, and technology managers to develop and implement TRMs.

In the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science’s Department of Engineering and Technology Management, Dr. Tugrul Daim and his Research Group on Sustainable Infrastructure and Technology Management are developing TRMs for organizations such as the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), the Energy Trust of Oregon, EPRI, and other utilities around the country.

Dr. Daim’s group consists of graduate and Ph.D. students with backgrounds in science and engineering; many have come from high-tech industries. Dr. Daim brings decades of experience and expertise in technology management, forecasting, energy policy, and computer and industrial engineering, among other fields to the group. The group’s focus is on industry sponsored projects. BPA is one such sponsor that has provided Dr. Daim funding to aid in the development of a Transmission Technology Roadmap.

“I’ve been working with BPA for eight years,” Dr. Daim said. “The projects I take on assist them with the processes of their technology innovation office: managing technology, evaluating technology costs, needs, technology analysis, and developing technology roadmaps that identify the projects that can fill those gaps.”