World's Largest Engineering and Technology Management Conference Returns
Author: Angela D. Abel (503-725-8763) Office of Marketing and Communications
Posted: July 26, 2005
The Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology, or "PICMET," will be held in Portland July 31-August 4, 2005, at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower in downtown Portland.

PICMET '05, the largest conference on technology management in the world, will focus on "Technology Management: A Unifying Discipline for Melting the Boundaries." Sponsored by Portland State University's Department of Engineering and Technology Managment, PICMET is a high-impact gathering of the world's leading experts from academic institutions, industrial corporations and government agencies that will set the stage for technology management for decades to come. This year's conference is shaping up to be the best PICMET ever with approximately 400 presentations including workshops, tutorials, panel discussions, plenary sessions, regular and special sessions.

Keynote speakers include Bulent Atalay, a professor of physics at the University of Mary Washington, adjunct professor at the University of Virginia, member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and author of the book Math and the Mona Lisa; Eric von Hippel, professor and director of the Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group at the MIT Sloan School of Management and author of the recently published book Democratizing Innovation; T. Nejat Veziroglu, director of the Clean Energy Research Institute at the University of Miami and president of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy; Nam P. Suh, director of the Manufacturing Institute at MIT; and Jay Lee, director of NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS) Center at the University of Cincinnati.

This year's focus observes the growth of technology's impact in many areas resulting in complex relationships and interactions among a multitude of disciplines, specialties and subspecialties including science, engineering, finance, economy, psychology, sociology, ethics, law, theology, art and many others. A unifying discipline must provide leadership and guidance in bringing the various disciplines together in order to harness the energy of technology and make it work for the betterment of humankind. Recognizing this enormous challenge, PICMET '05 takes a bold step and examines the role of technology management in melting the boundaries among disciplines to guide technology toward the betterment of humanity.

PICMET was established by Portland State University's Department of Engineering and Technology Management as a nonprofit organization to disseminate information on technology management through an international conference. Each conference is designed with university and industry partners. Graduate students in PSU's Engineering and Technology Management program are heavily involved in the planning process of selecting workshop topics and speakers and reviewing submitted academic papers, and are able to attend the conference

PICMET continues to evolve in response to the needs of its attendees. In addition to a weeklong conference, PICMET plans to expand into a year-round international center for engineering technology management to represent the industry with the latest research, publications, trends and legislation. For more information, visit or call PICMET at 503-725-3525.

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Ann White (503-725-3525)
Dept. of Engineering & Technology Mgmt.

For Immediate Release (#05-105)