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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

Phelps Dodge CEO named Technology and Management Executive of the Year

J. Steven Whisler to be honored by The University of Arizona at the annual Technology and Management Awards Luncheon held by the College of Engineering and the Eller College of Management.

TUCSON, Ariz. – November 29, 2005 – When is “zero” extolled? Chairman and CEO of Phelps Dodge, J. Steven Whisler, celebrates zero when it is attached to workplace injuries and environmental problems.

Selected for his forward-thinking industry leadership and programs like “Zero and Beyond,” developed to eliminate workplace injuries at Phelps Dodge, and “Quest for Zero,” designed to eliminate environmental problems, waste, and product defects, Whisler will be honored at the seventh annual Technology & Management Awards Luncheon (TMAL) on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 12:00 noon at The Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa (Phoenix, Ariz.).

The University of Arizona’s TMAL event celebrates leadership and innovation that is vital to the economic development of Arizona and the nation. The event emphasizes the competitive advantage that results from close ties between engineering and management. It also highlights the collaborative courses and other endeavors being pursued by the engineering and business colleges at the UA. These efforts address the need to rapidly move knowledge and ideas from universities to the marketplace.

In addition to Whisler, five honorees who have distinguished themselves in the fields of engineering and business will also recognized at the luncheon. The Lifetime Achievement Award for the College of Engineering will be presented to William D. Mensch, Jr. founder, chairman and CEO of The Western Design Center. Mensch designed the 6502 microprocessor, honored by COMDEX as the first of seven defining products in the history of the microprocessor.

The Eller College will present its Lifetime Achievement Award to Bruce T. Halle, chairman of Discount Tire Co., which he founded in 1960. Today, the Scottsdale-based company is the largest independent tire dealer in North America.

The College of Engineering will present its Distinguished Service Award to Donald V. Budinger, chairman and founding director of Rodel, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of high-precision surface-finishing chemicals used to manufacture computer chips and other products. Budinger is the founding director of The Rodel Foundations, which gives generously to education throughout the state.

The Eller College will present its Distinguished Service Award to Patricia and J. Burgess Winter, long time supporters of The University of Arizona through the Winter Scholarship Program. Mr. Winter is the former president and CEO of Magma Copper Corp. and Mrs. Winter is active in The Magheramorne Foundation, which they founded together.

Past Technology & Management Executives of the Year

The first TMAL awards were presented in 1999. Past winners of the Technology & Management Executive of the Year Award include:

  • 1999 — Craig Barrett, president and CEO, Intel Corp.
  • 2000 — Michael R. Bonsignore, chairman and CEO, Honeywell International
  • 2001 — Tom Brown, founder and chairman emeritus, Burr-Brown Corp.
  • 2002 — Louise Francesconi, president, Raytheon Missile Systems; vice president, Raytheon Co.
  • 2003 — Nicholas M. Donofrio, senior vice president for technology and manufacturing, IBM
  • 2004 — Vance D. Coffman, CEO and chairman of the board, Lockheed Martin Corp.

Technology & Management Awards Luncheon Details

Date/Time: Thursday, Dec. 8, Noon

Location: The Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, 2400 East Missouri, Phoenix, Ariz.

Cost: $75 per person or $750 per table of 10 (reservations required)

For Reservations

Debra Rodriguez
Eller College of Management

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The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program #11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program #48 in the U.S. The College is among the leaders of business schools generating grant funds for research. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the 25th ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 750 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and a satellite campus in Phoenix.

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Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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