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Leading in a Global Market : Eller MBAs Take on International Tech Transfer Projects

The ATTP Merida team.
The ATTP Mérida team (left to right): Georgina Lopez Padilla, Arvinth Narayanan, Neha Krishna, and
Forrest Branch.

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November 2009

By Liz Warren-Pederson

This month, four teams of Eller MBA and UA science graduate students showcased their ten-week internship experiences with the Advanced Technology Transfer Project in Mexico.

The Eller MBA and UA graduate students helped prominent Mexican scientists explore the commercial potential of their research.  ATTP is a unique partnership among the UA, CONACYT (the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología) and five prestigious research institutes in Mexico.  The collaboration grew out of a bi-national consortium in optics and has been funded by both CONACYT and the Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation.  All of the stakeholders came together in Tucson this month to hear again from the students, review the summer’s work, and plan for the future.

ATTP pairs teams of grad students with scientists at the Mexican institutions to evaluate emerging technologies for commercial potential. For ten weeks this summer, the 16 Eller MBA and four UA Ph.D. students worked in small teams to analyze innovations developed at universities in Ensenada, Guanajuato, León, Puebla, and Mérida.

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