New OU Office Breaks Ground in Technology Management

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NORMAN (AP) -- Skip Porter is a busy man on campus at the University of Oklahoma as he directs the creation of an office.

Porter, the university's vice president of research and dean of the College of Engineering, is helping create the Office of Technology Management.

"We are basically doing four different things right now," Porter said about the office on campus. "We are creating an office that has never existed before, establishing a physical site for researchers, trying to play the game while creating policy and procedure for the office infrastructure, and showing OU as an attractive place for talent. "Faculty are still quite keen on the concept of the technology office," added Porter, who also serves as Gov. Frank Keating's cabinet secretary of technology development. Porter says it will take time to integrate the technology culture into the existing university culture. "We all have to be patient with the learning curve," he said. "Right now we don't have a set plan for researchers to follow the bouncing balls, but we're getting there." In less than 10 months, six new companies have been born through the Office of Technology Management. Porter was brought to OU from the Houston Advanced Research Center to supervise the opening of the university to high-technology opportunities. …