The 2000 Maurice Holland Award: To Gregory R Smith, William C Herbein and Robert C Morris

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To Gregory R. Smith, William C. Herbein and Robert C. Morris

In recognition of the authorship of "Front-End Innovation at AlliedSignal and Alcoa, " deemed to be the best original paper published in RESEARCH - TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT in 1999.

The winning paper was selected for pertinence, significance and originality of new management concepts related to the field of research management.

Gregory R. Smith is managing director, Strategic Industry Research Foundation (SIRF) in Melbourne, Australia. He returned to Melbourne in March 1999 to join SIRF after 17 years of work in various companies in the U.S. and Europe. Before leaving the U.S., he most recently worked with Alcoa in Pittsburgh as a director of the Alcoa Technical Center. There he had responsibility for the technical resources of Alcoa's central laboratories and for its then significant, corporately-sponsored R&D program. However, for most of 1998, he undertook a major assignment to drive a new approach to global technology strategy across all of Alcoa's businesses. This ultimately led to a complete reorganization of Alcoa's technology management system. He previously worked with AlliedSignal, where he held the position of vice president of its Corporate R&D laboratories. He holds a Ph.D. in materials engineering from Cranfield University of Technology (UK) and M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees from the University of Melbourne.

William Herbein is technology manager, product design and development, at Alcoa, Inc. In this position he is responsible for R&D personnel and programs related to product design and the development of design systems for use in the development of new aluminum applications and products. …


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