Margo Baker, 719-262-3832

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has elevated its presence in the state’s science and technology sectors by launching a new technology transfer academic journal.

Published by Johns Hopkins University Press, Comparative Technology Transfer and Society will bring together faculty from multiple disciplines and from across the globe to focus on the transfer of university ideas and inventions to the business community. Such efforts could provide an economic boost to southern Colorado and the region.

“Our desire was to create a signature for the Colorado Institute for Technology Transfer and Implementation’s research activities,” Joe Rallo, dean, College of Business, and CITTI director, said. “The concept was initiated 18 months ago and we plan to have our first issue this month and publish three issues annually.”

Technology transfer is the concept of moving ideas developed by university faculty into the marketplace for development. Examples include a sports drink developed by University of Florida faculty now known as Gatorade or the fax machine which was first conceived at Iowa State University.

“The possibilities are endless,” Rallo said. “We have many people on this campus who have great ideas backed by years of research that could aid our larger community in significant ways. In some cases, it makes sense to partner with others to see those ideas and that research developed.”

The journal’s editors in chief are: Gary Klein, Couger Professor, Business; Don Klinger, professor, Graduate School of Public Affairs; and Bruce Seely, historian of technology, Michigan Technological University. Daedra Studniarz, associate director, CITTI, is managing editor, and Leslie Manning, dean, Kraemer Family Library, is book review editor.

CITTI was formed in 1990 when the university received a grant from El Pomar Foundation to focus on emerging issues surrounding the transfer of technology from the university to the private sector.

The journal’s launch was celebrated March 26 with a reception at the Penrose House attended by CU President Elizabeth Hoffman, CU-Colorado Springs Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak and other campus and community representatives.

CU-Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in northeast Colorado Springs, is the fastest growing university in Colorado and one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The university offers 25 bachelor’s degrees, 17 master’s and two doctoral degrees. The campus enrolls more than 7,400 students annually.