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Entrepreneurship: Blending Business and Engineering Skills to Create Value

Date: Thursday October 6, 2011

Speaker: Dr. Harry Reif - Associate Professor, Computer Information Systems, College of Business and Graduate School - James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA - Click Here for the speaker's bio.

Subject: "Entrepreneurship: Blending Business and Engineering Skills to Create Value"

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Dr. Reif will speak on the topic of gaining a better understanding of the blending of technical and business skills to create successful information technology entrepreneurs. His talk will describe a strategy for integrating business skills with current computer science and information technology-related degree programs to create successful entrepreneurs such as Bill Gates (Microsoft), Larry Ellison (Oracle), Larry Page & Sergey Brin (Google), and Jerry Yang (Yahoo).

Time will be allocated at the end of the talk for questions and discussion.

Biographical Information:

Dr. Harry Reif holds Computer Science and MBA degrees from Michigan State University and a PhD in Information Systems from Virginia Commonwealth University. Harry is on the College of Business and Graduate School faculty at James Madison University. He holds visiting faculty appointments at Virginia Commonwealth University and Purdue University Graduate Schools where he teaches courses on project management and supervises doctoral students.

Dr. Reif uses his technology and business knowledge to serve the Boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County and ITERA (International Telecommunications Education and Research Association). Reif is a Commissioner on the Computing Accreditation Committee of ABET, the primary international accreditation agency for engineering and technical degree programs. Locally, Dr. Reif is Co-Director and a founder of CyberCity, a JMU summer diversity program seeking to attract targeted high school students to pursue technology related degrees.

Prior to entering the teaching world, Dr. Reif was/is part owner of four start-up information systems facilities management and software development companies. He is currently a partner in a small Shenandoah Valley business, The Wishing Well, which leverages technology to gain a competitive edge delivering travel, concierge, and floral services to customers across the US.

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