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ENGR 201: Technology Innovation and Strategy for Engineers

Technology and scientific innovations lie at the heart of the engineering contribution to business success. Management of these contributions can provide significant competitive advantage to those who embrace the necessary fundamentals. This course provides an in depth coverage of these fundamentals, including sources of innovation, innovation project management, innovation protection management, organizational structuring and collaboration, and human resource management of technical professions. Business models, leading academic research and current organizational concerns are brought together in a blended learning environment that explores real companies and their strategies for harnessing the technology innovation value proposition.

  • About the Instructor
    Tom Fryer


    Dr. Tom Fryer is the CEO, Co-founder, and visionary for a highly innovative Customer Relationship (CRM) startup. Creedenz Solutions developed a radical approach to traditional CRM for enterprise customers by architecting a highly flexible and configurable CRM platform called CXM. CXM can be scaled and deployed at a fraction of the cost and deployed considerably faster than traditional CRM systems.

    Tom has senior level experience as a Chief Information Officer, Chief Technical Officer, and Chief Operations Officer, managing large-scale technology operations for the government and private sector. His technology experience includes large scale operations consisting of big data transactional systems linked across a global network of data centers.

    His experience includes managing, deploying, and implementing regional data hubs, call centers, cell systems, and satellite communication centers located spanning the globe for Governments and private industry.

    Additionally, he also worked as a Systems Engineer for Raytheon and the United States Air Force (USAF) providing international engineering support Defense Support Program, Global Positioning System, and other classified multi-billion dollar defense systems.

    In his spare time Tom can be found teaching graduate engineering courses at UCR and volunteering his time reading to the hearing impaired.

    Dr. Fryer is also certified in Theory of Constraints (TOC) and Critical Chain Project Management and holds multiple U.S. patents in software security and software processes. Dr. Fryer served in the USAF and is a veteran of the Gulf War.

    Dr. Fryer earned an Electronics Engineering degree from the USAF, a BBA and MBA in Management from Angelo State University (Texas Tech), and a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) from Canterbury. He also studied Law at Loyola Law School.