France Hoang: “Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Service: Perspectives from a Veteran Entrepreneur”
April 18, 2018
France Hoang and his family left Saigon ten days before the city fell to Communist forces. He grew up in Tumwater, Washington and attended the United States Military Academy, graduating in the top one percent of his class. After serving as a peacekeeper in Bosnia, France returned to the United States, attended Georgetown Law, and passed the bar exam and CPA exam on back-to-back days. After practicing at Williams & Connolly LLP, he served on the Office of Counsel to the President, and he worked in the White House for two years. France then served as the Executive Officer for a detachment of Green Berets in Afghanistan. He considers leading soldiers in combat to be one of the most fulfilling experiences of his life. After returning to the United States again, France helped found MAG Aerospace, a leading contractor in the field of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance. France encouraged people to not be afraid of failure, surround yourself with hard-working, intelligent individuals, and never pass on an opportunity that you could regret when looking back on your life decades down the road. France ended his lecture with a quote from President Theodore Roosevelt: “Comparison is the thief of joy.”
Charles Brandes: “Entrepreneurship and Investment Management”
April 16, 2018
Charles Brandes is a successful value investor who resides in San Diego, California. If you are unfamiliar with the term “value investing,” think of Warren Buffet and his work with Berkshire Hathaway. In his speech, Charles talked about the importance of having a mentor, but luckily for him, his mentor just happened to be the father of value investing – Benjamin Graham. Charles highlighted the importance of seeking new opportunities when looking into investments. He began working with foreign value investing when there was only outdated information available to the public, and he had to take a leap of faith. He noted that people will become too scared to take action based on the advice they are given, will preventing them from making sound decisions. His example was the stock market, and how the market fluctuations will keep individuals away even when the price is absurdly low. Overall, the content of the lecture emphasized the importance of doing your own research and trusting your results.
April 11, 2018
Lectures by Dr. Andy Wilson on innovation in healthcare and emergency medicine on Wednesday, April 11. Dr. Wilson will deliver a lecture in each of Professor Korok Ray’s ACCT 620 classes in Wehner 187. Dr. Wilson is an MD-Managing Partner and is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine. Outside of the ER, Dr. Wilson serves as the Associate Medical Director for the Bryan SWAT Team and the Associate Medical Director for the TEEX Paramedic Academy. Dr. Wilson also serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine in the Texas A&M College of Medicine. Dr. Wilson’s greatest joy is spending time with his family. Dr. Wilson has been married to his wife Heidi for nearly 20 years, and they have been richly blessed with three beautiful daughters. The Wilson’s enjoy doing just about anything outside including camping, hiking, and the shooting sports
Autonomous Driving Demonstration
March 30, 2018
The Mays Innovation Research Center is tentatively scheduled to host a demonstration of autonomous driving by the Connected Autonomous Safety Technology Center (CAST) from the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The CAST’s faculty and staff, who are leading the university’s research on autonomous driving, will provide a full demonstration of automobile and truck platooning at the RELLIS Campus of Texas A&M.
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Bitcoin expert and investor
Understanding the Bitcoin Protocol (for Software Engineers)
March 1, 2018
Lecture by Michael Flaxman on Thursday, March 1 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in HRBB 113. The Texas A&M Computing Society co-hosted the event. The speech was entitled “Understanding the Bitcoin Protocol (for Software Engineers).” Bitcoin and “blockchain” have been appearing more often in the media, yet their fundamentals are rarely understood. This talk was designed for computer science students, so Mr. Flaxman started with a quick refresher on hash functions and asymmetric cryptography, and then dove into transactions, blocks, difficulty. Mr. Flaxman also covered more advanced topics like Merkle trees, Bitcoin’s stack-based script language, node communication, and SegWit. The event ended with a Q&A session. Michael Flaxman is a software engineer and investor. He has built three venture-funded companies, thumbtack.com, Priceonomics, and CoinSafe, and he and is an alumnus of Y Combinator. He fell in love with Bitcoin in 2013, and he has built a number of blockchain applications including BlockCypher’s popular Block Explorer. Most recently, Michael was a Principal Engineer at Paxos, a blockchain company with offices in New York, London, and Singapore. Michael graduated from Brown University in 2007, and he moved to Austin in 2017 after spending time in Seattle, San Francisco, and Manhattan.
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Professor Clara Xiaoling Chen
University of Illinois, Gies College of Business
Management Control Systems and Innovation
February 23, 2018
Professor Chen talked about the debate on the role of management control systems in creativity and innovation, how management accounting researchers contribute to the debate, and the importance of using multiple methods to examine the impact of MCS on innovation. Clara Xiaoling Chen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Accountancy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on management accounting and management control systems, especially the design of performance measurement and incentive systems in organizations. She has published in top accounting journals including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Contemporary Accounting Research, Accounting, Organizations and Society, and Journal of Management Accounting Research. She currently serves on the editorial boards of top accounting journals including The Accounting Review and Accounting, Organizations and Society. Professor Chen earned a B.A. in English from Beijing University, a Master’s of Accounting from USC, and a Ph.D. in Accounting from USC. She has been on the U of I faculty since 2006. The Accounting Department hosted Professor Chen, and the event was sponsored by the MIRC.
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Professor Gustavo Manso
University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business
December 1, 2017
Professor Manso is on the Finance faculty at UC Berkeley. He is a leading scholar on innovation and the author of the now famous study “Motivating Innovation,” published in the Journal of Finance. This workshop was be held within the Finance workshop series of the Mays Business School.
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President of GP Consumer business at Georgia-Pacific LLC
October 6, 2017
Mr. González discussed innovation at Georgia Pacific and his experience challenging orthodoxy. This was the MIRC’s first event, so it included some description of the MIRC’s mission and values.