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Kyle Lewis Named Chair of the Technology Management Program

Friday, July 7, 2017
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The Technology Management Program at UC Santa Barbara is pleased to announce that Kyle Lewis, Professor of Technology Management, has been appointed as the Chair of the program, effective July 1, 2017.
Prof. Lewis joined the program in 2014 as a new member of the TMP faculty. She has worked with program faculty to roll out the professional Master of Technology Management (MTM) degree program in Fall of 2015 as well as the new Ph.D. degree in Technology Management, with the first cohort joining Fall of 2017. Lewis succeeds. Bob York, Professor of Technology Management and of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). Appointments of chairs and directors are typically three-year assignments. Prof. York’s superb leadership led him to be asked to serve as the chair and director for the last seven years.
Prof. York paved the way for many of the program’s accomplishments, including formally establishing TMP as an academic program in the College of Engineering (COE), creating and launching the two new degree programs, advancing the program’s entrepreneurship efforts on and off campus, as well as recruiting exceptional faculty, including Lewis, to join the team.
“Prof. Lewis brings a rare combination of a strong technical background, a decade of managerial experience in both industry and academia, unparalleled scholarly credentials, and as is quickly apparent once you meet her, innate leadership qualities as well,” commented York. “In her brief time at UCSB she has already forged new collaborative efforts with engineering and social science faculty at UCSB, and those bridge-building skills on campus will undoubtedly serve TMP very well. After investing so much of my own time in TMP…[…]…it is a huge comfort to know that the program will be in such great hands.”
York remains a faculty member in TMP and the ECE department, in addition to serving as the Vice Chair of TMP and the Director of the Graduate Program in Management Practice (GPMP) as of July 1.
Prior to joining TMP, Lewis was a Professor of Management and Faculty Director of the Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) in the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. Lewis brings a depth of scholarship and leadership to TMP that complements the program’s core strengths and that help to elevate the national reputation of the program.
“Prof. Lewis is at the heart of an extensive network of scholars worldwide, the result of her groundbreaking research in a major area of organizational behavior, her service leadership in a prominent division of the Academy of Management, and her senior editorial roles in the discipline,” said Prof. Dave Seibold, who is stepping down from his role as the TMP Vice Chair and GPMP Director.
Prof. Seibold further noted, “She has held a variety of other leadership positions – in industry, in university administration, and in faculty governance – and TMP will be the beneficiary of that experience and her prodigious talents. Indeed, the department, the college, the campus, and the community are extremely fortunate to have her as Chair of TMP.” Lewis received her early training at Duke University, where she earned degrees in both Computer Science and Mathematics. Later she attended Carnegie-Mellon University, where she completed her M.S. in Industrial Administration, followed by her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management from the University of Maryland.
As Prof. Lewis enters into her leadership role at TMP, she credits her predecessors for setting the program up for success.  “I am so pleased and honored to take on the role of Chair for TMP. The foundations laid by my colleagues Bob York, Dave Seibold, and Gary Hansen have made TMP’s success and recent growth possible,” stated Prof. Lewis. “I look forward to leveraging their extraordinary efforts, with the help of TMP faculty members Paul Leonardi, Steve Barley, and Renee Rottner, each of whom can boast world-class research programs and teaching excellence. TMP is now positioned for rapid growth.”
Regarding future goals for the program, Lewis commented on how they look forward to serving more students in the MTM program and training a new generation of researchers in the Ph.D. program. In addition, TMP will continue to develop their entrepreneurship programming and strengthen relationships within UCSB and with the external community. “I appreciate my colleagues’ confidence in me as we enter this exciting new phase for TMP,” stated Prof. Lewis.
Contact: Roxanna Van Norman, PR & Communications Manager, roxanna@tmp.ucsb.edu