Education & Technology Transfer Activities: 1998

UTC Center Evaluation - Self-Assessment Process




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Matching Research Agency

Center for Infrastructure Engineering Studies

Principal Investigator

Halvard Nystrom, Assistant Professor
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Engineering Management
202 Engr. Mgt. Bldg.
Rolla, MO 65409
p(573) 341-4624

Student Involvement

One (1) Masters Student

Project Objective

Assess the Centers capability for effective innovation; share the findings
with the Center participants to understand our strengths and weaknesses; and help the members
reach consensus on priorities for change that will improve these capabilities.

Project Abstract

An Innovative Capability Audit was customized for the center and
applied. The results were analyzed and presented to the active participants of the center in the
CIES/UTC Self-assessment session, which took place on May 4, 1999. The participants were
presented with the strengths and weaknesses identified in the survey and given an opportunity to
discuss the implications. They were separated into groups to help identify recommendations to
make the center more effective. The groups were re-united and after some discussion they
prioritized these recommendations. These were very successful activities that reflected the
energy and can-do attitude of the center participants.

Task Description

Design of survey instrument, application of the survey instrument to the participants and customers, customers, design and facilitation of the self-assessment session, documenting the results and following up on action items.

Anticipated Benefits

Improved motivation and systems to support the work.

Modal Orientation



Project Start Date:07/01/1998
Project End Date:06/30/1999

Relationship to other Research/Projects

This project makes all the other projects more effective.

Technology Transfer Activities

focus on the technology to make research centers more
productive and we transfer that technology to the participants, and publish it on the web site.

Transportation Research Board Keywords

Evaluation, innovation, capability audit and research management