College of Engineering at UMass Amherst to Host First Lecture in Series on Leadership, Global Business Issues

AMHERST, Mass. - The College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts will present the first lecture of the Shirley and Ting-Wei Tang Endowment Lecture Series Wednesday, May 5 at 4 p.m. Gideon Argov, chief executive officer of Kollmorgen Corporation, will speak on "Building Global Strategies with Local Human Beings" in the Massachusetts Room at the Mullins Center. The talk is free and open to the public.

Argov will talk about the challenges and experiences faced at Kollmorgen in regard to developing an integrated business strategy that crosses national, cultural, and language boundaries.

The Shirley and Ting-Wei Tang Endowment Lecture Series brings leaders of engineering-based companies to campus once a semester to present a major talk and to interact with students and faculty.

Before the lecture, Argov will meet with students and faculty in the College of Engineering. "This is a chance for students to develop a relationship with an accomplished business leader," said Joseph I. Goldstein, dean of engineering. "I see the field of business as having a great deal to say to engineering, and our students need to be aware of what''s going on beyond their field. Many of our students will eventually be leaders in these technology-based businesses."

Goldstein said that "having a lecture series is just the beginning. We eventually want our students involved in interactive classes with the school of management and joint projects with school of management students, and we''d like our students to have an understanding of the implications of marketing, finance, and accounting with regard to engineering design." Future lectures will cover subjects such as engineering education, entrepreneurship, global engineering issues, and engineering and business leadership.

Kollmorgen Corporation, with 1997 sales of $230 million, develops and markets high-performance electronic motion control equipment including motors, drives and systems.