2011 Technogenesis Progects - Technology Management

  1. Trading in Derivatives Markets

    The objective of this research project is to explore a topic, which combines three areas in finance: behavioral finance, market microstructure and derivatives. Behavioral finance is a relatively new and innovative finance field which departs from the traditional assumptions of economic theory to incorporate findings of cognitive psychology. Market microstructure studies how market exchanges function and the role of different market participants. This project will focus on the trading behavior of market participants in the derivatives market. It may be data-intensive and is expected to have some practical application. The exact scope of the project will be chosen to address the participating students? interests. Research ideas are encouraged.

    Advisor: Eleni Gousgounis
    eleni.gousgounis@stevens.edu
    Ext: 8567

  2. Crowdsourcing Creativity

    We are performing large scale experiments in which complex creative tasks are assigned to thousands of people. We are looking for students who are interested in the design and analysis of such experiments. A multidisciplinary interest in psychology, design/art, and programming is ideal (3 Openings).

    Advisor: Jeffrey Nickerson
    jnickerson@stevens.edu
    Ext: 8124

  3. iPhone/iPad Games with a Purpose

    We are looking for students with an interest in creating games that will contribute to the public good: by helping to discover new things about science or the environment. The student must have strong programming skills (3 Openings).

    Advisor: Jeffrey Nickerson
    jnickerson@stevens.edu
    Ext: 8124

  4. Understanding Twitter

    We are looking for students who are interested in developing ways of automatically monitoring twitter feeds and making predictions about social trends from the feeds. This work will call for an interest in both human cognition and machine learning (3 Openings).

    Advisor: Jeffrey Nickerson
    jnickerson@stevens.edu
    Ext: 8124

  5. Predicting Markets

    We are looking for students who want to analyze financial data in order to discover trends in price, volume, and risk. This work will call for a combination of statistical/mathematical training as well as programming skill (2 Openings).

    Advisor: Jeffrey Nickerson
    jnickerson@stevens.edu
    Ext: 8124

  6. ESL Healthcare Training Program

    With funding from our state grants, we are launching a program which will help New Americans master written and oral language skills in preparation for entry into a Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) Program. The successful student will have language skills in Spanish or another major immigrant skill set and a desire/emergent track record in healthcare or bio-medical/pre-med studies.

    Advisors: D.N. Lombardi, Ph.D., USMC(R),
    Director of the Stevens Healthcare Educational Partnership & Faculty Liaison, Stevens Veterans Office, Tal Ben-Zvi
    donald.lombardi@stevens.edu
    Ext: 5661
    tal.benzvi@stevens.edu
    Ext: 8545

  7. Healthcare Media Marketing

    As part of the Stevens Healthcare Educational Program (SHEP), we have four non-profit healthcare organizations which are state-wide and part of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development grant awarded last month and providing funding for the next year. This urban healthcare centers lack the resources to design media communication, marketing and advertising, yet have current capacity to launch campaigns if designed by a talented student (or two!). The successfull student(s) will have an academic interest and background in marketing/communication and an ardent interest in working in the healthcare business arena.

    Advisor: D.N. Lombardi, Ph.D., USMC(R),
    Director of the Stevens Healthcare Educational Partnership & Faculty Liaison, Stevens Veterans Office, Tal Ben-Zvi
    donald.lombardi@stevens.edu
    Ext: 5661
    tal.benzvi@stevens.edu
    Ext: 8545

  8. Exploring the Role of Web-based Technologies in Self-directed Leadership Development

    Developing leadership talent is regarded as a top priority by line managers and human resource (HR) practitioners alike. In spite of its perceived value though, many organizations struggle with leadership development (e.g. Griffin, 2003). A Hewitt Associates’ survey of CEOs and human resources executives found that relatively few felt their leadership development programs were successful (Gandossy & Effron, 2003). The report also stressed that the population of key leaders between the ages of 35 - 44 will drop 15% by 2015. At the same time, with the post-war baby boom generation now approaching retirement, many organizations are also confronting a decline in the ranks of experienced leaders. In addition, the globally distributed nature of today’s workforce further increases the need for and challenges of leadership development.

    Self-directed experiential learning is one approach that offers utility when it comes to managing both the expenses and effectiveness of leadership development. Self-directed learning is typically defined as a process that involves independent efforts to diagnose one’s learning /development needs, establish goals and formulate strategies to meet them (e.g. Knowles, 1975, p.18). Further, experiential learning can be defined as requiring no or limited direct teacher involvement with emphasis on learning through direct interaction and application. (e.g. Kolb, 1984). There are at least two reasons why this kind of learning should play a role in leadership development. First, the ability to manage one’s own learning is a critical skill for any leader and second, self management is a cost effective solution (Dearborn, 2002).

    This research program is exploring the role of web-based tools including social networking and mobile applications in marketing, managing and applying self-directed personal development programs. Specifically, we are interested in (1) how these tools can be used to enhance self-directed leadership development and other aspects of personal development and (2) How the web, social networking and mobile computing are used to market and promote personal development programs. We are seeking 1-2 research assistants who can help us identify, describe and classify the various ways in which technology based solutions are being used to enrich leadership development. The researcher(s) will be responsible for identifying and learning about existing products and services for assessment, social networking, simulation and development planning and for helping us create a taxonomy to describe and classify them. Their work will also include helping to make determinations about which approaches and tools are most popular and viable. Individuals will work with other members of the research team to identify additional opportunities for enhancing the role that web based technology can and should play in self-directed personal development.

    Ideal candidates should have background in /understanding of market and industry analysis. An interest in organizational behavior and leadership development is also helpful.

    Advisor: Peter Dominick, Ph.D.
    Peter.Dominick@stevens.edu
    Ext: 8071