Engineering Management Seminar Series "Managing Large-Scale Science and Technology Projects at the Edge of Knowledge Lessons from the Manhattan Project"

Monday, November 11, 2013 ( 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm )

Location: Babbio 110

Engineering Management Seminar Series:
Managing Large-Scale Science and Technology Projects at the Edge of Knowledge Lessons from the Manhattan Project

  • Barry Shore - University of New Hampshire, Durham (NH)
  • Giuseppe Zollo- University of Naples Federico II, Napoli, Italia
  • Carl Strawbridge - US Naval Academy, REtired Captain USN, Deputy Manager US Home Team ITER

ABSTRACTFew projects have had such a profound and lasting effect on the world as the Manhattan Project.  Today, after it was approved 70 years ago by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, its legacy is felt in nuclear medicine, military defense, terrorist threats, and the production of energy.  What was remarkable about this project was that to succeed it had to push through the frontiers of knowledge in ways that are impressive even by today’s standards. 

The seminar includes a short history of the project and the challenges that had to be overcome, but it is primarily about a very large organization that was forced to learn quickly, compress each stage in the project in a race against time, and pass knowledge, which was often incomplete, from one phase to the next. 
Contributions to the literature and practice on the management of Large-Scale Science Projects are underlined.

Barry Shore has blended a unique career that spans both the corporate world and the classroom. He has worked and consulted for many companies including Boeing, Chase Manhattan Bank, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, Timberland, US Navy, and Westinghouse. After taking and MBA at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, he then earned a PhD in Operations Management from the University of Wisconsin where he continued his studies in project management. He is currently professor of decision sciences and academic graduate program director at the Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. In addition to his position at the University of New Hampshire, Dr. Shore also holds the position of adjunct professor at the University of Naples in Italy.

He is the author of over 100 articles and four books. The recipient of many honors, in 2006, he was awarded the distinguished title of “Fellow” by the Global Information Technology Management Association.

Giuseppe Zollo is Full Professor of Management Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Naples Federico II, Italy. During the years 1985-86 he was Visiting Research Associate at Dept. of Economics of Northeastern University, Boston (MA), USA. He published many articles in the area of Technological Innovation, Small Innovative Enterprises, Information Technology Management, Competencies Management, Software Industry, Fuzzy Sets, Evaluation Systems. Honors: Entrepreneurship Award from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (1992); RENT Award from the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management, Brussels (1993 and 1995); Best Paper Award from FGF Universitat of Dortmund (1994); European Quality Award for Thesis on T.Q.M from EFQM (1997). Since 2011 he is President of the Regional Agency for Innovation of Campania Region, Italy .

Mr. Strawbridge possesses more than 35 years leadership and executive management experience in engineering, operations, and construction in commercial and government industrial facilities and laboratories, including expertise in all aspects of project management of complex technical projects within the Department of the Navy and the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science.  Until 2005, Mr. Strawbridge was the Deputy Project Manager for the DOE Office of Science Spallation Neutron Source project, a $1.4 billion multi-laboratory partnership that designed, constructed and brought into successful operation the world's most powerful neutron source on time, within budget and at full technical scope at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Strawbridge served as the Deputy Project Manager for the United States contributions to the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Project, a $2 billion DOE Office of Science project to design, procure, deliver and integrate the United States allocated scope to ITER, a full-scale prototype fusion device under construction in France by a multi-national collaboration. Mr. Strawbridge served for 25 years as a naval officer and ship engineering specialist at sea and in naval shipyards around the world, operating, maintaining and modernizing the engineering plants and complex technical systems on  ships, nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers. He completed his navy career as a Captain in command of the US Navy Submarine Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, with complete profit/loss and operational responsibility for $332 million, 4,000-employee nuclear industrial complex performing reactor refueling, repair, inactivation and crew support of nuclear submarines.