ENGINEERING, PATENTS, BUSINESS, AND CONSULTING
Dr. Eric M. Dowling
President, Dowling Consulting Inc.
This talk will focus on the patenting, business and consulting aspects of
computer and electrical engineering. Business and career models for
electrical and computer engineers will be addressed from the perspective of
going into academia or industry, starting your own company, participating in
a start-up, or being a consultant. Career moves from one model to another
are commonplace. The talk will explore the end product of engineering
design, i.e., products and/or patented technology. This talk will show you
how to make the intellectual leap from an engineer/designer to an inventor.
The value of patented designs and methods to individually participate in this
value will be addressed. Similarly, the intellectual and economical
advantages of advanced degrees will be identified and evaluated.
Eric M. Dowling received the B.S.E.E, M.S.E.E, and Ph.D. degrees from the
University of Florida. During these years he also served in the U.S. Army
Signal Corps, Florida National Guard as a signal platoon leader, radio
officer and corps area signal company commander. He next became an assistant
professor and then an associate professor at the University of Texas at
Dallas where he has been for ten years. He published over 75 technical
articles and has eighteen patents pending, some allowed. During these years
he also consulted for a wide range of industry and government clients. He
passed the patent and trademark office's patent bar exam and is therefore a
patent agent. He has been on leave from the university for almost two years
and has been consulting full time. He is currently president of Dowling
Consulting Inc. servicing large multinational clients.
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