Donald Hicks

Professor of Public Policy and Political Economy
Tags: Public Policy Political Economy

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Sociology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - 1976
B.A. - Sociology
Indiana University - 1969

Research Areas

Research Interests

My research and consulting activities have been focused on the economic and industrial dynamics of scientific discovery and technological innovation, with special focus on processes of emerging technologies and industries. Current research includes studies on prospects for anticipating demand for ultraprecision composite and nanoscale production, “designer materials,” toolsets and precision manufacturing processes; the role of venture capital investment in regional/industrial transformation; value creation in bioscience commercialization; the role of information and communication technologies (ICT) in health care service transformation; and timetomarket competitive pressures on product innovation and industry change. Since 2006, I have served as Special Assistant to President Daniel. In this role I seek to extend the “reach” of UTD’s influence by creating/developing relationships and thickening institutional interactions and collaboration between universitybased research activities and industrial and commercial activities in North Texas and beyond. Currently, I am guiding the development of four strategic initiatives that engage a variety of centers of research and education across the university and target convergence opportunities at the intersection of key regional industrial and technology competencies. In addition, I continue to teach in the Public Policy and Political Economy graduate program and conduct research with - and supervise dissertation research - with several graduate students in both the EPPS and Economics graduate programs.


Intelligent ICTEnabled EMS: Eclipse of the Golden Hour. (with J. Cox) IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Proceedings, (Oct.), pp. 5963. 2007 - Publication
Bringing Dallas to Life- Accelerating the Development of a Regional Bio-Economy: Opportunities and Obstacles (2004). STARTech Early Ventures. 2004 - Publication
New Firm Formation: Dynamics and Determinants, (with V. Sutaria) Annals of Regional Science (Special Issue on Firm Demography and Spatial Dynamics), Vol. 38, No. 2 (May-June 2004), pp. 1-22. Reprinted in ICFAI Journal of Industrial Economics. 2004 - Publication
Creating a Biotechnology Cluster in the Dallas Region: Rationale and a Roadmap (2004). STARTech Early Ventures. 2004 - Publication
Schumpeterian Churn Dynamics and Regional Productivity Performance, (with Y. Lee) International Business & Economic Research Journal, Volume 2, Number 1, January 2003, pp. 83-98. 2003 - Publication
The Evolving DFW Metroplex Economy: Performance and Prospects (2003). North Texas Future Fund, 2003 - Publication
Technical Innovation and Endogenous Adjustment in the Telecommunications Industry, Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Special Issue on Innovation in Telecommunications Vol. 10, No. 2-3, 2001, pp. 69-96. 2001 - Publication
The Financial Undertow of Rapid Technical Advance in New Product Development, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, Vol. 1096, (2001), pp. 1-23. 2001 - Publication
Time Wars: Is There a Financial Undertow from Accelerating Technical Advance? Research-Technology Management, Vol. 43, No. 2, March-April 2000, pp. 34-9. []. Also p. 407 in Proceedings, Vol. 1, Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology (PICMET '99), Portland, OR July 1999. 2000 - Publication
Beyond Globalization: Localized Returns to IT Infrastructure Investments, (with S.R. Nivin) (April 2000). Regional Studies, Vol. 34, No. 2, pp. 115-27. 2000 - Publication


Assistant to the President
The University of Texas at Dallas [2006–Present]
Senior Research Fellow
University of Texas at Austin [2000–Present]
Vice Chair
The University of Texas at Dallas [1989–1996]
Senior Consultant
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport [1989–1991]
North Texas Commission
Vice President
North Texas Commission [1986–1989]
Senior Urban Policy Staff
President's Commission for a National Agenda for the Eighties, Washington, DC [1980–1981]
Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies and Research
The University of Texas at Dallas [1976–1978]
Professor of Political Economy and Public Policy
Teaching Assistant
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC [1973–1975]


1988–1988 Regional Development Conference, Wharton Center for Applied Research, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, April, 1988.
The Link between Environmental Concerns, Regional Urban Systems, and International Competitiveness,
1995–1995 Urban Land Institute 1995 Spring Meeting, May 10-13, 1995, San Antonio, Texas.
Vertical Disintegration and Endogenous Adjustment in the Semiconductor Manufacturing Industry
1997–1997 24th Annual Conference of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics (EARIE), Leuven, Belgium, September 1997.
Time Wars: Is There a Financial Undertow from Accelerating Technical Advance?
1997–1997 Sigma Xi Annual Forum, Crystal City, VA, Nov. 1997.
1995–1995 Spillover and Appropriation: Regional Economic Returns to I-T Investments and Endowments (w/ S. Nivin) Paper presented at 1) International Telecommunications Society (ITS) Conference (Sept. 1-3) and 2) European Association for Research in Industrial Economics (EARIE) Conference (Sept. 3-6), 1995, Juan les Pins (Nice), France.

Additional Information

  • 2000-Present
  • PANEL CHAIR and SPEAKER: "Entrepreneurship in a Global Economy" MIT Enterprise Forum, December 12, 2002.
  • INVITED SPEAKER, "Investment in Science and Technology: How Can Texas Do Better", Urban Texas, Inc. November 21, 2002, Austin, Texas. Panel Chair, Science and the Innovation System, APPAM Annual Research Conference (November, 2002).
  • INVITED SPEAKER, Dallas Economists Club, October 2002. Member, Richardson Economic Development Technology Advisory Board Panel Chair and Presenter, European Applied Business Research (EABR) Conference, Rothenburg, Germany. "Business Base Churn Dynamics and Regional Economic Performance," (with Y. Lee). June 2002. [Best Paper Award]
  • INVITED SPEAKER, San Antonio Business and Economic Society, April 2002. Member, Ericsson University Steering Board (Ericsson Inc) (since 2001). Founding Member, Center for Intelligent Supply Networks (C4ISN), UT-Dallas, 2001.
  • MEMBER, Board of Economists, Dallas Morning News (since 2001)
  • MEMBER, Greater Dallas Chamber Economists Council (since 2003).
  • INVITED SPEAKER, Richardson Chamber of Commerce, January 2002.
  • INVITED SPEAKER, NCTCOG Workforce Development Board, January 2002. 1996-2000
  • INVITED LECTURES, Chalmers University (School of Technology Management and Economics), Gothenburg, Sweden, March 2000.
  • INVITED ATTENDEE, "California in the 21st Century: State of the State Conference", sponsored by the Milken Institute, representing IC2 (University of Texas - Austin, November 1999.
  • INVITED PARTICIPANT, Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) drafting of the Semiconductor Industry Technology Roadmap - 2000.
  • INVITED PARTICIPANT, Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) drafting of the Semiconductor Industry Technology Roadmap - 1999.
  • ADVISOR/REVIEWER, The State New Economy Index: Benchmarking Economic Transformation in the States, Progressive Policy Institute, Washington, D.C. 1999.
  • INVITED PRESENTATION, 5th Annual Chaos in Manufacturing Conference, Santa Fe, NM, April 1997.
  • FOUNDING MEMBER and STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER, Dallas Telecommunications Roundtable, in conjunction with Fulbright & Jaworski, Dallas, TX, 1995 to present. 1990-1995
  • PROPOSAL REVIEWER, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York, NY., 1995
  • INVITED PRESENTATION, National Association of Business Economists (NABE) Annual Conference, Dallas. TX, Sept., 1992.
  • INVITED MEMBER, Selection Committee, 1992 High-Tech Entrepreneur of the Year Award (State of Texas), KPMG-Peat Marwick, 1992. (and 1991).
  • INVITED PRESENTATION, Swiss Academy of Sciences and the Tissot Economic Foundation, Regional Innovation and Human Development, Le Locle, Switzerland, October, 1991.
  • INVITED BOARD BRIEFING, National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (Ann Arbor, MI), "Trends Shaping U.S. Manufacturing," July, 1991.
  • INVITED MEMBER, Advisory Board, Regional Impacts of Defense Spending, Center for the New West, Denver, Colorado. (1990).
  • APPOINTED, ADVISORY PANEL, Technology and Economic Conversion Panel, U.S. Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), U.S. Congress, (After the Cold War) 1990-93.
  • INVITED EXTERNAL REVIEWER, "Assessing the Impact of the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina (MCNC) on the Industrial and Economic Development of North Carolina," May, 1990.
  • INVITED PRESENTATION, Defense Spending Impacts Roundtable, Center for New West, Denver, Colorado, December, 1990.
  • INVITED PAPER/RESENTATION, Infrastructures for Innovation and Civilian Technology Transfer," National Academy of Engineering, Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (COSEPUP), Washington, D.C., February, 1990.
  • INVITED PRESENTATION, "Macro-Investment Strategies in Infrastructures for Innovation," Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering and OECD, Stockholm, Sweden, January, 1990. 1985-1989
  • INVITED DELEGATE, China Institute for Industrial Economics, Beijing, PRC, May-June, 1989.
  • INVITED KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Metro Toronto High-Tech Symposium. Sponsored by the Science Council of Canada and the Regional Government of Metro Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, May, 1989.
  • INVITED KEYNOTE SPEAKER, National Alliance for Business (NAB) Annual Conference, New Orleans, June, 1989.
  • INVITED BOARD BRIEFING, National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (Ann Arbor, MI), "Trends Shaping U.S. Manufacturing," Jan., 1989.
  • INVITED PRESENTER, Sixth International Conference on Technology and Education, (Tandy Corp.), Orlando, FL, March, 1989.
  • INVITED INTERVIEW, WorldNet satellite teleconference with journalists and government officials in South America interested in technology and society issues, USIA, Washington, D.C., June, 1989.
  • MEMBER, Review Panel, Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), U.S. Congress Special Report, Commercializing High-Temperature Superconductivity, March, 1988.
  • INVITED BRIEFING, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Production Support, Department of Defense, Washington, DC, ("Defense Industrial Base Capacity: A Second Look"); 1988.
  • MEMBER, UT System Committee, Local Economic Impacts of University Spending, 1988.
  • MEMBER, Biotechnology Advisory Committee, Center for Occupational Research and Development, Austin, TX., 1988.
  • INVITED SPEAKER, Texas Lyceum, "Impact of Defense R&D on the Texas Economy," September, 1987.
  • INVITED PROJECT TEAM MEMBER, Computer-Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) Workshop, International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (Laxenburg, Austria), Helsinki, Finland, July, 1987.
  • INVITED BRIEFING, Office of the Undersecretary, Office of Productivity, Technology, and Innovation, U.S. Department of Commerce, "Research Environments and the National Industrial Base," March, 1987.
  • INVITED BRIEFING, Director of Business Development, U.S. Small Business Administration, "Technology- Intensive Industry: Regional Development Dynamics," October, 1987.
  • INVITED BRIEFING, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense, "A Regional View of the Nation's Industrial Base Initiative," December, 1987.
  • INVITED CONSULTANT, United States Information Agency (USIA), Economics, Science and Technology Division, lectures and consultation with corporate and government officials in Brazil and Argentina, August, 1987.
  • INVITED KEYNOTE SPEAKER, Austrian Education Ministry, Lectures on "U.S. Issues: Technology, Economics, and the Environment," Vienna, Austria, 1986.
  • INVITED KEYNOTE SPEAKER, Hamburg-Harborg Forum, Technical University of Hamburg-Harborg and City of Hamburg, West Germany, January, 1986.
  • ADVISOR, Office of Business Development, U.S. Small Business Administration, Washington, DC, ("Exploring the Business Dynamics Shaping the Industry and Employment Basis of Region VI"), 1986.
  • INVITED LECTURER: USICA, (Mexico) Lectures at University of Las Americas, Department of Science and Technology: (Puebla) Institute of Innovation, Information, and Technology (Mexico City); Directorate General of Technology Transfer, Secretariat of Commerce and Industrial Development (Mexico City); Industrial Club (Guadalajara); Secretariat of Commerce and Industrial Development (Monterrey), 1986.
  • ADVISORY COMMITTEE, Texas Research Strategies Committee, Houston Area Research Center (The Woodlands, TX), 1986.
  • PRESENTER, Engineering Foundation, Henniker, NH, July, 1986. 1980-1985
  • INVITED LECTURER, United States Information Agency (SIA), Economics, Science and Technology Division. Programs for and consultation with Giovanni Agnelli (Fiat) Foundation (Turin); Lombardy Regional Research Institute (Milan); Ligurian Regional Development Agency (Genoa); University of Cagliari (Sardinia); U.S. Embassy (Naples); Austrian Institute for Economic Research and Economic University of Vienna, (Vienna); Technical University of Hamburg-Harborg (Hamburg); Federal Institute for Regional Research and Planning (Bonn Bad Godesburg); Lower Saxony Ministry of Economics (Hannover); German/American Institute (Heidelberg); University of Nurenberg (Nurenberg), 1985.
  • U.S. DELEGATE, Joint Conference (American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and Konrad Andenauer Stiftung) "Technological Development, Causes and Consequences: United States and West Germany," Bonn, West Germany, November 26-27, 1984.
  • CO-INVESTIGATOR, State Infrastructure Needs Study, (with W. Claggett, S. D. Johnston and D. Nuchols), Offices of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, State of Texas. Contribution to a nationwide study of infrastructure need coordinated by the Joint Economic Committee, U.S. Congress, 1982-83.
  • REVIEWER, National Committee on Urban Policy, National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC, 1982-83.
  • INVITED PARTICIPANT, Academy of Political Science, Symposium on Local Finance and Property Tax Policy, Cambridge MA, 1982.
  • INVITED SPEAKER, University of Southern California Law Center for Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Conference on "Urban Land Policies for the Reagan Years," Los Angeles, CA, 1982
  • INVITED PAPER, ("Social Policy in the Post-Industrial Era"). Prepared at the request of the American Public Welfare Association, Washington, DC, 1982.
  • CONFERENCE PARTICIPANT, Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), Inaugural Conference of the Post-Interventionist City; Panel: "Structure of Urban Environments: Myth and Reality," Santa Fe, NM, 1982.
  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER, City of South Bend Plenary Community Conference ("Seeking an Agenda for the Eighties"), South Bend, IN, 1982.
  • INVITED PRINCIPAL SPEAKER, Institute for American Values Symposium, ("Competition and New Federalism"), Nichols College, Dudley, MA, 1982.
  • INVITED CONSULTANT, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Policy Project Group on Urban Growth and Decline, Urban Affairs Division, Environment Protectorate, Paris, France, 1981.
  • COMMISSIONED BACKGROUND PAPER, Senator D. Durenberger (R-MN), Chair, Senate Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations, U.S. Senate; ("The Deconcentration and Transformation of Urban America"), 1981.
  • INVITED PARTICIPANT, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), International Conference on Urbanization and Development, Schloss, Laxenburg (Vienna), Austria, 1981.
  • INVITED LECTURER, USICA, American Participant Abroad Program. Programs on urban policy and economic adjustment presented under the auspices of U.S. embassies in Tunis, Tunisia; Department of Architecture, University of Damascus, Damascus, Syria; Ministry of Housing, Damascus, Syria; German Institute of Urban Studies and Technical University, Berlin, Germany; Office of Housing, Hamburg, Germany, 1981.
  • INVITED SPEAKER, National Round Table Conference, American Public Welfare Conference, San Francisco, CA, 1981.
  • INVITED CONFERENCE PARTICIPANT, Conoco Energy Forum (Conoco Oil Corporation), "Conflicts of U.S. Energy-Producing and Consuming Regions," Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, 1981.
  • MODERATOR, S&H Foundation Lectureship Series, ("Prospects for the Cities: Issues for the Coming Decade"), Session: Interdependent Cities in a Metropolitan Area: Policy, Practice and Promotion," UTDallas, Richardson, TX, 1981.
  • INVITED SPEAKER, Third International Conference on Urban Design, Galveston, TX, 1981.
  • INVITED PRESENTATIONS, National Institute of Public Affairs, Washington, DC; Governor and Cabinet of New Jersey; Governor's Office, State of Florida; Subcommittee on Energy and Commerce, U.S. Congress; National Academy of Public Administration, Washington, D.C.; Universities of Pennsylvania, North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Florida State University; Southern Growth Policies Board; Greater Atlanta Municipal Association; National League of Cities, Washington, D.C.; Metropolitan Affairs Council, Detroit, Michigan; Williams College (Office of Rep. Silvio O. Conte, MA); American Chamber of Commerce Executives, National, Tennessee; German Broadcasting Company, Washington, DC., 1981.
  • CONFERENCE ORGANIZER, National Academy of Sciences Symposium ("Problems and Prospects for Urban America in the Eighties"), Washington, DC, June, 1980.
  • Technology Transfer Society
  • Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)
  • North American Regional Science Association
  • Telecourse Interview, Texas Politics and You, Globalism & Texas, Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), Spring 1997.
  • Consultant, Weekend World, British Broadcasting Company (BBC) television documentary on labor mobility in the United States, 1986.
  • Creative Consultant, Beyond the Dream (3-hour special public service production on Dallas region metropolitan change), KXAS-TV (NBC) Action News. Aired: September 22, 1981. Awarded Best Documentary and Best Photographed for 1981, Texas Associated Press.


Literacy Project
$18,500 - North Texas Future Fund [2004–2005]
Assemblers for Nanotechnology Applications and Manufacturing
- Zyvex [2004–2018]
Ericsson/UT-Dallas OPEX Training Program
$50,000 - Ericsson Inc [2003–2004]
Life Sciences Cluster Roadmap
- Consortium of leading U.S. venture capital firms and high-tech companies seeking [2003–2004]
The Evolving DFW Metroplex Economy: Performance and Prospects
- North Texas Future Fund [2002–2003]