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.

Publications

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, http://www.ntc-dfw.org/news/eereport.html 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. [http://www.iriinc.org/RTM.htm]. 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

Appointments

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
[1975–Present]
Teaching Assistant
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC [1973–1975]

Projects

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

JOURNAL REVIEWER
  • Annals of Regional Science
  • Urban Geography
  • Government and Policy (Environment and Planning C)
  • IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management
  • IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing
  • Regional Studies
  • Political Research Quarterly
Other Professional Experience
  • 1975 (Summer) Research Analyst, U.S. Naval Intelligence, Southeast Asia Captivity Experience Project, Fort Belvoir, VA.
  • 1973 - 1974 Research and Evaluation Specialist, Governor's Office, Governor's Management Task Force, Raleigh, NC.
  • 1972 Research Consultant, Technical Planning, Inc., Department of Probation and Parole, State of Delaware, Wilmington, DE.
  • 1970 Research Liaison, Metropolitan Studies Program, Indiana University-Purdue University Joint Campus and Model Cities, Indianapolis, IN.
COMMUNITY SERVICE AND CONSULTING ACTIVITY
  • Invited Advisor/Reviewer, Indicators for the New Economy, Progressive Policy Institute, Washington, D.C., 1998.
  • Invited Reviewer for Alan S. Gregerman, Entrepreneurial High-Growth Companies: A Framework for Thinking About the Federal Policy Role, Congressional Research Service, The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 1998.
  • Infrastructure and Policy Development Task Force, Communications/Information Group, North Texas Commission, 1996-Present.
  • A Comment on the Methodology and Conclusions, for Texas Enterprise Zones: Cost Benefit Analysis, State Auditors Office, State of Texas, September 1994.
  • Contributed to Job Creation and the 7(a) Guaranteed Loan Program. Report prepared by the Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Small Business Administration, November 1994.
  • Contribution to report being prepared on U.S. industrial adjustment by the Energy, Transportation, and Infrastructure Division of the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), U.S. Congress, October 1994.
  • PROJECT DIRECTOR, Economic Impacts of the Airport Development Plan: D/FW International Airport; North Texas Commission and KPMG Peat Marwick, Airport Consulting Services, San Francisco, CA, 1988-89.
  • PROJECT DIRECTOR/AUTHOR, "D/FW Metroplex Proposal Bid for U.S. Memories, (a proposed U.S. semiconductor consortium), Summer, 1989.
  • INVITED SPEAKER, 6th Annual Mid-Cities Business Outlook Conference, Arlington, TX, January, 1989.
  • INVITED TESTIMONY, Senate Special Advisory Committee on Bishop College, Dec., 1989.
  • MEMBER, Economic Development Committee, Dallas Chamber of Commerce; 1985 - 1987.
  • MEMBER, Human Resources Committee, Dallas Chamber of Commerce; 1983-84.
  • INVITED SPEAKER, 6th Annual Mid-Cities Business Outlook Conference, Arlington, TX, January, 1989.
  • INVITED TESTIMONY, Senate Special Advisory Committee on Bishop College, Dec., 1989.
  • MEMBER, Economic Development Committee, Dallas Chamber of Commerce; 1985 - 1987.
  • MEMBER, Human Resources Committee, Dallas Chamber of Commerce; 1983-84.

Funding

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]