Program Orientation - Thursday, April 9, 2015


(Fridays 8am - 5pm; Networking 5-6pm)


Session 1: April 17, 2015

Session 2: May 1, 2015

Session 3: May 15, 2015

Session 4: May 29, 2015

Session 5: June 12, 2015



Contact Joe Davenport jsdavenp@merage.uci.edu or 949-824-4948 to learn more about subscriber organization opportunities, discounted pricing, and registration.





Program Orientation - Thursday, September 4, 2014


(Fridays 8am - 5pm; Networking 5-6pm)


Session 1: September 12, 2014

Session 2: September 26, 2014

Session 3: October 10, 2014

Session 4: October 24, 2014

Session 5: November 7, 2014


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“Delivering innovative products to our customers requires great teams and strong leaders. Developing the leadership
skill to drive group collaboration, superior project management and convert technical expertise into best-in-class
products is vital to our organization. We believe the CMTP empowers our technical professionals with the right
information, skills, awareness, and best practices to advance their overall careers and make our companies more
effective in meeting our customers’ needs and requirements.”

         Jim McCluney

Chief Executive Officer, Emulex




Successful companies recognize that it is essential to enhance the performance of their high-potential, technical employees by offering knowledge and training in how companies operate, ultimately yielding broadened perspectives, enriched cross-functional interactions, and better overall business decisions. This prestigous certificate program, offered by the Office of Executive Education at the University of California Irvine's Paul Merage School of Business, is specifically designed to provide this necessary business education for emerging leaders in all technical fields.


Typical Participant Profile


  • High-potential, emerging leaders
  • Minimum 3-6 years of work experience
  • Degree in Engineering or Applied Sciences, or the workplace equivalent


Moving the Needle - Program Objectives


Expand students' awareness and appreciation for the non-technical dimensions of their company - enable them to make an immediate impact on their organization - 'move the needle' by enhancing their knowledge and help them to:

  • View business as an integrated system and understand how their actions impact the whole
  • Enhance their ability to operate cross-functionally
  • Understand the authority, context, processes, and techniques by which companies set strategy, manage operations, evaluate performance and make decisions
  • Broaden business skills and perspectives to complement a technical background
  • Learn best practices from distinguished faculty, industry professionals, and peers


Program Structure


  • World-class Merage School faculty pair with executive practitioners from global enterprises
  • Program-specific Educational Container website enhances the learning experience
  • Five full days of instruction delivered over ten weeks (every other Friday)
  • Two modules per program day
  • Seventy hours of learning with forty hours of classroom instruction
  • Readings and assignments augment lectures, group exercises and cases


The Blind Men And The Elephant


The ancient parable of the blind men who are aware of only one portion of the elephant originalted in the Indian subcontinent and has spread widely. We chose this parable as a metaphor for the opportunity that CMTP students have to expand their perspectives and think strategically.  Students who "remove their blindfolds" by increasing their understanding will be more effective and powerful participants in the growth of a healthy and successful enterprise.



"Educational Container" - Interactive Resource


Students engage materials and each other through a web-based Educational Container that enhances the learning experience before, during, and after each module is taught. Pre-readings, extended reference libraries, videos, and additional materials are available around the clock to students to prepare for each session.  Interactions with peers, faculty, executive practitioners, and program staff are enabled by chat, blog and posting capabilities. During the program, students maximize the value of their learning through interactive dialogue and group activities.  After the program has ended, students have ongoing access to the full multimedia reference library, enhancing their ability to apply their learning in the service of enterprise initiatives as well as their own career development.






“UC Irvine’s CMTP program introduced me to broad business concepts and helped illuminate the factors that go into business decisions that often affect me. The program’s well balanced approach of course pre-work, lecture, group activities and real-world examples from Merage School faculty and local executives, allowed me to gain a new perspective on my current role as an engineer and introduced me to other non-technical areas that I plan to explore as my career progresses.”

Karl Riesen
Sr. Engineer, Western Digital



“When my company enrolled me in the CMTP program, I expected a business class typical to that detailed in regular advertisements we all receive. The orientation alone indicated this was going to be a unique approach with a focus on content that applies to my technical background. Having completed the course, I now know of concepts and tools that I can directly apply every day in my position as an Engineering Project Manager.”

Sanaz Sarfaraz
Project Manager, Engineering, Powerwave Technologies



“The CMTP program has strengthened my understanding of business and the definition of an employee has been redefined for me, from an individual who is there to complete tasks to an individual who is there to create value and growth for a company.”

Ryan McHale
Sr. Engineer, Emulex


“The CMTP program combined the formal academic acumen of UCI's instructor with the practical insights of leaders of world-class organizations.  This synergy of the academic and practical resulted in a complementary learning environment where we could immediately make a connection between theory and practice."


Andy Brunker
Pr. Program Manager, Rockwell Collins



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For more information, including how to become a Subscriber Company, contact Joe Davenport at jsdavenp@merage.uci.edu or 949.824.4948.



Advisory Board


Abbott Medical Optics

Leonard Bormann

Divisional Vice President, R&D

Orthodyne Electronics

Jim Pisa

Vice President, Research & Development (retired)


Ray Diradoorian

Executive Vice President, Global Technical Operations

The Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine

Tathagata Dasgupta, Ph.D.


Delphi Display Systems

Ken Neeld

President & CEO

Powerwave Technologies

Ezmarai Arbab

Vice President, Global Engineering & Emerging Markets


John Warwick

Senior Vice President, OperationsGlobal Technical Operations


Amit Verma


Frost Venture Partners

Stuart Frost

Managing Partner & CEO,

Founder & CEO DATAllegro (retired)

Reserach In Motion

John Powell

Senior Vice President - Quality


Mark Adams, CIO & Vice President, Engineering

Janet Randolph, Vice President, Human Resources

Strategic Alignment Group, Inc.

Chris Meyer, Ph.D.


Edwards LifeSciences

Don Bobo

Corporate Vice President, Heart Valve Therapy

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc.

Stephen Marlow

Executive Vice President (retired)

InnoCal Venture Capital

Jay Houlihan

Managing Director

Virtium Technology

Phu Hoang

Chief Executive Officer

Kingston Technology Company, Inc.

Darwin Chen

Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Western Digital

Harold Teague

Vice President, Product Development

Niagara Water

Andy Peykoff II

Chief Executive Officer

Armond Harapatian

Entrepreneur / Scientist


Matthew Jenusaitis

Executive Director

Rick DeGabrielle

Serial Entrepreneur




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