College alumnus Raj Narayan receives Eisenhower Fellowship

Photo of Ran NarayanMarch 13, 2008 - Raj Narayan (MSM, 1998) is traveling to Brazil and Argentina during May and June of this year as one of 10 2008 U.S. Eisenhower Fellows. Accompanied by his wife Sandra Canfield for part of the trip, he will spend two weeks in Argentina and four weeks in Brazil.

This isn't a sightseeing jaunt; rather, it’s an opportunity for Narayan to build a network of international colleagues that he can then turn to in his career.

On his fellowship travels, Narayan will investigate innovative programs and meet with individuals and organizations doing cutting edge work in the areas of applied research, technology commercialization, K-12 science and math education, and public policy. The topics will also be of interest to his wife, who works with RTI International’s international development group.

Several of the stops during his six weeks in Argentina and Brazil will be at universities, where he plans to meet with members of university technology commercialization programs. It is a topic that he has been involved with for much of his professional career.

As associate director of the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science at North Carolina State University, Narayan specializes in the commercialization of technology and technology-based economic development programs. He also is involved with research regarding technology-based business creation and the role of universities and governments in facilitating technology-based economic development.

When he joined the Kenan Institute in 1998, Narayan also served as managing director of the Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (TEC) Program at NC State’s College of Management. He continues to serve as executive-in-residence and special faculty member to TEC.

The TEC program, he said, has demonstrated its expertise in teaching the commercialization of technology, both at NC State’s College of Management, where its curriculum is a key component of the MBA program’s entrepreneurship and technology commercialization concentration, as well as in the international arena.

“Over the past several years, TEC has delivered programs in Portugal, Slovenia, England, Ireland, and Korea,” Narayan said. While in Argentina and Brazil, Narayan hopes to meet with faculty and administrators at universities to discuss their approach to technology commercialization as well as possible connections for NC State.

 “While there is a lot of focus on India and China now, it is important to understand what is happening in other BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China,” he said, noting that “Brazil is enjoying growth in technology nationally.” Meeting with the university leaders in the commercialization of technology will help build his understanding of international issues and enable him to explore possible avenues for collaboration.
About the Eisenhower Fellows

About the Eisenhower Fellowships

Established in 1953 as a tribute to Dwight D. Eisenhower as he assumed the U.S. presidency, the prestigious Eisenhower Fellows program’s purpose and design reflect Eisenhower’s conviction that greater understanding among individuals fosters greater understanding among nations and contributes to peace and progress for all. Over 1700 men and women from over 100 countries have participated in the past 50-plus years, including four heads of government and at least 100 in cabinet level or higher government roles, as well as corporate, government and academic leaders.

The Eisenhower Fellowships program includes the U.S. Fellows and three other programs – all of which provide an opportunity for individuals from a variety of countries and professional fields to exchange ideas and experiences, to build relationships with each other, and to foster mutual understanding. General Colin L. Powell, USA (Retired) assumed the chairmanship of Eisenhower Fellowships from Dr. Henry A. Kissinger in 2006.  John S. Wolf, former U.S. assistant secretary of state, serves as Eisenhower Fellowships’ president.

The USA Program typically provides opportunities for 10-15 emerging leaders, currently from Philadelphia, the North Carolina Research Triangle, New England, and the field of agriculture, to spend four to eight weeks meeting with professional peers and related contacts abroad. They travel abroad for individualized programs in countries where their professions can be enriched by hosting individuals and organizations. It also includes cultural sites and hospitality by citizens of that country. A Fellow’s spouse is invited and encouraged to participate.

The goal is to enhance the development of U.S. mid-career leaders in fields important to the future of their region and to the United States as a whole.

About Raj Narayan
Narayan received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master of science in management from NC State’s College of Management, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida College of Law.

As associate director of the Kenan Institute for Engineering Technology & Science at North Carolina State University, Narayan serves as its chief operating officer with broad responsibilities in the overall management of the Institute.  Narayan also holds a special faculty appointment in the College of Management at NC State University where he teaches in the Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Commercialization (TEC) Program.
Narayan was awarded the American Marshall Memorial Fellowship by the German Marshall Fund in 2002 and has served on the advisory boards of the World Trade Center North Carolina, the North Carolina Science Olympiad, Carolina for Kibera, and the NC State College of Management’s MBA Alumni Council. He is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.