Program 14

AIRDATE:04/17/01

PROMO: Dr. Andre Plourde, Associate Dean for MBA Programs, School of Business, University of Alberta

Dean Richardson, Acocunt Manager, Technology Commercialization Office, Alberta Research CouncilDr.

Sandy Gow, Professor of History, Concordia University

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TITLE: Dr. Andre Plourde, Associate Dean for MBA Programs, School of Business, University of Alberta
SUBJECT: #14 UofA MBA program in Natural Resources and Energy
SYNOPSIS: Two innovative MBA specializations offered by the U of A School of Business deal with Technology Commercialization and Natural Resources and Energy. Both are unique in Canada. Andre Plourde talks about some of the research undertaken by these students as well as his recent stint in Cuba.

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TITLE: Dean Richardson, Account Manager, Technology Commercialization Office, Alberta Research Council
SUBJECT: #14 Sound Waves for Testing Quality of Oriented Strandboard
SYNOPSIS: One of the problems faced by manufacturers of oriented strandboard is getting a consistent spread of chips in their product. Until now, testing for quality has been time consuming, expensive and not particularly effective. Dean Richardson talks about new technology using sound waves that will solve this problem as well as save the OSB mills thousands of dollars each day.

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TITLE: Dr. Sandy Gow, Professor of History, Concordia University College, Edmonton
SUBJECT: #14 History of Oil Drilling Technology, 1960's
SYNOPSIS: Drilling for oil and gas got its start in Alberta around 1883. While most of the early technology was imported from the United States, it was the creative tinkering of Albertans exploring for oil who adapted that technology to the conditions here. In the third part of this series, Sandy talks about the changes in how rigs were constructed, going from wood to metal to jack-knife rigs. Also, by the 1960's Albertans had developed enough expertise in oil field technology to really break new ground with innovations in directional drilling.

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