Technology Transfer Licenses Management System

Posted: April 18, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

A management system developed in-house for workshops offered through the Instructional Resource Center (IRC), the Student Technology Assistance and Resource Center, and other units at George Mason has been licensed to George Washington University through the Office of Technology Transfer.

The system, called WEMS, was developed by former IRC employee Cynthia McCourt and programmed by senior Steve Richardson, a physics major, with help from his brother Glenn, who both worked in the IRC lab. “A lot of processes had to come together to develop this system,” says McCourt, who is now a consultant. “It’s not just a database. It’s a system that supports business methods and processes.”

The program grew out of multiple needs centered on the workshop registration process. Two and one-half years in the making, the system not only registers workshop participants online, but also generates e-mail confirmations and is used for managing workshops and events, reserving equipment, keeping track of walk-in lab use, evaluating programs and surveying users, and generating data reports.

Jennifer Murphy, director of Technology Transfer, explains that GWU became interested when another former IRC employee joined the staff there and found the registration system lacking. “There are a number of institutions that need this kind of organization,” Murphy says.

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