Edward March, Ph.D.

Edward (Ed) March is a visiting Professor at Dartmouth College in the graduate Engineering Management program sponsored by the Thayer School of Engineering and the Tuck School of Business. He teaches courses in technology project management and works with student groups as an advisor in the areas of technology assessment and business management. Prior to this, he served in two capacities at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Executive in Residence and Co-Director of the Office of Regional Development. His academic work draws from over 25 years of professional experience in the telecommunications industry. As a member of Bell Labs, AT&T, and Lucent Technologies Dr. March has held numerous positions in Engineering and Operations Management overseeing a range of activities including applied research, product development, and production operations. His leadership was instrumental in helping AT&T Transmission Systems receive the Baldrige National Quality Award in 1992. Throughout his telecommunications career, he has been heavily involved in the development and execution of strategies in response to changes in technology and the dynamics within competitive business environments. Dr. March is a graduate of the University of Detroit with a Bachelor of Science and Masters Degrees in Mechanical Engineering; he was awarded a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He holds seven United States patents for developments in thermal processing equipment and has published several papers in the areas of emerging technology, economic development, and organizational management. Dr. March’s work focuses on the integration of technical and business management concepts supporting a “case orientated” engineering curriculum. His research interests include the role of technical innovation as an enabler for regional economic growth and using emerging technologies to support sustainable development. Dr. March maintains a strong working relationship with regional economic development organizations. He has completed studies for the Merrimack Valley Economic Development Council including “Quality by Design: the Potential of Process Analytical Technology in the Analytical Instruments and Pharmaceutical Industries in Massachusetts” (2007), “Putting Wireless Communications Technology in the Hands of First Responders” (2006), and a study for the North Shore Technology Council “Feasibility of a Life Sciences Accelerator in Boston’s North Shore Region” (2008). He serves as board member of North Shore InnoVentures, a business incubator supporting entrepreneurs working in the clean technology and life sciences fields. In 2010 he has initiated a study in collaboration with regional business and government leaders to explore the potential for cluster development in the Manchester New Hampshire area.