Winter 2017 President’s Message

by Steven G. Zylstra

With the role as the principal advocate for science- and technology-based companies in the state, you can imagine there really is little down time for the Arizona Technology Council. That’s especially true when it comes to public policy. While you are gearing up for the holidays, we already are looking ahead to January when we,… [More]

Need for NAFTA

by Don Rodriguez

To the rest of the country if not the world, the U.S. border lately has meant only one thing: the Wall. But to those in the know, the borders — yes, it seems observers have forgotten there are two — have meant something else: opportunity. A lot of this has been due to North American… [More]

Four new members named to Council’s board

by Don Rodriguez

The Arizona Technology Council Board of Directors recently elected four new members to serve three-year terms. The new members are Chad Fogg of Uber, Greg Kertman of Alliance Bank of Arizona, Bob Rasmussen of Honeywell Aerospace and Chuck Vermillion of AccountabilIT to its board of directors. “Chuck, Greg, Bob and Chad are fantastic additions to… [More]

Winning Ways

by Don Rodriguez

Whether working in solitude or as a team, being an innovator likely means working long days in relative anonymity while perfecting what may be — or not — the next big thing. But for at least one night of the year, the Arizona Technology Council casts the spotlight on the segment of the science and… [More]

On Guard

by Don Rodriguez

In a world besieged by what seem to be new wide-ranging cyber threats arising daily, building a combat-ready force is not a bad idea. To help, two member organizations of the Arizona Technology Council have teamed to open a second location of a facility dedicated to supporting revolutionary advancements in cybersecurity. The Metro Phoenix location… [More]

Taking the Lead

by Don Rodriguez

Becoming a leader. Many people spend an entire career looking for ways to accomplish this. Middle and high school students are getting the chance now, thanks to a program based in Arizona. When the Chief Science Officers (CSO) program was launched by Arizona SciTech a few years ago, it was viewed as a way to… [More]

Summer 2017 President’s Message

by Steven G. Zylstra

This question has been on my mind lately. We now live in a world where we hear from our president not in stately messages delivered from the Oval Office but in middle-of-the-night rants on Twitter. And they usually are filled with vitriol aimed at the lawmakers on Capitol Hill — on both sides of the… [More]

A Test for Tech

by Don Rodriguez

Being in the top 10 most definitely carries its rewards. However, there are no promises that such rankings are permanent. There is always something, somewhere that could take that away. That best describes the situation where it comes to Arizona’s technology industry and its role as a key exporter in the United States. Arizona ranks… [More]

Not Just Whiskey Row

by Don Rodriguez

Not too many organizations can claim that one of its members is home to the College of Security and Intelligence, which trains professionals — cyber and otherwise — to work at the national and international level. And not too many cities can claim it’s home to this college. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott is one… [More]

Going Global

by Don Rodriguez

Good news travels fast — and far. That’s what organizers of the Arizona-based Chief Science Officers (CSO) program learned when their promotional video was named winner of the Facilitator’s Choice Award in the STEM For All 2017 Video Showcase supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). (The video is at stemforall2017.videohall.com/presentations/907). Separately, the foundation in… [More]