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Mandle Named New Executive Director of U of M's FedEx Institute
For release: June 28, 2007
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Shaye R. Mandle has been named the executive director of the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis.  He will begin work July 31.  He comes to the University from the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), where he led the strategic business activities of SAIC’s Reconnaissance and Surveillance Operation.

Announcing the appointment, U of M President Shirley Raines said, “We are excited about having Shaye Mandle join the University of Memphis in this capacity to work with Institute Chairman Doug Hurley and our faculty.  Shaye’s past successes in Illinois and Chicago were with projects that connected university researchers and business opportunities, particularly in the technology fields.”

Mandle began his career as a district director for the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Dennis Hastert.  Later, he served as chief executive for two technology-focused public policy and economic development organizations, the East-West Corporate Corridor Association (EWCCA) and the Illinois Coalition; the EWCCA is the largest business advocacy organization in the Chicago area, and the Illinois Coalition is a public-private partnership advocacy group for science- and technology-based economic development.

Mandle has also practiced law in Illinois and worked as a legislative liaison to the Illinois Department of Revenue for Illinois Governor Jim Edgar.

He has served as a regional judge for the White House Fellows program and has taught or been involved in higher education initiatives at a number of universities, including Northwestern, Loyola Chicago, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, Aurora University, and the University of Chicago.

He holds a law degree from Duquesne University and a B.A. degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, where he was named 2002’s outstanding young alumnus.

The FedEx Institute of Technology is a state-of-the-art academic entity that supports research and innovation, notably the development of new ideas, approaches, technologies and educational programs that address real-world challenges.  Opened in 2003, the Institute’s physical facility is a 95,000-square-foot home for research labs, classrooms and meeting venues.  The Institute features wireless Internet access, videoconferencing capability and a sophisticated audience response system.

The Institute also serves as a connection point between businesses and industries and academic research that is applicable to them.  Partnerships between the Institute and private companies include those with FedEx, AutoZone, Cisco Systems, Steelcase and Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare.  Details about the Institute are available by phone at 901/678-5105 or online at:  www.fedex.memphis.edu

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