Jay Porter

Jay R. Porter joined the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution at Texas A&M University in 1998 and is currently the Program Director for the Electronics and Telecommunications Programs. He received the BS degree in Electrical Engineering (1987), the MS degree in Physics (1989), and the PhD in Electrical Engineering (1993) from Texas A&M University. His areas of interest in research and education include product development, analog/RF electronics, instrumentation, and entrepreneurship.


Jay Porter has applied for and been awarded 1 grant

  • Creating Business/Engineering Multidisciplinary E-Teams

    Began June, 2007 and ended June, 2009

    Texas A&M University’s Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering Technology (EET/TET) Undergraduate Programs currently culminate in a year-long capstone course sequence where entrepreneurial teams of engineering technology students transform an idea into a prototype. Over the past five years, this experience has been enhanced to include technical project management, formal faculty advisor teams, and a requirement for a final marketing presentation. Our successes have included industry requests to buy project know-how, winning first-place in a university-wide product idea competition, and a student team attempting a start-up company through the help of venture capitalists. However, to help students develop entrepreneurial qualities, the faculty has identified four areas for improvement: • Student teams need to be more interdisciplinary to include business and marketing skills. • Students need more formal training in the aspects of creating and running a business. • Students need exposure to “real-world” entrepreneurs who can provide mentorship and guidance. • More focus needs to be place on the idea/brainstorming process to ensure that student teams can effectively evaluate their ideas from both a technical and business perspective. This proposal seeks funding to improve the current course sequence through the creation of E-Teams that include EET/TET undergraduate students and graduate students from the School of Business. In addition, a weekly seminar will be added where student teams invite regional entrepreneurs to speak on relevant topics. Finally, students will be required to attend short-courses offered by the University and by the regional Small Business Development Center on creating and running a small business.

    With the team:

    • Dr. Theresa Maldonado Associate Dean of Engineering, Dwight Look College of Engineering, Texas A & M University
    • Jay Porter
    • Mr. David Hollingsworth Director, TEES, Texas A & M University
    • Dr. Walter Buchanan Professor and Head, Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution, Texas A & M University