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Salt Lake City, at last!

After driving all day, with only a couple of bathroom breaks, I finally reached Salt Lake City around 7 pm. After my pleasant experience with Mexican food in Rapid City, SD, I was in the mood for more. Went on UrbanSpoon and found this place, the Blue Iguana, right downtown. The Enchiladas Amarillas were excellent, the margarita less so. Stick with the lime juice, don’t trust the mix!


After dinner, booked a room in the nicest Holiday Inn Express I’ve ever seen! The rate was only $88.00 (I cried poor, of course). The room seemed more like a W than HI. Lots of modern materials, lots of outlets and USB ports, all the practical stuff a techie traveler could love.

The place was only a block from the Blue Iguana and a couple of blocks from Energy Solitions Arena. Bet the room would have been a lot more if the Jazz had made the playoffs! Lucky me.

Andy Crawford Award – 2014 Winter Term

Presenting Andy Crawford award to IOE 422 student Mark Grum.

Presenting the Andy Crawford award to IOE 422 student Mark Grum, May 5, 2014.

One of the courses I’m teaching at University of Michigan, IOE (Industrial and Operations Engineering) 422, was originated by an extraordinary fellow named Andy Crawford. Andy was a fervent believer in entrepreneurship education, and he crusaded for years to establish an entrepreneurship course at U-M. He succeeded in doing so, and the result is the IOE 422 course that I have the honor and privilege of teaching today. Continue reading

This entrepreneur built a Treehouse

Gail Jackson’s Negril Treehouse Hotel is a gem of a place where one can simultaneously enjoy a fabulous seven-mile-long beach community and experience the warmth and vitality of the Jamaican people. During my visit there this past February, I sat with Gail to hear about the highs and lows of running a small resort in Jamaica, and to understand how her business works. I learned that Gail is a determined and passionate entrepreneur, a civil engineer by education, who loves her work and the people she works with. Check out the video, and if you make it to Negril, stop in and say hello to Gail. Better yet, book a stay.


David Tarver to Speak at Detroit Public Library on March 26

Birmingham, MI – Many Michigan young people are familiar with Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs—but not many know about the technology entrepreneur born and educated in their own “backyard.” On Wednesday, March 26, 2014. approximately 200 Detroit Public School students will gather to hear the inspirational story of engineer, entrepreneur and author W. David Tarver.  Mr. Tarver’s presentation takes place at 11:00 a.m. inside the Clara Stanton Jones Friends Auditorium in the Detroit Public Library – 5200 Woodward Ave.   A book signing will immediately follow. Continue reading