Denis Simon, a professor of the apply at Duke’s Fuqua College of Enterprise and former govt vice chancellor of Duke Kunshan College, has been named govt director of the Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law.
“We’re delighted to welcome Denis Simon to the Regulation College to guide the Middle for Innovation Coverage,” mentioned Kerry Abrams, James B. Duke and Benjamin N. Duke Dean of the College of Regulation. “His experience and expertise within the subject, coupled along with his spectacular management at Duke Kunshan, make him an excellent option to drive its necessary analysis and programming and additional improve Duke’s visibility as a middle of excellence within the subject of innovation coverage.”
The middle, which was established in 2013, serves as a campus-wide platform for partaking college, college students, company executives and authorities officers in analysis tasks, tutorial packages, coverage evaluation, and seminars and conferences relating to the home and worldwide points associated to innovation processes and actions. Its mission is to assist stimulate competitiveness that spurs financial development and helps long-term social welfare.
Simon lately returned to Durham following a five-year time period as govt vice chancellor of Duke Kunshan, a three way partnership of Duke, Wuhan College and town of Kunshan situated in Jiangsu, China. Beneath Simon’s management, Duke Kunshan launched its undergraduate diploma program, expanded its graduate diploma packages and developed a collection of analysis models.
Simon additionally supported the institution of Duke Kunshan’s Innovation Analysis and Coaching Middle, which conducts analysis research and operates as an incubator to assist student-led entrepreneurial initiatives.
“The return of Denis Simon to the Duke campus from Duke Kunshan has offered an incredible alternative for him to tackle a key management position within the space of innovation on the Regulation College and throughout our campus,” mentioned Duke Provost Sally Kornbluth.
Simon is a long-time specialist within the subject of science and know-how coverage and innovation research. He lately participated in a particular Nationwide Academy of Sciences panel, “Science and Innovation Management within the twenty first Century,” which explored a brand new paradigm for sparking extra sustained innovation progress in america.
He was a founding member the Consultants Group of the US-China Innovation Dialogue organized by the White Home Workplace of Science and Know-how Coverage and China’s Ministry of Science & Know-how; served as a particular adviser to the U.S. Patent and Commerce Workplace on mental property rights points in U.S.-China relations; was a member of the IBM-sponsored mission Innovation Outlook 2.0 and three.0; and served on the U.S. Council on Competitiveness as an skilled coping with China and worldwide innovation points.
Simon has an intensive publication file of books and articles on innovation points in China, and is usually consulted by U.S. and Asian media about current developments coping with R&D, know-how switch and innovation coverage within the Pacific Rim. He earned his grasp’s diploma and Ph.D. from the College of California at Berkeley and his undergraduate diploma from the State College of New York.
“I’m thrilled to imagine this strategic place on the Middle for Innovation Coverage,” mentioned Simon. “Duke possesses deep experience in all aspects of innovation coverage. My hope is to harness that experience to take the middle to the following stage when it comes to worldwide recognition and its involvement within the U.S. home coverage enviornment.”
Stuart Benjamin, Douglas B. Maggs Professor Regulation, and Arti Rai, Elvin R. Latty Professor of Regulation, who based the Middle for Innovation Coverage, will proceed to function college co-directors.
“With the arrival of the Biden administration, there are clear indicators that innovation shall be a subject of immense consideration,” mentioned Benjamin. “Our hope is that with Denis Simon as an integral half our workforce, we will make sure that Duke is a key participant within the evolving discussions and debates about US innovation coverage and America’s position within the world innovation system.”