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Centers at McCombs

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When it comes to the highest quality business research, theory and policy, the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin is a leader across the nation and a key player in the university's push to address some of society's most pressing problems. Strong academic departments are bolstered by preeminent centers with faculty who excel as topical experts and whose work influences the practice and teaching of business.

  • AIM Investment Center   (AIM)

    A nexus for integrating financial research, investment education and practice at the University, bringing together financial support, information resources and intellectual capital in support of those who teach and learn, those who further knowledge in the field through research and those who use the efforts of both to enhance the practice of investment management.

    Laura Starks, Director 512-471-5899
    Juana Hardwick, Associate Director 512-471-6511

  • C. Aubrey Smith Center for Auditing Education and Research

    Promotes and improves education and research in both internal and external auditing

    William R. Kinney, Director 512-471-3632

  • Center for Business Technology and Law (CBTL)

    Brings together the distinct but related fields of Information Technology, Business Strategy and Law and Public Policy to study the various aspects of Electronic Commerce.

    Sirkka Jarvenpaa, Co-Director 512-471-5900
    Effie Gilder, Administrative Associate

  • Center for Customer Insight and Marketing Solutions (CCIMS)

    CCIMS facilitates interaction between industry, students, and marketing faculty, creates experiential learning opportunities, and enables real-world problem solving to drive excellence in marketing education at the McCombs School of Business.

    Lamar Johnson, Executive Director 512-468-1090
    Lori Van Orden, Program Coordinator 512-232-1717

  • Center for Energy Finance Education & Research (CEFER)

    Supporting curriculum development in corporate finance and financial risk management applied to energy and financial commodities as well as to support faculty development and research in the Department of Finance. The Center is the focal point for the creation of the leading academic program in energy finance and financial risk management.

    Sheridan Titman, Director 512-471-4368
    Juana Hardwick, Assistant Director 512-471-6511

  • Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)

    Develops and promotes the internationalization of U.S. business education at McCombs, and in educational institutions throughout Texas.

    David Platt, Director 512-471-3518
    Deirdre Mendez, Assistant Director 512-471-8031

  • Center for Risk Management and Insurance (CRMI)
    Conducts and disseminates research relevant to the operational concerns and public policy implications of risk analysis and risk management. The mission of the Center is to be the premier independent research resource for public policy decision makers within the state of Texas for issues related to risk, its analysis and its management.

    Patrick Brockett, Director 512-471-6816
    Patricia Arnold, Associate Director 512-475-6728

  • Center for Research in Electronic Commerce (CREC)

    Since its establishment in 1988, this center has served as an incubator for breakthrough research blending business and computer science, and is recognized today as the leading research institution in Information Systems research.

    Andrew Whinston, Director 512-471-7962

  • Financial Trading & Technology Center  (FTTC)

    Supporting academic activities that include classroom instruction, videoconferences, special presentation/events, data-feed workshops and simulation trading games. A focal point for finance programs at both the MBA and undergraduate level, the Center also serves as a laboratory for the creation of innovative teaching techniques applied to all levels of education.

    Beverly Hadaway, Director 512-471-6628
    Derek Fisher, Assistant Director 512-471-1773

  • Energy Management and Innovation Center (EMIC)

    Empowers leaders to more effectively manage energy demand and resources while enabling innovative technologies grounded in sound business principles.

    Sheridan Titman, Executive Director 512-232-2787
    John C. Butler, Academic Director 512-232-6821

  • The Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst Center for Private Equity (HMTF)

    Supporting curriculum development in a private equity specialization at the McCombs School MBA program. The center also fosters research and scholarship by finance faculty and graduate students on issues related to private equity finance, capital markets, corporate finance, investments, real estate, and other associated matter.

    Robert Parrino, Director 512-471-5788
    Jim Nolen, Associate Director 512-471-5798
    Billy Charlton, Associate Director 512-232-6834
    Juana Hardwick, Assistant Director 512-471-6511

  • Hispanic Leadership Initiative

    The initiative measures emerging policy, business, and societal trends in the Hispanic community, develops and hosts relevant information, recognizes Hispanic leadership, and seeks to increase recruitment of students from diverse backgrounds to the University

    Leticia Acosta, Director 512-232-6780

  • Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs 

    A campus-wide initiative to accelerate the rate of start-ups on its campus, offering entrepreneurs an accelerated route in bringing their innovations to market.

    Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs provides direct links to the entrepreneurial, business, technology and legal resources available both on the campus and in the Texas entrepreneurial ecosystem

  • Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship  

    Introducing students to the dynamic world of new venture creation and sustainability, the Center supports research that explores how firms are created, organized and scaled and how they interact with developing technologies.

    John Butler, Director 512-471-4788

  • Real Estate Finance and Investment Center (REFIC)
    Supporting curriculum development in real estate at the university as well as to support faculty research and faculty development in the department. The Center is the focal point for the creation of a nationally recognized real estate program.

    Katie Coughlin, Marketing & Events Coordinator 512-232-3484

  • Supply Chain Management Center of Excellence (SCMC)

    Bringing together financial resources, executives from leading corporations, and faculty and students from multiple disciplines in the McCombs School of Business to develop and communicate new knowledge about supply chain management, conduct and publish research findings, facilitate the development of outstanding academic programs in supply chain management, enable “real world” problem solving for our industry partners, and encourage the development of future industry and academic leaders in this field.

    Lamar Johnson, Senior Associate Director 512-468-1090
    Diana Busler, Sr. Program Coordinator 512-471-3107