Doors Close at CATI After 16 Years
By: Karen Eye, Editor
The Colorado Advanced Technology Institute (CATI) closed its doors June 30, 1999, after sixteen years as the state science and technology agency. The change came as a result of legislation passed this session that moved most CATI functions to the Colorado Commission of Higher Education (CCHE) and funded the governor's Office of Innovation and Technology.
Jeanne Adkins, Senior State Planning Officer at CCHE, explained the transition process at the final meeting of the CATI commission held on May 13. While the details of the transition are still being finalized, it is expected that programs, currently funded by CATI, will continue to receive support through CCHE during FY00. Funding for all programs will, however, be at a reduced level due to budget cuts during the legislative process.
The information technology and biomedical programs which have been operated directly by CATI personnel, Dr. Charles Ferris and Dr. Jeff Richardson, moved to CCHE starting July 1. Information technology programs which receive some funding support through this area include the Boulder Technology Incubator, Colorado Advanced Software Institute, Colorado Rural Technology Program and the Optoelectronic Computing Systems Center at CU-Boulder. Biotechnology programs involved with the biomedical area include the Colorado Venture Center, the Colorado Bioprocessing Center at CSU and Colorado Institute for Research in Biotechnology at CSU and CU, and the Colorado RNA Center at CU-Boulder.
The Advanced Materials programs include the Colorado Advanced Materials Institute and Center for Commercial Applications of Combustion in Space at Colorado School of Mines, and Center for Membrane Applied Science and Technology at CU-Boulder. Funding is also expected to continue for technology application programs: the Colorado Manufacturing Competitiveness Program, which fosters industry targeted course development in the community college system, and the CU
Business Advancement Center for activities including this newsletter.
Lenie Roos-Gabridge, who replaced Dr. Phillips Bradford as CATI's Executive Director in February 1999, and Sue Morgan, CATI's Deputy Director, will not continue with CCHE. These two active proponents and supporters of technology commercialization closed the CATI doors on June 30 after guiding the agency through the transition process.
Dr. Charles Ferris and Dr. Jeff Richardson can be reached at CCHE 303.866.2723. Jim Leonard has moved to a new office at the Higher Education Advanced Technology Center (HEAT), Phone: 303.365.8404
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