Steven G. Zylstra Fall 2016 Message

by Steven G. Zylstra

In my time, I’ve seen a variety technologies evolve from infancy to leaving lasting impacts that have profoundly changed our lives. Color televisions, transistor radios, DVRs, cell phones, computers, software — all moved at some point from “gee whiz” to “how did I even live without it?” And all have played roles in shaping what… [More]

Head of the Class

by Don Rodriguez

Capturing the attention of the White House and Gov. Doug Ducey. That’s not bad for the inaugural year of a special program whose participants aren’t even old enough to vote. These are just a few highlights of the very much non-partisan Chief Science Officers (CSO) program that, in its first year, counted more than 130… [More]

Eye On Success

by Don Rodriguez

In a move to boost ongoing efforts to grow the science and technology sectors of Arizona’s economy and increase the number of high-paying jobs in the state, the Arizona Technology Council has signed an agreement to launch collaborative efforts with the Arizona Optics Industry Association (AOIA). The Council has agreed to form an Arizona Optics… [More]

Council Staff Recognized With Awards, Promotion

by Don Rodriguez

Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council, was named the Leader of the Year in Public Policy in the technology category by the Arizona Capitol Times in recognition of his efforts to influence Arizona’s technology industry. Under Zylstra’s leadership, the Council’s Public Policy Committee is directly involved with the process of… [More]

Two New Members Added to Council’s Board

by Don Rodriguez

Security software and securities law have been added to the mix of expertise as two new members have been named to the Arizona Technology Council Board of Directors. Rich Hlavka, CEO of Lynx Technology Partners, and Travis J. Leach, partner at Ballard Spahr, were appointed to a board that represents a diverse set of prominent… [More]

Steven G. Zylstra Summer 2016 Message

by Steven G. Zylstra

Who are the leaders to follow? As Arizona and the rest of the nation enter the home stretch leading to the November elections, this is a question that comes up again and again. When it arises in the state’s technology community, the answer is easier to reach: They walk among members of the Arizona Technology… [More]

A Winning Session

by Don Rodriguez

As the voice for the state’s technology community, the Arizona Technology Council becomes intimately involved with helping shape the public policy that can drive our industry forward. Fortunately, the Council’s priorities for the most part meshed with those of our lawmakers, as proven by action in the 52nd Arizona Legislature combined with the support of… [More]

National Interest

by Don Rodriguez

Imagine launching an idea unlike anything that’s been done. Now imagine that idea gets the attention of colleagues across the country. Even better, the White House is interested. This is what is happening with the Chief Science Officers (CSO) program, which puts Arizona students in charge when it comes to getting their schools interested in… [More]

Seeing the Light

by Don Rodriguez

It’s a rare sight — if a person can even see it. That’s why the Arizona Technology Council is interested in helping preserve a commodity that literally disappears at the flip of a switch: darkness. The dark skies over the state were an early gateway for the state’s movement into science and technology circles. Astronomers… [More]

New Dimension

by Don Rodriguez

To address the issues related to new processes that are rapidly changing the traditional methods of manufacturing, the Arizona Technology Council has established the Additive Manufacturing Committee. Additive manufacturing (AM) refers to methods in which parts are fabricated layer by layer compared to cutting a part out of a solid block of material. It’s more… [More]