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Professor of Practice
Dr. Darrel A. (Del) Mank is an experienced executive in the high technology industry and has been deeply involved with starting successful new businesses and leading significant growth in large corporations. He has an extensive international business background and his career has included both public and privately held companies. His managerial expertise includes product development, design, marketing and sales, operations, and general business management.
Del is currently working with a technology start-up that solves cloud memory access performance bottleneck problems to develop their market entry strategy and business model. He works as an executive coach and as management consultant to high technology start-up companies for whom he integrates technology, R&D, financial, and general management expertise.Dr. Mank lectures at the Leavey School of Business of Santa Clara University in both the MBA and undergraduate programs. Del is active in both the international SCU Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship [CIE] with Fulbright scholars and in the SCU California Program for Entrepreneurship [CAPE]. In both programs, he has developed teaching modules targeted at skill development for start-up executives and served as a business advisor to the nascent companies. Dr. Mank has created a successful 2-Day MBA seminar to familiarize engineering organizations and managers with the business, marketing, and financial world in which they work. His areas of teaching specialty are 1) Innovation Strategy and Technology Management, 2) Managing Start-Up companies, and 3) International Business and Management.
Most recently, Dr. Mank was on the Board of Directors of Tundra Semiconductor Corporation in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and was a member & chairman of Tundra's audit committee. Tundra had a successful IPO and grew to $90M [Canadian], rebuilt after the dot.com crash, and was acquired in 2007.. Prior to Tundra, Del was with Cadence Design Systems as the Senior Vice President of Design Services. He was COO at Acumos and led a 15X revenue growth over a two year period. The company was acquired by Cirrus Logic for a >20X return. Del continued with Cirrus as Vice President and General Manager—Portable Products and Vice President of New Product Development. Earlier, Del was with VLSI Technology as Vice President and General Manager of ASIC and Vice President of ASIC Operations. He began his high-tech career with Texas Instruments where he held a number of engineering and general management level positions—and helped start two new product divisions.Dr. Mank holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Management and a BSEE from the University of Missouri-Rolla, and a MBA from the University of Dallas. He has researched and published in the area of managing R&D expenditures in high tech companies for best shareholder returns.