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Meet the University of Adelaide Staff

Dedicated to the career success of all students in the project management program, the University of Adelaide staff are a devoted team of professors, operating in the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC) combines industry insight with an interactive online curriculum, ensuring that students receive a unique, relevant education.

The ECIC staff provides high-quality teaching and research in strategically chosen areas of study. Members of this staff are highly regarded by employers and have been successful in a variety of areas. The academic staff are leaders in their disciplines, who actively contribute to solving real-world problems through consulting and advanced fundamental and applied research.

Vernon Ireland

Vernon Ireland

Professor Vernon Ireland has been Director of Project Management and Industry Programs for the University of Adelaide’s ECIC since 2003. Project Management programs currently have over 200 students enrolled and over the past two years over one hundred students have successfully graduated.

Professor Ireland’s expertise is project management and the processes which organisations employ to ensure corporate goals are achieved through projects. With a PhD in Project Management, Professor Ireland is also a Past-President of the Sydney Division of the Engineers Australia.

Allan O'Connor

Allan O'Connor

Dr. Allan O’Connor joined the ECIC in 2008. Combining practical and research experience, Allan lectures on entrepreneurship and innovation strategy and organisational formation. He also regularly works with business, science and education institutions to design, develop and manage programs that enhance innovation, enterprise and new venture awareness and activity.

Allan’s industry experience has involved developing and introducing new products, entering new markets, and expanding sales and business opportunities in both established and new business environments. His objective for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship suite of programs is to create a vibrant forum for creative, innovative and entrepreneurial people with high ambition to meet, learn and develop new enterprise.

The Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation And Innovation Centre (ECIC)

The ECIC is a centre for excellence, where imagination, creativity and knowledge produce innovative outcomes.

The ECIC’s mission is to foster innovation through entrepreneurship, commercialisation and project management research, teaching and community and industry engagement activities.

The ECIC is all about helping individuals make a difference – to create wealth in the form of economic growth and social advancement for companies and communities.

Programs and Courses

The ECIC’s programs and courses are designed to assist individuals in achieving personal growth and professional goals. Experienced Academic Directors within the ECIC deliver a comprehensive suite of flexible programs in the following disciplines:

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Project Management – Project Systems

Research Excellence

The ECIC is committed to research excellence and has cultivated a strong and diverse research program with a range of options for people wishing to undertake research-based projects or PhD studies.

Industry and Community Engagement

Our industry and community engagement initiatives include our student business planning competition the Entrepreneurs’ Challenge (eChallenge), and our Thebarton Student Entrepreneurial Incubator (ThIncLab).