August 2009

Paul Swamidass

Paul Swamidass is Professor of Operations Management and Director of the Thomas Walter Center for Technology Management in the Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University. He earned his doctorate in operations management from the University of Washington, Seattle. He directs the Business-Engineering-Technology minor of business and engineering students. The program's emphasis is on new product and business development. At the center, he also directs a team of business and engineering graduate students engaged in commercializing engineering inventions in the process of assisting the Office of Technology Transfer at the university.

Kurt Kornbluth

Kurt Kornbluth is the founder of the UC Davis Program for International Energy Technology (PIET). He holds a PhD in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from UC Davis and is a UC Davis Graduate School of Management Business Development Fellow. Kurt has worked in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency since 1993, most recently at the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center. Kurt started his career in the Detroit auto industry and has a diverse background including implementing appropriate technology projects in Africa and Central America, and as the lead engineer on the Village Power project for DEKA Research and Development in Bangladesh. In 2004-05, he worked with Amy Smith at MIT to develop the curriculum for D-Lab, which exposes students to various issues in developing countries. Kurt received a 2008 World Bank Lighting Africa Development Marketplace grant to disseminate low-cost alternatives to kerosene lighting. Kurt is an active member of Humdinger Wind Energy LLC (

Greg Feierfeil

Greg Feierfeil is a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Lawrence Technological University and the Director for the Lear Entrepreneur Certificate. He was named a KEEN Fellow in May of 2006 and he has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Detroit and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit. Mr. Feierfeil retired from Ford Motor Company after 35+ years, during which time he experienced all phases design, testing, product development engineering, and engineering management.

Andy Loewy

Andy Loewy is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he presently teaches second-year industrial design, materials and processes, 3-D computer modeling and the history of design technology. Loewy received a Masters of Fine Arts in sculpture from University of Memphis and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Prior to joining the ranks of academia, Loewy was a designer working in the fields of architecture and sculpture. Loewy has been in national and regional shows and has had his work collected privately. His work is presently in the collections of the Arkansas Art Center of Little Rock, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis University, and Hampshire College. In recent years Loewy has lectured and written in a variety of national and international venues.

Ken Harrington

Ken Harrington has spent over twenty-five years in industry as a senior executive for seven start-up companies. Since 2001 he has led the expansion of Washington University's Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. In 2004, Washington University committed to a five-year, $15 million, campus-wide entrepreneurship effort that was led by Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton. This effort includes education, research, and community service innovation initiatives. The Skandalaris Approach to Entrepreneurial Development encompasses experiences for all degree levels and schools at Washington University, where faculty and student interest areas span commercial, social, community, law, global issues, and several other aspects of entrepreneurship. Since 2004 the center has supported the founding of over eighty new ventures and developed approaches to entrepreneurial community growth in Madagascar and the US. Mr. Harrington consults on university cross-campus entrepreneurship concepts, regional development thinking, university-industry partnerships, and innovation in large organizations. He has an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and a BS from the University of Vermont.

Tamera Scholz

Tamera Scholz graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University with a BS in Mathematics. Tamera did undergraduate research at Florida State. In the Mathematics department, Tamera helped develop a new method of computer vision, or teaching computers to "see." She researched the retinal development of embryonic zebrafish in the Biology department at Florida State, and compared different transgenic mutants. Tamera is currently working towards her Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She works in Dr. David Ku's lab, where she designs medical devices. At Georgia Tech, Tamera is working on two projects: a novel specimen collection device for diagnosing pneumonia, and a new drug delivery device.

Douglas Arion

Douglas Arion is the Hedberg Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, Professor of Physics, and creator of the Entrepreneurial Studies in Natural Science Program at Carthage. He is also on staff at the Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation in Racine, a technology business incubator, technology transfer, and entrepreneurship education center.


Douglas Arion has applied for and been awarded 2 grants

  • Entrepreneurship Across the Curriculum

    Began May, 2003 and ended May, 2004

    Carthage College proposes to begin implementation of a four-year entrepreneurship/career development curriculum, using plans developed under prior NCIIA funding. The two phases to be completed under the proposed effort are the (a) introduction of two freshman-level courses to introduce students to technology entrepreneurship and careers and (b) revision of the senior-level business plan courses to accomodate a larger number of more diverse projects by integrating courses from business and entrepreneurial studies in a team-taught format. These activities will significantly increase the number of students involved in entrepreneurship, and result in more e-teams and business development activities.

    With the team:

    • Douglas Arion
    • William Abt Vice President for Finance, Carthage College
  • Carthage College

    Began November, 2005 and ended November, 2006

    Carthage College proposes to form a team consisting of Dr. Douglas Arion, Hedberg Prof. of Entrepreneurial Studies, Dr. Tom Groleau, Chair, Dept. of Business, Mr. Matt Wagner, Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation, and Ms. Deb Hartfield, Manager of R&D Training, Abbott Laboratories, to update and implement the curriculum of the ScienceWorks Entrepreneurial Studies Program. The new program will involve a much broader segment of our science student body, involve faculty from several departments, and better integrate the study of entrepreneurship into the overall Carthage curricular experience. Our specific goals are to: (1) implement a four-year entrepreneurship (2) leverage current knowledge in student development to implement a program that is developmentally appropriate; (3) further integrate entrepreneurship into the science major programs by optimizing courses and activities to attract and retain more students; (4) modify the existing business major into an entrepreneurial technology business curriculum; and (5) develop the administrative structures to meet the needs of a greater portion of the student body. Support from the KEEN program will allow us to address issues of identifying and incorporating appropriate curricular content, assessing and developing program delivery mechanisms, developing and implementing administrative structures for the integration of experiential learning both on- and off-campus, developing a staffing plan appropriate to entrepreneurship education, and creating and implementing a professional development process to prepare faculty and partner organizations to best deliver the program to our students.

    With the team:

    • William Abt Vice President, Administration, Carthage College
    • Douglas Arion

David Lyth

David M. Lyth is Professor of Industrial Engineering at Western Michigan University. He received his B.S. degree from Michigan Technological University before working as a quality control manager for two firms, a heavy metal fabricator and a healthcare equipment manufacturer. During that time he was certified as a Quality Engineer by the American Society for Quality Control. He received a M.S. from Western Michigan University and his Ph.D. in Production/Operations Management from Michigan State University. Dr. Lyth completed ISO-9000 Lead Assessor Training and worked with four firms as they achieved registration. His research has focused on the relationship of service quality to a variety of issues, including organizational culture and system design, ISO-9000 implementation and supply chain management. He has also studied service quality in the healthcare environment, specifically performing cultural analysis for a variety of hospitals across the United States. Dr. Lyth is co-founder and co-director of WMU’s Engineering Management Research Laboratory.

Zella Jackson Hannum

Zella Jackson Hannum received her MS degree in Mechanical Engineering, MBA degree in Production Control/Operations Management, and BS degree in Mechanical Engineering all from Michigan State University. She founded her own consulting firm in 1981 specializing in small business development and new technology-based entrepreneurship. Most recently she worked as lead consultant for NAAMREI, analyzing regional requirements and needs, then devised the Technology-based Entrepreneurship Infrastructure implementation plan, designed to stimulate economic growth in the Rio South Texas region. NAAMREI is the North American Advanced Manufacturing Research and Education Initiative. This project supported the North American Technology and Innovation Alliance (NATI), one of three alliances in the NAAMREI consortium. Prior to her private consulting practice, she worked as a commercialization engineer for Dow Chemical and was the systems operations manager for IBM's General Products Division. She is currently an Industrial Engineering PhD candidate at Western Michigan University and conducting research for her sixth book.

Lina Alfieri Stern

Lina Alfieri Stern is Director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship in the A.B. Freeman School of Business in Tulane University.