August 2009

Amanda Stype

Amanda Stype received her BSBA and BS in Mathematics/Statistics from Ohio Northern University in spring 2009. She will be attending Bowling Green State University in the fall to begin working on a Master's degree in Economics.

Michele Govekar

Michele A. Govekar is a Professor of Management at Ohio Northern University. Her academic research and publications focus on the management and history of US firms' international operations, corporate-nonprofit interactions, nonprofit organizations, and the process, outcomes and assessment of management education. She currently teaches undergraduate courses in policy and strategy, corporate citizenship, small business and project management. She is the co-program chair of the North American Management Society 2009 conference and past Division Chair of the Management History Division of the Academy of Management for 2005-06.

Daniel Ferguson

Daniel Ferguson is Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Ohio Northern University. Prior to coming to Ohio Northern University, he was Associate Director of the Inter-professional Studies Program at Illinois Institute of Technology and co-PI on multiple National Science Foundation grants relating to assessment processes and interventions aimed at improving learning objective attainment. Prior to his university assignments, he was the founder and CEO of the The EDI Group, Ltd., an independent professional services company specializing in B2B electronic commerce and electronic data interchange; and a Vice President at the First National Bank of Chicago, where he founded and managed the bank's market-leading professional Cash Management Consulting Group and initiated the bank's non-credit-service product management organization and profit center profitability programs.

Rick Turley

Rick Turley is an instructor in the Global, Social, and Sustainable Enterprises (GSSE) program at Colorado State University. Dr. Turley teaches courses in Project Management and Information Technology for the graduate programs at CSU. He emphasizes the creation of appropriate and sustainable solutions for base-of-the-pyramid applications. Dr. Turley facilitates the process for student enterprise projects in the GSSE program. Prior to joining CSU, Dr. Turley was an Executive Professor of Business at the University of Northern Colorado for five years. Dr. Turley completed twenty-five years in various management and executive positions with the Hewlett-Packard Company, including VP-level positions in Marketing, Quality, and Engineering. Dr. Turley currently maintains an active consulting practice in Engineering Management and Technology Assessment. He remains active as an expert witness in cases involving product liability and patent infringement. Dr. Turley holds degrees in Mathematics, Engineering, and Computer Science from CWRU, Stanford, and Colorado State University.

William Wood Harter

William Wood Harter is a Principal Engineer with IBM/FileNet. He developed new features and fixed problems on Image Services, the core FileNet product line. He was also an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University in spring 2006 and spring 2007, teaching CPSC 370 Games Development, the first class of its kind at Chapman University. The first course used Java and the second used the Torque Game Engine/C++ for both 2D and 3D games and game engine development. He was Network Administrator at Chapman from 2004-05, and was responsible for all internet application servers and network infrastructure for approximately 6,000 users.

P.K. Shukla

P.K. Shukla received a MScBA degree from the University of Southern California and his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles. He joined Chapman University in 1985 and has a total of six university degrees. His research focuses upon the application of managerial and strategic decision-making tools within the field of management and entrepreneurship. Since 2006, Dr. Shukla has served as Director of the Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics within the Argyros School of Business and Economics. He has served as a Curriculum Developer and test writer for Economics and Entrepreneurship with the United States Academic Decathlon program. Dr. Shukla served as a business reviewer for the Advanced Technology Program of the Department of Commerce, where he assessed business plans required for federal funding support. He has consulted with entrepreneurial firms of all stages.

Elizabeth Kisenwether

Elizabeth C. Kisenwether is Assistant Professor and Director of the Engineering Entrepreneurship (E-SHIP) minor in the College of Engineering at Penn State University. She holds her B.S.E.E. degree from Penn State, and M.S.E.E. degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and The Johns Hopkins University. After eleven years with HRB Systems/Raytheon, she co-founded and worked for five years with a high-tech startup that developed digital video add-in cards/modules for portable computers. Since joining Penn State in 1999, Kisenwether has taught design-focused courses in three engineering departments: the School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs and the Engineering Entrepreneurship (E-SHIP) minor. She supported the launch of Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) at Penn State, as well as the NSF-sponsored Hybrid and Electric Vehicle M3 (Manipulatives, Motivation and Mentoring) Education Project. She is president and founder of KidTech, Inc., a non-profit engineering outreach company developing hands-on design and problem-based learning kits and activities for K-12 youth.


Elizabeth Kisenwether has applied for and been awarded 2 grants

  • Market-Pull Technology Commercialization Team (TC Team) Course Sequence

    Began July, 2003 and ended July, 2004

    At the core of each technology entrepreneurship student’s new project/product/service concept is intellectual property (IP). Students involved in Penn State’s entrepreneurship programs (undergraduate and graduate) take courses that cover IP management, and learn early that IP is a highly valuable asset. Penn State's organized research expenditures totaled $507 million in fiscal 2002. In essence, Penn State students are immersed in hundreds of potentially high-value IP concepts, located across 216 Penn State Research Centers, but currently no path exists to bring students into the technology transfer process in a cost effective, board-based approach. Three technology commercialization problems currently exist, with three proposed solutions: 1. Current technology transfer process is largely technology-push. Solution: move to market-pull technology transfer, where high-tech company needs, market understanding and vision pull in IP to grow new products, increase revenues and create jobs. 2. Technology transfer office is ever increasing, but with manpower limited. Solution: Empower and support the tech transfer process with student Technology Commercialization Teams (TC Teams) to be transfer agents who work with and compliment the tech transfer office. 3. No scalable education program exists for effective technology transfer. Solution: develop course in which students gain skills/knowledge to be effective market-pull technology transfers agents. This list shows there is a significant need to optimize use of university resources and student teams for cross-disciplinary experiential learning and innovative IP leverage. The proposed Market-Pull Technology Commercialization Team (TCT) Course Sequence addresses this need, with benefits to all stakeholders: students, institutions, companies, researchers, and investors.

    With the team:

    • Elizabeth Kisenwether
    • Robert Killoren Assistant Vice President for Research, Office of Sponsored Programs, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
  • Lion Launch Pad - Center for Penn State Student Entrepreneurship

    Began December, 2008 and ended December, 2009

    Lion Launch Pad (Lion LP), Center for Penn State Student Entrepreneurship, is requesting $40,000 of NCIIA funding to support the start of the program to its main objectives through the first two years of operation: • Establish Lion LP as a combination of on-campus office space, serving approximately 10 teams, and access to all other Lion LP teams to a local/state-wide/national/international mentoring network. • Inspire and support students in their pursuit of entrepreneurship, working with student teams as they transform concepts developed in the classroom into sustainable and operating non-/for-profit business models. • Broaden the entrepreneurship community and culture at Penn State through cross-campus events, programs, and other opportunities to involve students – from first-year undergraduates to graduate students. The NCIIA funding will take entrepreneurship at Penn State “the next level” as we enter the second decade of entrepreneurship efforts.

    With the team:

    • Elizabeth Kisenwether
    • Dr. John McKee Lead Contract Admin./College of Eng., College of Engineering, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
    • Ms. Christine Wilson Assoc. Coordinator, Grants and Contracts, College of Engineering, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
    • Dr. Dhushy Sathianathan Dept. Head, School of Engineering Design, School of Engineering Design, Technology and Prof. Programs, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

Jason Bornhorst

Jason Bornhorst is a nearly-graduated Computer Science Engineer from the University of Michigan. Jason is affiliated with two startups, Mobil33t and WOMP Software, both of which were founded in the TechArb. Jason is also interested in furthering entrepreneurial development in the student community. To achieve that end, he co-founded Maize Ventures and helps manage the TechArb.

Thomas Zurbuchen

Thomas Zurbuchen, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, is a professor of Space Science and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan College of Engineering. He has been at the University of Michigan for over ten years. Zurbuchen holds a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Bern, Switzerland and was a recipient of a Swiss National Science Foundation award before coming to the University of Michigan in 1998. Professor Zurbuchen is passionate about teaching his students to apply their deep engineering and science knowledge toward the solution of problems and taking advantage of opportunities. His teaching focuses on space engineering, entrepreneurship, and his students' hands-on involvement in research. Zurbuchen is the founding director of the Center for Entrepreneurship.

Aileen Huang-Saad

Aileen Huang-Saad is a faculty member in the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department at the University of Michigan (U-M) and Assistant Director of Academic Programs in the U-M College of Engineering Center for Entrepreneurship. She is responsible for developing the BME department's first graduate design course that takes students through the innovation value chain in the classroom environment. Students work with U-M physicians in developing innovative solutions to medical challenges and are responsible for manufacturing prototypes and developing prototype commercialization plans. Aileen was recently awarded the U-M ASEE Outstanding Professor Award and the Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award for her work in developing and implementing this course. Prior to joining the U-M faculty, she worked in industry, gaining experience in biotech, defense, and medical device testing. Aileen has a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a Doctorate of Philosophy from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Aileen Huang-Saad has applied for and been awarded 1 grant

  • Enabling Student Innovation in Biomedical Engineering: Development of a Graduate Level Innovative Design Class

    Began September, 2008 and ended April, 2011

    Biomedical engineering incorporates science, engineering and medicine to provide advances in medical technology to improve human health. Translating biomedical discoveries into clinical applications is an ideal model for teaching innovation. This year, the University of Michigan Biomedical Engineering Department piloted a new graduate level design class (BiomedE599) that enables students to experience innovation in the context of biomedical engineering. During this year long class, students are completely responsible for idea generation, prototype development and commercialization planning. This experience exposes students to an entrepreneurial environment while providing them with the necessary skill sets to become innovative and adaptive learners beyond the University environment as they go on to approach new challenges in their research and professional careers. The two semester series allows students to be part of the ideation phase, which is often not included in an undergraduate one semester course. Students interact with medical faculty from the University of Michigan Hospital to learn about clinical state of the art and challenges. Through these discussions students formulate novel design solutions to the discussed challenges. The focus on graduate students is intended to increase the technical depth of the design projects and their potential for commercialization. The goal of this proposal is to expand our piloted program, offering more resources to design teams to include equipment, materials and supplies, prototyping costs and expert lecturers and consultants from across the country at a cost of $50,000.

    With the team:

    • Aileen Huang-Saad
    • Ms. Sharyn Sivyer Senior Project Representative, DRDA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    • Dr. Doug Noll Chair, Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    • Dr. Jack Hu Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor