Brian Mullen has a BS and MS from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and is in the final stages of completing his PhD in Mechanical Engineering. Mullen's research has focused on how to quickly transform scientific discoveries into a commercially viable, novel therapeutic device for people with mental illness and children with pervasive developmental disorders like autism. Mullen has participated in multiple NCIIA programs, including the 2005 BMEidea competition, I2V, AI2V, an E-Team grant, and presented a prototype demo at the 2009 NCIIA annual conference. Mullen has also won a Harold Grinspoon Spirit Award, placed in multiple elevator pitch competitions, and won the grand prize in the 2008 UMass Business Plan completion. As a result of the success, Brian founded Therapeutic Systems LLC, which is in the process of raising a "friends family and fools" round of investment.
Toby Cumberbatch has taught at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art since 1994. Based in the Electrical Engineering Department, he founded the Center for Sustainable Engineering, Art and Architecture Materials, and Manufacturing and Minimalism (SEA2M3) to bring students from the three schools together to develop sustainable solutions to the problems facing those in remote regions of the developing world. Each summer a group of students from the Schools of Art, Architecture and Engineering spends at least two months in Northern Ghana, working with students and communities on the projects described. In addition, Dr. Cumberbatch has strong links with universities and communities in Rwanda, Kenya and Burundi.
Randy Hansen serves as the CEO of Innovation Emporium, Inc., a company focused on knowledge management, creating sustainable industry-university partnerships, and educational environment optimization. He also is a Professor of Psychology at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. His research in cognitive science and psychophysiology has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. In the past decade, he has been involved in directing several multi-university technology development, acceleration, and commercialization projects as well as a Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Innovation at Oakland University. He has participated in creating multiple regional innovation drivers, including technology accelerators and innovation zones.
Marsha Timmerman is a faculty member teaching courses in biotechnology and entrepreneurship at La Salle University in the Integrated Science, Business and Technology (ISBT) Department. Timmerman helped craft the ISBT at its inception, and now that the program is ten years old, she is helping to reevaluate the curriculum. Prior to La Salle, Timmerman had more than fourteen years experience with biotechnology start-up companies. She was a founding scientist with Enzymatics, Inc., a medical diagnostics company. After Enyzmatics, she co-founded JWT, Inc., a sports medicine company. She served as President of JWT until its merger with Binax, Inc. She holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Zoology from Michigan State University and Rutgers University. In 1995, Timmerman was named Working Woman Magazine Entrepreneurial Grant Award Winner. She also consults for several small companies.
William L. Weaver earned the Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Chemistry and Physics from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. He attended The Ohio State University, earning the PhD degree in Analytical Chemistry with specializations in ultrafast laser spectroscopy, instrument development, system automation and algorithmic data analysis, and subsequently served as an on-site defense contractor at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in what is now the Combustion and Laser Diagnostics Research Complex of the Air Force Research Laboratory Propulsion Directorate. In 1999, he joined the faculty at La Salle University to collaborate on the development of a new Bachelor of Science degree in Integrated Science, Business and Technology. Weaver develops and teaches courses in Systems Analysis, Physics, Instrumentation and Measurement, Materials, Laboratory Informatics, Collaborative Software Development, Intelligent Systems and Knowledge Discovery. His personal research interests center around automation, algorithmic intelligence, and robotics.
Peer Sathikh was trained as an industrial designer at the Royal College of Art, London and the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He also holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. After co-founding Inovasia Design, a prominent design consultancy, in 1996 in Singapore, he merged the company in 2005 into a specialist manufacturer, after which he was named the Lead Innovator of that company. In 2008, Peer joined the School of Art, Design and Media of the Nanyang Technological University as an Assistant Professor to teach the product design undergraduate program.Of late, Peer's design interests lie in designing mission critical control centers for raid transit systems and airports. His clients include HP, Motorola, Polycom, Siemens, Chubb, Philips and more. As an academic, Peer's research interests are in culture, products and artificial intelligence, cultivating innovation, and industrial design pedagogy.
Geoffrey Stewart is an Assistant Professor of Marketing in theMoody College of Business Administration at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has been teaching in the Department of Marketing and hospitality for three years. Stewart earned his masters at the University of Tennesse, and his MBA and BS at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Brooke Davis has served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Louisiana for the past five years. She teaches the Junior Industrial Design Studio, where she specializes in human-centric needs and product impact. Recently, Davis joined the College of Business to teach innovation and creativity in buiness. She also specializes in CNC Limted Run Production furniture. Davis received her Masters of Industrial Design from Purdue University and her BFA from College for Creative Studies in Detroit.
Craig Forest is an Assistant Professor in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. From 2007-08 he was a research fellow in Genetics at Harvard Medical School, working with Prof. George Church. He obtained a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in June 2007 at the BioInstrumentation Laboratory, led by Prof. Ian Hunter. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2001 from Georgia Tech and an MS in Mechanical Engineering in 2003 from MIT. He was recently a finalist on the ABC reality TV show "American Inventor" and was a Sandia National Laboratories MEMS Fellow. His research interests include genetic applications of MEMS, optics, and precision machine design.