Steven Montgomery is a designer, inventor and innovator specializing in wellness, biotech and healthcare. At Art Center, Steve teaches in both undergraduate and graduate industrial design, directing studio and thesis projects. He also founded and runs bioDesign, an award-winning design consulting studio for invention and innovation.
Liliana Becerra is a design consultant, curator, and educator currently based in Los Angeles. Before establishing her independent practice, Liliana worked for Nokia Design for seven years directing research projects, publications and workshops. Her last role was as the head of the global Design Insights team within the Insights & Innovation unit, which led to important design strategies that Nokia implemented into world-class products.
Currently, she is the Principal and Creative Director of Studio Liliana Becerra, a company founded in 2008 that consults with global international firms in design and trend research with special emphasis on the articulation of insights into actionable, tangible and relevant design strategies.
Liliana is also a faculty member of the Product Design Department at Art Center College of Design, where she teaches in the areas of design research, trend analysis and colors & materials design.
Leonidas Deligiannidis is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Systems at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. His research examines virtual reality, information visualization and gaming. Deligiannidis earned his PhD in Computer Science at Tufts University and he is partnering Dr. Erik Noyes to launch the Visualization Laboratory @ Babson College, which creates, catalogs and disseminates the best visualizations of entrepreneurship and innovation phenomena to drive innovation in entrepreneurship education and research.
John Friar is an Executive Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at Northeastern University. He has researched and written on the subjects of industrial economics, marketing strategy, management of innovation, and technology strategy. Friar has been involved in the start-up of several companies and currently serves on the boards of several others. He holds a PhD from MIT, and MBA and AB degrees from Harvard University.
Michael Camp is Academic Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship in the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University. Camp sets the strategic direction and programmatic platform for the college's entrepreneurship program. He oversees the design and development of the academic and outreach programs and directs strategic partnerships with other entrepreneurship and technology commercialization support organizations throughout the OSU and Greater Columbus communities.
Camp's research interests focus on the performance of new ventures and the regional economic impact of innovation and entrepreneurship. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the entrepreneurship program. His consulting work focuses on new venture creation, the strategic and financial performance of high growth ventures, and regional economic impact of the innovation-entrepreneurship nexus.
Elissa Grossman is an Assistant Professor of Management at Loyola Marymount University, where she teaches courses in feasibility analysis, technology commercialization, and the management of new and growing ventures. Elissa has received recognition for both her research and her teaching activities, including the Acton Foundation's Entrepreneurship Master Teacher Award, Baruch College's Teaching Excellence Award, and the Academy of Management's NFIB Dissertation Award. Her research concerns the role of social networks in new venturing and the role of new technologies in collecting and analyzing data. Prior to getting her PhD, Elissa worked in brand and marketing management for start-up and established companies.
Shiva Haghighi is a graduate research assistant in Engineering Education and Civil Engineering. She received her BS in civil engineering from Purdue University with an emphasis on structures. She is continuing her studies in civil engineering in the area of architectural engineering. She has done internships with American Structurepoint and Bechtel Corporation, as well as conducted summer research at Purdue. Her research interests include sustainable architecture and urban planning. Shiva is a LEED Accredited Professional and an Engineer in Training (EIT).
Teri Reed-Rhoads is Assistant Dean of Engineering for Undergraduate Education, Associate Professor of Engineering Education, and Director of the First-Year Engineering Program at Purdue University. She holds a BS in petroleum engineering from the University of Oklahoma, an MBA, and a PhD in industrial engineering from Arizona State University. With industry and academic experience, she has received funding from NSF, DoEd, foundations, and industry for research addressing concept inventory development, assessment and evaluation, recruitment/retention topics, leadership, diversity, and equity. She is an active member of ASEE, IEEE, IIE, and serves as an ABET EAC evaluator for ASEE.
Sridhar Condoor is a professor in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department at Saint Louis University. He is also the Program Director for Mechanical Engineering, a KEEN fellow, a Coleman Fellow, and the editor of the Journal of Engineering Entrepreneurship. Condoor teaches sustainability, product design, and entrepreneurship. His research interests are in the areas of design theory and methodology, technology entrepreneurship, and sustainability. He is spearheading technology entrepreneurship education at SLU. He is the Principal Investigator for the KEEN Entrepreneurship Program Development Grants to foster the spirit of innovation in all engineering students.
Nassif Rayess received his Bachelor's and PhD in Mechanical Engineering form Wayne State University and joined the University of Detroit Mercy in 2001. Currently, he is an associate professor whose areas of interest include acoustics, noise and vibration as well as design and entrepreneurship. He teaches dynamics, senior design, innovation and entrepreneurship, mechanical measurements, and NVH. His current research is focused on experimental work in the area of noise and acoustics. Dr. Rayess has been very active in recent efforts to bring entrepreneurship to engineering and other technical programs at the university.