Robin D. Anderson is the Dean of the Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr. School of Business and the Robert W. Franz Chair in Entrepreneurship at the University of Portland (1998-present). As the Franz Chair, he has developed the entrepreneurship core in the business school courses, designed and taught the first entrepreneurship course offered at the university for non-business majors and initiated a cutting-edge three-course intensive study program for entrepreneurial students, called Entrepreneur Scholars (E-Scholars). The E-Scholars Program won the 2001 Model Award for Specialty Entrepreneurship Programs from USASBE. He is also the Executive Director of the University of Portland’s Center for Entrepreneurship. Prior to his work at the University of Portland, Robin was the founding Director of the University of Nebraska Center for Entrepreneurship, in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 1997, he received the National Model Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program Award for the program he developed while at the University of Nebraska (1987-1998). His M.B.A. Entrepreneurship program was listed twice as one of the top 25 by Success magazine. His other awards include the Edwin M. Appel Prize from Price-Babson (1991) and the Leavey Award for Excellence from the Freedoms Foundation (1990). While at UNL, he administered USIA, Eurasia and other grants with partners in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Albania. He has taught entrepreneurship in more than twenty countries.
Peter Rachor is an instructor and director of commercialization and entrepreneurship programs at the University of Portland. These programs include the joint University of Portland/OHSU Technology Entrepreneurship Commercialization graduate program and the nationally recognized Entrepreneur Scholars program.
Jon Down is Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Portland, where he is currently leading an effort to develop a graduate-level program aimed at commercializing medical school research. This initiative leverages his teaching and research interests that blend strategy, finance, and entrepreneurship in technology environments. Other recent projects include a study of the venture funding environment in Oregon; an examination of how firms achieve the right balance of strategic flexibility in their planning systems; and a comprehensive look at the effectiveness of university commercialization of technology efforts. Prior to joining UP, Down was founding Director of the Austin Entrepreneurship Program at Oregon State University. His PhD is in Strategic Management from the University of Washington. He also has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Past management roles include stints at Westinghouse Electric Company, Precision Castparts Corporation, and early stage companies.
Burton Lee directs Stanford University's new European Entrepreneurship and Innovation initiative in the School of Engineering. During 2009-10, he served as a member of Ireland's national Innovation Taskforce, appointed by Prime Minister Brian Cowen. Burton also serves as Managing Partner of Innovarium Ventures, a financial, technical and strategic advisory services firm based in Silicon Valley with technology startup, investment fund and government clients in Europe, Latin America and the USA. He holds a PhD in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from Stanford and an MBA in Finance (Cornell). Burton's professional history encompasses more than fifteen years of entrepreneurial and senior executive leadership and advisory experience in venture-backed startups; venture capital and private equity funds; angel investor networks; global technology corporations; federal S&T agencies; research universities, and national governments. He is a frequent conference speaker and media commentator on the US and European entrepreneurship, innovation policy, venture finance, university commercialization, innovation ecosystems and product design scenes.
Trish Boyles is an Assistant Professor of Business and the Miers Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies at Muhlenberg College. Prior to joining Muhlenberg, she was the sole proprietor of a web design and consulting company focusing on e-commerce websites for the small business market. She has a PhD in Management from Virginia Tech, an MBA from Western Carolina University, and bachelors degrees in Philosophy and English Literature from Appalachian State. Her professional interests include the utilization of web-based technologies by small businesses and developing pedagogy in undergraduate entrepreneurship programs. Trish teaches management and entrepreneurship classes at Muhlenberg and has coauthored publications in Human Resource Management Review, Journal of Management History and Global and Business Organizational Excellence.
Clif Kussmaul is Associate Professor of Computer Science at Muhlenberg College. Previously he was Visiting Fulbright-Nehru Scholar at the University of Kerala, India; Chief Technology Officer for Elegance Technologies, Inc.; Senior Member of Technical Staff with NeST Technologies; and Assistant Professor of CS at Moravian College. He has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Davis, master's degrees in CS and Electro-acoustic Music from Dartmouth College, and bachelor's degrees in Engineering and Music from Swarthmore College. His professional interests and activities include entrepreneurship, software engineering, digital signal processing, cognitive neuroscience, and music.
Kathleen Allen is the author of more than fifteen books in the field of entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. As a professor of entrepreneurship and the Director of the USC-Marshall Center for Technology Commercialization, which she founded, Allen works with scientists and engineers to identify markets and applications for their technologies and to prepare them to seek funding. Her personal entrepreneurial endeavors include two successful companies in commercial real estate brokerage, development, and investment, and two technology-based businesses. She is also director of a NYSE company. As co-founder and CEO of N2TEC Institute, a nonprofit organization, she is advising universities and state government entities in the northern plains states and assisting them in the development of commercialization teams to drive the launch of new technology ventures. Allen also serves as entrepreneur-in-residence at a major aerospace company developing commercial applications from space technology.
Nathalie Duval-Couetil is the Director of the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program and Associate Director of the Burton D. Morgan Center at Purdue University. She is responsible for the launch and development of the university's multidisciplinary undergraduate entrepreneurship program, which has involved over 2,000 students from all majors since 2005. As part of the program, she has established entrepreneurship capstone, global entrepreneurship, and women and leadership courses and initiatives. She received her BA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, her MBA from Babson College, and PhD. from Purdue. Prior to her work in academia, Dr. Duval-Couetil spent several years in the field of market research and business strategy consulting in Europe and the United States with Booz Allen and Hamilton and Data and Strategies Group.
Rick Milter is Professor of Management in the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University. Rick has held teaching positions at Ohio University, Boston College, Universiti Teknologi MARA (Shah Alam, Malaysia), the University at Albany, Loyola University of Chicago, and Janus Pannonius University (Pecs, Hungary). Past chairman of EDiNEB, an international network of business education innovators, Rick currently serves on editorial boards of the Information Age Publishing series Research in Management Education and Development and the Springer Verlag Publishing series Innovation and Change in Professional Education. He serves as Associate Series Editor of the Springer Science and Business series Advances in Business Education and Training. Rick co-designed and served as director for a project-based action learning MBA program that achieved award recognition for "best practice" by the International Association for Management Education (AACSB) and "creative excellence" by the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA).
Bruce Corson received his B.A. (1970) and M. Eng. (1972) degrees from Dartmouth College, a Diploma (1972) from the ICHPB at the Bouwcentrum, Rotterdam, the Netherlands and a M.Arch. (1976) degree from U.C. Berkeley. He has maintained a cross-disciplinary design and consulting practice for thirty-five years. He has won national architectural design awards for accessible housing and energy efficient public buildings. His Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars project was cited by the NY AIA in 60 Notable Projects of the 20th Century. He is a licensed architect in California and has taught engineering concepts in high schools, professional education courses for the AIA and NASA, environmental studies and architectural energy design at U.C. Berkeley and both architectural design and cross-disciplinary collaborative design at Cornell University. His current work focuses on "pre-expert" strategies for fostering collaborative creativity in STEM education and public and private organizational design practice.