Sarah Kuhn is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and a Faculty Associate of the Center for Women and Work at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She is a member of the Social Science Advisory Board of the National Center for Women in Information Technology. Her current research is about joining computer science and arts in undergraduate education, and creating web-based tools that allow students to analyze and share sensor data that measure environmentally and socially important phenomena. Kuhn received her PhD in Urban Studies and Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987. She was a member of the National Research Council Committee on Workforce Needs In Information Technology and has been a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
Lisa Getzler-Linn is the Administrative Director of Lehigh University's Dexter F. Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation, designed to create a culture of entrepreneurship across the university, promote innovative thinking, and foster the realization of entrepreneurial ideas in any field. She also serves as Associate Director of the Integrated Product Development (IPD) program, in which business, engineering and arts & sciences students work together to produce and market new products. Along with guiding students through the venture creation and product development process, her interests focus on intellectual property issues for student entrepreneurs, ethics in entrepreneurship, and assessment of student performance in multi-disciplined, team-based courses.
Wayne Chung is an Associate Professor in the School of Design''s Industrial Design Program at Carnegie Mellon. He is interested in design research methods for collaboration and innovation. His academic work investigates processes for managing design decisions through technology applications and applying people-centered research methods for appropriate solutions. Chung has worked and collaborated with a range of clients, industry sponsors, and partners, including General Motors, Bayer Material Science, Intel Digital Health, Apple Computer, Texas Instruments, Whirlpool Corporation, Rubbermaid, Evenflo Corporation, Procter & Gamble, and SonicRim. Prior to teaching at Carnegie Mellon, Chung taught in the Department of Industrial, Interior and Visual Communication Design at The Ohio State University and served as the interim director of the Industrial Design Program at Georgia Institute of Technology. Chung holds a BFA with Honors in Industrial Design, with a minor in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Masters of Industrial Design from the University of the Arts.
Lonny Grafman is an Instructor of Environmental Resources Engineering and Appropriate Technology at Humboldt State University; the co-founder of a summer abroad, full immersion, Spanish language and appropriate technology program in Mexico; the advisor for the Waterpod and the Campus Center for Appropriate Technology; the Executive Editor of the International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering; and the Founder and President of the Appropedia Foundation, sharing knowledge to build rich, sustainable lives. Lonny has taught courses at universities in three countries and facilitated interactive workshops in many locations. He has worked, and led teams, on hundreds of domestic and international projects across a broad spectrum of sustainability, from solar power to earthen construction, micro-hydro power and rainwater catchment. Throughout all of these technology projects, he has found the most vital component to be community.
Erik Noyes is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College where he holds the Martin Tropp Term Chair. His research focuses on entrepreneurship, corporate new venture creation and corporate innovation. Prior to joining Babson, Noyes was a senior consultant for a growth strategy and innovation consulting firm working with global companies such as Nokia, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, BMW, Guidant and New Balance. His recent research examines the roles of networks in innovation, industry evolution, and entrepreneurial opportunity recognition. Noyes earned a BA in international economic relations from Brown University, an MBA from the University of New Hampshire and a Doctorate in Business Administration with a focus on strategic management from Boston University.
Rob Prins is an Assistant Professor who joined James Madison University in 2007 to help develop the School of Engineering. He has been involved in the development of curriculum and courses, and also advises student projects for both engineering and ISAT students at the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Lab at JMU. Rob's background includes six years of industrial experience: five years as a mechanical design engineer and applications engineer at Perceptron, Inc., a machine vision manufacturer and integrator, and one year as a suspension engineer at Visteon, Inc. Rob earned his PhD in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech in 2005, where he performed magnetic bearing research. Prior to joining JMU, he was an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Virginia State University.
Chanakya Mehta is a Master's student in the Electrical Engineering Department at Penn State, with a focus on systems thinking, high-tech system integration and social entrepreneurship. He completed his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2008 with a minor in Engineering Leadership. He is the technology lead on a cell-phone-based social networking and trust-building system designed for the East-African context, called WishVast. He has worked on several engineering and social entrepreneurship ventures in Morocco, Hungary, Kenya and Tanzania. Chanakya has also been involved with the development of a Bachelor's of Education in Science program in partnership with the Makumira University College in Arusha, Tanzania. He is currently working on the development of the E-Spot model.
Cory Hallam is Founding Director of the Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship, and Faculty of Management of Technology (MOT) in the College of Business and Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering at The University of Texas at San Antonio. He has managed large-scale programs in industry and academia and has participated in numerous technology start-up ventures. Hallam holds a bachelors of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University, and three graduate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, including a Masters of Aerospace Engineering, a Master of Science in Technology and Policy, and a PhD in Technology, Management, and Policy. While at MIT, Hallam was the lead project engineer for designing and developing the Aero/Astro Learning Laboratories and helped launch the CDIO academic program that is now a multi-national consortia of engineering universities.
Anita Leffel has fifteen years of experience in senior management positions in organizations in Houston and San Antonio She holds a PhD from Texas A&M University. In her capacity at UTSA, she coordinates the Small Business and Entrepreneurship BBA program. Under her direction, the program has increased student enrollment 300 percent since 2005. She is the Assistant Director for the Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship and one of the founders of the New Technology Venture Start-Up Competition.