September 2010

Toby Cumberbatch

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, 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.

Dan O'Neill

Dan O'Neill is Venture Acceleration Practice lead Entrepreneurial Coach for the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development. O'Neill has taught, coached, mentored or advised hundreds of early-stage innovators and entrepreneurs from around the globe. For the last five years, O'Neill has been teaching entrepreneurship in sustainability and sustainable development contexts, most recently for the ASU GlobalResolve and First Innovations programs, focused on innovation and entrepreneurship in developing countries and American Indian contexts, respectively. He currently teaches the graduate and undergraduate Engineering Entrepreneurship courses for the ASU Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, one of the nation's largest engineering schools. Prior to ASU, O'Neill co-founded and ran Hologix, an enterprise software company backed by $25 million of venture capital. He began his career as a Marketing Representative for IBM in 1980 after graduating from ASU with degree in Math and Computer Science. O'Neill is Past President of the Board of Trustees of Childsplay, Arizona's professional theatre for young audiences, which recently completed an $8 million capital campaign. He also serves on the boards of Arizona Multibank, a community development financial institution, and Navajo FlexCrete Building Systems, a subsidiary of the Navajo Housing Authority. O'Neill is working towards a PhD in ASU's ground-breaking School of Sustainability, where his focus is applying sustainability frameworks to innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Daniel Raviv

Daniel Raviv received his PhD from Case Western Reserve University in 1987 and M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in 1982 and 1980, respectively. Currently he is the Assistant Provost for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton, Florida. Dr. Raviv developed a fundamentally different approach to teaching "out-of-the-box" problem solving. For his unique contributions, he received the prestigious President's Leadership Award, the Award for Excellence and Innovation in Undergraduate Teaching, and the 2005 FAU Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award. Dr. Raviv has been working with the National Inventors Hall of Fame on several national educational programs. He conducts innovation workshops nationally and internationally to various audiences at different universities, institutions, and businesses. Dr. Raviv is a co-holder of a Guinness World Record, and his major research interests are in vision-based autonomous navigation (driverless cars), active vision, and innovative thinking.

Tucker Marion

Tucker J. Marion is an Assistant Professor in Northeastern University's School of Technological Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group in the College of Business Administration. His research focuses on new product development, design, and entrepreneurship. Tucker holds a mechanical engineering degree from Bucknell University, a Masters in technology management from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in industrial engineering from Penn State. He has held management positions at Ford Motor Company and Visteon Corporation and consults to industry on new product design and engineering.

Prasad Boradkar

Prasad Boradkar is an Associate Professor in Industrial Design at Arizona State University in Tempe. He holds degrees in Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering, and has held positions at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands as well as ITT Technical Institute in California. He is the Director of InnovationSpace, a transdisciplinary laboratory at Arizona State University where students and faculty partner with researchers and corporations to explore human-centered product concepts that improve society and the environment. Prasad is the author of "Designing Things: A Critical Introduction to the Culture of Objects (Berg Publishers, May 2010).

Steve Visser

Steve Visser is a Professor of Industrial Design at Purdue University and has been on faculty since 1989. In 1996, he served as a Fulbright Professor at the University of Art and Design Helsinki. In 2007, he was named Honorary Professor at Nanjing University of Science and Technology in Nanjing, China. Before teaching, he worked as an industrial designer at Hari and Associates in Skokie, Illinois. He received an MFA in Industrial Design in 1988 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Visser's designs have been recognized nationally and internationally. In 2004, he received an honorable mention in the ID magazine annual review. In 2003, he received and Award of Excellence in the Taiwan International Design Competition and an Opus Design Award from Japan. Previously he has received a Good Design Award, two IDEA Silvers, and second place in Forma Finlandia III International Plastic Design Competition.

Cheryl Qian

Cheryl Zhenyu Qian is an Assistant Professor of Interaction Design in Industrial Design at Purdue University. She received a PhD in Interactive Arts and Technology from Simon Fraser University in Canada. She seeks to understand design as a cognitive process and to use computers to complement the capabilities of designers in creative and flexible ways. Apart from conducting research on design process, she also worked as an active designer, creating visual representations such as interactive and dynamic websites, 3D renderings and animations, developing multimedia courses to foster design education, analyzing use cases to improve multimedia repository design, and producing information visualization panels to support navigation. Cheryl has built up a publication list ranging from journals, conference proceedings, poster presentations, and book translations in the interdisciplinary domains of interaction design, digital learning, computer-aided design, and human-computer interaction. Her PhD dissertation won the Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal in 2010.

Khanjan Mehta

Khanjan Mehta is the Director of the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) Program at Penn State University. His professional interests include innovative system integration, high-tech entrepreneurship and international social entrepreneurship. Khanjan loves connecting concepts, people, computers and devices. A basic philosophy behind his work is the convergence of disciplines, concepts, cultures, and countries to create a freer, friendlier, fairer and more sustainable planet. He has led social ventures in Kenya, Tanzania, India, China and other countries.

Sasha Cai Lesher-Perez

Sasha Cai Lesher-Perez is a first-year Biomedical Engineering graduate student at the University of Michigan. She is working with the Center for Entrepreneurship as an Entrepreneurship Research Assistant under the guidance and direction of Dr. Aileen Huang-Saad.

Dean Chang

Dean Chang oversees the nationally acclaimed venture creation programs at the University of Maryland. Dean teaches a variety of technology entrepreneurship courses and is a strong advocate of preparing students to compete in the 21st century by weaving technology, business, and entrepreneurship together. Dean previously held the roles of CTO and Vice President of Gaming Business of Immersion Corporation, a company he helped guide over ten years from a venture-backed, Silicon Valley startup born at Stanford University to a publicly traded (NASDAQ: IMMR), world-leading licensor of haptics technology. Dean holds over thirty patents; speaks regularly at technology conferences; and has written freelance articles for BusinessWeek Online. Dean received his BS from MIT and an MS and PhD from Stanford University, all in mechanical engineering. He also holds an MBA with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Palmer Scholar.