September 2010

Camille George

Camille George is an Associate Professor and Program Director of Mechanical Engineering, specializing in Thermodynamics, at the University of St. Thomas. She is interested in sustainable engineering and has developed collaborative international service learning projects in the Caribbean and West Africa.

Carlos Vignolo

Carlos Vignolo is an Associate Professor and Director of the Innovation and Sociotechnologies Program in the Industrial Engineering Department of the University of Chile. His academic career has been marked, for almost thirty-five years, by his interest in innovation--particularly radical innovation--and paradigm shifts. He has more than forty publications to his name, including the 2005 National Prize winner, "Management Made in Chile," awarded by Trend Management Magazine in a special edition. At present, Carlos is involved in the creation of the Engineering of Education Program at the Engineering Faculty of the University of Chile. He is a member of the Board of three Chilean companies, and is also member of the Advisory Board of ENDEAVOR Chile.

Jessica Vechakul

Jessica Vechakul received her BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. She is currently a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley. Her doctorate research focuses on the creation of a methodology to design technologies for marginalized communities. Jessica contributed to the design of various technologies for villages, including the bicilavadora (pedal-powered washing machine) that won MIT's 2005 IDEAS competition. In 2007, Jessica received the Truman Award's honorable mention for her design of a bicycle ambulance, transporting patients from remote villages to health centers in Zambia. The Zambulance is being manufactured in Lusaka, and over 100 of them are serving patients with AIDS, malaria, etc. Since 2007, Jessica has been involved with the International Development Design Summit, which brings together NGOs, students, farmers, doctors, and others to co-create technological innovations, such as a low-cost chlorine producer.

Donald Reimer

Donald Reimer is a Senior Lecturer in the College of Engineering and Associate Director of Entrepreneurial Programs in the College of Engineering at Lawrence Technological University. He teaches Corporate Entrepreneurship for Engineers and Structured Approaches to Innovation in the Lear Entrepreneurial Program. Don is the faculty advisor for the Lawrence Tech Chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization. He serves as a Kern Fellow in the Kern Entrepreneurial Education Network. Don also serves as the Program Director for the Coleman Foundation Faculty Entrepreneurship Fellows Program at Lawrence Tech. He serves as the Executive Director of The Legends Entrepreneurial Alumni Organization. Reimer has been recognized as a professional by the Institute of Management Consultants and has been elected a Certified Management Consultant. Reimer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from Lawrence Technological University and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from University of Detroit Mercy. He is one of the founders of The Small Business Strategy Group.

Kathleen Sienko

Kathleen Sienko is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering Departments at the University of Michigan. She earned her PhD in 2007 from the Harvard-M.I.T. Division of Health Science and Technology Medical Engineering Program, and holds a SM in Aeronautics & Astronautics from M.I.T. and a BS in Materials Engineering from the University of Kentucky. Her research interests include aging and vestibular balance and rehabilitation, medical device design and evaluation, and affordable medical device design for resource-limited settings.

Ramachandran Radharamanan

Ramachandran Radharamanan is currently working as Professor of Industrial Engineering and Director of the Mercer Entrepreneurship Engineering Education Program (MEEEP) at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. He has thirty-seven years of experience teaching, research, and consulting. His previous administrative roles include: President of International Society for Productivity Enhancement, Acting Director of Industrial Engineering as well as Director of Advanced Manufacturing Center at Marquette University, and Research Director of the CAM and Robotics Center at San Diego State University. His primary research and teaching interests are in the areas of manufacturing systems, robotics and automation, innovation and entrepreneurship, quality engineering, and product and process development. He has organized and chaired four international conferences, co-chaired two, and organized and chaired one regional seminar. He has received two teaching awards and several research and service awards in the United States and in Brazil. His professional affiliations include ASEE, IIE, ASQ, SME, ASME, and ISPE.

Jay Smith

Jay Smith is the inaugural Director of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program at the University of Maryland. He leads the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program, managing both its operational aspects as well as teaching and mentoring the living-learning student community members. Smith joined the University of Maryland in the summer of 2010 after serving for five years as Associate Professor of the Inamori Academy of Kagoshima (National) University in southern Japan. At Kagoshima University, he developed and taught courses in venture business entrepreneurship, business communications, and American business and culture. Prior to entering academia, Smith worked for fourteen years as a management consultant, investment banker and venture entrepreneur in New York, San Francisco and Tokyo. Smith holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he focused on entrepreneurship and the management of technology. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, with High Honors and a dual major in Economics and Physics from Rutgers University.

Mariana Amatullo

Mariana Amatullo is the Co-founder, VP and Director of the college-wide initiative Designmatters at the Art Center College of Design, based in Pasadena California. Through her leadership, the Art Center is the first design institution to be affiliated as a non-governmental organization with several United Nations agencies, NGOs and development organizations. The award-winning and tangible outcomes of the Designmatters portfolio unite educational objectives with advocacy and social innovation outcomes that are disseminated globally by Designmatters partners. Amatullo lectures and publishes internationally about experiential design curricula and tools to incubate social impact projects beyond the classroom/studio walls. Mariana was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina; she holds an M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Southern California and a Licence en Lettres Degree from the Sorbonne University, Paris.

Roberta Lee

Roberta J. Lee is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing in the College of Nursing, University of Cincinnati. Alongside her teaching in public health and nursing, she consults for vulnerable and cross-cultural populations. With an MSN and BSN from the University of Cincinnati and MPH from UC Berkeley, her extensive public health background includes long term postings in Pakistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and the Caribbean. Most recently, she has reviewed research abstracts for the Native Research Network, evaluated health promotion grant proposals for Indian Health Services, and worked on-site to evaluate an Ethiopian Health Officer Training Program for the United States Agency for International Development in Addis Ababa. At the College of Nursing, she and her students are presently collaborating with the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) to design health and wellness devices and processes.

Evelyn Fitzwater

Evelyn Fitzwater is Associate Professor Emerita, Adjunct Professor, and Associate Director of the Center for Aging with Dignity at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing. As Associate Director of the Center, Dr. Fitzwater collaborates with College of Nursing faculty to enhance the gerontology content throughout the undergraduate and graduate curricula. A nurse for thirty-four years, she holds a doctorate in nursing science focused on education and consultation services and is an award-winning expert in the field of aging. She collaborates with the UC College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning on health and wellness related projects focused on practical solutions to product design that promotes consumer dignity and independence.