Steven J. Doehler is an expert in the area of user-centered product development. He received a BFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MFA from the Ohio State University, both in Industrial Design. He has worked professionally for Cesaroni Design (industrial design consulting) Hill-Rom, Inc. (medical furniture and equipment), and started IDWorks (industrial design consulting) in 1999. He is active in several entrepreneurial efforts that center on health and wellness. After sixteen years of professional practice, Steven joined the faculty of the University of Cincinnati's Industrial Design program. Here he is continuing his work in the development of user-centered products. Along with this work, he is also leading efforts in UC's School of Design to bring a stronger entrepreneurial spirit to the student body.
Andy Loewy is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he presently teaches second year industrial design, materials and processes, 3-D computer modeling and the history of design technology. Loewy received a Masters of Fine Arts in sculpture from University of Memphis and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Prior to joining the ranks of academia, Loewy was a designer working in the fields of architecture and sculpture. Loewy has been in national and regional shows and has had his work collected privately. In recent years Loewy has lectured and written for a variety of national and international venues.
"Pete Schwartz's student research includes concentrated solar power, passive solar heating, electric transportation, and financial analysis of energy transitions. He has revised and teaches Energy, Society, and the Environment and classes dedicated to the development of appropriate technologies for impoverished communities. He taught high school in the Fiji Islands and Bakersfield, and studied fusion energy, molecular order on surfaces, and nanotechnology before taking a sabbatical with Berkeley's Energy and Resource Group and transitioning to the field of sustainability. His areas of specialty are concentrated solar power and analysis of alternative automobile fuels.
Francisco Ruiz started inventing as a child. His first invention (age four) was a toy flamethrower, whose components he planned to acquire through his mother (this was also his first failed proposal). Since then, he has been involved in multiple technologies, mostly dealing with energy, plus a flying car project and a novel for young adults. The IIT Invention Center, which he started in 1995 with FIPSE and NCIIA funding, teaches students how to come up with innovative ideas that they can develop into products.
William Conner is a Professor of Biology at Wake Forest University. He has been teaching courses in physiology for twenty-two years. He first became involved with entrepreneurship six years ago, when he was named the program director for curriculum and faculty development in the Office of Entrepreneurship and Liberal Arts at Wake Forest. Early this year, Conner was named faculty director of the entire program, now entitled Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship.
John-David Yoder graduated from the University of Notre Dame with the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1991. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, also from Notre Dame, in 1994 and 1996, respectively. He is Associate Professor and Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Ohio Northern University, in Ada, OH. He has previously served as Proposal Engineer and Proposal Engineering Supervisor at Grob System, Inc. and Software Engineer at Shaum Manufacturing, Inc. He has held a number of leadership and advisory positions in various entrepreneurial ventures. He is currently a KEEN (Kern Entrepreneurial Education Network) Fellow, and for the 2009-10 academic year was an invited professor at INRIA Rhone-Alpes, Monbonnot, France. His research interests include computer vision, mobile robotics, intelligent vehicles, entrepreneurship, and education.
Donald Carpenter is Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Lawrence Technological University and Director of the Great Lakes Stormwater Management Institute. Carpenter is also Director of Assessment and recently served as Founding Director for the university's Center for Teaching and Learning. He has conducted funded pedagogical research and development projects, published numerous educational papers, and conducted several faculty development workshops. He is an active member of the Educational Research and Methods Division of the American Society of Engineering Education, and he received both the 2001 Apprentice Faculty Grant and the 2002 New Faculty Fellow Award for contributions to engineering education. In 2006, the NCIIA and the Kern Family Foundation named Dr. Carpenter a Kern Fellow for entrepreneurial education.
William J. Riffe is a Professor of Manufacturing Engineering at Kettering University. Riffe has been a member of the Kettering faculty since 1985, teaching courses in manufacturing processes, sheet metal forming, composite manufacturing, and problem solving. His current efforts are to help extend the entrepreneurship program across the entire institute to include all faculty and appropriate staff people. Professor Riffe is a founding member of the International Conference on Creativity in Colleges and Universities, a past member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Automotive Engineers, and a past chair of the Association for Forming and Fabricating Technology for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and Carnegie Institute of Technology, all in the field of Civil Engineering. His personal creativity has resulted in the issuing of three patents to him.
Cynthia C. Fry is a Senior Lecturer of Computer Science and the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies for the School of Engineering & Computer Science (ECS) at Baylor University. She has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University, and a MS in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She worked at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center as the Science Operations Director for several space flights. She held a commission in the U.S. Navy and worked as a Scientific/Technical Intelligence Analyst. She was the owner of Systems Engineering Services, a computer systems design, development, and consultation firm. Since 1997 she has taught a variety of engineering and computer science classes, and is the Faculty Advisor for the Society of Women Engineers, Faculty-in-Residence for the ECS Living-Learning Center, a Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network Fellow, and the Co-director of the Technology Entrepreneurship Initiative at Baylor.
Gregory Leman is a clinical professor in the Hankamer School of Business, serving as director of University Entrepreneurial Initiatives, and holds the Curtis Hankamer Chair in Entrepreneurship. He has created new courses at Baylor that center on breakthrough, technology-enabled value creation in the 21st century. He directs a highly immersive technology entrepreneurship summer abroad experience in Shanghai, China. Leman received his BS in chemical engineering Purdue University in 1980. He enrolled at University of Illinois in 1982, where he was awarded his MS in 1983 and PhD in 1985. He served as visiting assistant professor in chemical engineering at the University of Illinois from 1985 until 1988. At Cabot Corporation, his roles included engineering research, R&D management, operations management, and product line management. Leman served as managing director of Cabot-Hüls in Rheinfelden, Germany. At Great Lakes Chemical, he was director of technology and business director for Fluorine Chemicals Division.