February 2011

Veronica Cabezas

Veronica Cabezas is a Professor of Industrial Civil Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, with postgraduate studies in Educational Policy and Economics Education at the University of Columbia. She has served as consultant to the United Nations Program for Development and the Inter-American Development Bank on issues of program evaluation.

Will Cardwell

Will Cardwell runs the Center for Entrepreneurship at one of Finland's leading universities, Aalto University. Previously, he ran Finland's largest technology incubator, with over 200 customers (large and small) around Finland as well as St. Petersburg and Estonia. He has spent fifteen years in the Finnish high-tech environment, as CEO of a startup, venture capitalist, investment banker, and researcher and lecturer.

Paul Hudnut

Paul Hudnut teaches entrepreneurship classes at the College of Business at Colorado State University. He is also Co-director of CSU Global Innovation Center for Energy, Environment and Health, and is on the Faculty Council for the Center for Financial Inclusion. Paul is a visiting instructor in entrepreneurship at the Bordeaux Business School and Bainbridge Graduate Institute. His background and interest is in building companies, technology transfer, and intellectual property in the bioscience, energy and information services industries. He is particularly interested in business models that emphasize an entrepreneurial approach to global issues of environment and health.

Tina Seelig

Tina Seelig is the Executive Director for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), the entrepreneurship center at Stanford University's School of Engineering. STVP is dedicated to accelerating high-technology entrepreneurship education and creating scholarly research on technology-based firms. STVP provides students from all majors with the entrepreneurial skills needed to use innovations to solve major world problems. Tina teaches courses on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the department of Management Science and Engineering, and within the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. Tina was recently awarded the 2009 Gordon Prize from the National Academy of Engineering, recognizing her as a national leader in engineering educational. She also received the 2008 National Olympus Innovation Award, and the 2005 Stanford Tau Beta Pi Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. In 2004, STVP was named the NASDAQ Entrepreneurship Center of the Year.

Elizabeth Kisenwether

Elizabeth C. Kisenwether is Assistant Professor and Director of the Engineering Entrepreneurship (E-SHIP) minor in the College of Engineering at Penn State University. She holds her B.S.E.E. degree from Penn State, and M.S.E.E. degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and The Johns Hopkins University. After eleven years with HRB Systems/Raytheon, she co-founded and worked for five years with a high-tech startup that developed digital video add-in cards/modules for portable computers. Since joining Penn State in 1999, Kisenwether has taught design-focused courses in three engineering departments: the School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs and the Engineering Entrepreneurship (E-SHIP) minor. She supported the launch of Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) at Penn State, as well as the NSF-sponsored Hybrid and Electric Vehicle M3 (Manipulatives, Motivation and Mentoring) Education Project. She is president and founder of KidTech, Inc., a non-profit engineering outreach company developing hands-on design and problem-based learning kits and activities for K-12 youth.

Todd Watkins

Todd Watkins is the Director of the Entrepreneurship Program and Director of the Microfinance Program at Lehigh University. Watkins holds PhD and MPP degrees in Public Policy from Harvard University and a BS in Optics from the University of Rochester. Watkins' research and teaching focus on the intersection of innovation, entrepreneurship, public policy, and economics.

Roma Amin

Roma Amin is a senior in pre-medicine at the Pennsylvania State University. Roma served as a Concept of Operations co-chair on the 2010 Mashavu Team. She also traveled with the team to Kenya in May and represented Mashavu at the Global Innovation to Product Competition, where she and her partner won second place in the McCombs School of Business Global Championship. Roma plans to graduate in May and will be matriculating to Thomas Jefferson Medical College in the fall. After medical school, she hopes to work in underserved urban areas and eventually join Doctors without Borders.

Ben Schrag

Ben Schrag joined the National Science Foundation in 2009 as a Program Director in the small business programs, with responsibility in the areas of advanced materials and nanotechnology. Prior to this, he served for four years as Director of Research and Development at Micro Magnetics, where he led a development effort to commercialize a new family of high-performance magnetic microsensor products for demanding consumer and military applications. Before this, he served as manager of the metrology group at Micro Magnetics, directing an engineering team developing a new magnetic diagnostic system for failure analysis and fault isolation in semiconductor devices. During this time, Ben also served as a visiting scientist at Brown University and as the PI on a number of federal awards, including NSF Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovation Research projects and an Advanced Technology Program award from NIST. He received his PhD in Physics from Brown University, with a specialization in materials.

Nola Miyasaki

Nola Miyasaki is the Norman C. Stevenson Chair and Director of the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University. Formerly Executive Director for Entrepreneurial Programs at Syracuse University, she was responsible for the community and campus wide outreach of the nationally recognized Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises program. In addition to a portfolio of community-engaged initiatives that supported emerging entrepreneurial businesses, women and minority entrepreneurs, as well as students across the campus, she has launched a Women's Business Center, an inner city incubator for micro-enterprises, a community test kitchen and an Entrepreneurial Assistance Program.

Ruth McDermott-Levy

Ruth McDermott-Levy is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Villanova University. She heads Villanova's Omani Nursing program and is a co-PI on an NCIIA Sustainable Vision grant working on a tele-health project in Nicaragua.