February 2011

Sarvesh Kulkarni

Sarvesh Kulkarni is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Villanova University. He teaches courses in Computer Networks and is a co-PI on an NCIIA Sustainable Vision grant working on a tele-health project in Nicaragua.

Jeng-Nan Juang

Jeng-Nan Juang is currently working as Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Mercer University School of Engineering in Macon, Georgia. He was a research associate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He was a research fellow of NASA & ASEE and worked at NASA Langley Research Center. He served as primary consultant for Wright Patterson Air Force Base on a funded project. His current research interests are centered in developing low-cost alternative energy technologies, laser technology, and fiber optics communication. He has organized and chaired two International Conferences on Manufacturing and Engineering Systems (ICMES 2009 & ICEMS 2010) and a Workshop on Future Aerospace Maintenance and Technology (1998) in Taiwan.

Ha Van Vo

Ha Van Vo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering as well as a Physician and Associate Research Scientist at Mercer University School of Medicine. He teaches biomechanics, biomedical materials, orthopedic rehabilitation, injury mechanics, materials for orthopedic implants, accidental injury biomechanics, and human joint modeling. His research interests include: total joint replacement, lower extremity prosthetics and orthotics, injury orthopedic biomechanics, rehabilitation engineering, sport medicine biomechanics, medical devices, biomedical materials, and engineering entrepreneurship and innovation design.

Timothy Stearns

Timothy Stearns is the holder of the Coleman Foundation Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies and Founder/Executive Director of the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at California State University, Fresno. Stearns received his doctorate in management from Indiana University. He previously was a member of the Management faculty at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and Marquette University. Stearns has authored more than 75 research articles and presentations. He was elected to Chair of the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management in 2006 and 2008. Stearns is co-founder of the National Network for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization, Kids Invent!, and the American Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, LLC in partnership with educators in Singapore. In January 2009, Stearns was elected a fellow of the U.S. Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, one of 51 Fellows who have been inducted since 1986.

Ladi Semali

Ladislaus M. Semali is Associate Professor of Education at the Pennsylvania State University, specializing in curriculum theory, adult education, comparative and international education and non-Western Educational Thought. Dr. Semali is chair of Comparative and International Education and Co-director of the Interinstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge.

Aaron Fleishman

Aaron Fleishman is a Project Engineer with the Humanitarian Engineering & Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) Program at Penn State University. His interests include social and technology entrepreneurship, mobile applications, system integration, social media, and design. In 2007, he co-founded Mashavu: Networked Health Solutions for the Developing World, a telemedicine system that provides affordable access to healthcare for people in rural parts of Africa. His work has taken him to East Africa multiple times to validate concepts & business models, implement & test prototypes, and collect & analyze data. Aaron earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Penn State University.

Audrey Maretzki

Audrey Maretzki is an Emeritus Professor of Food Science and Nutrition at The Pennsylvania State University. From 1991-2005 she led development initiatives in Kenya and Namibia that included the formation of rural women's cooperatives to process and market culturally acceptable, nutritious, shelf-stable porridge mixes. These unique food mixes were formulated by women in each community from locally available commodities including maize, wimbi (finger millet), mahangu (pearl millet), dried beans, cowpeas, bananas, pumpkin, carrots, and pumpkin and amaranthus leaves. The products were designed to meet the needs of older infants and young children, pregnant and lactating women, the elderly and HIV+ individuals. Since 1995, Maretzki has co-directed the Interinstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge at Penn State.

Victor Chen

Victor Chen received a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Science in Information Technology. His PhD research combines data mining to compute implicit relations in large data collections with information visualization of neighborhoods in the computed relations. Its objective is to study interactive computer software to support human problem-solving, decision-making and understanding.

Tara Sulewski

Tara Sulewski received her Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering with Honors from Penn State in 2008 and in December 2010 she completed her MS at Penn State in Mechanical Engineering. She joined the School of Engineering Design (SEDTAPP) in fall 2010 as an instructor for Introduction to Engineering Design, where she continues to teach. Her research specialization in biomechanics and mechatronics encouraged her to become involved with the development of the telemedicine system, Mashavu. She traveled to Kenya in May 2010 with the team to implement the Mashavu system. She is currently working with the Tanzanian venture iSPACES and continues to stay active with the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) Program. She plans to continue her education and pursue a PhD in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on international development in health and education utilizing appropriate technologies and indigenous knowledge

Carey Bell

Carey Bell is a senior from Fairfax, Virginia majoring in International Politics with a minor in French at Penn State University. For the past year, he has worked as a member of a large team of Penn State students in the development of a telemedicine system which he and the team spent three weeks testing in Kenya in the summer of 2010. A member of the Penn State hockey team for four years, he is currently preparing his honors thesis examining the impact of democracy on public health outcomes in developing states.