Rachel Dzombak is an undergraduate student in her junior year at The Pennsylvania State University studying Bioengineering. Her research focuses on the development of a structured methodology for designing biomedical devices, specifically for use in the developing world. After college, she plans to attend medical school and pursue a career in global health.
Craig Dye, Director of the University of Maryland VentureAccelerator program, brings more than twenty years of venture creation, operational management, and investment experience to the university and the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech). Previously, Craig served as the Director of Venture Investments at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, assisting regional startups meet their funding needs through a comprehensive program of assessment, mentoring and introduction to accredited investors at the Capital Access Network. As a Board member and advisor to Affinity Lab--an incubator for entrepreneurs--he has helped launch numerous successful companies and non-profits in the region.
Bob Proctor is a Founding Member of Blu Venture Investors. He is the CEO, Board Director and Investor of FlexEl, LLC, and co-founder, Board Chairman, and Investor of Wiser Together, Inc. and Phase 5 Group, Inc. Bob served as Global Head of Marketing reporting to the Chairman and CEO of Corporate Executive Board. He has over ten years of senior executive experience in public companies, including line, staff, and IPO leadership positions. He led teams that won corporate-wide awards for Best Business Breakthrough, Managerial Excellence, and Spirit of Generosity.
Sergio Celis is a doctoral student and research assistant in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan. His research interests are engineering education and methodologies of evaluation and assessment. He received a professional degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Chile.
Aileen Huang-Saad is a faculty member in the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department at the University of Michigan (U-M) and Assistant Director of Academic Programs in the U-M College of Engineering Center for Entrepreneurship. She is responsible for developing the BME department's first graduate design course that takes students through the innovation value chain in the classroom environment. Students work with U-M physicians in developing innovative solutions to medical challenges and are responsible for manufacturing prototypes and developing prototype commercialization plans. Aileen was recently awarded the U-M ASEE Outstanding Professor Award and the Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award for her work in developing and implementing this course. Prior to joining the U-M faculty, she worked in industry, gaining experience in biotech, defense, and medical device testing. Aileen has a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a Doctorate of Philosophy from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Wayne Teel has lived in Virginia for the last fifteen years, after spending nine years in Africa working on agroforestry efforts. He received his PhD from the Natural Resources Department at Cornell University in 1994, specializing in Agroforestry. He is a Professor of Environmental Science in the Integrated Science and Technology Program at James Madison University, teaching courses on environmental issues, water quality, agricultural systems, sustainability, and geography. Among his research interests are alternative agriculture, making and using biochar as a soil amendment and a means of sequestering carbon, and using trees to control nutrient overload in area streams.
Tom Colledge is an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering Design and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) in the College of Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. He is the Director of the Engineering and Community Engagement certificate program and founder and editor-in-chief of the International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering: Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (IJSLE). His professional interests include design and management of infrastructure-related endeavors for marginalized communities as well as the integration of such projects into the undergraduate curriculum. Tom enjoys providing opportunities for students to contextualize their education through real life collaborations and actual engagement and construction of solutions that benefit communities.
Susan Amato-Henderson, an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences at Michigan Technological University, has a PhD in Experimental Psychology. Amato's expertise is in methodology and statistical analyses of experimental and quasi-experimental research. Amato's research involves examination of the social and congitive indicators predictive of educational success. She is currently serving as Co-PI for several funded projects examining the impact of various engineering education models on student persistence, intentions, attitudes, etc., as well as a project designed to measured ethical sensitivity in researchers.
Robert Kleine is an associate professor of marketing in the James F. Dicke College of Business Administration at Ohio Northern University. Kleine teaches courses in Marketing, Consumer Behavior, New Product Development, eCommerce, and Market Research. Kleine's internationally recognized research has been published in premier academic journals such as the Journal of Consumer Research, the Journal of Consumer Psychology, Research in Consumer Behavior, Advances in Consumer Research, the Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management, and the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Sciences. One of Kleine's articles is designated an "Essential Reading in Marketing" by the prestigious Marketing Science Institute. In December 2007, Kleine was featured as an Educator of Excellence in Ohio magazine. In addition, Kleine led the development of ONU's distinctive multidisciplinary Pharmaceutical Business Major and serves as the program's coordinator. Kleine received his doctorate in marketing from the University of Cincinnati.