Author/Presenter by Alphabet: A

Anderson, Jennifer

Jennifer Anderson is the program director of the NC State University College of Management Entrepreneurship Education Initiative and a lecturer in the Department of Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She has experience in the areas of technology commercialization, new product development, and in entrepreneurship education. Anderson is an active member of the North Carolina Center for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), the North Carolina Chapter of Triangle Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), and the Research Triangle Park chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG). Anderson, a Lichton Scholar, earned a Bachelor of Science in business management with a finance concentration, a Bachelor of Science in accounting from NC State University, and a Masters of Science in management from NC State University in 2001. She served as vice president of marketing for a start-up company in Durham, NC, where she actively participated in the development of a high-growth venture.

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Arion, Douglas

Douglas Arion is the Hedberg Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, professor of physics, and creator of the Entrepreneurial Studies in Natural Science Program at Carthage. He is also on staff at the Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation in Racine, a technology business incubator, technology transfer, and entrepreneurship education center.

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Austin, Diane

Diane E. Austin (PhD, natural resources and environment, University of Michigan) is an associate research anthropologist at the University of Arizona’s Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (BARA). She coordinates BARA’s interdisciplinary internship program, directs several applied research projects each year, and specializes in the development of community-based participatory research methodologies. Her major interests include environmental anthropology, social impact assessment, environmental justice, community development, and research methods and analysis.

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Ayers, Stephen

Stephen Ayers is a professor of mechanical engineering at LeTourneau University and serves as the faculty director for the LEGS program at the University. Dr. Ayers received his PhD in materials engineering from the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in Australia. Prior to his appointment at LeTourneau University, Dr. Ayers served as the Chief Research Engineer for Fibre Composites Design and Development, managing a variety of multidisciplinary research programs. He has experience in commercial product development and technology transfer of new materials and manufacturing technology to industry. In his role as faculty director of LEGS he oversees all component development and testing work, including manufacturing process development for the new prosthesis, preparation of training materials and implementation of quality management initiatives.

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