John Farris is currently an assistant professor in the Padnos School of Engineering at Grand Valley State University (GVSU). He earned his bachelors and masters degrees at Lehigh University and his doctorate at the University of Rhode Island. He has seven years of college engineering teaching experience as well as three years of industrial design experience. His teaching interests lie in the product design, first year design, design for manufacture and assembly and manufacturing processes. Dr. Farris is also involved in the development and delivery of a graduate new product development course that brings together graduate students in engineering and business to design and market innovative new products.
Irma Fragoso is a professor and projects administrator at the Instituto Tecnológico de Nogales (ITN), a technical college in Nogales, Sonora. She currently teaches two courses on Sustainable Development and is the coordinator of the ITN's biodiesel program. Many of Irma's students are enrolled in business administration and engineering programs. Irma recognizes the importance of increasing the awareness of all students of notions of sustainable development and environmental protection, both at the ITN and in the other schools in Nogales. She has incorporated the design and implementation of both community and campus projects as a key feature of her courses. She and her students have worked on projects involving revegetation, fibrous concrete, recycling, and biodiesel.
Frayre, Jesús Arturo
Jesús Arturo Frayre Villa is a professor of civil engineering at the Instituto Tecnológico de Nogales. He holds degrees in civil engineering, education, and business development and is presently working on his doctorate in business administration. Prior to joining the faculty at the Instituto Tecnológico de Nogales, he worked as a draftsman, builder, and supervisor in the private sector and as a civil engineer for the Nogales municipal government. At ITN, in addition to teaching engineering courses, Arturo organizes and directs teams of students as they develop and implement social service projects in Nogales. In recent years, his students have investigated the use of ferrocement in the construction of specialized modular homes adapted for Nogales (Habitec) and have developed and tested fibrous concrete (Mortero Neruva), and they are currently working on a project to create insulated panels from recycled paper (Papel Aislante).
Humera Fasihuddin, Invention to Venture Program Director, oversees the NCIIA's acclaimed national workshop series and manages BMEidea, a national student competition in biomedical engineering. Since she joined the NCIIA staff in 2005, there have been over 75 Invention to Venture workshops throughout the country, reaching thousands of participants. In 2006, she launched the Advanced Invention to Venture workshop series, a 3-5 day intensive, hands-on workshop for student and faculty teams committed to commercializing their innovative products. The AI2V series continues to grow, and many participants have called it the single most important turning point for their startups.
Humera is the co-founder of Edical May, a manufacturing and business development company enabling scale-up of new medical devices. She spearheaded the Western Massachusetts Regional Technology Corporation. Humera began her career at materials manufacturer Intelicoat. She worked her way up from operations to technical support, and finally to managing a $40 million business unit in the CAD arena and cultivating a new digital proofing business unit. Humera earned her MBA from UMASS Amherst in 2000 and her B.S. in Mathematics (minor in Economics) from Smith College in 1992.
Hal Fried is an economics professor at Union College and director of the Center for the Analysis of Productivity and Entrepreneurship. His goal is to bring entrepreneurship to all aspects of the curriculum and student life at Union College.
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 B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University, and a M.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She worked at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center as a Project engineer on the Hubble Space Telescope and the Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility (now the Chandra orbital facility); a Senior Project Engineer for the Space Station Projects Office; a Crew Training Manager for STARLAB, a DOD-dedicated mission; and the Science Operations Director for shuttle flight STS-46, the first electrodynamic flight of the Tethered Satellite System (TSS-1). She was awarded a Presidential Direct Commission in the U.S. Navy as an Engineering Duty Officer, and worked with the Naval Maritime Intelligence Center as a Scientific/Technical Intelligence Analyst. She was the owner and chief systems engineer for Systems Engineering Services (SES), a computer systems design, development, and consultation firm. She joined the faculty of the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Baylor University in 1997, where she teaches a variety of engineering and computer science classes, in addition to being the Faculty Advisor for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the Co-Program Director for the Baylor I5 (Immersion Into International Interdisciplinary Innovation) Summer Study Abroad Program in Shanghai. She has authored or co-authored seventeen technical papers and presentations. She is the Faculty-in-Residence for the ECS Living-Learning Center, where she lives with her husband, two teenagers, their dog, and 174 engineering and computer science students.