Author/Presenter by Alphabet: O

O'Grady, James

James K. O'Grady, an associate professor in and past director of the Industrial Design Program in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, specializes in the practice and management of design. He has extensive international experience as a design consultant and educator, having practiced, taught and studied design and design management in Canada, the United States and Great Britain. Prior to joining the University of Calgary in 1989, Dr. O'Grady was Chair of Design in the School of Art at Northern Illinois University and Director of Graduate Design Management Studies at Northern Illinois' satellite campus in Chicago. He is a principal in O’Grady Design, specializing in product design and the design, development and implementation of design management programs. Dr. O’Grady's academic credentials include a PhD in entrepreneurship from the University of Calgary, an MA from the Department of Design Research, Royal College of Art, an MBA from Ohio State University, a BA from the University of Guelph in Ontario, and an AOCAD in industrial design from the Ontario College of Art and Design.
O'Keefe, Andrew

Andrew O’Keefe is a third-year student at the University of Portland studying for a double degree in mathematics (BS) and finance (BBA). He has a background in entrepreneurship, having successfully started a venture in the area of business consultation and has been involved with the family business since a young age. Andrew’s studies at the University of Portland have led him toward research interests in economics and sustainability and he is an undergraduate research assistant for two Economics Department faculty members. With the eventual goal of studying towards a PhD in economics, Andrew continues to educate himself in the fields of resource economics, environmental economics, and development economics as well as strategic sustainability.

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Olson, Lars

Lars Olson is an associate professor of biomedical engineering at Marquette University. Dr. Olson received his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt University, specializing in pulmonary physiology and transport. His current research interests include computational fluid mechanics and transport related to vascular and cellular processes. At Marquette, Dr. Olson has been involved with service learning experiences in Central America and Africa. With student design teams, he has designed a human-powered nebulizer for use in rural areas of the developing world without reliable power.

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Osland, Asbjorn

Asbjorn Osland, PhD, teaches management, international business, and sustainability at San Jose State University. Osland worked abroad in Latin America and West Africa, primarily, for fifteen years before becoming an academic in 1993. Since then he has published journal articles but prefers to focus on cases. He received a PhD in August 1994 from Case Western Reserve University in organizational behavior and an MBA from Case in 1987.

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Overholt, Steven

Steve Overholt has conducted R&D at Fortune 500 and other large corporations, where he received three US patents for his inventions. He has also developed hardware and internet-related products on his own and formed companies to manufacture, develop, and market them. He has received two patents in these efforts and won several international awards for product innovation in the process. One of the companies that he founded was recently sold to the largest player in the relevant industry. He also has started up and run a technology company, written business plans for his businesses, received over $2m in angel and VC investments, and made presentations to venture capitalists on both coasts. He is currently a tech commercialization consultant at Gannon University Small Business Development Center in Erie, PA, where he assists student inventors as well as those out of school.

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