Author/Presenter by Alphabet: S

Scharffe, Christelle

Christelle Scharff is an associate professor of computer science at Pace University in New York City. She obtained her PhD from Universite Henri Poincare in Nancy, France. Her research interests are in software verification, testing, and global software development. She has taught databases, software engineering, and programming at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the US, France, Cambodia, and Vietnam. She was awarded NSF, Microsoft, and IBM grants for education and research.

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Seelig, Tina

Tina Seelig is the Executive Director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) where she is responsible for strategic planning, operations, and outreach efforts of the center. In addition, Tina is the Director of the Stanford Entrepreneurship Network and the co-Director of the Mayfield Fellows Program. Tina also teaches a course in the Department of Management Science & Engineering on Creativity and Innovation. She received her PhD in neuroscience at Stanford School of Medicine and has prior experience as a management consultant and entrepreneur. She has also written over a dozen science books for kids.

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Gomez-Seitz, Stella

Stella Gomez-Seitz was born in México, D.F., México and came to the United States at age 10-1/2 with her family. Her father was a WWII veteran, mathematician and physicist and her mother a nurse and teacher. Ms. Gómez Seitz is a classical pianist, artist, has a BS in business administration and marketing (June, 1983) and the equivalent of an MBA in the same discipline from Northeastern University and Harvard University post-graduate extension courses. She speaks seven languages, is a building designer, student pilot, inventor of flight, medical and consumer devices, published author, world traveler for twenty-five years and serial entrepreneur in the aviation and footwear industries. She is a member of Sigma Epsilon Rho Honor Society, MIT Enterprise Forum and other associations. She was recently nominated to receive the 2007 Innovation of the Year award by TBTF.
Sewel, Brad

Brad Sewell currently serves as a freshman composition instructor at Oklahoma State University.
Sharan, Girja

Girja Sharan is a professor at the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad India. His work is focused on using innovative engineering to improve the livelihood and quality of living in rural areas of arid regions characterized by high heat, poor water quality, and salt-effected soils. Products developed by Sharan include dew harvest systems, which enable communities living in arid coastal areas to harvest dew for drinking, an innovation that won the India Country Level Development Marketplace Award in 2004; an earth-tube-heat-exchanger-based cooling systems for rural application; an arid area greenhouse specially suited for hot, arid areas, winner of the Global Development Marketplace Award in 2005; and Sol-café, solar eateries for schools and other small communities. Sharan is an agricultural engineer with a PhD from Cornell.
Shartrand, Angela

Angela Shartrand is an educational psychologist who has experience evaluating programs in philanthropic, community-based, and higher education settings. Prior to joining NCIIA, she evaluated programs in the areas of teacher education, youth philanthropy and leadership, and community-based family support services, identifying and disseminating best practices and policies. She has also taught courses and workshops in applied research to faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates at Boston College and Wheelock College.
Shim, Scott

Scott Shim is an Associate Professor of Industrial Design at Purdue University. He received his Bachelor’s in industrial design from University of Illinois-Chicago and a Master of Arts in design development from the Ohio State University. Professor Shim’s professional experience includes ten-plus years in product development, during which he has received more than thirty design patents and multiple design awards. He spent the majority of his professional career at Daewoo Electronics Design Center, where he was involved in various consumer electronics projects for both domestic and international markets. Since joining Purdue University, Professor Shim has integrated his personal design philosophy into pragmatic education methods, which together serve as a foundation for recent accomplishments. His design work has won international recognitions through awards and exhibitions with much of his work appearing in national and international publications, including the cover of TIME Magazine.

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Skinner, Frank

Frank Skinner received his Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts. He worked for the Whirlpool Corporation and General Electric, and eventually started his own company, Robo-Tech Systems. Skinner is currently the director of industrial solutions at UNC Charlotte, where he developed the course Mechanical Innovation, MEGR 3090. As the director of industrial solutions, Skinner provides innovative technological assistance to industries in this area.

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Solt, Michael

Michael E. Solt is the associate dean for the Lucas Graduate School of Business and a professor of finance at San Jose State University. In leading the Lucas GSB, he directs three MBA and three Master of Science programs, as well as the joint degree MBA/MS program with the College of Engineering. He also teaches New Venture Finance in the MBA program, and was named the College’s outstanding undergraduate instructor in 1995. Michael is an active researcher, and his papers have appeared in many respected academic journals such as the Journal of Business, the American Sociological Review, Financial Management, the Journal of Portfolio Management, the Financial Analysts Journal, the Journal of Financial Research, and the American Business Law Journal. Michael received a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Ohio State University in 1972. From Indiana University, he received an MBA in 1976 and a doctor of business administration degree in finance in 1978. He joined the faculty of San Jose State University in 1991.

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Squire, Jim

Jim Squire is an associate professor at VMI with interests in engineering pedagogy (theory of teaching), instrumentation, patent law, mechatronics (combining electrical and mechanical engineering), and biomedical engineering. He joined the VMI Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty in 2000, received their Distinguished Teaching Award in 2002, and in 2004 was selected by the state of Virginia for the Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award. He teaches sophomore through senior-level courses in circuits I and II, linear signals and systems, digital signal processing, senior seminar, and supervises various independent undergraduate research and honors projects. Squire’s research has led to seven patents and patent-pendings.
Swersey, Burt

Burt Swersey has been teaching design and problem-solving courses at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for the past fifteen years. His courses include Inventor's Studio, a capstone design course, Introduction to Engineering Design, for sophomores, and Studio One of Product Design and Innovation, a program that combines the study of engineering and the humanities. Prior to joining RPI, Swersey founded and ran four companies in the medical equipment field. He holds over fifteen US patents.

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