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The faculty and staff of the Baker Institute bring a wealth of experience and domain expertise to the study and practice of entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation. They are a dedicated group of professionals with backgrounds and ongoing practice in founding start-ups, venture capital, technology commercialization, deal brokering and technology management, invention, Intellectual Property protection, entrepreneurship related governmental policy and successful exit strategies.
David Angstadt joined Lehigh as a Professor of Practice in Mechanical Engineering in January 2008 after four years as an Assistant Professor at Clemson University in South Carolina. Dr. Angstadt received his Ph.D. from Lehigh in 2004 and his professional background includes 11 years of industry experience in textile and chemical manufacturing. His current area of expertise is in polymer processing, specifically injection molding. He has taught courses in Statics, Dynamics, Kinematics, Strength of Materials and Manufacturing Processes at both Clemson and Lehigh.
Yevgeny Berdichevsky joined the Lehigh University faculty as an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering and Bioengineering Program in 2012. His research interests include the use of microtechnology to sense and control the behavior of neural circuits at cellular level. Berdichevsky studies abnormal function of neural circuits in epilepsy and develops microchips for high-throughput drug development for neurologic and psychiatric disorders.
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Bryan Berger received his B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999, and spent one year as a DAAD visiting scientist at the Technical University of Munich in the Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 2006, and from 2006-2010 was an NIH NRSA post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he worked in the laboratories of William DeGrado and Joel Bennett. Currently, Bryan is an assistant professor of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering at Lehigh University. He has received an NSF BRIGE award, NSF EFRI award and a 2013 National Innovator Award from the TechConnect SBIR/STTR National Innovation Showcase. His interests include membrane biology, bacterial pathogenesis, and design of novel nano- and biomaterials. More information can be found at http://www.lehigh.edu/berger.
Matt Bilsky is currently pursuing his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Lehigh University. He graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with an Electrical Engineering minor in 2012, also from Lehigh University. He has owned and operated his own company, Mattcomp Services LLC, since 2003 offering property management, electrical, and computer services. A portfolio of his work can be found at http://MattBilsky.com.
When not in the lab you can find him free skiing on weekdays and working college ski races on the weekends. During the summers he works as a river guide on the Lehigh River in Jim Thorpe taking groups of guests on biking, hiking, and rafting trips.
Nam Do is a Graduate Advisor for Lehigh University’s Integrated Product Development (IPD) program. From Spring 2011 to Fall 2012, he participated as an IPD team member and is currently supervising an IPD team. Nam has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and has been pursuing a Master of Engineering in the same discipline.
Lance Rafael Fabia graduated from Lehigh University in May of 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation, he returned to Lehigh to pursue a Master’s of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship. Lance has experience working on product design for biomedical products manufactured by Aesculap Implant Systems. Additionally, he has experience working on design oriented projects and 3D modeling projects as a consultant. He hopes to use his expertise and experience with both design and engineering to further his own entrepreneurial ventures.
Lisa Glover is a graduate student in Lehigh’s Technical Entrepreneurship program, and graduated from Lehigh in May of 2013 with a B.A. in Architecture. She is a Lehigh Presidential Scholar and recipient of the AAD Department’s Richard Redd Award. Her independent research project, ‘modular bus shelter”, was selected for exhibition in Lehigh’s 2013 Symposium: Thought and Action. She has held various part-time jobs in fields relating to the arts and is currently a T.A. for a second level Architecture studio.
Chris Hall is from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and is currently enrolled in the new Technical Entrepreneurship Master’s Degree program at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Tabor Academy in May of 2009 and was recruited to Lehigh to be on the University’s Men’s Varsity Crew Team after graduating Cum Laude and four successful years on Tabor’s Team, including competing in England’s prestigious Henley Royal Regatta. After two successful years of rowing at Lehigh, he decided to leave the team to pursue his own tech venture, “ChallTech,” which develops applications for Apple’s iPhone and iPad, and which he founded out of his Lehigh dorm room in 2009. ChallTech has won the first prize in Lehigh’s EUREKA! Levin Technology Competition as well as the Legacy Prize the following year that includes office space in Pennsylvania’s Ben Franklin TechVenture’s tech business incubator building located on Lehigh’s Mountaintop Campus. ChallTech has also been awarded grants from The Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Commercialization Initiative (PaCTI), Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC), and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA). Chris has also participated in Lehigh University’s co-op program as an industrial engineer at Philadelphia Scientific and as a software engineer at Savant Systems.
Through his work and academic experience, Chris has developed exceptional skills in communication, leadership, and the design and engineering process. He also has developed and advanced his skills in computer science, web design, SolidWorks, and Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Other then rowing, Chris enjoys watching the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox, tinkering in the lab, and especially enjoying the company of friends and family.
Professor Herz’s academic and professional background is in biotechnology, biochemical engineering, and pharmaceutical processing. She is the Associate Director of the Bioengineering Program and the Professor of Practice in Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering at Lehigh, and teaches Metabolic Engineering and the Biotechnology Laboratory. Prior to joining the faculty at Lehigh, Professor Herz worked in the pharmaceutical industry. She joined Bristol-Myers Squibb Company in 2000 as a Technical Investigator supporting the manufacture of sterile liquid and freeze-dried drug products. Her responsibilities included the technology transfer of products from R&D to the manufacturing sites, as well as providing technical support for the production of commercialized pharmaceuticals. Professor Herz later managed early-phase clinical operations and process scale-up of protein therapeutics. Her areas of expertise include sterile drug product manufacture, technology transfer, and regulatory compliance, as well as the development of cell culture, tangential flow filtration, and lyophilization processes. Professor Herz was also employed at International Specialty Products from 1993 to 1995, where she developed and scaled up processes for synthetic polymers.
Chris Kauzmann graduated from Lehigh in 2013 with a Mechanical Engineering degree and a minor in Entrepreneurship. He is now pursuing a masters degree in Technical Entrepreneurship at Lehigh. He has experience in product development and has worked in the research and development department at a EcoTech Marine for the past year and a half. He currently working on two start-ups through his masters program and is the teaching assistant for the undergraduate IPD course.
John Ochs founded and directed Lehigh’s Computer-Aided Design Labs in the Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics Department from 1980 to 1999. From 1985-95 he did extensive industry consulting and was involved in the startup of three companies. From 1999 to the present, he has directed Lehigh’s Integrated Product Development (IPD) program. What started out in 1994 as the capstone experience for mechanical engineering majors is now cross-listed in engineering, business, and arts with more than 300 students from over 20 majors participating each year. The pilot program for this course won the 1996 American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ curriculum innovation award and the 1997 Newcomen Society’s award for the promotion of America’s free-enterprise system. Ochs joined the Lehigh University mechanical engineering and mechanics faculty in 1979 and became a full professor in 1990. He has directed Lehigh’s Professional Master’s in Technical Entrepreneurship program since 2012.
Professor Perry received her PhD in Biological Chemistry in 1992, from Penn State University, M.S. Hershey College of Medicine and spent five years at the National Institutes of Health, in the Section of Cellular and Developmental Biology, NINDS, before coming to Lehigh in 1998. Her active areas of research include cell differentiation and directed cell migration for application with bioactive scaffolds and BioMEMs devices. She is a Professor of Practice in Lehigh’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering Program.
Manages the Wilbur Powerhouse Prototyping Lab as well as the Chandler-Ullmann Wood Shop. In addition Brian teaches courses in metalworking and prototyping and serves as an advisor to IPD teams. Returning to Lehigh (his alma mater) after completing the MFA Design program at North Carolina School of the Arts, Brian has worked both in the Theatre Department and in the Design Arts Program. In addition to his work at the university, Brian most recently, co-founded Isosceles Design Studio, LLC. ‘ a Design Firm specializing in custom furniture and architectural and interior design.
Dan Thareja is a student of the Master’s of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship program at Lehigh University. He also received his undergraduate degree at Lehigh earning a B.S. in Integrated Business and Engineering. Dan also is very active in Lehigh’s peer tutoring program where he has been tutoring introductory finance for the past three years.