ENTR 390.050/599.050 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Entrepreneurship
ENTR 560: Project Management & Consulting
ENTR 413: Entrepreneurial Marketing
ENTR 500 Intro to Innovation, ENTR 510 Compensation, Funding, and Ownership & ENTR 520Tech Inspired Business Models
ENTR 413 Entrepreneurial Marketing & ENTR 490.014 Organizational Management of Startups
ENTR 390.13: TechLab at Mcity
Jonathan Fay, Ph.D.
Co-Principal Investigator of the National Science Foundation, Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Midwest Node, with many instructional appointments/topics, ENTR 407 Entrepreneurship Hour Speaker Series, ENTR 411.004 TechCommercialization Practicum & ENTR 490.462 Innovation for Impact: CO2
ENTR 408: Patent Law
Tiffany joined the Center for Entrepreneurship as a lecturer in 2016 and teaches patent law. She is an actively practicing, registered patent attorney. Her practice focuses on counseling clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to startups on intellectual property matters, including domestic and foreign patent procurement, and coordinating international patent portfolios. She also counsels clients regarding patentability investigations, infringement and freedom to operate analyses, and the negotiation and preparation of various intellectual property agreements, including licensing agreements and joint development agreements.
Tiffany Fidler is a three-time alumna of the University of Michigan College of Engineering, and she received her doctorate in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in the thermal fluid sciences and an interdisciplinary thesis in combustion and materials science. She was a recipient of the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship.
After graduating and prior to law school, she was an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Drexel University for three years where she established a laboratory conducting federally funded research and taught courses in the thermal fluid sciences and engineering design sequences.
ENTR 409: Introduction to Venture Capital
Adrian is an experienced founder, operator, engineer and investor in the industrial technology sector. He leads the Ann Arbor office and the Intelligent Manufacturing practice at Mercury Fund. Adrian sits on the Board of Directors of Sight Machine, a manufacturing analytics company based in Michigan. He also co-chairs the Catapult Program powered by the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan.
Prior to Mercury Fund, Adrian was the Managing Director of Detroit Innovate and the First Step Fund based in Detroit, Michigan. He also co-founded three software companies: Shepherd IS, a fleet management software company, Sidecar, the first US-based instant rideshare company, and Flocktag, automated marketing software company for retailers and restaurants.
He also spent several years at Ricardo Inc. Ricardo is a global engineering consultancy focusing on the automotive, cleantech, military and industrial sectors. He was an engine combustion and emissions specialist and led several advanced engine and hybrid powertrain development projects. He left as the Manager of Powertrain Development division which encompassed P&L, engineering and global project responsibilities.
Adrian holds a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA with High Distinction from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
ENTR 550: Interpersonal Skills: Leveling up to Leadership
ENTR 411.004 CFE Practicum: Tech Commercialization
Matt is passionate about helping students achieve success through the practical application of entrepreneurship. He combines his unique background in engineering, business, innovation, and education to create meaningful experiential learning opportunities for students across the university. His work includes developing leading entrepreneurship curriculum, forming interdisciplinary partnerships, and managing co-curricular programming. He regularly speaks and shares best practices in entrepreneurship education at conferences, workshops, universities, and events.
In addition to his work at the Center for Entrepreneurship, Matt is actively involved in startups as a founder, advisor, and leader. He currently works with several startups in the area.
Previously, Matt served as the Vice President of Research and Development at Iontera, a startup focused on developing drug delivery and cosmetic products. Matt is also a patent agent with deep experience in intellectual property. He was a technical advisor at Ropes & Gray, LLP, where he managed the strategic development and prosecution of intellectual property related to a wide range of medical device and telecommunication technologies for both startups and large corporations.
While in graduate school, Matt launched an early stage company with a novel technology for transdermal delivery of macromolecular drugs. Matt received his PhD and MS from the University of Michigan and his BS from Brigham Young University.
ENTR 407 Entrepreneurship Hour Speaker Series & ENTR 417 E-Hour Discussion
Committed to enhancing the academic experience for U-M students, Christine is involved in collaborative program and project management of curricular and co-curricular entrepreneurial offerings at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Christine is a liaison and mentor for students enrolled in CFE’s courses and programs. She contributes to robust student experiences via curriculum development for undergraduate and graduate ENTR courses, the management of CFE’s instructional community, and by curating impactful study abroad and startup ecosystem Discovery Trek experiences. She has been central to CFE’s cornerstone offering, as co-instructor of the Entrepreneurship Hour Speaker Series for many semesters. Christine’s professional background is in education.
She holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership of the International Baccalaureate from Oakland University, Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from San Diego State University, and Bachelor of Science in Education from Eastern Michigan University.
ENTR 410: Finding Your Venture
Brian is a founder of the Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, and Evanston based fitness technology company, ShapeLog . He focuses on connecting their products with customers through product management, marketing, and sales.
Prior to ShapeLog, Brian was President at HeatSpring, a renewable energy training company he co-founded in 2007 as an MBA student at Babson College. HeatSpring is a community of nearly 60,000 solar, geothermal, and green building providers and was named one of the “Top Social Entrepreneurs” by Business Week Magazine. During his time at HeatSpring, Mr. Hayden – with the inspiration and help of many friends – started a co-working space in Cambridge, MA. That space remains a touchstone for the values of collaboration and community that Brian tries to share with his students.
Prior to HeatSpring, Brian was a Product Manager at Oregon-based Gray & Company. Prior to Gray & Company he worked as a technology consultant at EY in Detroit and Headstrong in Chicago. Brian received his BBA from the University of Michigan and his MBA from Babson College.
ENTR 411.001: CFE Practicum in Entrepreneurship & ENTR 412: Advanced Practicum
John is a tech entrepreneur, engineer, and educator. His first three companies focused on tutoring services and online education products for STEM fields and standardized exams. While he has moved on from these endeavors, he’s been lucky to teach at U- M in a broad array of subjects: genetics, physics, computer programming, and now entrepreneurship.
Currently, John is CEO of Elegus Technologies, a spin-out from the University of Michigan commercializing nanotechnology that can enable safer, longer-lasting batteries. John is also the Executive Director of Shift (located on U-M’s campus), a non-profit organization offering a collaborative space and program for college student-entrepreneurs.
John’s formal training is in engineering and entrepreneurship; he’s received a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering as well as Master of Entrepreneurship (MsE) degree, both from U-M. The latter degree was from a program jointly administered by the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering and Ross School of Business.
ENTR 490.425 Innovation for Impact: Hacking for Defense
Todd graduated from the United States Naval Academy, holds a Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University, and Master of Business Administration from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
He was designated a Naval Aviator in July 1997. His subsequent F/A-18 squadron operational flying assignments include d tours in Oceana, Virginia, Atsugi, Japan, and a Commanding Officer tour in Lemoore, California. Shore duty assignments include d the Empire Test Pilots’ School in Boscombe Down, England and flight test assignments with the Carrier Suitability Department and F-35 JSF Integrated Test Force in Patuxent River, Maryland. He also served as the Chief of Unmanned Systems for the U.S. Special Operations Command training directorate and served as Director, LRASM Deployment Office (LDO).
Outside of the Navy, Todd has field experience with technology transfer non-profit start-ups including operations in remote and austere environments across regions of the developing world. He is the Director of Strategy and Founding Board Member of the non-profit Broken Crayons, as well a Founder and President of the non-profit Cattellyst. Todd is also part of the Class of 2019 Presidential Leadership Scholars Program .
ENTR 599.021: Creativity and Design
ENTR 410 Finding Your Venture
Michael began his BIGGBY COFFEE life in 1996 as a barista at Store 1, and shortly thereafter, he and his co-founder developed the franchise concept for BIGGBY COFFEE. Of the Home Office, Michael says, “The culture is supportive, growing, dynamic, progressive, and limitless. As community we are collectively in charge of the culture, and we all know that we can improve and change the culture, and we are all committed to doing so.”
He is proud to say that BIGGBY is selling tens of thousands of cups of coffee each day, and is building a healthy, awesome, thriving organization . Michael has a passion for entrepreneurship and business start-up. He is the author of GRIND, believing that entrepreneurship is one of the most powerful ways to add value to any community.
Michael graduated from Kalamazoo College with a degree in economics.
ENTR 411.003: CFE Practicum in Entrepreneurship
ENTR 490.015/.016 Entrepreneurs Leadership Program
ENTR 390.011: E-Commerce
Rishi Narayan is a serial entrepreneur and early-stage investor based out of Ann Arbor, MI. Rishi has founded several companies, including Underground Printing (www.undergroundshirts.com), a national custom apparel and collegiate merchandise retailer with 25+ locations throughout the country. He is also a principal in the angel fund Chibor Angels (www.chibor.co), specializing in seed and early stage investments.
Rishi holds his B.S.E. and M.S.E. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
ENTR 390.009 Lab: 3D Printing and Prototyping
Shawn O’Grady manages Fabrication and Computing at the Duderstadt Center, is a part time instructor at Washtenaw Community College and an Adjunct Lecturer for U-M’s Center for Entrepreneurship.
Shawn has a background in Information Technology and CNC programming, served as a Cryptologist in the U.S. Navy, and briefly as a truck driver in the U.S. Army Reserve. He is immersed in all things related to the ongoing support of 3D printing and is passionate about the technology.
He thoroughly enjoys learning and sharing with others and strives to provide a hands-on experience for those who want to learn more about the 3D printing, 3D scanning, and 3D modeling.
ENTR 390.010 Lab: Virtual Reality
Stephanie O’Malley graduated with honors from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, majoring in Entertainment Arts with a focus on game development. Prior to coming to the University of Michigan she was a 3D Artist at the only cross platform game development studio in the state of Michigan, developing content for the Microsoft Xbox, Sony Playstation, and the Nintendo Wii.
At the University of Michigan, Stephanie is a lecturer at the Center for Entrepreneurship and School of Art & Design. She continues to do game development for iOS and Android devices, and contributes to visualizations for virtual and augmented reality platforms.
ENTR 530: Innovation and Intellectual Property Strategy
As founder and managing shareholder of Quinn IP Law, Chris has built a full service intellectual property law firm representing a diverse mix of clients from Fortune 100 companies to tech start-ups.
Chris's early career included research and engineering work at the U-M Physics Department, General Motors and Ford. His early legal career included stints at the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Ford Global Technologies Inc, and multiple law firms before launching Quinn IP law in 2002 as a solo practitioner and growing it to a team of 37.
Having partnered with, invested in, or worked in-house with many clients, Chris understands the challenges involved in developing, marketing, and protecting unique products, and employs a holistic approach when working with clients to strategically manage and capitalize upon their intellectual property assets. Chris’ passion for his profession and desire to make a positive impact on his community led to the formation and growth of Quinn IP Law into a nationally renowned intellectual property service provider. His firm offers comprehensive intellectual property solutions, from patent prosecution, to infringement/validity opinions, portfolio strategy, licensing, litigation support, trademark and copyright protection and enforcement, and expert witnessing.
Chris has teamed with numerous innovators in developing IP and business strategies to achieve a market advantage and drive business growth. As an investor and advisor in many tech start-ups he has achieved significant successes as well as hard-earned lessons from failures. Chris appreciates the importance of strategically targeted, economical IP strategies and offers alternative flat-fee arrangements to help clients adhere to budgetary demands. Understanding the financial pressures faced by in-house counsel and startups inspired Chris to build a successful system which provides exceptional IP quality economically. This system earned Quinn IP Law the #5 law firm ranking in the US based on patent allowance rate and time allowance in the areas of manufacturing, transportation, e-commerce, medical devices, and others.
He is an honors graduate of the University of Michigan College of Engineering and the University of Wisconsin Law School.
Chris and his wife Karen also run a nonprofit which supports poverty-stricken Native American communities.
ENTR 390.005/.006: Introduction to Entrepreneurial Design
Tom Root grew up near Youngstown, OH with a passion for business and entrepreneurship. After graduating from Miami University in 1993, he became a certified business counselor for the State of Michigan, counseling entrepreneurs on business plan development and capital acquisition through the SBA’s Small Business Development Center program. Tom specialized in computer and software start-ups, and at the same time ran a consulting company to advise clients on website development.
In January of 1995 Tom became the first employee of Online Technologies Corporation, where he was Director of Development and Training. Over the next year he taught weekly classes through Walsh College and led the development of more than 100 websites. During one of his teaching sessions, Tom was introduced to a team of people who had been charged with the creation of a website for a Michigan public electric utility, Detroit Edison. By February 1996 Tom was the principal web application developer for Detroit Edison.
During his three years at Edison he managed a budget of over $1 million per year and organized a team of seven to create and manage Edison’s eight external web sites and its 50,000 page Intranet.
In January of 1999, while attending a food conference in San Francisco with his wife (a manager at Zingerman’s Delicatessen), Tom struck upon the idea for a Zingerman’s website and began the process of becoming a Zingerman’s Managing Partner. On September 22, 1999 Zingermans.com took its first order, and Tom took on his first official role at Zingerman’s as Chief Information Officer.
During the next two years he introduced Zingerman’s to email, established a wide area network, connecting all the various Zingerman’s locations and managed Zingermans.com (with lots of help from his co-Managing Partner and wife, Toni Morell!)
In 2002 Zingerman’s Mail Order and Zingermans.com merged and Tom took on the role of Chief Financial Officer of the resulting business (known simply as Zingerman’s Mail Order). As CFO, Tom has championed open book management and taken the lead on educating staff about the financial ins and outs of the business. In 2004 Tom was introduced to the concepts of Lean Manufacturing popularized by Toyota. Building on his experience with open book finance, Tom worked to bring the philosophy of continuous improvement and waste elimination to Mail Order.
For the last 10 years Tom has been practicing Lean thinking through process improvement, class development and teaching. In 2008 Tom was inspired by the financial crisis to start Maker Works. Maker Works is 11,000 sq ft manufacturing facility that is operated like a health club. Individuals or businesses purchase memberships to have access to high-tech tools like laser cutters, 3D printers and CNC plasma cutters. The mission of Maker Works is to democratize the tools of manufacturing to foster job creation, community and self-sustainability.
In September of 2014 Maker Works celebrated its 3-year anniversary. It has attracted over 700 members, added 16,000 sq ft of tenant space and played a role in a handful of start-ups including Sight Machine, a venture funded computer vision start-up.
F. Andy Seidl
ENTR 390.012: Digital Product Design
Andy is a serial entrepreneur, software innovator, and technology business advisor with more than 30 years of experience. Andy founded two software development tool companies, SCE, Inc. (software version control) and Genitor Corp. (C/C++ CASE/re-engineering), each of which was later acquired by public companies. He also founded and funded MyST Technology Partners, Inc., which for 10+ years, provided advertorial marketing blogsites to more than 500 SMB customers. MyST also provided RSS infrastructure services to Fortune 500 companies such as Intel and Verisign.
He has created dozens of commercial software applications, tools, and services for a wide range of markets. Many garnered awards and accolades from industry analysts, reviewers, and press. His software runs in corporate data centers, software development organizations, scientific organizations, embedded systems, application servers, device firmware, home automation controllers, and personal PCs.
Andy has served as president, VP of engineering, chief architect of emerging technologies, chief information architect, technology evangelist, chairman, board member, technical advisor, venture capital fundraiser, product manager, product architect, and software engineer. He has extensive experience as a contract negotiator (software licensing, OEM licensing, company/technology acquisitions, etc.) and as a technical due diligence analyst in connection with M&A and fundraising activities.
He holds a B.S.E in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan where he also did graduate studies in compiler construction, AI, robotics, and real-time systems. He completed a condensed MBA course for executives from Pepperdine University. Andy is passionate about building software to last, playing guitar, mountaineering, backpacking, hiking, running, and critical thinking.
ENTR 390.003/ES 310 Business Entrepreneurship in Thought and Action
Jeff is an Adjunct Professor with the University of Michigan, with a joint appointment from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the College of Engineering. Prior to joining as an adjunct, he served as chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Ross School of Business. Jeff retired in December 2012 as a Director (senior partner) in McKinsey & Company’s Washington, DC Office. He also served in the Firm’s offices in San Francisco and Cleveland, where he was managing director from 1999 through 2005.
As a McKinsey consultant for more than 30 years, Jeff has a breadth of experience serving CEOs and their leadership teams in strategy, operations and organization. He has served companies in North America, Asia and Europe across multiple industries, including electronics and high-tech, aerospace and defense, automotive, industrial products, basic materials, consumer goods and food. He also has worked extensively with the US Federal Government.
Jeff’s functional expertise is in operations. He has worked with top management teams of technology- and operations-intensive businesses to develop and align business and operations strategies, and to build leadership and front-line capabilities to deliver substantial improvements in strategic and financial performance.
He co-founded McKinsey’s Manufacturing Practice, and in 2012 led a major research effort on the Future of Manufacturing jointly with the McKinsey Global Institute. During his career, Jeff also led the Firm’s Product Development and Supply Chain Practices, and served as McKinsey’s Global Knowledge Leader for the Operations Practice, essentially the head of R&D across operations disciplines including product development, procurement, manufacturing, supply chain and service operations.
Jeff has a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship. He has made multiple investments in start-ups and private-equity-owned companies, and currently serves on the boards of directors of four privately-held companies. He also started his own firm, Caithness LLC, and formed a partnership with Headwaters, a Pittsburgh-based investment bank, to serve family-owned businesses in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic.
While Office Manager in Cleveland, Jeff led McKinsey’s work to help establish BioEnterprise, NorTech, and TeamNEO to drive economic development in Northeast Ohio. In 2011 and 2012 he led the Firm’s work with the Cincinnati Business Committee to accelerate the innovation economy in Southwest Ohio, resulting the creation of Cintrifuse, where he is now a board member.
Before joining McKinsey, Jeff worked for Chrysler Corporation as a test engineer and IBM as a systems engineer. Jeff holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Michigan.
ENTR 490.344 Innovation for Impact: Reimaging Companies
Paula Sorrell is the Director of the Economic Growth Institute at the University of Michigan and teaches undergraduate through masters student classes at the University of Michigan College of Engineering’s Center for Entrepreneurship.
She served as V.P. of Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Venture Capital for the MEDC, overseeing $1B under management to support Michigan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, including university research and tech transfer, technology service providers, tech incubators, seed funding programs, portfolio investments and fund of funds. She partnered with Michigan’s universities to develop programs such as the First Customer program, Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization program, and Technology Commercialization Assistance program for early stage companies.
Paula has held senior management roles at seven early technology companies. All start-ups resulted in successful sale of the company, or are still a going concern; four were university tech transfer spin-outs. Past consulting work includes technology business evaluator of investment portfolio companies and investment funds. She was an early founding member of the 17 year-old SBDC Tech Team, an organization that helps early stage tech companies raise on average $60MM per year. Paula was a co-managing director for Cleantech Group, and early in her career worked at the Michigan Manufacturers Association. She currently sits on the boards of the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Institute, the Association for Science & Technology Researchers of America, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition Michigan Advisory Committee, the Ann Arbor Local Development Finance Authority.
She also serves on the Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization Advanced Transportation oversight committee and the leadership committee of the State Science & Technology Institute. She holds a bachelor degree in marketing and an MBA from Central Michigan University.