CFE Appoints Interim Executive Director
Jonathan Fay, PhD. has been named the interim Executive Director of Michigan Engineering’s Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE). The CFE aims to empower the entrepreneurial spirit of the U-M College of Engineering and to drive the impact of innovation in the State of Michigan, Nation and global economy.
Since 2012, Fay has served as the managing director of CFE. During his tenure, his team was awarded nearly $4 million in research funding for innovation programming and they have trained over 1,500 researchers nationwide. Fay replaces Thomas Frank, the current Dixon and Carol Doll executive director, who is relocating to the Bay Area to be closer to his family.
As a nationally recognized expert in transitioning early stage technologies from the lab to the marketplace, Fay advises startups, several federal agencies as well as large global corporations on effective innovation policies and processes. He continues to serve as the executive director of the National Science Foundation’s Midwest Innovation Corps node and as a graduate lecturer for CFE.
Prior to joining the CFE team, Fay led medical device startups in the San Francisco Bay Area. At EarLens Corporation, he served in a number of executive positions such as CTO, Vice President of R&D and COO.
“The CFE is an amazing place,” Fay said. “I’m looking forward to continuing the great work of the Center to catalyze the entrepreneurial spirit across the Midwest and enhance the impact of Michigan Engineering on the regional and national economy.”
Fay earned his PhD in Biomechanics and MS in Aerospace Engineering from Stanford University and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Notre Dame University.