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Instructional Faculty

Jeff Sinclair

ENTR 390.003: 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.  Jeff also serves as a member of the Advisory Boards for the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Zell Lurie Institute.  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.  He holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Max Shtein

ENTR 390.005/6: Introduction to Entrepreneurial Design

Max Shtein is an associate professor in Materials Science and Engineering and has developed a successful 2-semester, multidisciplinary design course which teaches students the process of entrepreneurial innovation and technology commercialization through hands-on learning. His research focuses on hybrid semiconductors, such as cutting-edge LEDs and solar cells. Max is also an active entrepreneur and prides himself on being a provocative thinker. He recently co-founded Arborlight and is the author of “Scalable Innovation: A Guide for Inventors, Entrepreneurs, and IP Professionals.” He earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University. Max received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2007 from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the John R. and Beverly S. Holt Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007, the Newport Award of Excellence and Leadership in Photonics and Optoelectronics in 2004 and the Materials Research Society Graduate Student Gold Medal Award in 2001.

Tom Root

ENTR 390.005/6: 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 over 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 Fianancial 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 though 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 it’s 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.

Simon Alexander-Adams

ENTR 390.008: Hardware, Coding, and IoT

Simon Alexander-Adams is a designer and multimedia artist working within the intersection of music, visual art and technology. Simon’s freelance work and research ranges from designing public installations, package design, animation, and new interfaces for musical expression. Leveraging his experience in coding, electronics and UI/UX, he teaches a hands-on making class at The Center for Entrepreneurship, which leads students through the design process as they develop functional Internet of Things prototypes.

Simon’s artistic work includes multimedia performances that connect sonic, visual and kinetic forms, interactive installation art, animations and audiovisual works. Simon has composed music for short films, theatrical and dance performances, and his work has been presented at international festivals, including Electric Forest, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Cinetopia, and the Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts. He also performs regularly with the art-rock band saajtak. Simon received a MA in Media Arts in 2015 from the University of Michigan, School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

Shawn O’Grady

ENTR 390.009: 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 the Center for Entrepreneurship. Shawn has a background in Information Technology, and CNC programming, served as a cryptologist in the US Navy, and briefly as a truck driver in the US Army reserve. Shawn’s 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. He currently resides in Dexter MI with his wife Tamie, daughter Tamalynn, son Connor, and enjoys taking long walks with his wife and Jack Russell Terrier ‘Jack’.

Stephanie O’Malley

ENTR 390.010: 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.


Rishi Narayan

ENTR 390.011: Entrepreneurship 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.

Phil Brabbs

ENTR 390.012: Digital Product Design

As a tech entrepreneur, cancer survivor and washed up college kicker, Phil’s career can be summed up by: #FailFaster. Whether it was missed kicks in the Big House in front of 110,000 not-so-happy fans, or losing his scaling tech start-up to investors, Phil learns by doing, which often involves a lot of mistakes.

Those mistakes have led to a successful launch of Torrent Consulting, which has become one of the fastest growing companies in the country, INC #164 in 2016, INC #251 in 2017. The company was named Top 50 Small Businesses to Watch in Michigan. In additional, Phil was named an EY Entrepreneur of the Year Regional Finalist.

Phil’s previous tech startup was ScoutForce.com, a cloud-based recruiting platform for college coaches. Phil scaled the company from 30 to 300 customers in 12 months before transitioning the company to the investors. The company was acquired in January, 2018, where Phil didn’t see a penny. #FailFaster my friends.

Prior to the crazy life as a full-time tech entrepreneur, Phil spent 10 years chained to cube farms and way too much email. He worked as a management consultant for Accenture, focused on enterprise platform implementations for Fortune 500 companies. From there, he spent six years as a product manager for Truven Health Analytics (IBM Company), where he managed majors releases and minor fixes to the company’s flagship product.

Outside of repairing dents from the universe thanks to startup life, Phil can be found mentoring people in the community or UM students who want to make an impact through a startup, coaching anyone of his three kids’ sports teams, or day dreaming of a time where he can travel the country year round from a camper.

Greg McGuire

ENTR 390.013: TechLab

Greg McGuire is responsible for the safe and smooth operation of the Mcity Test Facility, the University of Michigan’s purpose-built proving ground for testing connected and automated vehicles and technologies. He also oversees Mcity’s growing fleet of research vehicles.

Prior to joining Mcity, McGuire spent twenty years designing and building tools to efficiently share resources and measure consumption, with a focus on mobility services and their intersection with our Internet-enabled society. He and his college roommate were the two engineers that built and scaled Zipcar. McGuire then went on to help found several mobility and data analytics startups before the lure of Mcity proved too great. An inveterate tinkerer, when he’s not busy with Mcity projects he will likely be found fixing one of his kids’ toys, brewing beer, or taking apart his car.

McGuire has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering (Computing / Imaging) from Case Western Reserve University.

Volker Sick

ENTR 390.013: TechLab

Professor Volker Sick teaches undergraduate courses in Mechanical Engineering, International Programs in Engineering, and the Center for Entrepreneurship. His research group develops and uses imaging techniques to solve problems in applications that range from internal combustion engines to the human eye. His research covers fundamental physical and chemical aspects of laser spectroscopy, combustion, human tissue, and bridges all the way to applications in industry and healthcare.

As Associate Vice President, Professor Sick serves as liaison between the U-M Office of Research (UMOR) and scholarly and creative activities across the University in the natural sciences and engineering. As a senior member of the UMOR administrative team he helps orchestrate major interdisciplinary initiatives, deals with policy issues, and works with U-M’s Washington, D.C. office to promote the university’s research agenda. He also oversees several UMOR units, including the University of Michigan Energy Institute (UMEI), the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), and Mcity.

A graduate of the University of Heidelberg in Germany with degrees in chemistry and physical chemistry, he came to U-M as an associate professor in the College of Engineering in 1997. Elected an SAE Fellow in 2008 for his contributions to automotive technology, he has been widely recognized for his leadership in research, teaching, and service.

Alison Bailey

ENTR 390.050/599.050: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Entrepreneurship

Matt Gibson

ENTR 407: EHour & ENTR 490.014/15/16, 599.032: ELP

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, including JosNoe Medical (josnoemedical.com), which makes surgical supply products. 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.

Christine Gordon

ENTR 407 & 417: EHour

Committed to enhancing the academic experience for 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 CFE’s Academic Programs Team via curriculum development, the creation of enrichment opportunities, syllabi review and mapping, management of CFE lecturers, staff, guest speakers, and external program advisors, championing ENTR courses as campus-wide elective departmental credit, as well as through dedicated marketing and outreach efforts that provide impactful entrepreneurship content to students.

Christine is CFE’s point person for two summer study abroad offerings: Entrepreneurship and Innovation at NTU in Singapore, May – June 2017 and European Innovation Academy in Turin, July 2017.  CFE’s Entrepreneurs Leadership Program (ELP), The Startup, and fall/winter terms of ENTR 407 and ENTR 417 are other points of her dedicated curricular focus.

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 Bachelors of Science in Education from Eastern Michigan University.

Prior to joining the CFE team, Christine was a classroom teacher in Michigan, Florida, Texas, and California as well as extracurricular coach in art history for the University Interscholastic League and manager of Science Olympiads. Christine also steadfastly served her local communities both home and abroad through a myriad of volunteer efforts, partnerships, and advisory board appointments, the creation and execution of numerous philanthropic events, cross-cultural educational outreach in diplomatic support capacities, and is a well-researched, passionate educational advocate.

Tiffany Fidler

ENTR 408: Patent Law

Tiffany Fidler 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.

Adrian Fortino

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.

Adrian also spent several years Ricardo Inc. Ricardo is a global engineering consultancy focusing on the automotive, cleantech, military and industrial sectors. Adrian 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.

Brian Hayden

ENTR 410: Finding Your Venture

Brian practices what he teaches. He is the CEO at fitness technology startup, ShapeLog. ShapeLog makes the world’s best strength trackers, and the software to help you train better. Their patented platform learns about you over time, and uses data to provide a better strength training experience.

Brian previously founded HeatSpring, an education technology company, with a team of fellow MBA students at Babson College in 2007. He ran the company for nine years, making the transition from Boston to Ann Arbor in 2012. He has three kids, a wife, but no dog and loves connecting with anybody who’s starting or running a business they love.

Paul Brown

ENTR 410: Finding Your Venture

Mr. Brown is a Partner at the Ann Arbor and Silicon Valley based VC fund, Michigan eLab.  Paul focuses on finding, investing in and accelerating early stage IT companies which poses disruptive technology.

Prior to joining eLab Paul was the Senior Vice President of Business Development, In House Counsel at Front Door Direct (FDD) and Front Door Insights LLC. (FDI), technology companies he co-founded.  Front Door Insights recently executed an all assets sale in 2018 to Mobivity, a public company located in Arizona.  This sale represented one of the largest IT exits in Michigan during 2013.

Before joining FDI and FDD full time Paul was Vice President of Capital Markets at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC). Paul managed the bulk of the State’s $2 billion 21st Century Jobs Fund.  Paul and his team invested in a wide spectrum of asset classes from seed stage equity to senior debt and bonds.

Specifically, Paul managed the $150 million 21st Century Commercialization Competition which invests directly into early stage companies, the $109 million 21st Century Investment Fund which invests in venture capital, private equity, and mezzanine firms, $130 million in loan enhancement dollars and $200 million per year in bond issuances. Paul also created and manages many new programs to help businesses and entrepreneurs, including the Michigan Supplier Diversification Fund and its $1.5B Federal counterpart (State Small Business Credit Initiative), and the Small Business Investment Tax Credit and Venture Development Fund.

Before joining MEDC, Paul practiced law in the Manhattan office of the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where his practiced focused on M&A and litigation. Paul received the Skadden pro Bono Publico Service Award in 2005 and 2006. Mr. Brown began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge John O’Meara in Federal District Court of the Eastern District of Michigan.

Paul is considered a national expert on private-public financing and is a frequent speaker at forums and conferences.  He is a frequent guest lecturer to undergraduate and graduate classes on Entrepreneurship.  Paul has testified before the U.S. House Financial Services Committee and several Michigan Senate and House committees.  In recent years he has worked as a consultant to the Kellogg Foundation  and the U.S. Treasury and frequently travel on their behalf to train investor and economic development professional in other states.

Mr. Brown is:

  • Co-founder of Front Door Insights, Solis Tech and Front Door Direct LLC (technology start-ups)
  • Board of Directors, Wolverine Mutual Insurance Company
  • Chair of the Michigan Historical Foundation Board of Directors
  • Pat board member of Invest Detroit, First Step Fund’s investment Fund
  • Past board and observer boar member of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, New Enterprise Forum and the Michigan Venture Capital Association
  • Member of Crain’s Detroit “40 under 40”, 2010
  • 2010 Democratic nominee for the U of M Board of Regents
  • Member of the U.S. Supreme Court, Michigan and New York Bar

Mr. Brown received an MBA from the University of Michigan, a law degree from Wayne State University School of Law, and a BA in History from the University of Michigan. He lives in Ann Arbor with his wife Nicole and their two children.

John Hennessy

ENTR 411.001: Entrepreneurship Practicum & 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 of 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 of 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 of M.  The latter degree was from a program jointly administered by the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering and Ross School of Business.

Dawn White

ENTR 411.002: Entrepreneurship Practicum

Brandon McNaughton

ENTR 411.003: Entrepreneurship Practicum

Ryan Gourley

ENTR 412: Advanced Practicum

Shamir Ozery

ENTR 413: Entrepreneurial Marketing

David Tarver

ENTR 490.012: Urban Entrepreneurship Practicum

Noam Kimmelman

ENTR 490.012: Urban Entrepreneurship Practicum

Ted Dacko

ENTR 490.013/14: Organizational Management of Startups

Aaron Crumm

ENTR 500: Intro to Innovation, ENTR 510: Compensation, Funding, and Ownership, ENTR 520: Tech Inspired Business Models & 599.737: Entrepreneurship in Pharmacy

Gautum Hans

ENTR 530: Innovation & IP Strategy

Eric Fretz

ENTR 550: Interpersonal Skills: Leveling up to Leadership

Amy Cell

ENTR 560: Project Management & Consulting

Jay Ellis

ENTR 390.13: TechLab at Mcity