By Kate Toporski, CFE Content Development Intern
This is the second in a three-part series by CFE to celebrate the University of Michigan’s No. 3 ranking by the Princeton Review in undergraduate entrepreneurial education. The Center for Entrepreneurship is proud to be a part of the many world-class programs across campus that have helped elevate U-M over such a rapid time period.
Since the beginning of the College of Engineering’s Center for Entrepreneurship in 2007, U-M students have had endless resources, classes, and the opportunity to study under some of the greatest entrepreneurs in the state, and beyond. With some of the most innovative faculty in the nation, CFE has been able to achieve a No. 3 ranking by the Princeton Review in undergraduate entrepreneurial education.
Beyond our courses being hailed as some of the greatest for up-and-coming entrepreneurs and student ventures, our faculty is full of highly-experienced innovators, who bring their experience and excitement to the classroom. Below, meet some of our faculty who are changing the face, and the future, of entrepreneurial education:
Matt Gibson is the Director of Educational Programs at CFE, and is passionate about helping students achieve success through the practical application of entrepreneurship. With a background in engineering, business, and education, Matt aims to create meaningful experiential learning opportunities for his students.
Prior to joining the Center for Entrepreneurship, Gibson served as the VP of Research and Development at pharmaceutical delivery startup- Iontera. In addition, 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.
“I work with thousands of entrepreneurial students at the University of Michigan, and lead our educational programs at the Center for Entrepreneurship with a strong emphasis on developing experiential learning opportunities. It’s not traditional classroom academics. It’s about leveraging our resources to design meaningful experiences that allow our students to take action on their ideas. I love running on the leading edge of this largely uncharted territory of entrepreneurship education. We are still at the early stages with so much to learn in how to best support our entrepreneurship students. It is a privilege develop meaningful new resources, courses, programs, and initiatives to improve and expand our entrepreneurial ecosystem.” -Matt Gibson, 2016
Paula Sorrell is a consultant focused on helping universities, foundations, and governments build an innovation economy and investment pipeline. She recently served as V.P. of Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Venture Capital for the MEDC, overseeing $1 billion to support Michigan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Sorrell’s primary focus was creating companies built on strong science from university research, including creating state initiatives for First Customer program, Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization program, and Technology Commercialization Assistance program for early stage companies.
Prior to MEDC, she has held V.P. of Marketing/Chief Marketing Officer roles at seven early technology companies. All start-ups resulted in successful sale of the company, or are still in business; four were university tech transfer spin-outs. Paula is currently a part-time lecturer at the Center for Entrepreneurship. She currently sits on the boards of the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Institute, the Ann Arbor Local Development Finance Authority (chairman), the Michigan Translational Research Advanced Transportation program, and Inforum Center for women in technology, as well as being a part-time lecturer at the Center for Entrepreneurship.
“CFE is the most engaged staff, complemented by instructors who focus on providing hands-on learning experiences for students of all disciplines. They are willing to experiment, explore, and are above all entrepreneurial in their approach to student engagement and education.” – Paula Sorrell, 2016
Take a class with Paula:
Moses Lee has been a front-runner in education technology for years. Passionate about startups and education, Lee helped found TechArb, CFE’s Student Startup Accelerator and most valuable venture resources. Currently, Moses is the CEO & Cofounder of Seelio, a web-based network and service provider to help college students get the most out of their education and reach their fullest potential.
In addition to rocking out in the world of education technology, Lee is also a faculty member at the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan,
where he teaches courses in social entrepreneurship and upper level practicums. This year, Lee was a guest lecturer in a student-favorite course- ENTR 407– where he gave an inspiring talk about the innovation of education technology and the value of students beyond their GPA. Previously, Moses was the TechArb Director, a Manager at the William Davidson Institute, and the Managing Editor of NextBillion.net.
“CFE brings in not just instructors and leaders who know the theory of entrepreneurship but also the practice. Throughout CFE programming are entrepreneurs who understand what it takes to build a company from the ground up. CFE also is great a creating an environment and culture on campus for students to take risk to implement and launch their ideas!” -Moses Lee, 2016
Take a class with Moses:
Our faculty is committed to the successes of our students and a hands-on, experiential learning approach to education. It’s this approach that has helped the University of Michigan’s entrepreneurial programs to rise up the rankings year after year, being the leaders and best in innovation. Whether a student wants to start his or her own business, work at a high-profile corporation or hone an existing skill set for future use, the CFE faculty is there to help advance students and their ventures to the best of their ability.