Why work at NYIT?
My background before earning a Ph.D. in management was in biological and chemical sciences. I'm comfortable combining technology and science with business. As a result, I fit well at technological universities. I also like the experiential learning mission of NYIT because it's conducive to entrepreneurship.
On the job
My role is to support an entrepreneurial culture at NYIT. The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies hosts activities including:
-Entrepreneurship speaker series as part of NYIT's professional enrichment program. Past speakers are Bob Gluck, Zev Asch, and Mark Coatney, who came to campus in the spring 2013 semester.
-Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO) Club, a chapter of the CEO National Organization.
-Business plan teams, such as Home2O, Trache-Time, and GreenKids Mediaall formed this year.
-Seasoned entrepreneurs and angel investors in residence to offer students sage advice and feedback.
-Ventures-in-residence program connecting students with startups such as Disruptive Technologists/Keyson Media, Vanguarde Consulting, Xion Medical, Pango Wireless Parking, Infront Strategies, and Trademarksthespot.com.
-Student/alumni business incubator offers access to office and conference spaces as well as mentoring and networking support for students. We have beautiful, new plans designed by NYIT architecture student Timothy O'Brien to make the incubator a more collaborative environment. I'm seeking donations to make this happen and strengthen our entrepreneurial climate on campus.
In addition, the center supports School of Management initiatives such as the undergraduate major in entrepreneurship and the Entrepreneurship Honor Society. I welcome business ideas from students, alumni, and the community.
For the spring 2013 semester, the highlight was work done by our student-led business plan teams. Each team sponsored by the center competed in some sort of competition. Home2O won the People's Choice Award at the New York State Business Plan Competition, and Trache-Time is working with an angel investor. These are two wins for NYIT. GreenKids Media has competed in several competitions.
The center is getting some traction with activities and outcomes. This has been a rewarding challenge that I expect to continue.
Incubation process of technology and scientific ventures. My current research is on the role of alumni in enabling university technology transfer, including university spin-offsthe creation of an entrepreneurial firm based upon university technology.
I enjoy working with students and helping to bring their business ideas to life. Just the other day I had two students in my office "pitching" their ideas to me, and another student discussing his venture launch.
For work, I read mostly the business press such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and academic journals. For fun, I'm reading The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. I prefer my personal reading to be very different from my work reading.