2014 Presidential Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows

Six engineering professors were recognized for collaboration, entrepreneurial success

UW President Michael Young has appointed 10 faculty members to the UW's prestigious Presidential Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows (EFF) program for 2014; of the 10, six are engineering faculty. In addition, two more engineering professors were appointed industry sector co-chairs for the program.

This year's appointees join eight continuing fellows previously selected for success in initiating groundbreaking programs to translate research into products and therapies, in collaborating with industry, and in sharing their knowledge with other UW researchers.

"These professors have encouraged the commercial sector to take notice of UW, to consider us first when seeking collaborators and cutting-edge technology to form the basis of new patient treatments, products, and services," said Young. "Our Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows are a critical component of the ecosystem taking hold."

During their 2-year terms, the fellows will serve as mentors to other UW faculty, researchers, and staff with entrepreneurial aspirations and also share their experiences at campus entrepreneurial events. At the end of the term, fellows are encouraged to continue participation in the program and to serve as program and activity advisers to the UW Center for Commercialization (C4C).

Engineering faculty joining the EFF are:

Chuck Murray
Chuck Murry
Bioengineering
Mike Regnier
Mike Regnier
Bioengineering
Per Reinhall
Per Reinhall
Mechanical engineering
Shwetak Patel
Shwetak Patel
Computer science & engineering, electrical engineering

 

Two engineering faculty join the program's industry sector co-chairs:

Vikram Jandhyala
For software, IT and electrical engineering: Vikram Jandhyala, professor and former chair of Electrical Engineering, who recently was named UW Vice Provost for Innovation.
Vipin Kumar
For materials science: Vipin Kumar, associate professor of mechanical engineering.

 

 

The new fellows join Joyce Cooper, professor of mechanical engineering and Steve Gribble, professor of computer science & engineering, both 2013 program awardees.