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 UW CoMotion (previously Center for Commercialization or C4C).
Engineering faculty joining the EFF are:
- Chuck Murry
- Mike Regnier
- Per Reinhall
- Shwetak Patel
Computer science & engineering, electrical engineering
Two engineering faculty join the program's industry sector co-chairs:
- For software, IT and electrical engineering: Vikram Jandhyala, professor and former chair of Electrical Engineering, who recently was named UW Vice Provost for Innovation.
- For materials science: Vipin Kumar, associate professor of mechanical engineering.