EFS executive committee

The Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholars (EFS) Executive Committee can offer personal assistance to new faculty entrepreneurs at various stages of company conceptualization, start-up, funding, product launch, business development, and growth.

2016-2017 executive members

Roger Altizer, Entertainment Arts and Engineering

Associate Professor | 801-581-5460 | roger.altizer@utah.edu

Ellen Bromberg, Fine Arts

Department of Modern Dance | 801-581-7327 | e.bromberg@m.cc.utah.edu

Ellen Bromberg is a choreographer, media artist, screendance curator and educator. Her choreography and films have been seen nationally and internationally, and she has received numerous awards and grants for her work including a 2012 University of Utah Distinguished Innovation and Impact Award and a 2006 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. A Professor in the Department of Modern Dance at the University of Utah, Ms. Bromberg is also the founding director of the first Graduate Certificate in Screendance.

Gretchen A. Case, School of Medicine

Medical Ethics and Humanities, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics | 801-585-9766 | gretchen.case@hsc.utah.edu

Gretchen A. Case is Assistant Professor in the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities, the Department of Internal Medicine, and the Department of Pediatrics. She received a BA in Speech Communication and History and an MA in Communication Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill and a PhD in Performance Studies from UC, Berkeley.

Dr. Case's research and teaching interests are in the medical humanities: the many ways in which the arts and humanities intersect with the medical arts and sciences. Her scholarly projects often combine communication, performance, disability theory, cultures of medicine, oral history, and ethnography. Dr. Case also has more than ten years of experience as a public historian, specializing in histories of science and medicine. She is currently and is currently developing an empirically based theatrical approach to improving communication between health care providers and patients with Dr. Sydney Cheek-O'Donnell in the Department of Theatre.

Katharine Coles, Humanities

Department of English | 801-581-7868 | k.coles@english.utah.edu

Katharine Coles’ fifth poetry collection, The Earth Is Not Flat (Red Hen 2013), was written under the auspices of the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program; ten poems from the book, translated into German by Klaus Martens, appeared in the summer 2014 issue of the journal Matrix. Her sixth collection, Flight, is due out in 2016. She has also published two novels. Recent poems and prose have appeared in Poetry Northwest, Seneca Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Image, Crazyhorse, Ascent, and Poetry; ten poems, translated into German by Klaus Martens, appeared in 2014 in the journal Matrix. A professor at the University of Utah, in 2009-10 she served as the inaugural director of the Poetry Foundation’s Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute. She has received grants and awards from the NEA, the NEH and, in 2012-13, the Guggenheim Foundation.

Cynthia Furse, Engineering

Associate V.P. and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering | 801-585-7234 | cfurse@ece.utah.edu

Dr. Furse is the Associate Vice President for Research at the University of Utah and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Furse has developed novel methods for locating faults on live electrical wiring and is a founder of LiveWire Innovation, which is commercializing this technology. She has also developed antennas for use in the human body and novel advancements to the FDTD electromagnetic simulation method. Dr. Furse is also an innovative educator and leader in the flipped classroom initiative and has received numerous awards for her teaching. Dr. Furse works to interest young students in engineering and routinely volunteers in Utah's K-12 schools. She is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Sarah George, Biology

Natural History Museum of Utah |801-581-6927 | sgeorge@nhmu.utah.edu

Sarah George is the Executive Director of the Natural History Museum of Utah and Adjunct Associate Professor of Biology. She oversaw the development, design, and construction of the new home for the Museum, the Rio Tinto Center, and manages a variety of research collections and labs, public, and school programs. The Museum is a venue for a wide array of multidisciplinary programs, many of which have been in partnership with Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholars. Receiving her Ph.D. In biology from the University of New Mexico, Dr. George was awarded the Directors Chair by the Western Museums Association in 2013 and was named a 2012 Pathfinder by the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Stephen Goldsmith, Architecture & Planning

Department of Architecture | 801-581-8255 | goldsmith@arch.utah.edu

Stephen Goldsmith is a craftsman, sculptor and founder of Artspace, a non-profit organization that has been developing affordable live/work space, childcare and educational facilities, and incubator space for non-profit agencies in Salt Lake City since 1980. His work has evolved across disciplines including design collaborations on The Seven Canyons Fountain in Liberty Park, the day-lighting of the real City Creek below Memory Grove, and his becoming the first artist/planning director for a major U.S. city, where he served in that role during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.   During the Olympics he produced an international exhibition and symposium titled, The Physical Fitness of Cities: Vision and Ethics in City Building in collaboration with Moshe Safdie and Samina Queraeshi. He went on to become the National Director of the Frederick Rose Architectural Fellowship Program for the Enterprise Foundation. He's currently an Associate Professor at the University of Utah's College of Architecture + Planning, and the University’s Professor for Campus Sustainability for which he created a new course on Empathic Sustainability. He is Director of The Center for the Living City, an organization founded in 2005 with the support and encouragement of Jane Jacobs. His book What We See: advancing the observations of Jane Jacobs, co-authored with Lynne Elizabeth won the Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Prize in 2010.

Eric Handman, Modern Dance

Associate Professor | 801-581-7327 | eric.handman@utah.edu

Eric Handman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Modern Dance. He specializes in emergent creative processes, technique, improvisation, composition, qualitative research methods, aesthetics, criticism and theory. He is interested in how gaming technologies can be used to enhance creativity. He is working on interactive software for music visualization.

Kai Kuck, School of Medicine

Anesthesiology, 801-581-6393, kai.kuck@hsc.utah.edu

John Langell, School of Medicine

General Surgery, 801-587-7288, john.langell@hsc.utah.edu

John Langell, MD, PhD, MPH is Executive Director of the Center for Medical Innovation and a minimally invasive gastrointestinal and endocrine surgeon at the University of Utah and Chief of General Surgery at the George E. Wahlen VA Medical Center. Dr. Langell Completed his Bachelors of Science degree at the University of California at Los Angeles and his Doctor of Medicine degree at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

V. Kim Martinez, Fine Arts

Department of Art & Art History | 801-581-6513 | kim.martinez@art.utah.edu

V. Kim Martinez, Associate Professor is a painter, multi-media artist, community muralist and studio faculty. She exhibits nationally and internationally and has received numerous grants, artist residencies and awards including the National Endowments for the Arts, through the Utah Arts Council “Challenge America,” the University of Utah Tanner Humanities Professors Off-Campus Project and the Distinguished Innovation and Impact Award. Currently, she is the Graduate Director of the Department of Art & Art History MFA Studio Program.

Jodi Morstein, Nursing

College of Nursing | 801-585-7326 | jodi.morstein@nurs.utah.edu

Dr. Jodi Morstein is an advanced practice registered nurse who specializes in working with children, teens and their families. She has over 25 years of experience as a clinician working in in-patient and out-patient settings. Her research interests have focused on the development of social competence in seriously emotionally disturbed youth and currently she is working on a technology based intervention for children and adolescents with ADHD.

Nalini Nadkarni, Science

Center for Science and Math Education | 801-581-5231 | nalini.nadkarni@utah.edu

Dr. Nadkarni is a University of Utah Professor of Biology and the Director of the Center for Science and Mathematics Education. Her research is on the ecology of tropical rainforest canopies. She oversees teacher-training programs and innovates public engagement programs for non-traditional public audiences such as urban youth, artists, and the incarcerated.

Neal Patwari, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Associate Professor | 801-581-5917 | npatwari@ece.utah.edu

Neal Patwari has B.S. and M.S. degrees from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, all in Electrical Engineering. He is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the SPAN Lab at the University of Utah. Neal is the Director of Research at Xandem Technology, LLC.

Glenn Prestwich, Pharmacy

Department of Medicinal Chemistry | 801-585-9051 | glenn.prestwich@pharm.utah.edu

Glenn D. Prestwich is Presidential Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Presidential Special Assistant for Faculty Entrepreneurism at the University of Utah, where he created the Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholars program. He also chairs the U’s Internal Commercialization Coordination Council. He is also the Chancellor’s Distinguished Visiting Professor at Washington State University, and recently led an External Review of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at WSU. His research includes phospholipids in cell signaling, synthetic matrices for regenerative medicine, and anti-inflammatory glycosaminoglycans. He co-founded nine companies, including Echelon Biosciences, Glycosan BioSystems, Sentrx Animal Care, GlycoMira Therapeutics, Metallosensors, and Deuteria Agrochemicals. He is a 2013 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, recipient of the 2006 Utah Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology, the 2008 Volwiler Research Award of the AACP, the 2010 University of Utah Distinguished Scholarly and Creative Research Award, and the 2014 U of Utah Distinguished Innovation and Impact Award. During 41 years as a faculty member, he has over 650 publications (H-index 82) and 25 issued patents and has trained over 125 postgraduate scientists. He is a pilot, a first tenor, and an advocate for chamber music.

Amelia Rinehart, Law

College of Law | 801-581-6833 | amelia.rinehart@law.utah.edu

Professor Rinehart joined the faculty in 2010 following two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Florida State University. Prior to entering the legal academy, she practiced law for several years at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe L.L.P. in New York, and Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrère & Denègre L.L.P. in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she specialized in intellectual property litigation, procurement, and counseling. Professor Rinehart is a registered patent attorney and her scholarship focuses on patent law and theory.

Professor Rinehart received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 2002. She received a Master of Science in biomedical engineering from Tulane University in 1997, and a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering, summa cum laude, with Departmental Honors from Tulane University in 1996. Prior to attending law school, Professor Rinehart worked as an engineer at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Professor Rinehart teaches Contracts, Patent Law, Intellectual Property Survey and Intellectual Property Workshop.

James Thompson, Technology and Venture Commercialization

Business and Technology Development Manager | 801-213-3564 | james.thompson@tvc.utah.edu

James is currently the associate director of the Business Technology Development group and the engineering team lead at the University of Utah's Technology & Venture Commercialization office. James has over 14 years of industry experience in the biological sciences previously serving as director of R&D and executive director of the Spendlove Research Foundation, co-founder Quansys Biosciences and Petrobio Tech, director of new product development Echelon Biosciences, adjunct professor of Biology at Salt Lake Community College and the director of business development for both Frontier Scientific and Echelon Biosciences.

Chris Wasden, Business

Executive Director of the Sorenson Center for Discovery and Innovation | 801-585-9857 | chris.wasden@utah.edu

Dr. Chris Wasden is the Executive Director of the Sorenson Center for Discovery and Innovation at the University of Utah. Previously he was a Managing Director at PwC and the Global Healthcare Innovation Leader. As a global thought leader on Digital Health and the role that Social, Mobile, Analytic and Cloud technologies are transforming healthcare he has written and published over 40 articles and reports on the topic, and he speaks at over 30 events each year on how Digital Health is transforming the practice of medicine, the delivery of care, and the creation of an entirely new wellness paradigm based upon objective measures that lead to greater engagement and changes in human behavior. He advises leading companies on how mobile sensors and Digital Health innovations can create new markets and opportunities (AT&T, Telefonica, Vodafone, Swisscom, Sharp, HCSC, Nokia, RIM, Roche Diagnostics, Eisai Pharmaceuticals, Genentech, Partners Healthcare, just to name a few). He is a named inventor on 11 issued patents and has been a leader in 10 different startups where he developed many of his ideas around the innovation cycle and lifecycle and how fast, frequent, frugal, and failure accelerates innovation. Dr. Wasden has a doctorate in human and organizational learning from George Washington University in Washington, DC, an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School, and bachelor degrees in accounting (BS) and Asian studies (BA) from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Cheryl A. Wright, Family and Consumer Studies (CSBS)

Associate Professor | 801-581-7712 | cheryl.wright@fcs.utah.edu

Cheryl Wright is an associate professor with research interests in the creative and social-emotional development of children. Her current interest centers on community-based participatory research (CBPR) project focused on students with autism and their families. She is the co-founder of NeuroVersity - a technology based educational program for students with autism and related disorders. The program leverages 3D design software to enhance the social, personal and vocational skills of participating students. The program is strength (visual-spatial skills) and interest focused and research based. The NeuroVersity research team has published papers focusing on the family, sibling and grandparent involvement in the program. Additional papers have analyzed the social, creative and vocational environments that are enhanced through student and family participation. The long-range goal of the program is employment since individuals with autism have some of the highest rates on unemployment, underemployment and mal-employment. The program that started in Salt Lake City has been replicated in The Dalles (Oregon), Orlando (Florida) and Boulder (Colorado).

Past committee members