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George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

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CIE Affiliate Page Images 600x600 1Ali Andalibi

Dr. Andalibi is the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Science at George Mason University. Prior to joining GMU, Dr. Andalibi held the position of Associate Vice President for Research at the University of Connecticut and Stony Brook University and served as the Vice President of Research and Chief Scientific Officer at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

Dr. Andalibi received his PhD from the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at UCLA and later joined the faculty in the Department of Medicine in UCLA. Subsequently, he was involved in several early stage biotechnology companies. He then joined the House Ear Institute (HEI) as the Director of New Technology and Project Development and held a joint appointment in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Southern California, School of Medicine. Dr. Andalibi then served as a Program Director in the National Science Foundation’s Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships, where he oversaw the NSF’s medical biotechnology SBIR/STTR grant portfolio and subsequently moved to the National Cancer Institute, where he served as the head of the Therapeutics and Diagnostics Section in the NCI’s SBIR Development Center.

CIE Affiliate Page Images 550x700Cheryl Druehl

Cheryl Druehl is an Associate Professor of Operations Management in George Mason’s School of Business. Druehl’s previous appointments include the R.H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park and Stonehill College. She has a PhD in Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Druehl’s research interests are in the areas of product development, supply chain management and sustainable operations. Her recent work studies innovation contests and environmentally-focused product and process development efforts. Other work models the encroachment of a disruptive innovation on an existing product, diffusion of technology from an operations perspective, and outsourcing process and product innovation in the supply chain. She has published research in Productions and Operations Management Journal, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Decision Sciences, and European Journal of Operational Research.

CIE Affiliate Page Images 550x700 4Dan Lofaro

Dan Lofaro, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Volgenau School of Engineering.

He is an Electrical Engineer and Roboticists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in the Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence (NCARAI) within the Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research (LASR). He also serves as an Office of Naval Research Global Science Director in Tokyo, Japan. Additionally, Lofaro is a professor at the University of Maryland, he owns and runs Lofaro Labs LLC, and is the director of interdisciplinary laboratory Lofaro Labs Robotics which is a part of the international laboratory group called the DASL Autonomous Systems Lab Group (DASL Group). An NSF-EAPSI and ONR-SFRP Fellow, he received his doctorate from the ECE Department at Drexel University in 2013 under the guidance of Dr. Paul Oh. He was the Research Lead of the DARPA Robotics Challenge team DRC-Hubo from 2012 to 2014. His research focus is in the overarching field of real-world robotics. Within this research, interests include Swarm Robotics, Emergent Behaviors, Robot Design, Real-World Human/Robot Interaction, Humanoid Robotics, Complex Control Systems, Secure Robotics, Cloud Robotics, Unique Musical Instrument Design, and Real-Time Systems. Lofaro's work and collaborative work has been featured in the Washington Post, NPR, IEEE Spectrum, Popular Science, and other prominent print, web, and TV news sources.

CIE Affiliate Page Images 550x700 8Toyah Miller

Dr. Toyah Miller is a Full Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at George Mason University’s School of Business. She received her doctorate in Management at Texas A&M University, and before getting her doctorate, she worked as a management consultant for Ernst & Young. Her research focuses on four interrelated areas: entrepreneurship, innovation and change, international strategy, and corporate governance. Her entrepreneurship research explores topics on mentoring in accelerators, entrepreneurial networks, and new venture strategy. In addition, she has a strong interest in social entrepreneurship and inclusive innovation and is the Director of Research for Business for a Better World. She has published in such journals as Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, and Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice. She currently serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Management and on the editorial board of Journal of Business Venturing and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal.

CIE Affiliate Page Images 550x700 1Nathalia Peixoto

Nathalia Peixoto, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Bioengineering with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at George Mason University's College of Science.

Nathalia has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Universidade de Sao Paulo and a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Campinas. Until August 2006, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Krasnow Institute, focusing on seizure control with low frequency electric fields. She also developed microfabricated oxygen sensors to profile metabolic activity in cardiac cells at Stanford. During her PhD at USP (Brazil), she developed microelectrode arrays and investigated primary neuronal cultures. As part of her PhD project, Nathalia spent almost two years in Germany (in Bonn) as a researcher with the German Retina Implant project. During her Masters (at Unicamp, Brazil), she investigated the spreading depression phenomenon in the chicken retina, which is an experimental model for migraines.

Nathalia’s current research interests include implantable electrodes, hybrid systems (cell cultures and electronics), control of assistive technology, experimental models of neuropathologies such as epilepsy and Alzheimer’s, and virtual reality systems with physiological monitoring for predicting addictive behavior.

CIE Affiliate Page Images 550x700 7Greg Unruh

Dr. Gregory C. Unruh is the Arison Professor of Values Leadership at George Mason University and an expert on sustainable business strategy. An outspoken advocate of environmental sustainability and climate responsibility, Unruh has served as a technical reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the group that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. He is the creator of Carbon Lock-in theory, a line of academic research that has received thousands of citations and spurred new lines of climate policy research around the globe. He has been recognized as a strategic partner of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), an initiative dedicated to implementing socially and environmentally responsible business practices globally. As part of his UNGC commitments, Unruh contributed to the Principles of Responsible Business Education, which he presented to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the Palais de Nations in Geneva. Author of numerous best-selling leadership books, he co-founded the Center for Eco-Intelligent Management with the renowned “green” designer William McDonough and has published his research findings in the Harvard Business Review, the MIT Sloan Management Review and Forbes Magazine.