Within each of Cal Poly’s six colleges, CIE Faculty Fellows incorporate innovation, and entrepreneurship into their coursework, serve as CIE ambassadors within the college they represent and help guide students through various entrepreneurial career paths.
Communication Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Management, Orfalea College of Business
Dr. Taryn Stanko is an Assistant Professor of Management at the Orfalea College of Business. Prior to joining Cal Poly, Taryn was an Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon’s Lundquist College of Business. She currently teaches organizational behavior and negotiation at the undergraduate and graduate levels and her research has been published in outlets such as the Academy of Management Journal and Organization Science. Taryn’s research focuses on virtual work, work and non-work boundary management, and negotiation and gender.
Before launching her academic career, Taryn worked as a manager at a startup that created customized business solution software and then for several years at Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles. She received a Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Through her past work experience, research, and time consulting with start-ups, Taryn has recognized that a negotiation is a critical tool for entrepreneurs. As a CIE Faculty Fellow, Taryn’s goals are to help founders become more effective negotiators via workshops and one-on-one mentoring. She will also be designing and teaching a new course on negotiation for entrepreneurs to students from across the Cal Poly campus.
Aerospace, College of Engineering
Graphic Communications, College of Liberal Arts
Farber’s research tends towards community and user engagement and storytelling. As the recipient of the New Haven Arts Council Fellowship, New Haven CT, she worked with two colleagues and a team of students to create a project with a featured presentation at Yale’s British Museum of Art at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. She recently published a transmedia project, entitled Art Courage Program, which is a book and olfactory system. Also, she recently developed a piece commissioned by the San Diego Art Institute titled Scentwalk: Balboa Park which explores Balboa Park in San Diego through an interactive sensory map and olfaction component.
Throughout Charmaine Farber’s sixteen years of professional experience in the design industry, she has worked as a ux/ui designer, illustrator, graphic designer, animator and educator, both nationally and internationally, for CIVCO International, MacArthur Foundation, Congressman Loebsack of Iowa, Stamats, Lipman Hearne, SMC Marketing Hong Kong, and Benson & Hepkar Design Group, and has spoken at events everywhere from Yale University to Chiba, Japan.
Farber currently holds a tenure-track position at Cal Poly in the Graphic Communications Dept., teaching undergraduate interactive design and user experience for mobile applications. She also currently holds an appointment in Department of Medical Sciences of the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University as a graduate student mentor.
Farber’s M.F.A. (with honors) is in Design from the University of Iowa. She also attended the Savannah College of Art and Design with an Artistic Scholarship and earned my M.A. in Interactive Media Design and Game Development.
As a CIE Faculty Fellow, Farber’s project will bring user experience and visual design to Cal Poly startups.
Computer Science, College of Engineering
David Janzen is a Professor of Computer Science, co-founder of Steadfast Innovation, LLC, and consultant and trainer with Simex. He has led the Cal Poly Software Engineering Capstone sequence since 2006, working with companies including Salesforce, Intuit, General Atomics, Amgen, and Scientific Drilling. He has helped numerous students start companies primarily from his Android mobile courses, most notably Punchd which was acquired by Google in 2011. These efforts earned him a “Most Likely to Make You a Billionaire” award from the student ACM chapter. His research has resulted in 28 publications and includes industry and NSF-funded projects focusing on Test-Driven Development and online learning environments.
David co-founded Steadfast Innovation, LLC in 2012 at the CIE HotHouse with former student Andrew Hughes. They created Squid (formerly Papyrus – http://squidnotes.com), a handwriting note-taking app with well over two million downloads on Android and Windows. Squid has been featured on Google Play, Amazon AppStore, Samsung Apps, and Windows App Store, and received awards in the Samsung S-Pen Challenge and the Dual Screen App Challenge. David received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 2006.
Architecture, College of Architecture & Environmental Design
Clare Olsen is an assistant professor in the Architecture Department and teaches design, materials, and digital technology courses. A dedicated educator, Olsen has also taught at Tulane University, Cornell University, and Syracuse University. In her studio courses, she strives to expand students’ understanding of design methods, representation, and research, and she encourages her students to endeavor to make contributions to the practice of architecture through innovative approaches to design problems. She’s excited about working with the faculty and students across many departments in the university through the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Olsen is a licensed architect and has worked in firms in Los Angeles, Stockholm and Salt Lake City. Since beginning her teaching career, she started her practice, C.O.CO., which has focused on installation and furniture design projects. Her installation, PROJECTions hovers in a lightwell in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, and Reflection glows in the stairwell at the Robert E. Kennedy Library at Cal Poly.
Olsen’s recent research has focused on interdisciplinarity, computation, materials and design pedagogy. Her book, Collaborations in Architecture and Engineering, co-authored with engineer Sinead Mac Namara (Routledge, 2014) has received international acclaim. Through interviews with architects and engineers all over the world, Olsen and Mac Namara learned about innovations in working methods and design that were achieved through collaboration.
Recognizing the huge rewards of interdisciplinary partnerships, she is eager to collaborate with faculty and mentor students through the CIE Fellowship. Olsen’s plans for the CIE Faculty Fellows program will center on the development of a major and a set of co-curricular courses on sustainable product design.
Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering
Dr. Dale Dolan is the Hood Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Cal Poly. He has experience in renewable energy projects, power electronics, power systems, education and advanced motor drives.
He is past Chair on the Board of Directors of Windy Hills Caledon Renewable Energy, past Chair of the OSEA (Ontario Sustainable Energy Association) Board and was an Executive Chair of the 7th World Wind Energy Conference 2008 (WWEC 2008).
He is committed to making renewable energy a strong component of the world’s supply mix to reduce greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. He is currently working on commercializing a prototype power strip that saves consumers electricity and money when charging battery powered devices without requiring users to change their behavior.
As a CIE Fellow, Dolan will continue to develop and implement entrepreneurial modules into his coursework and continue research and development on an energy saving electrical outlet.
Physics, College of Science & Mathematics
Brian Granger is an Associate Professor of Physics at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. He has a background in theoretical physics, with a Ph.D from the University of Colorado.
His current research interests include quantum computing, data science, and interactive computing environments. He is a leader of the IPython project, co-founder of Project Jupyter and is an active contributor to a number of open source projects focused on data science in Python, R and Julia. He is a board member of the NumFocus Foundation.
His time as a CIE Faculty Fellow focuses on building interdisciplinary courses and activities that combine data science with innovation and entrepreneurship. In particular, he will work to bring data science to a broad campus audience and work with CIE staff and students to develop a topic for one of the CIE Entrepreneurial Forum series.
Agribusiness, College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences
Christiane Schroeter works as Associate Professor in the Agribusiness Department where she teaches various marketing classes.
Christiane completed a Master’s degree at the University of Giessen, Germany and a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University, where she was a Fulbright Scholar. She graduated with her Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University. consumers.
For 6 years, Christiane has been actively promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) at Cal Poly. She has helped guide students in business plan development, and she has provided students with various professional networking opportunities.
As a Faculty Fellow, Christiane is creating a course in CAFES that will connect students to the CIE innovation programs such as Innovation Quest (iQ), the Hatchery and the Accelerator program.
Graphic Communication, College of Liberal Arts
Lorraine Donegan is a professor in the Graphic Communication Department at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She is the coordinator for the Design Reproduction Technology concentration within the Graphic Communication department. One specific goal of Ms. Donegan’s teaching is to link design with technology, preparing students to understand the language and role of the graphic designer and the final product. Her teaching and research specialties include web development, typography and design technology for books, publications and magazines.
In 2013, Ms. Donegan was accepted into the Coleman Foundation Faculty Entrepreneurship Fellows program, which aims to extend self-employment education across university and college campuses throughout the U.S. In 2014, with the help of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, she coordinated Cal Poly’s Design & Dev Hackathon, bringing together 100+ Cal Poly students from disciplines across the university. The students worked in teams to design apps and/or web sites over a 12-hour period. The Design & Dev Hackathon is designed to pool creativity and foster entrepreneurial spirit.
In 2006, Ms Donegan was honored with the Electronic Document Systems Foundation (EDSF) Educator of the Year award for her contributions to educational efforts in the advancement of printing, document management and communications. She has spoken at conferences in Chicago, Las Vegas, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland and New York City on the issues of design and production. She has traveled to Germany and England to participate in major graphic arts events including DRUPA and HP Digital Publishing Initiative. Her award-winning book and publication design projects have been highly esteemed within the domestic and international graphic arts community.
Journalism, College of Liberal Arts
As the chair of Cal Poly’s Journalism Department, Mary Glick works with the department’s six full-time faculty, three staff members and more than 250 journalism majors to ensure that students are prepared to enter the rapidly changing world of news media and public relations.
She began teaching journalism at California State University, Long Beach and was named Outstanding Journalism Educator by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. Mary held editorial positions for daily newspapers in Southern California and worked in marketing and public relations, first as Communications Director for Disneyland Hotel and later as a private communications consultant.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the State University of New York, College at Oswego, and a master’s in communications from California State University, Fullerton. Her work as a CIE Fellow revolves around the business operations that support the student-run Mustang News, KCPR-FM and Central Coast PRspectives.
In addition, Mary has worked with other Fellows to create an Integrated Marketing Communications minor and is currently working with the CIE Innovation Sandbox staff to create an entrepreneurial workshop.
Marketing, Orfalea College of Business
Dr. Lynn Metcalf is Professor of Marketing in the Orfalea College of Business at California Polytechnic State University. She serves on the Academic Advisory Board for Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and is also CIE Senior Faculty Fellow.
Dr. Metcalf is a consultant with the Cal Poly Small Business Development Center for Innovation and leads the Kauffman FastTrac Tech Venture program for community entrepreneurs.
Dr. Metcalf has professional and academic experience in research methods. Over the past 10 years, she has worked with students on product development and launch projects for numerous client companies.
Dr. Metcalf received her Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of South Carolina, a Masters in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Business from the University of Oregon.
As a CIE Fellow, she spearheaded the development of the Integrated Marketing Communications minor with other Fellows and completed the study with the goal of revealing what’s needed to support students aspirations and startup culture on campus.
General Engineering, College of Engineering
Bob Crockett is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and the Director of the General Engineering Program at Cal Poly. Dr. Crockett received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Materials Science and Engineering. He holds an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Crockett is a specialist in technology development and commercialization of advanced materials and manufacturing processes. Prior to joining Cal Poly, he was the founder and President of Xeragen, Inc., a San Luis Obispo-based biotechnology startup company.
In addition to his academic work in innovation and entrepreneurship, Dr. Crockett is currently involved in 4 technology-based startup companies. Dr. Crockett’s CIE Fellows activities focus on developing the Innovation Sandbox, a physical and programmatic environment where students of all academic levels and majors across campus can come together to explore and develop their early-stage ideas.
Art & Design, College of Liberal Arts
Enrica Lovaglio Costello has been freelancing in the fields of multimedia, architecture and graphic design for the last twenty years. She is an Associate Professor in the Art and Design department at Cal Poly, specializing in media arts and technology, with an emphasis in visual narrative construction, creative content development, cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural models. She practices an exploratory use of technology for storytelling and stimulates interdisciplinary efforts and collaborations to strengthen the understanding of global culture and develop innovative ideas for pedagogical practice.
She has long been an advocate of art careers that hinge less on “work for others” vs. a more self-directed entrepreneurial approach that encompasses both expertise in business knowledge and alterations in mindset. She attempts to convey this entrepreneurial spirit to her students in every class.
Architecture, College of Architecture & Environmental Design
Umut’s experience covers architecture, visualization, urban design and design research in diverse environments. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture, a Master of Urban Design and a Ph.D. in Architecture. Umut teaches architectural design and urban design and studios at Cal Poly.
His research interests include architectural design, design of environments for research and development, computer applications in architectural and urban design, visualization and research methods in architectural and urban design.
His research on the design of research and development spaces to support innovation processes has been published in a variety of journals. Umut has been a CIE Fellow since 2012 and continues to collaborate with CIE.
His CIE Faculty Fellow related activities to date have been focusing on bringing entrepreneurship topics into the design curriculum, with a focus on connecting design students with local designers who run their own businesses.