Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

CIE Faculty Fellows

The CIE Faculty Fellows are growing the entrepreneurship culture at Cal Poly. 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.

CIE Faculty Fellows


Deb Donig

English Literature, College of Liberal Arts

Deb Donig is an Assistant Professor of English Literature at Cal Poly. She is the co-founder of the Cal Poly Ethical Technology Initiative and the host of Technically Human,” a podcast where she talks with major thinkers, writers, and industry-leading technologists about the relationship between humans and the technologies we create.

She has taught and published on a wide variety of areas, including comparative genocide studies, science fiction, African and Caribbean literature, and The New Yorker. Outside of academia, she consults on film and television projects, including the forthcoming anthology series “Weight of the World,” and the Amazon Prime Series Hunters, produced by Jordan Peele and starring Al Pacino. In 2020, she was featured as an expert in the documentary “Hunters: Behind the Scenes,” where she discussed the role of fiction in and the ethics of representing the Holocaust.

Andrew Lacanienta

Experience Industry Management, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

Dr. Andrew Lacanienta is an assistant professor in the Experience Industry Management Department in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences.  Andrew received his Ph.D. from Texas University in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences with an emphasis on theories and frameworks of experience design.

Andrew lives to create memorable experiences that connect people, facilitate feelings of competence, and invite autonomy.  He does this for a variety of stakeholders, focusing first and foremost on his students and their learning experiences. Andrew believes that in order to design meaningful experiences we simply need to add a little intention and care to things we are already doing – So for Andrew, everything is an experience.  From classroom lectures and workshops to marketing activations or retreats.  From a simple dinner at home to a bedtime routine or even intentionally designing the experience that is our life.  Andrew utilizes a refined toolkit of resources, frameworks, and processes such as experience journey maps, Design Thinking, narrative storyboards, and the hero’s journey to help students, clients, and humans of all kinds to design memorable experiences.

Andrew is part of an international team of scholars working to create a theoretical foundation for experience design research.  This research includes theory construction, measurement, and practitioner-friendly application of topics such as engagement, co-creation, absorption, memorability, and storytelling.  Andrew’s research has been published in top-tier journals (Leisure Sciences and The Journal of Leisure Research) and presented internationally at The College of Extraordinary Experiences, Meeting Professionals International, The International Live Events Association, and more.

Kim Lisagor Bisheff

Multimedia Journalism, College of Liberal Arts

Kim Lisagor Bisheff teaches multimedia journalism, public affairs reporting, and media entrepreneurship in the Cal Poly Journalism Department, where she has worked as an adjunct since 2004.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA and a master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley, and worked at the Los Angeles Times and Outside magazine before becoming a freelance writer, author and lecturer. Her most recent book, “Disappearing Destinations” (Penguin Random House, co-authored with Heather Hansen) won the Outstanding Book Award for General Nonfiction from the American Society of Journalists & Authors.

Bisheff is passionate about teaching media literacy concepts on campus and in the community, and she speaks and writes frequently about the spread of misinformation through social networks. As a CIE Faculty Fellow, she aims to develop multidisciplinary partnerships to promote media training among STEM students and STEM literacy among journalism students. She also hopes to shepherd her entrepreneurship students through the CIE programs as they turn their classroom news innovations into real-world media solutions.

Laura Cacciamani

Psychology and Child Development, College of Liberal Arts

Dr. Laura Cacciamani is an Assistant Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology and Child Development in the College ofLiberal Arts. Dr. Cacciamani earned her Ph.D. in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience from the University of Arizona, after which she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco.

Dr. Cacciamani’s research focuses on the neural underpinnings of perception and memory, as well as the interactions between the senses. She has published papers that have used behavioral, neuroimaging, and neurostimulation techniques to investigate these topics in young adults, older adults, and people who are blind.

Although studying brains is her passion, she has always had an interest in innovation. As a CIE Fellow, Dr. Cacciamani is excited to merge the seemingly disparate fields of entrepreneurship and cognitive neuroscience. In doing so, she hopes to show students, both in the classroom and research lab, that thinking about the brain can provide insight into entrepreneurship, and vice versa.



Lauren Cooper

Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering

Dr. Lauren Cooper is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. She enjoys teaching freshman- through senior-level design courses focused on hands-on projects. Past and current projects include PVC kick scooters, drill-powered vehicles, household products made out of discarded Nike shoe scraps, portable escape rooms, and rehabilitation projects to help people in the community with disabilities.

Dr. Cooper earned her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Engineering Education from the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research interests include project-based learning, student motivation, human-centered design, and the role of mental wellbeing, mindfulness, and empathy in engineering. Her industry experience includes renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Dr. Cooper is passionate about helping students develop creative confidence, empathy, and design thinking skills. As a CIE Faculty Fellow, she hopes to integrate more innovation and entrepreneurship into her classes and to be better equipped to help her students progress their great ideas through CIE’s various programs and opportunities. Dr. Cooper is also particularly interested in fostering cross-disciplinary projects with faculty and students to promote greater mental wellbeing on campus.

Hani Alzraiee

Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering

Dr. Alzraiee is an Assistant Professor of Construction Engineering at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. Before joining Cal Poly in 2018, Dr. Alzraiee spent 17 years working in the design and construction of different projects such as commercial buildings, highways, bridges, and oil and gas plants. Dr. Alzraiee received his Ph.D. in Building Engineering from Concordia University in Canada.

Dr. Alzraiee’ s research interests focus on developing and leveraging advanced tools for optimizing construction safety, cost and schedule. His research is focusing on automation and technology applications in the construction sector by using advanced virtual design and construction platforms, reality capture (As-Built) using 3D Laser Scanner and Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).

He is the Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Heavy Civil Minor, a new minor jointly created by the departments of Civil and Environmental and Engineering and Construction Management. He collaborated with faculty and industrial partners to create this unique opportunity for students who aspire for a heavy civil career.

The construction industry is the least industry that uses innovation and technology. As such, Dr. Alzraiee is aspiring to create a mechanism through the CIE fellowship that supports Cal Poly Students to work on innovative projects that have great visibility for funding, implementation, and success.

Javin Oza

Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Science and Math

Dr. Javin Oza is an assistant professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College of Science and Mathematics. Javin received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara in Biomolecular Science and Engineering. He completed his postdoctoral work at Northwestern University in Bioengineering.

Javin works at the interface of biochemistry and biological engineering. Javin’s research group is innovating ways to manufacture and engineering proteins with the goals of better understanding nature’s design rules combined with applying these design rules for developing new biotechnologies and biomaterials. Javin is motivated by the integration of hypothesis-driven science and engineering-type thinking – if we understand a system well enough, can we modify it to solve problems in society, technology, and medicine?

Javin is excited about working with students interested in entrepreneurship to bring ideas to the market. The path from ideation to product truly integrates discovery, development, and business in a way that solves problems for society. For these reasons, the journey can be exciting and meaningful, and Javin looks forward to helping students along the way.

Christopher Heylman

Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering

Christopher Heylman received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He also holds a B.S. in General Engineering with a concentration in Biomedical Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He performed his graduate research on the transport limitations in engineered tissue constructs for orthopedic defects at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute.

Following his graduate studies, Dr. Heylman was a George E. Hewitt Foundation for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Irvine. There, he worked as part of both the Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiac Technologies and the Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics developing microphysiological systems (vascularized tissues and organs on a chip) for high throughput drug screening. His current research is focused on the further development of these tissue on a chip systems for drug testing.

Prior to joining Cal Poly, Dr. Heylman founded and served as CEO of Velox Biosystems, a clinical diagnostic startup developing rapid tests for the detection of pathogens in clinical samples that utilize a combination of microfluidics, fluorescent microscopy, and droplet based chemistry



Erik Sapper 

Western Coating Technology Center, Chemistry & Biochemistry Department, College of Science & Math

Dr. Erik Sapper is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Prior to joining the faculty at Cal Poly in 2016, Erik was a group leader, project manager, and materials engineer in the aerospace industry, where for six years he led international research teams in the development of novel polymeric materials and coatings for aerospace applications.

Now at Cal Poly, Erik’s research focuses on the autonomous and computationally-driven discovery and design of new materials for coatings applications and polymeric materials. He and his research team are based out of the Kenneth N. Edwards Western Coatings Technology Center in the College of Science and Mathematics.

Erik’s work has been published in the Journal of Coatings Technology and Research, Progress in Organic Coatings, Coatings, and Materials & Design, in addition to multiple trade journals, book chapters, and international patents. His work on the modeling, performance prediction, and computational design of new coating materials have received multiple recognitions from the American Coatings Association.

Erik is passionate about creating industrial and entrepreneurial project opportunities for students. Design Thinking sprints, flipped classrooms, student-proposed and -managed research projects, patent application lab reports, and business plan drafting are some of the activities and assignments included in his chemistry courses. Erik is eager to further encourage interdisciplinary entrepreneurship across the Cal Poly community by serving as a CIE Faculty Fellow.

Michael D. Whitt

Biomedical Engineering Department, College of Engineering

Dr. Michael D. Whitt is currently instructing in the Biomedical Engineering Department. His academic and industrial experiences include academic positions with the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, Miami Dade College, and Purdue University, in addition to experiences with Fortune 500 pharmaceutical and medical device companies. He is a Founder of a medical device start-up, Cordex Systems, Inc., which has developed a noninvasive early detection method for cardiovascular disease.

Michael’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University, a Master of Science and Doctorate of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers University/University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UNDNJ), and a Masters in Business Administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. While at Rutgers/UMDNJ, Michael focused his studies in the areas of biomechanics and biomaterials while simultaneously performing research in the areas of medical instrumentation and hemodynamics.

Michael is a patent holder of US and international patents and has carried the importance of product development into his involvements with the non-profit organizations Center for Leadership Development (Indianapolis, IN) and Academy of Business Leadership (Rosemead, CA) while helping to facilitate the success of each group’s mission to ‘foster the advancement of minority youth in central Indiana as future professional, business, and community leaders’ and develop youth that will become ‘the agents of change needed to make a difference in their communities, schools, and world.’. Michael is the 2008 Center for Leadership Development Achievement in Science and Technical Disciplines Award Recipient.

Michael is committed to the development of opportunities to contribute to students, healthcare clinicians, and community members.

Bo Liu

BioResource and Agriculture, College of Engineering

Dr. Bo Liu is an assistant professor in the BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department at Cal Poly. He received his doctoral and master’s degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

He teaches coursework in the areas of electronics, sensors, data acquisition systems, and robotics, and conducts research in emerging information technologies, and mechatronics applications in agricultural production and processing.

Dr. Liu believes that entrepreneurship plays a very important rule in the foundation of the “Learn by Doing” philosophy of Cal Poly. He wants to teach courses that can provide Cal Poly graduates with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to encourage entrepreneurial success, and shift their mindsets from being job seekers towards being job creators.


Ahmed Deif

Industrial Technology & Packaging, Orfalea College of Business      

Dr. Ahmed Deif is an assistant professor of operation and process improvement at the Industrial Technology & Packaging dept. at the Orfalea College of Business. Before joining Cal Poly, Dr. Deif was an assistant professor at Universities of Regina and Windsor in Canada. Dr. Deif received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering from the University of Windsor, Canada.

Dr. Deif current research interests are in value chain management, optimal manufacturing, and service planning, and control, lean and green manufacturing/service systems and dynamic analysis of clustering systems

Dr. Deif has a diverse portfolio in his industrial experience ranging from automotive industry where he worked at the R&D centre at Chrysler Canada to steel industry to electronic industry and finally assembly industry at various engineering and consultancy capacities. As a lean and six sigma certified expert, Dr. Deif helped various industries in improving their production performance in different countries.

Dr. Deif is planning to create interest through his the CIE fellowship in innovative value chains as an emerging entrepreneurial field. Furthermore, he will employ his gamification approach in teaching various CIE activities.

Philip Barlow

Construction Management,  College of Architecture & Environmental Design

Philip Barlow has served as a full professor faculty member in the Construction Management at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California for the last 12 years. In addition to being a full-time faculty member, he also currently serves as the Cal Poly CM Department Co-op & Senior Project Director.

He has a PhD from the University of Florida in Construction Management, an M.B.A. in Finance with a concentration in Real Estate from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, and a B.S. in Construction Management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Phil previously amassed nearly twenty years of construction field experience working ultimately as a senior project manager for Webcor Builders and a senior construction manager for 3D/I now Parsons Corporation.

Phil holds several certifications in construction management related fields including; California Contractor License ‘B’, California Mortgage Brokers License, DBIA – Design Build Professional, AIC – American Institute of Constructors – Certified Professional Constructor, GBIC – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED- AP), and AACE – Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering – Certified Cost Consultant. Phil has received teaching awards from Cal Poly, the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC), Association of General Contractors (AGC) and Construction Management Association of America (CMAA).

Stern Neill

Marketing, Orfalea College of Business

Stern Neill is a Professor of Marketing at the Orfalea College of Business where he offers project-based courses in customer research and new product development and launch. As a scholar, his research is on marketing insights and innovation and examines how individuals (entrepreneurs and executives) and organizations (new ventures and businesses) develop new insights and engage in innovative behaviors in complex, ambiguous and uncertain situations.

As an educator, his purpose is to guide students in developing and applying competencies that support insight and innovation, as revealed and demonstrated in his scholarship. This research is published in academic journals, including Entrepreneurship Research JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, and Journal of Business Research. He also conducts field research in China and the South Pacific.

Dr. Neill received his PhD in Business Administration from Louisiana State University. He joined the Cal Poly faculty in 2008 after eight years at the University of Washington, Tacoma.



Lynne Slivovsky

Computer and Electrical, College of Engineering

Lynne A. Slivovsky (Ph.D., Purdue University, 2001) is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California.

She received the Frontiers In Education New Faculty Fellow Award in 2003.  Her work in service learning led to her selection in 2007 as a California Campus Compact-Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Faculty Fellow for Service-Learning for Political Engagement. In 2010 she received the Cal Poly President’s Community Service Award for Significant Faculty Contribution. Her work examines design learning in the context of engagement and the interplay between technology and society.


David Askay

Communication Studies, College of Liberal Arts

David Askay joined Cal Poly as an assistant professor in the Communication Studies Department in 2013, after earning an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Organizational Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. With an educational background spanning organizational communication, industrial-organizational psychology, management, and human-computer interaction, he teaches on topics ranging from teamwork, creativity, leadership, organizational control, digital labor, and sociotechnical design.

Askay’s research primarily focuses on sociotechnical design that enables and constrains participation in crowd-based platforms. In a study of online review production on a hospitably website, he identified how to interface design and community norms inhibited the willingness of users to contribute negative reviews. Another study revealed hidden organizations that operate within the seemingly disconnected crowd of reviewers on Yelp. Currently, he is investigating organizational control strategies for managing digital laborers.

 His experience with innovation began as a participant in the Teams in Engineering Service (TIES) program at UC San Diego, in which he joined an interdisciplinary team to develop a technological system to improve the workflow of nurses. Inspired by this experience, he later helped to initiate a second TIES project to create a digital vision screening system for quickly and accurately identifying eye problems in children.

As a CIE Faculty Fellow, Askay will be creating a Cal Poly Chapter of OpenIDEO, enabling ongoing opportunities for interdisciplinary teams of students, faculty, and staff to investigate, collaborate, and innovate around some of the biggest problems facing the world today.

Taryn Stanko

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.


Clare Olsen

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.



Dale Dolan

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.


Brian Granger

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.

Find him @ellisonbg on Twitter and GitHub.


Christiane Schroeter

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.



Mary Glick

Journalism, College of Liberal Arts

Mary Glick is an associate professor and former chair of the Journalism Department. She coordinates the department’s internship program, working 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.

Before coming to Cal Poly in 2012, she was Associate Director for the American Press Institute, where she designed and moderated innovative training seminars for newspaper executives during a time of great upheaval in the newspaper industry. She also helped organize a landmark study of women in newspaper leadership, followed by a series of retreats that focused on women’s authentic leadership styles.

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.

Mary has worked with other Fellows to create an Integrated Marketing Communications minor and develop a course in Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


Lynn Metcalf

Entrepreneurship, Orfalea College of Business

Dr. Lynn Metcalf is a Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Orfalea College of Business. She serves as co-Academic Director for Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and is also a consultant with the Cal Poly Small Business Development Center for Innovation.

As a CIE Fellow, Professor Metcalf conducted research revealing what’s needed to support students’ entrepreneur

ial aspirations on campus. In addition, she spearheaded the development of the Integrated Marketing Communications minor with Faculty Fellow Mary Glick.

In collaboration with Faculty Fellow David Askay, Professor Metcalf developed an entrepreneurship elective course, Solving Big World Challenges, which they co-teach. Professor Metcalf and Professor Askay have also collaborated to publish research on the use of artificial swarm intelligence in business decision making contexts. She has also collaborated with CIE co-founder Jonathan York and CIE co-Academic Director Tom Katona to publish research on university accelerator programs.

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.



Bob Crockett

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.


Enrica Lovaglio Costello

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.


Umut Toker

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.