Andrea Belz, the Director of the National Science Foundation Innovation Node – Los Angeles, serves as Entrepreneur-in-Residence (Technology) with faculty appointments in the Marshall School of Business, the Viterbi School of Engineering, and the Roski School of Design. Dr. Belz is Managing Director of Kinetic Intelligence, an intellectual property strategy consultancy and has previously guided strategic planning for world-class innovators including Avery Dennison, BP, California Institute of Technology, CVI Melles Griot, Korea Institute for the Advancement of Technology, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Occidental Petroleum, and UCLA. The author of The McGraw-Hill 36 Hour Course: Product Development, Dr. Belz has also consulted to many venture capital firms and university technology startups. She currently serves on the boards of ITUS and Caltech spinoff laser manufacturer Ondax. She holds a B.S. in physics from the University of Maryland at College Park, a Ph.D. in physics from the California Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. in finance from the Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business.
Jim Twerdahl, MBA, has over 30 years’ experience managing middle market companies that manufacture technically sophisticated consumer products. He served as president or CEO of several consumer electronics companies: Jensen Sound Laboratories, JBL International, and Marantz Company. He holds a BA from Trinity College and a MBA from Kellogg School of Management.
Rich Diephuis brings over 30 years of experience in software and product development, including executive roles with Alelo, Loyalize (purchased by Function(X)), Big Stage Entertainment, Lotus Development, Applicon (went public and purchased by Schlumberger), Polygen, Paracel (purchased by Celera Genomics) as well as Evolution Robotics (purchased by iRobot) and Desktop Factory (Idealab companies).
Kitty Cahalan, Ph.D., has more than a decade of experience working for high tech incubators as a project manager and knowledge manager at Idealab, and as a clinical coordinator and market research analyst at the Alfred Mann Foundation. While working with companies developing technology in diverse fields including robotics, geolocation, and medical devices, she helped develop market strategies and business plans and coordinated early-stage R&D activities. Kitty holds a Ph.D. in bioinorganic chemistry from Caltech and an A.B. in chemistry from Bryn Mawr College.
Mark Wald is an innovative problem solver who values simplicity, efficiency, and collaboration between people and organizations. Mark leverages a BA in Economics from UCLA and a broad range of professional experience that spans multiple industries and various sized businesses to consistently deliver fast, focused, and measurable results. Mark also manages the Southern CA market for Supporting Strategies, a full service bookkeeping firm providing Bookkeeping through Controller level support to startups and growing small businesses.
Stacia Raymond is a freelance writer and editor whose body of work includes fiction, non-fiction and technical writing for clients in the fields of art, music, law, and technology. She holds a B.A. in Communications from The American University, an M.F.A. in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California, and is an adjunct professor at The American University for their Los Angeles based programs. Stacia’s television work has been produced by CBS, Lifetime, and Paramount. Editor of two recent academic works, Contemporary Sinofrench Cinemas for University of Hawaii and Unsayable Music for Leuven Press, she is a member of Writer’s Guild of America, PEN (Poets, Essayists & Novelists) and ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers). Stacia was awarded a fellowship by the Puglia Film Commission in Italy in 2013.
Designer Emmett Phan’s creative philosophy is based on beauty, simplicity, and functionality, finding elegant methods to display complex data and concepts. His clients include Google, the United Nations, and UCLA spinoff Tribogenics. Emmett’s work for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) focuses on interpreting global health data alongside partners such as the World Health Organization, UNICEF, Medicins sans Frontieres, OXFAM, World Food Programme and over 160 other humanitarian NGOs.