Susan MacKay is Founder/CEO of Cerahelix. Cerahelix is commercializing a ceramic nanofilter that can purify water under harsh conditions, thus reducing the strain that industry places on freshwater resources. Susan was previously CEO of Zeomatrix, another materials-based startup. She has more than 20 years’ experience in materials research and characterization, including 6 years in corporate R&D at 3M Corporation. She was a member of the inaugural MCED “Top Gun” class in 2009, and a Mass Challenge finalist in 2011. Susan holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill and was named a “Woman to Watch” by Mass High Tech in 2011. As CEO of Cerahelix she has raised more than $400,000 in Seed Equity.
He has served UMaine in various roles within the Department of Industrial Cooperation and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship since joining the University in 1990. Prior to joining the University of Maine, Vice President Ward worked in private industry in software development and manufacturing. He is a member of national organizations, including the Association of University Technology Mangers and American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He also serves on the boards of many state organizations including the Maine Technology Institute, the Maine Development Foundation and the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development. Originally from Saco, he holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering and an M.S. in ocean engineering from the University of New Hampshire.
Professor in the College of business at Husson University, where her classes include small business management, the business of innovation, lean startup, and business planning at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She serves as Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship program and of the Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business, where programming engages the family business community and brings students and companies together on a regular basis. She is a founding member and on the steering committee of the Big Gig, is a Top Gun instructor, and has taught seminars at the Foster Center for Student Innovation. Originally from New York, she earned her BS at Cornell University, and her MBA and PhD from the University of Maine, Orono. Her research focuses on the retirement and other types of exits of business owners from their companies (‘endrepreneurship’). She is a Certified Management Accountant and has over 20 years of experience in banking and public accounting and tax. With her husband Steve she owns Shaw & Tenney, an Orono company. Shaw & Tenney has won MTI grants for innovative manufacturing processes.
President and Chief Executive Officer of Affiliated Healthcare Systems (AFFILIATED) with corporate offices in Bangor. Mr. Theeman has been with EMHS since 1976, starting his career as an Assistant Administrator at Eastern Maine Medical Center, and serving as Vice President and COO of Affiliated Chemical Dependency Services before assuming a variety of leadership roles within AHS. Originally from Lubec, Maine, he graduated from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and received his MBA in Hospital Administration from the University of Florida. Miles and his wife Sharon live in Bangor and have two adult daughters.
Dr. Harkins received his Ph. D. from the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma in Strategic Management with an interest in entrepreneurship. Prior to this, he earned a B.S. in Management from Truman State University and an MBA from the University of Missouri. Jason has teaching and research interests related to the intersection of strategy, entrepreneurship and small business management. His newest research streams focus on studying human capital acquisition and retention in new, small firms and entrepreneurial exit. He has also done work investigating the role of pre-IPO actions as signaling devices, sales support in small businesses, knowledge flow, the intersection of strategy and HRM and the determinants of disclosure content by firms. His work is published in peer reviewed journals such as Strategic Management Review, The Journal of Business and Industrial Development, and the Journal of Management Policy and Practice. He is a member of the editorial review board for Strategic Management Review and an ad hoc reviewer for Strategic Management Journal. Finally, he is a member of the Academy of Management and the Southern Management Association.
Angela Marcolini is the Innovation Engineering Outreach Coordinator & Instructor at the University of Maine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation. As a certified Innovation Engineering Black Belt, Angela has an active role in both teaching students and coaching organizations on mastering the Innovation Engineering system. Angela received a bachelor's in English from Coastal Carolina University and went on to earn a master's in English and a graduate certificate in Innovation Engineering from the University of Maine.
Renee Kelly is director of economic development initiatives for the University of Maine. Her duties include serving as a liaison to the state’s economic development community and identifying opportunities for the University to partner with state, regional and local organizations to improve Maine’s economy. She also directs the University’s Foster Center for Student Innovation, which helps students become innovators and entrepreneurs, and leads the development of the Center’s groundbreaking Innovation Engineering® programs for students and businesses. In addition, she teaches advanced courses in the innovation engineering program and regularly consults with businesses and organizations to help them innovate new products, services, processes and business models. Renee is part of the leadership team for the Blackstone Accelerates Growth initiative in Maine, and she also serves on the boards of several economic development and service organizations.
Business counselor for ten years in the Bangor area, working with entrepreneurs to make their visions a reality. Strengths are in listening, planning and financial projections.
Margo Lukens is Professor of English, Chair of New Media, and Director of academic programs in Innovation Engineering at the University of Maine. Since 2005 Professor Lukens has collaborated with UMaine alumnus Doug Hall of Eureka! Ranch and faculty from a wide range of disciplines on the development of the groundbreaking Innovation Engineering curriculum. She has taught courses at all levels of the Innovation Engineering program and oversees the Innovation Engineering Minor and the Innovation Engineering Graduate Certificate. She co-directs the University’s Foster Center for Student Innovation, and has overseen the training of faculty to teach Innovation Engineering. Margo is interested in making things real whenever possible: she is a founding member of the Radcliffe Pitches, the Orono Community Theatre, the Stillwater Community Arts organization, and the band VELMA: “the love child of Ella Fitzgerald and Lyle Lovett.” She serves on the boards of Stillwater Community Arts and the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Maine, and as Advisory Board Member for Pantheon Guitars LLC d/b/a Bourgeois Guitars in Lewiston.
Hugh Stevens has over 30 years of work experience in the private and not-for-profit sector: As Director of a Business Support Network for the University of Maine: as a principal partner of a medium sized clothing manufacturing company, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President for a prominent - Veterans Outreach Center - non-profit in Western New York, and since 1995 as Principal for a strategic, managerial and organizational consultant group. Hugh completed his undergraduate studies in Economics at the State University of New York – Empire State College and The College at Geneseo. Hugh has completed extensive graduate studies in Economics and Economic Policy at SUNY – University at Buffalo and University of Maine.
James Beaupré is the University of Maine’s Innovation Engineer, the first such engineer world wide. In addition to creating, communicating and commercialize meaningfully unique ideas for the University of Maine, Beaupré currently instructs courses in innovation and chemical engineering. His scientific background is in paper making processes specifically in water removal and is a patented inventor in the field. Beaupré has a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Maine (2007) and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Maine (2012).
In 2010, Dr. Jason Bolton accepted a faculty appointment with University of Maine Cooperative Extension as the Food Safety Specialist, where he works with food companies all over Maine/U.S. and teaches food safety and brewing courses in the new UMaine School of Food and Agriculture. He is currently a cooperating faculty member with the school and food and agriculture, and assistant professor with UMaine Cooperative extension. Bolton is from Phoenix, Arizona. In 2002 he moved to Maine to attend the University of Maine., where he earned a B.S. Food Science and Human Nutrition and a minor in chemistry, in 2006. He stayed at UMaine and completed a M.S. in Food Science and Human Nutrition in 2008, with a specialty in food quality sensor design and a Ph.D. in Food and Nutritional Sciences in 2102, with a focus on analytical method development. During graduate school he was a National Science Foundation (NSF) GK-12 Fellow (2005-2010). Bolton enjoys brewing and traveling, running, and hiking with his wife Hannah and two dogs Onslow and Richard.
Director of the New Media and Internet Technologies Lab (also known as ASAP Media Service) and Instructor in the New Media Department at the University of Maine. Since 1987, ASAP has built a reputation for innovation and creativity at local, national and global levels. Its clients range from on-campus and multinational organizations to federal agencies such as the United States Department of Defense.
Cíntia is a high-performance, seasoned marketing professional committed to excellence. Recognized as innovative, motivated, and a critical thinker, Cíntia thrives on challenges, with a strong ability to set her clients’ business image apart from the average. She has maintained a proven track record developing high-impact marketing campaigns throughout her career in Boston and Bangor. Prior to founding Pulse Marketing Agency in 2009, Cintia successfully lead the marketing initiatives for paid publications and distance learning products for SAP and IBM while at Wellesley Information Services (WIS). Her other career accomplishments include leading the marketing for Blackwell Publishing CME courses while at Informa, and directing the Marketing and Publications Department at Cambridge College. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Management, and an MBA with a concentration in marketing, both from the University of Massachusetts at Boston.
Bev Uhlenhake, CCIM, works in all sectors of the commercial real estate market and has brokered a range of sales, leases, and build to suits for local and national clients. She earned her CCIM in 2008 and currently sits on several boards, including Brewer City Council and the Maine Real Estate and Development Association. Before joining Epstein Commercial in 2004, Bev held management and executive positions in higher education and non-profit sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University and a Masters of Science in higher education administration from Iowa State University.
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