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Innovation Discussion

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015

In response to the Academic Affairs UPC’s recommendation to improve alignment between academic and signature programs with respect to innovation, a group of faculty and staff will begin to meet quarterly to promote communication and collaboration across the College of Arts and Sciences, the Leavey School of Business, the School of Education and Counseling Psychology, the School of Engineering, and the School of Law, along with the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship and the Provost’s Office.

One proposed initiative under exploration is the establishment of a platform to house and incubate new start-up ventures involving SCU alumni, students and faculty. A planning group is working to inventory and integrate existing campus programs; to consult with faculty, staff, and students to identify existing needs; and to clarify next steps. The planning group includes:
  • Paul Abbayad, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Caryn Beck-Dudley, Dean, Leavey School of Business
  • Sanjiv Das, Professor, Department of Finance
  • Chris Kitts, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Associate Dean, School of Engineering
  • Kevin Kraver, Director of Business Development, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship
  • Lisa Millora, Senior Assistant Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Provost’s Office Relations, Provost’s Office
  • Laura Norris, Director, Entrepreneurs' Law Clinic