Congratulations to Luis Fernandez, research associate professor of biology and executive director of the Center for Amazonian Scientific Innovation (CINCIA), whose proposal entitled “PRO-Agua Project 2 – Enhancing the Use of Freshwater Ecosystem Services in Regional Land Use Planning in the Madre de Dios Basin” has been funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and by (subaward/subcontract from) Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University.
Congratulations to Michael Gross, associate professor of engineering and faculty director for the Center for Entrepreneurship, whose proposal entitled “CAREER: Processing High Surface Area, Nanostructured Ceramic Scaffolds at High Temperatures via In-Situ Carbon Templating of Hybrid Materials” has been funded by the National Science Foundation.
Michael Gross, a founding faculty member and associate professor of the undergraduate Department of Engineering, has been named the David and Leila Farr Faculty Director for the Wake Forest University Center for Entrepreneurship. “We are thrilled and know he will do a wonderful job in this important role,” said Dan Cohen, executive director of the Center for Entrepreneurship.
As faculty director, Gross seeks to build relationships across departments and programs to creatively think about what it means to be entrepreneurial broadly and how to achieve the Wake Forest motto of Pro Humanitate with an entrepreneurial mindset.
“Working together with people across the college to reimagine the undergraduate engineering educational experience, approaching engineering as a liberal art, and striving to embody the motto of Pro Humanitate has been such a rewarding experience and an exemplar to the engineering education community,” said Gross. “It is such an exciting opportunity to engage with students and colleagues in analogous work for Entrepreneurship.”
Dan Cohen, executive director of Wake Forest’s Center for Entrepreneurship, has been named a Master Educator by the Annals of Entrepreneurship Education & Pedagogy. Only five professors are selected worldwide for this honor. As part of the Master Educator recognition, Cohen will write for the 2021 annals to share what he has learned over a decade of teaching entrepreneurship, with a focus on the IDEATE method of identifying problems and seeing potential solutions to solve them.
Cohen developed the IDEATE method to help fledgling entrepreneurs develop higher-quality, more innovative ideas that improve the odds their startup will succeed. When subjected to randomized testing, the IDEATE method was shown to produce ideas that were significantly more innovative than the previous gold standard in teaching ideation in collegiate entrepreneurship programs.
In addition to national recognition, Dan Cohen and the entrepreneurship center were prominently featured in the Winston-Salem Journal’s Business & Innovation section Spotting valuable ideas.
A number of Wake Forest startups are getting traction at Winston Starts, a local startup incubator, including Swipeby, Storage Scholars, and UpDog Kombucha. The most recent Wake Forest Startup Lab saw five startups raise external seed capital.
Wake Forest University has named Ron Doyle as the inaugural Katherine and Dickerson Wright Presidential Chair in Computer Science and Entrepreneurship. As the presidential chair, Doyle will focus on educating computer science students through an entrepreneurial lens and showcasing technological advantages for startups, venture capitalists, and those enrolled in the Center for Entrepreneurship programs and courses.
Doyle comes to Wake Forest with an extensive career in technological ventures — having worked in the field for 25 years, most recently at CA Technologies and IBM before that — and understands how technology and innovation enhance each other.
“Most startups raising capital and getting attention now are tech startups. Many Wake Forest students have creative ideas for startups. Most, though, need help with the software or hardware development, and Ron’s background will add immediate value to our students.”
Read more about Doyle on the Dean of the College website.
Last year, Wake Forest University joined leaders from five other local colleges and universities in pledging to incentivize entrepreneurship among their students and keep the best and brightest young business minds in Winston-Salem.
At Wake Forest, the Center for Entrepreneurship is at the forefront of fulfilling this commitment. The University has awarded more than $75,000 in cash and in-kind services to startups during the 2017-18 academic year. Student entrepreneurs with a high potential for success have access to local industry experts with technical, legal and business know-how.
The Venture Café Winston-Salem, Winston Starts and the Winston Salem Chamber of Commerce, in addition to committed individual business and community leaders, are inspiring college entrepreneurs to launch and build their businesses in Winston-Salem.
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