The faculty and staff of the Baker Institute bring a wealth of experience and domain expertise to the study and practice of entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation. They are a dedicated group of professionals with backgrounds and ongoing practice in founding start-ups, venture capital, technology commercialization, deal brokering and technology management, invention, Intellectual Property protection, entrepreneurship-related governmental policy and successful exit strategies.
Dr. Ochs, Director of the IPD program, joined the Lehigh University faculty in 1979 as an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering, was promoted to associate professor in 1983, and to full professor in 1990. He founded and directed the Computer-Aided Design Labs in the ME & Mech Department from 1980 to 1999. He won the Dupont Young Faculty Award (’79-’83) and Lehigh’s Outstanding Young Faculty Award (’85). From ’85-’95 Ochs did extensive industry consulting and was involved in the startup of three companies. From ’99 to the present, he has directed Lehigh’s Integrated Product Development (IPD) program. What started out in ’94 as the capstone experience for mechanical engineering majors is now cross-listed in engineering, business, and arts with more than 300 students from over 20 majors participating each year. The pilot program for this course won the ’96 ASME curriculum innovation award and the ’97 Newcomen Society’s award for the promotion of America’s free-enterprise system. Since 2012, Ochs has directed Lehigh’s Professional Master’s in Technical Entrepreneurship program.
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Lisa Getzler is Co-Executive Director of Lehigh University’s Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation, which is designed to create a culture of entrepreneurship across the university, promote innovative thinking, and foster the realization of entrepreneurial ideas in any field. Since 2001, she has served as Associate Director of Lehigh’s award-winning Integrated Product Development (IPD) program in which business, engineering, and arts & sciences students work together to produce and market new products. Lisa also directs both the EUREKA! student entrepreneurship competitions and the Lehigh Entrepreneurs Network. Along with helping undergraduate students through the early stages of venture creation and product development, Lisa deals with intellectual property issues for student entrepreneurs and develops assessment tools for student performance in multi-disciplined, team-based, experiential learning environments. The innovative assessment measures she developed for the IPD program have been recognized as best practices in assessment of student performance and have been disseminated and adopted by similar programs across the country through her publications and workshops/presentations at national conferences. These works have been the basis for grant partnerships with peer institutions garnering National Science Foundation funding and have been recognized by ABET, the accrediting agency for academic programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology, as a meaningful way to evaluate students in senior capstone design courses.
As an entrepreneur, Lisa founded Open A New Window, a boutique interior design company, and was a freelance theatrical producer and director. She is a co-founder of two nonprofit theatrical companies and served as a board member and advisor to an educational theatrical youth program.
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Chris Kauzmann graduated from Lehigh in 2013 with a Mechanical Engineering degree and a minor in Entrepreneurship. He is now pursuing a masters degree in Technical Entrepreneurship at Lehigh. He has experience in product development and has worked in the research and development department at a EcoTech Marine for a year and a half. In 2014 he earned his Master’s in Technical Entrepreneurship. He currently working on two start-ups while working for Lehigh’s Baker Institute as Managing Director of the LaunchBayC Accelerator, BioInnovation Workshops, and LehighSiliconValley.
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Catherine Headman is a coordinator for Lehigh University’s Baker Institute. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Montclair State University and has been employed full time with Lehigh since 2004. Catherine provides additional support to the IPD Program.
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Jodie Johnson handles logistics and coordination for the Baker Institute’s Technical Entrepreneurship Master’s Degree and International Undergraduate Workshop: Combining Entrepreneurship, ESL & Innovation programs.
Jodie brings 20 years of experience at Lehigh University to the position, having worked for Lehigh’s Energy Research Center as publications and administration coordinator and secretary since 1993. She previously worked in several other positions, including as an administrative assistant for Northeast Tier Ben Franklin Technology Center. Jodie has experience with small businesses, as the daughter of small business owners and a former co-owner of her own businesses. Jodie provides additional support to the IPD Program.
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Amy White is the Baker Institute’s communications specialist. She manages communications for the Institute and its affiliated programs, including LehighSiliconValley, the Technical Entrepreneurship master’s degree program, International Undergraduate Workshop, and Integrated Product Development program. Amy coordinates PR campaigns; manages and creates content for blogs, social media and websites; and produces press releases, articles, newsletters, brochures and other promotional material. She joined the Institute in February 2012.
Amy has worked at Lehigh University since 2010. She previously handled communications for Lehigh’s Department of Materials Science and Engineeringand its affiliated Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology and Lehigh Nanotech Network. Before coming to Lehigh, Amy managed communications, programming and outreach for a research center at University of Missouri that explored religion, professional studies and public life. She was a print journalist for 12 years, reporting on diverse topics for several California newspapers. She has a bachelor’s degree in American Studies and minor in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California, Davis.
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