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Heather Aranyi

Farley Center Creative Entrepreneur in ResidenceSerial Entrepreneur in Creative Industries & Real EstateStaff Artist, Lyric Opera of Chicago

Heather Aranyi is a succesful serial entrepreneur in creative industries and real estate, and is the Farley Center's inaugural Creative Entrepreneur in Residence. She is a master soloist, educator, choral conductor, consultant, professional cantor candidate, advisor, and mentor. Named by the Chicago Tribune as "one of the most sought after singers and conductors in Chicago," Heather’s dynamic skills and far-reaching experiences have brought her passion and expertise to dozens of individuals, schools, institutions, and organizations.

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Billy Banks

Adjunct Lecturer at Farley Center

Billy Banks works with Design For America, advises numerous startups and was an adjunct professor at Northwestern prior to starting at The Garage. Banks received his BA in History and Political Science from Northwestern University in 1998 and his MBA in Finance and Strategy from Indiana University in 2003.

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Esther Barron

Director, Entrepreneurship Law CenterClinical Professor, Pritzker School of Law

Esther Barron is a Clinical Professor of Law and the Director of the Entrepreneurship Law Center in the Bluhm Legal Clinic. Barron graduated Cum Laude from Brandeis University and received her JD from Northwestern University School of Law.

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Pam Daniels

Clinical Assistant Professor, Segal Design InstituteDesign Innovator in Residence, Segal Design Institute

Pam Daniels is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Design Innovator in Residence at The Segal Design Institute. She is a seasoned leader, designer, and avid contributor to the entrepreneurial and maker movements in Chicago. Her work experience includes roles as a Director at IDEO, a global design & innovation consultancy, and leading global operations as a Senior Vice President at Starcom MediaVest Group / Leo Burnett in the media communications field.

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Horacio Espinosa

Professor in Manufacturing & Entrepreneurship
Espinosa is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Program, and Director, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Program. His areas of interest include nano to macro transformation and innovation in engineering devices for both materials research and biological applications. He has been the president of the Society of Engineering Science since 2012, the founding principal editor of Materials Research Communication since 2011, and the co-editor of the Wiley Book Series on Micro and Nanotechnologies since 2009.
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Mark Fisher

Principal, Mission Product Development LLCClinical Associate Professor, Northwestern University

Mark Fisher is a principal at Mission Product Development LLC. Fisher is also a Clinical Associate Professor within Northwestern's Biomedical Engineering program. He has more than 30+ years of product and service development experience and has over 25 patents issued and/or pending.

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Roozbeh Ghaffari

Director of Translational Research, Research Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering
Dr. Ghaffari joined the Center for Biointegrated Electronics at Northwestern University as a Senior Research Associate in May 2017. He is currently Director of Translational Research and Research Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering. 
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Jay Stanton Goldstein

EntrepreneurFounding Partner at The Jabbok River Group

Jay Goldstein is an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering, teaching Radical Entrepreneurship. His management consulting organization, Jabbok River Group, specializes in transforming company culture, with an emphasis on collaboration and agility.

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Rich Gordon

Director of Digital Innovation and Professor at Medill School of Journalism

Rich Gordon is a professor and director of digital innovation. At Medill, he launched the school’s graduate program in new media journalism. He has spent most of his career exploring the areas where journalism and technology intersect. Prof. Gordon was an early adopter of desktop analytical tools (spreadsheets and databases) to analyze data for journalistic purposes. At The Miami Herald, he was among the first generation of journalists to lead online publishing efforts at newspapers. At Medill, he has developed innovative courses through which students have explored digital content and communities and developed new forms of storytelling that take advantage of the unique capabilities of interactive media.

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Johnathan Gunn, JD, PhD

CEO, Co-Founder at Briteseed LLCAdjunct Professor of Law, Pritzker School of Law
Jonathan Gunn participated in the Entrepreneurship Law course and in NUvention: Medical. The work he did as a student in the later led to the creation of an innovative medical device company called Briteseed, of which Gunn is now the Chief Executive Officer.
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Tran Ha

Founder & Principal at Tiny CollaborativeAdjunct Lecturer at Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Tran Ha leads the user research coursework for NUvention Web + Media. Her consulting firm, Tiny Collaborative, uses human-centered design to fuel innovation, digital transformation, audience development and business and product strategies for organizations. Ha also serves as an advisor to a number of digital media start-ups. 
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Suzee Han

Associate, GSV Asset Management

Suzee Han is an Associate at GSV Asset Management, a modern merchant bank that invests, advises, and partners with the fastest growing, most dynamic companies in the world—the Stars of Tomorrow.

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Bret Johnson

Associate Director of NU Transportation Center
Since July 2009, Bret has been the Associate Director at the Northwestern University Transportation Center (NUTC). Since 1954, the Center has been recognized as a leading interdisciplinary education and research institution dedicated to the long-term improvement of domestic and international systems for the movements of materials, people, energy, and information. At NUTC, Bret also manage the Center for the Commercialization of Innovative Transportation Technology.
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Thomas LaMantia

Managing Director at Magenium Solutions, LLCAdvisory Board Observer, Farley Center for Entrepreneurship

Thomas LaMantia is currently a Managing Director at Magenium Solutions and has served as an advisory board member for Farley Center's NUvention: Web+Media course since 2014. He is an experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry.

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Joshua Lance

Managing Director at Joshua Lance CPA, LLC

Joshua Lance, CPA, CGMA, is a Certified Public Accountant with the State of Illinois, and a Chartered Global Management Accountant with experience helping startups grow and develop through customized, value-added accounting, tax prep and coaching services.

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Gregg Latterman

EntrepreneurFounder/CEO at A squared Management

Gregg Latterman launched his independent record label, Aware (1993), now partnered with Columbia Records, on the basis of grassroots development. Latterman discovered and amplified the exposure of unsigned artists, including Train, John Mayer, and Matt Kearney. He later went back to school to earn a master’s degree in positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and now teaches Positive Entrepreneurship: Profits and Meaning and NUvention: Arts at the Farley Center.

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Claire Lew

CEO at Know Your Company

Claire Lew is the CEO of Know Your Company, a software tool that helps business owners overcome company growing pains and get honest, ongoing feedback from employees. Her company, Know Your Company, has helped over 15,000 people in 25 countries at companies like Airbnb and Kickstarter.
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Li Jiang

Vice President, GSV Asset Management

Li Jiang invests and works with founders who have dedicated their lives to building enduring companies. At GSV, Jiang has invested in growth companies including Facebook, Dropbox, Palantir, Lyft, Spotify, Coursera—companies building global platforms that have significantly changed the way the world works.

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Elizabeth Lukehart

Associate Director of the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Elizabeth Lukehart is the Associate Director of the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Northwestern University and a lecturer in the McCormick School of Engineering. She has a law degree from the Pritzker School of Law, as well as a master’s in journalism from Medill. She has practiced law in a boutique firm providing legal services for tech startup companies and has held a variety of positions in marketing and communications. Lukehart has worked extensively with clean tech and sustainability-focused startups and also has experience in the nonprofit and social enterprise sector.

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Marcelo Malakooti

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care)

Marcelo Malakooti, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care), and the director of Innovation-IGNITE. He is also an attending Physician Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Malakootie's research focuses on using innovation to improve patient outcomes and quality of care, while fostering dynamic strategies to minimize waste and optimize resources.

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Dean Malmgren

Co-founder at Datascope Analytics

Dean Malmgren is a co-founder and data scientist at Datascope Analytics. In this role, he has helped companies like P&G, Daegis, and Thomson Reuters use data to solve the right problem. 

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Michael Marasco

Angel InvestorClinical Full Professor

After 20+ years as an intrapreneur and entrepreneur, Michael Marasco joined the faculty of the Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences as a clinical full professor at the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

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Curt Mastio

Founder of Founder's CPA

Curt Mastio, CPA, is the founder of Founder's CPA, formerly known as Startup Accounting Advisors, an accounting firm that offers specialized accounting services to startups and small businesses. Previously, Mastio was a forensics accountant at Deloitte and served as Chief Financial Officer for Storage Squad. Mastio received his Bachelor's degree (2011) and Master's degree (2015) in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Samir Mayekar

Co-founder and CEO of SiNode Systems

Samir Mayekar is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of SiNode Systems, a venture-backed company developing advanced materials for the lithium-ion battery industry.

Mayekar most recently worked with the business development team at Boeing Defense Systems in Arlington, Virginia and as an investment banker at Credit Suisse in Chicago and previously served as the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).

Mayekar holds a B.A. from Northwestern University (summa cum laude) and an M.B.A. with distinction from the Kellogg School of Management, where he was a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow. 

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Peter McNerney

Venture Capitalist & EntrepreneurCo-Founder, Partner, Senior Advisor, Thomas, McNerney & Partners

Peter McNerney specializes in health care operating and investing. He currently serves as the founder and senior advisor of Thomas, McNerney & Partners. Previously, Peter was a Partner at The Kensington Group, which provides management services to fledging health care companies. He was also the founder and CEO of Memtec North America. He received his BA from Yale University and his MBA from Stanford University.

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Joseph Moskal

Distinguished Research Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Join appointment with Neurological Surgery (MED)Director of the Falk Center for Molecular Therapeutics

Joseph Moskal is founder and chief scientific officer of Naurex, an Evanston-based drug discovery company that develops therapies for difficult-to-treat depression and other central nervous system diseases. Its therapeutics include two rapid-acting antidepressants currently in clinical development.

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Mike Moyer

Author and Entrepreneur

Mike Moyer is the founder of product development and merchandising company Bananagraphics, as well as outdoor clothing manufacturing company Moondog and In addition to his entrepreneurial ventures, Moyer also has extensive experience in senior-level marketing He is the author of “How to Make Colleges Want You” and “Slicing Pie.”

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Steve Olechowski

Entrepreneur CEO of Blinkfire Analytics

Steve Olechowski is the current founder and CEO of Blinkfire Analytics, which bolsters the media reach of the professional sports industry by using social media analysis. He also co-founded FeedBurner, a traffic analysis and advertisement service, with Eric Lunt and former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, that was later acquired by Google, Inc. In addition to teaching NUVention Web at the Farley Center, Olechowski, also serves as the director of Plug and Play Tech Center and an adviser at Gradient Technologies.

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Rich Padula

EntrepreneurVolunteer, Mentor, Investor, Technology Geek

Rich Padula is the founder Syclo, a premier mobile app creator that has worked with over 750 companies.

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Chris Riesbeck

Chris Riesbeck is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1974.

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John Rogers

Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Neurological Surgery at Northwestern University
John Rogers’ research includes fundamental and applied aspects of nano and molecular scale fabrication as well as materials and patterning techniques for unusual electronic and photonic devices, with an emphasis on bio-integrated and bio-inspired systems.
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Neal Sales-Griffin

CEO of CodeNow

Neal Sales-Griffin is the CEO of CodeNow, a Y Combinator-backed nonprofit that hosts coding workshops for students from low-income backgrounds in six cities across the US. Before heading CodeNow, Sales-Griffin was the CEO of The Starter League, an institution determined "to teach everyone to code," with an innovative cirriculum and strong alumni connections. He also serves as a coordinator to the non-profit International Game Developers Association (IGDA®). Sales-Griffin lends his mentorship to the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.

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Birju Shah

Adjunt Faculty, Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering

Birju Shah is currently a Group Product Manager at Uber Technologies LLP. He leads the product group for the sensor inference & vision platform teams at Uber. Prior to Uber, Birju was a product lead at Climate Corporation where he led the Yield Analytics team. Birju is also a board & product advisor to several start-ups, fortune 500, and venture capital firms. Birju draws upon 15 years of building enterprise and consumer products that are used by over 1+ billion users daily in 190 countries.

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Verinder Syal

Author and EntrepreneurCEO of Syal Consult

Verinder Syal is a consultant and adjunct lecturer in Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences. Syal founded Syal Consult in 2004, which helps companies refine their vision, priorities, and culture. In the past, he worked at Quaker Oats company, served as the CEO of Rymer Seafood, and co-founded Filterfresh Company.

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Genevieve Thiers

Founder,,, &

Genevieve Thiers is an entrepreneur in the Chicago area. Her first company,, is America's first company to take caregiving services online. now has millions of users nationwide, and serves clients like the U.S. Department of Defense, Avon, Mastercard, Monster WW, and many others. With new locations in the UK and Canada, it is an international success.

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Todd Warren

Venture CapitalistManaging Partner of Divergent Partners

Todd Warren is an adjunct professor in computer science at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering and teaches NUvention Web. He is also an advisor to and an investor in Divergent Ventures, focusing on early-stage companies. He also serves on the board of Pcubed, a global consulting firm focused on large scale program and project management.

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Mark Werwath

EntrepreneurFarley Center Interim Director

Mark Werwath, a certified project management professional (PMP), has been an engineering project manager for 15 years, managing complex system (software) and product development, IT, and manufacturing and radio network system implementation projects in four continents. He currently operates, Werwath Portoflio Group, a consulting business in the portfolio management space. Werwath now teaches full time at Northwestern University as a clinical associate professor and is also the director of the Masters in Engineering Management program at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering.

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Bill White

InvestorProfessor of Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences

Bill White is a professor, author, and businessman. He currently teaches courses in organizational behavior, entrepreneurship, and general management. In the past, he served on the board of NorthShore University HealthSystem for 20 years, in addition to start-ups like The Reader’s Digest Association, ForestOne, and more. White is the author of “From Day One: CEO Advice to Launch an Extraordinary Career.” White received the Alumni Association’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2004. He was also named McCormick teacher of the year in 2001.

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