Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Announces New Faculty Fellows

2015 CIE Fellows PhotoCal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) has named three new professors to its Faculty Fellows program. Graphic communications Professor Charmaine Farber, computer science Professor David Janzen and architecture professor Clare Olsen join a multidisciplinary cohort dedicated to preparing students to become emerging entrepreneurial leaders.

“CIE Faculty Fellows become part of an interdisciplinary community that is committed to inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs, said Lynn Metcalf, CIE Senior Faculty Fellow and Hood Professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship.  “They raise awareness of CIE programs and provide guidance to students and faculty with an interest in innovation and entrepreneurship.”

The CIE has faculty fellows within each of Cal Poly’s six academic colleges. These educators incorporate innovation and entrepreneurship within coursework; serve as CIE ambassadors within their discipline and help guide motivated students through the different entrepreneurial career paths. This year’s fellows were selected from a pool of 16 applicants based on specific plans to introduce innovative measures into the classroom.

“The collaboration between students and faculty cultivates innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Jonathon York, CIE co-founder and faculty director. “The alliance of faculty from all colleges and disciplines is a key factor in the growth of the entrepreneurial culture at Cal Poly.”

Farber plans to share her experience specializing in mobile app user interface and user experience to Cal Poly’s technology startups. She joined Cal Poly’s College of Liberal Arts in 2015 after teaching at Quinnipiac, Youngstown State University and University of Iowa. Her research specializes in community and user engagement and storytelling through various media.

Janzen’s project aims to engage students who have software development skills with concepts and ideas that have the potential to launch a startup. Since 2006, he has led Cal Poly’s software engineering capstone sequence where he has worked with Intuit, Amgen, Salesforce and General Atomics. Janzen is also the founder of CIE startup Steadfast Innovation, which launched the handwriting note-taking app Squid (formerly Papyrus).

Olsen will spearhead the development of a major and set of co-curricular courses on sustainable product design at Cal Poly. After teaching at Tulane, Cornell and Syracuse universities, Olsen now focuses on design, materials and digital technology in Cal Poly’s College of Architecture. She has written extensively on interdisciplinary collaborations between architecture and disciplines like engineering.

The 2015-16 class of CIE Faculty Fellows joins fellows named in previous years: Enrica Lovaglio Costello, art and design; Bob Crockett, biomedical engineering; Dale Dolan, electrical engineering; Lorraine Donegan, graphic communication, Mary Glick, journalism; Brian Granger, physics; Lynn Metcalf, marketing; Umut Toker, architecture and Christiane Schroeter, agribusiness.