Keynote and Welcome Speakers
Speakers, Panelists, and Contributors (listed alphabetically)
SAN JOSÉ STATE UNIVERSITY powering Silicon Valley
|Lucas Graduate School of Business|
Global Innovation Forum: Silicon Valley
"Innovation and the Digital Generation"
Menlo Park, California June 16th, 2011
Keynote and Welcome Speakers
|Dr. Carl Wieman|
Dr. Carl Wieman earned his B.S. in physics in 1973 from MIT and his Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University in 1977. In 2001, he won the Nobel Prize in Physics, along with Eric Allin Cornell and Wolfgang Ketterle. In 2004, he was named United States Professor of the Year among all doctoral and research universities. Dr. Wieman is the founder and chairman of PhET, a web-based directive of University of Colorado which provides an extensive suite of simulations to improve the way that physics, chemistry, biology, earth science and math are taught and learned. On September 2010, Dr. Wieman was confirmed by unanimous consent of the U.S. Senate as The White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy Associate Director of Science.
|Dr. David Steele|
Dr. Steele joined San José State University in July, 2008 as Dean, College of Business and Lucas Graduate School of Business. Previously, he was Dean of the Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Dean of the College of Business at Florida Institute of Technology. Dr. Steele attended Birmingham University in England, receiving BS and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering. He later completed graduate business training at UC Berkeley and at the Wharton School. Dr. Steele also has over 25 years of richly varied executive experience in global business development, finance, and engineering in the petroleum and IT industries. He rose through the ranks of Chevron Corporation to become President of Chevron Latin America. At SJSU, his objectives are to build on the College's strengths by enhancing academic quality and student success; and by emphasizing practical business knowledge and globally-oriented business education.
|Dr. Jim Spohrer|
Jim Spohrer is the Director of IBM Global University Programs (GUP). IBM GUP develops collaborative research and course/skill development projects with universities around the world, on topics such as nanotechnology, cell chips, supercomputing, cloud computing, service science, creating a smarter planet, and many other topics of interest to IBM business units and IBM customers and partners. Formerly, he was the Director of Service Research at IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, CA. His work in the emerging field known as Service Science seeks to understand value-cocreation phenomena of service systems and networks. The field seeks to improve service quality, productivity, compliance, and sustainable innovation. As a founding advisor of the Service Research and Innovation Initiate (http://www.thesrii.org), he works with global universities, governments, non-profits, and businesses to understand future skill needs to create, scale, and improve knowledge-intensive service activities. As CTO of IBM Venture Capital Group, he developed win-win relationships with emerging businesses. Prior to IBM, he held the role of Distinguished Engineer, Scientist, and Technologist at Apple Computer’s Advanced Technology Group. Spohrer has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Yale University, and a B.S. in Physics from MIT.
Stephen Ciesinski leads SRI's strategic business development in the private sector and international regions, as well as SRI’s innovation partnership programs. Ciesinski’s professional experience includes a variety of industries and products, semiconductor capital equipment, telecommunications, mobile/wireless, applications software, Web 2.0, open source, medical devices, and others. As a corporate officer, board member, advisor and investor, he has participated in or managed new business formations, major product launches, private financings, IPOs, M&A transactions, and leveraged buy-outs. Ciesinski held executive management positions with Applied Materials, Octel Communications, Resumix, Inc., and Laszlo Systems. He started his career at Procter & Gamble, was a consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton, and served as a venture partner with Earlybird Ventures. Ciesinski is Chairman of The President’s Cabinet at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), and a member of three boards at Stanford University. He is currently teaching Entrepreneurial Studies at Stanford’s Business School and is an advisor to several Silicon Valley-based ventures. Ciesinski is a graduate of Union College with a double major in Electrical Engineering and Modern Languages, and holds an MBA from Stanford University.
Speakers, Panelists, and Contributors (listed alphabetically)
Dave Blakely leads the Technology Strategy practice at IDEO, which explores the business opportunities created when emerging technologies are linked with customer needs. As a senior director based in Palo Alto, Dave manages various strategic business relationships and advises executives of technology-focused companies. Much of his advisory work involves helping IDEO clients — from Silicon Valley executives to senior NASA officials — build cultures of innovation and develop products and services to maintain market leadership. Dave also conducts innovation workshops, speaks to academic and business groups, and serves on several advisory boards. He is particularly proud to serve on the board of University of California at Berkeley’s College of Engineering, where he assists his alma mater in adjusting its engineering curriculum to the needs of a rapidly changing global economy, and as a faculty adviser at Singularity University, a new academic institution that strives to educate and inspire people how to develop technologies to address broad challenges to humanity. Dave earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics and a master’s in mechanical engineering with a controls specialization from UC-Berkeley. In his free time, he tries to keep up with his two teenage sons.
|Dr. Isabella D. Bunn|
Dr. Isabella D. Bunn is affiliated with Regent’s Park College, Oxford University, where she specializes in ethical aspects of international public policy. She also holds an appointment as the Robert L. Long Professor of Ethics at the Florida Institute of Technology, College of Business. Dr. Bunn teaches in the areas of corporate social responsibility, economic globalization, international law and human rights, and has worked as a legal advisor in the public and private sectors. Her academic background includes a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University, M.A. in International Relations and J.D. cum laude from the University of San Diego, a Postgraduate Diploma and M.Phil in theology from Oxford University, and a Ph.D in human rights law from Bristol University. She holds leadership posts in several organizations, including the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law. In 2011, Dr. Bunn was named a Lucas Visiting Scholar at the Lucas Graduate School of Business, SJSU, to develop a project on ethical innovation in Silicon Valley.
Dr. Christine P. Chang is an Associate Professor at the College of Communication and a Program Director in Digital Content & technologies, National Cheng-Chi University. She teaches Information Interaction Design, XML, Knowledge Management, Multimedia Reporting, Creativity and Innovation. Dr. Chang had interdisciplinary backgrounds. She received her Ed.D. in human performance from University of Southern California, two masters, one in Industrial & Management Engineering and the other one in Mass Communication both from the University of Iowa. Her undergraduate was in Journalism from National Cheng-Chi University. Her research interests are in the areas of process innovation in digital publishing, curriculum reform for Journalism, digital content and new media. Dr. Chang had worked at several high-tech companies in Silicon Valley during 1984 ~1997.
|J. Matthew Clark|
Matthew Clark is Senior Director, Startup Engagement for the Strategic and Emerging Business Team (SEBT) at Microsoft. In this role, Matthew is responsible for delivering Microsoft BizSpark™ One, a global program that accelerates the growth of high potential startups and builds a supporting community of incubators, investors and advisors around them. Matthew has over 14 years of experience driving business strategy and building private-public partnerships. Prior to joining SEBT in July 2008, Matthew oversaw Microsoft’s worldwide relationships with international financial institutions, like the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation, directing Microsoft’s marketing, corporate social responsibility and policy. He has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto and M.A. in Political Science from McMaster University.
Eileen Clegg is a visual journalist, book author and founder of the company Visual Insight, creating large-scale, real-time murals for organizations. She invokes visual language to wordlessly capture the ideas, intuition and shared vision of groups. In her work, Eileen combines contemporary reporting techniques with ancient, universal symbols. Among her large-scale history timelines is a 100-year history of the co-evolution of culture and technology, exhibited at Program for the Future celebrating the 1968 launch of the personal computing revolution. Her Visual Insight clients have included Art Center College of Design, IBM, O'Reilly Media, American Society of Training and Development, and the Gates Foundation's Model Secondary Schools Program. Eileen was a daily newspaper journalist for many years before joining Institute for the Future in 1999, where large-scale graphics were used in futures forecasting. She developed her unique visual journalism approach in 2001. Publications include: Claiming Your Creative Self (New Harbinger 1999), the Corporate University Workbook (Jossey Bass Pfeiffer 2005) and most recently Evolving Collective Intelligence with Doug Engelbart and Valerie Landau (NextNow Collab Press 2008). She is working on a book documenting The Visual Insight Process, and collaborating with Bonnie DeVarco on a book about the history and evolution of visual language, Shape of Thought. She has illustrated numerous books and multi-media presentations including Creating a Learning Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2004).
Robert Fischer is a business systems integrator at Google. In this role, he builds and maintains internal systems that automate business processes. Prior to starting at Google in 2011, Robert served as a Google student ambassador at San Jose State University in California, where he organized speaker events on campus, hosted student tours of Google’s headquarters and led technology training sessions. During his time as an undergraduate he also worked as a Google intern on the corporate operations engineering team and the support engineering team. Robert has a bachelor’s degree in business administration: management information systems from San Jose State University.
Luke Hohmann is the Founder and CEO of The Innovation Games® Company. The author of three books, Luke’s playfully diverse background of life experiences has uniquely prepared him to design and produce serious games. Luke graduated magna cum laude with a B.S.E. in computer engineering and an M.S.E. in computer science and engineering from the University of Michigan. In addition to data structures and artificial intelligence, he studied cognitive psychology and organizational behavior. He is also a former National Junior Pairs Figure Skating Champion, as well as a certified aerobics instructor. In his spare time, Luke likes roughhousing with his four kids and his wife’s cooking. He also enjoys long runs in the Santa Cruz mountains to burn off his wife’s cooking.
Salim Ismail - Global Ambassador of Singularity University. Salim is a successful angel investor and entrepreneur – his last company, Angstro, was acquired by Google in August 2010. He has operated seven early-stage companies and is a frequent speaker on internet technologies, private equity and entrepreneurship. For the last two years, Salim has been the Executive Director of Singularity University, which is training a new cadre of leaders to manage exponentially growing technologies. Prior to that, Salim was a Vice President at Yahoo and the Head of Brickhouse, Yahoo’s internal ‘ideas factory’ where game-changing ideas were brought in, built and launched. The unit analyzed thousands of ideas and launched four products during that year, the latest being Fire Eagle. He also serves as co-founder and Chairman of Confabb.com, co-founded PubSub Concepts and is also on the board of Breakthrough (www.breakthrough.tv), a global human rights organization focused on violence against women, racial justice, and immigrant rights.
Alexander Kwan has been working at Apple as a Product Design Engineer since graduating from Stanford University. Before receiving his BS in 2008 and MS Mechanical Engineering in 2009, he interned at Apple and participated in research projects within the university during the summers. Currently he is working on multiple projects and travels to China frequently.
Isabelle Lescent-Giles is Associate Professor of International Business at San Jose State University and a senior consultant in globalization strategy and change management. Isabelle has researched and published extensively on the impact of radical technological change and global competition on existing market leaders. She focuses on two areas: best practices in adapting strategy, organization and culture to new competitive and technological environments; and managing effective global teams that leverage cultural diversity in terms of national, generational and functional background for maximum creativity and performance. She worked with the Conference Board on projects relating to global employee engagement and engaging Millenials in the workplace and is currently researching the effectiveness of serious games in fostering engagement, collaboration and innovation in the workplace.
Martha Lyons is a Distinguished Technologist and Senior Program Manager at HP Labs focused on incubating and delivering innovative capabilities to HP’s customers. She has over 20 years of experience driving services innovation. Martha specializes in sustainability, cloud computing, and information management and is currently leading HP Labs demonstration projects in the area of residential energy and resource management. In the past, Martha led the HP Services CTO Innovation Program while advising customers on innovation best practices within corporate environments. She also led the development of a number of solutions which introduced and extended HP’s electronic and automated service capabilities over the web. Martha has also held a variety of technical, management, and strategy positions in HP services and HP Global Operations.
Howard Richard Lieberman, Chairman of the Silicon Valley Innovation Institute, has been an innovation practitioner for thirty years in industry, academia and government. Lieberman shipped more than a billion dollars of innovative sound based products at Bose and Apple, before founding five companies; Interactive Visual Analysis Languages (INTERVAL), Integrated Acoustics, Escatech Media Inc., Dorado Corp and Asonda Corp. He invented new technologies at all of the companies he founded, as well as at Bose and Apple performing and bringing to market, pioneering work in sound and audio including interfaces, acoustics, circuitry, software, measurements and adaptive content software architectures. Mr. Lieberman has been a College Dean, Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering and Innovation Management, for Cogswell Polytechnical College. He has chaired a Summit on the Globalization of Technology and SCI3, the Sunnyvale Center for Innovation, Ideas and Invention. Howard Lieberman has also consulted to and managed teams for DARPA, the US Air Force, and more than a dozen Fortune 500 and smaller companies including 3Com, Altec Lansing, Apple, Amdahl, ASCII Corporation, Bose, Boston Acoustics, Cienna, Ensoniq, Fishman Transducers, Harman International, JBL, Kurzweil Music Systems, Martin Guitars, Sony, Sun, Taligent, Tektronix, Walmart, Webcor, XL Insurance, Zenith.
|Dr. Fernando Lourenço|
Dr. Fernando Lourenço is a senior lecturer & unit leader at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School (MMUBS). After completing the BA in Product & Furniture Design (Kingston University) and MSc in Manufacturing, Design & Sustainability (Cranfield University), he worked as a freelance designer and trainer. He later completed the MRes & PhD in Entrepreneurship Education and joined MMUBS in 2008. In 2009 he was awarded the National Enterprise Educators Award (UK). Fernando plays an entrepreneurial role in the development existing and new courses at UG, PG & commercial level. He has interests in entrepreneurship, sustainability, education and skills development. He has a few publications in international journals and a number of manuscripts are currently under the peer-review process. He has been a visitor/guest lecturer at Leeds University, University of Liverpool Management School, University of Cumbria, University of the Arts London, St. Martin’s College, Ecole Supérieure de Management (Paris), ISM University of Management and Economics (Lithuania, Vilnius) and ran numerous workshops in Macau (China). He is currently developing a number of for-profit & social enterprises with a number of entrepreneurs. He is the founder of SIMANG Association of Macau (mission: tackle social exclusion & support social mobility via education) and co-founder of SIBOK Education & Consultancy, Ltd (Macau, China).
Andreas Neus leads the Service Innovation Lab at the Karlsruhe Service Research Institute (KSRI) and is a Senior Managing Consultant with the Strategy & Transformation Practice of IBM Global Business Services. Previously, he served as the Media & Entertainment EMEA lead for the IBM Institute for Business Value. He focuses on enablers and strategic implications of innovation and disruptive change in information-driven industries. Educated in New York, Luxembourg and Bonn, his experience with Internet projects goes back to pre-Web 1990 and he co-founded an Internet startup before joining IBM’s e-business and Interactive Media practice in 1999. He was part of the launch team for the IBM e-business Innovation Center in Hamburg and has spearheaded IBM's primary consumer research on the shift to digital media in Europe. Andreas Neus has been responsible for managing complex innovation projects for major international clients, including the new media strategy projects for several European media companies. He holds a degree in Psychology with a minor in Communications Research.
Lisa Orrell, CPC, is a graduate from SJSU and globally recognized as The Generations Relations Expert. She's the author of 2 popular business books: Millennials Incorporated and Millennials into Leadership, and she's an in-demand expert and speaker. Lisa's clients include well-known organizations, such as: Johnson & Johnson, Pepsi, Paul Mitchell Systems, Hewitt Associates, eBay, Blue Cross/BlueShield, and USC's Marshall School of Business. Her dynamic seminar, workshop and keynote topics include: Understanding generational dynamics in the workplace; improving the recruitment, management and retention of Millennial (aka Gen Y) talent; and educating Millennial employees on how to be effective young leaders at work. Lisa also conducts Personal Leadership Branding for Career Success workshops for multi-generational employee audiences. Based on her expertise, she has been interviewed by (partial list): NPR, MSNBC, ABC, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report, Human Resource Executive, ComputerWorld, HR.com, Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com.
Jon H. Pittman, AIA, is Vice President of Corporate Strategy for Autodesk, the world’s leading design software company. Autodesk serves industries where design is critical to success - building, manufacturing, infrastructure, and digital media. Autodesk provides solutions for sustainable design, digital prototyping, and the creation of visual media. Pittman is responsible for enhancing Autodesk’s business with strategic programs to drive profitable growth. With over 25 years of experience in the computer-aided design, computer graphics, and internet industries, Pittman has held a variety of business development, product development, and strategy positions at Autodesk, Structural Dynamics Research Corporation (SDRC), Alias|Wavefront, and Hellmuth, Obata, and Kassabaum (HOK) Architects. In addition to the work in the corporate world, Pittman has been an Assistant Professor at Cornell University's Program of Computer Graphics and an instructor in user interface design at Art Center College of Design. He is presently a Lecturer at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, where he teaches Design as a Competitive Strategy. He has published numerous articles and is a frequent public speaker. Mr. Pittman represents Autodesk on the Industry Advisory Board of Stanford University’s Center for Integrated Facility Management and the Board of Councilors of the China/US Center for Sustainable Development. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Design Futures Council, the Design Management Institute, and the Urban Land Institute. Mr. Pittman holds a Bachelor of Architecture and MBA from the University of Cincinnati. He also holds a M.S. in Computer Graphics from Cornell University. He is a licensed architect and commercial pilot.
General Partner at Annex Ventures. Ven has been involved in pioneering early stage technologies for many years. Ven worked at Intel Corporation in the Technology & Manufacturing Group as a Programmer/Business Analyst. He has held various positions at Alliance Semiconductor including Director of IT, Software and Product Support Manager for the video graphics chipset, and Marketing Manager for the 3D video graphics product line. Ven was the founder of XtraCool.com, a peer-to-peer network for Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Notes, Web, and Wireless users. He was a co-founder of ArtInsider.com, an online retailer which was acquired in 2001. Ven has been involved in various stages of venture capital since 1998. Ven holds dual B.S. degrees in Information Systems with a minor in Economics and Electrical Engineering with a minor Mathematics from San José State University.
Shivang Shah is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science at San José State University. He expects to graduate in May 2011 and will join IBM full time with the ICM (IBM Case Management) Team in the Enterprise Content Management group at the Silicon Valley Lab in San José.
He started his professional career with a technical internship as a Java Developer at Verizon Wireless during his junior year in 2009. He then worked for IBM as a Level 2 Support Engineer for WebSphere products starting in January 2010. In Summer 2010, he was selected into IBM’s Extreme Blue Technical Internship Program and relocated to IBM’s Research Triangle Park Lab in Raleigh, North Carolina.
After successful completion of the Extreme Blue Internship, he moved back to San José where he worked with the Marketing Team of the Information Management Systems group at IBM’s Silicon Valley Lab.
He cited his wonderful experience as a Professional Software Developer at IBM and as a Computer Science student at San José State University: “Both my professional and academic progress were interlinked in such a way that one cannot be achieved without the other and each of them would be impossible to achieve without the proper guidance and support from SJSU Professors and especially IBM Management.”
|Dr. Colby Stuart|
Dr. Colby Stuart has recently written the first book in a series about making choices – The Quick Start Guide to Making Choices – with her business partner, Sierd Loman. She is using this to initiate discussions in organizations about how people make choices privately, professionally and as citizens – and how these choices impact the direction and development of an organization. Since many organizations struggle with the impact of employee choices, these opening discussions will lead to better strategic alignments and better performance. This means delivering more value through saved costs, measurable innovation practices, and building a wiser and more connected communication system grounded in an improved decision-making framework. The Quick Start Guide to Making Choices is now being translated into Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish and French.
After 30+ years of leading and growing international business in a variety of countries, Colby is developing a new business model that builds sustainable funding into her pet project: The Kids 2020 Foundation, helping children learn how to build visions and strategies for the future, starting with how to make choices. Twenty percent of all income from the work generated by her company Quantum Brands BV will support the development of an online learning platform for children, parents and teachers – www.kids2020foundation.net.
Colby’s expertise is in globalizing concepts and mobilizing talent across all borders and disciplines – with focus on concept development, identity systems, information technology, social media platforms, knowledge networks, communication and creativity.
Rénel Sun is a passionate artist and designer. She graduated early from Palo Alto High in 2011, after spending a semester exploring art and humanities at the Oxbow School in Napa, CA (2010). Currently, she is interning at IDEO for toy design, and exercises entrepreneurship in selling custom cakes and other handmade goods as a freelance designer. Starting this fall, she will start her studies at New York University’s School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
Noah Wardrip-Fruin is Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he co-directs the Expressive Intelligence Studio, one of the world's largest technical research groups focused on games. He also directs the Playable Media group in UCSC's Digital Arts and New Media MFA program. Noah's research areas include new models of storytelling in games, how games express ideas through play, and how games can help broaden understanding of the power of computation. Noah has authored or co-edited five books on games and digital media for the MIT Press, including a series on games and narrative -- First Person, Second Person, and Third Person -- which have been widely recognized, including as a finalist in the 2007 Frontline awards from Game Developer Magazine. His collaborative playable media fictions, including Screen and Talking Cure, have been presented by the Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Krannert Art Museum, Hammer Museum, and a wide variety of festivals and conferences. Noah holds both a PhD (2006) and an MFA (2003) from Brown University.
Kevin works with organizations to establish learning strategies, strategic staffing programs, and human capital architectures. Kevin has been a research affiliate at SRI International and a research affiliate at the Institute for the Future in Menlo Park, CA. He is the author of hundreds of articles on talent management, career development, recruiting, human capital and leadership. He has contributed chapters to several books including a chapter on leadership and recruiting in On Staffing: Advice and Perspectives for HR Leaders published by Wiley in 2004. His latest book is entitled The Corporate University Workbook: Launching the 21st Century Learning Organization which is published by Pfeiffer, Inc.
|Dr. Oliver Yu|
Dr. Oliver Yu, President of the STARS Group, a premier strategy consulting firm, is an internationally recognized expert on technology and resource strategy planning and analysis. He is also a Consulting Associate Professor of Management Science & Engineering at Stanford University and an Adjunct Full Professor on Technology Portfolio Planning and Management for the MBA-MSE (Master of System Engineering) Dual Degree Program at San José State University in California. Prior to founding the STARS Group in 2000, he was for 11 years the Director of Energy and Technology Strategies at SRI International, managing numerous large projects on technology and resource strategies throughout the world. Before joining SRI in 1989, Dr. Yu was for 15 years the Manager of Planning Analysis at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), responsible for energy industry analysis and EPRI-wide technology research planning. Dr. Yu holds a BSEE from National Taiwan University, an MSEE from Georgia Tech, and an MS in statistics and a PhD in Operations Research from Stanford University. He has published over 80 professional papers and authored and co-authored 5 technical books, including Technology Portfolio Planning and Management, Springer 2006, and Technology Management and Forecasting, Tsinghua University Press 2008.
San José State University is one of 23 campuses of the California State University system. It is located in the city of San José, the heart of the Silicon Valley, about midway between San Francisco and the Monterey/Carmel area at the sunny southern end of San Francisco Bay. It has about 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students studying for 134 Bachelor's and Master's degrees with 110 concentrations.
The College of Business is accredited by the AACSB and enrolls about 5,000 students studying in 11 concentrations. The Sally and Donald Lucas Graduate School of Business offers nine Masters degrees including MBA's, Master of Science, and joint degree programs with other colleges.