Dr. Fleming earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at UC Davis. Dr. Fleming went on to earn a Masters in Engineering Management from Stanford University in the Honors Cooperative Program. He then received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior in the Department of Industrial Engineering at Stanford. He also completed a Masters in Statistics during his doctoral years. Between 1998 and 2011, he was a professor at the Harvard Business School, most recently as the Albert J. Weatherhead III Professor of Business Administration. His research investigates how managers can increase their organization’s chances of inventing a breakthrough through types of collaboration, the integration of scientiﬁc and empirical search strategies, and the recombination of diverse technologies. He is currently using big data techniques to study innovation, entrepreneurship, knowledge ﬂow and science policy.
Communications for Engineering Leaders
Dr. Beliaev brings an expertise in qualitative research, social sciences, and communication to the program. He received his PhD in Anthropology from UC Berkeley, after completing his dissertation on youth activism, political innovation, and leadership. Prior to joining the M.Eng teaching team in the Fall of 2013, Dr. Beliaev taught Reading and Composition, Ethnographic Methods, and Medical and Cultural Anthropology. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, where he majored in Economics, specializing in Commerce & Finance.
Professor Kass draws from his own research on conflict resolution, social comparison and fairness, and what it means to be a good employee. More recently, Dr. Kass is focusing on the drivers/aspects that serve or hinder the process of successful negotiations. He is also working with students to examine the impact of alliances, biases, personal trust and organizational ethics. Eli holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior with a Minor in Sociology from Tulane University and a B.A. Cum laude in Psychology and Economics from Brandeis University.
Ms. Lauchengco’s multi-disciplinary approach pulls from over 20 years of experience in executive positions in marketing, product management, and as chief-of-staff to the CEO at companies including Microsoft, Netscape/AOL and Loudcloud/Opsware. Martina has helped contribute to several industry leading products, but she is best known for her work leading marketing initiatives – first for Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office and later for the Netscape Browser, two of the most successful software products of all time. Ms. Lauchengco has most recently been a strategic advisor to a wide range of startups and Fortune 500 companies. Martina earned her B.A. in Political Science and M.A. in Organizational Behavior from Stanford University.
Strategy and Analysis, Entrepreneurship
Mr. Marshall is chairman of Judicial Capital, a private investment firm; and Judicial Corporation, which he founded in 1995. He holds a B.A. in Economics, International Area Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles; and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.
Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Mr. Zafar is an entrepreneur, educator and a mentor. He co-founded or worked at seven high tech startups, working with passionate teams and creating new products. He co-founded Bitzer Mobile in December 2010 that was acquired by Oracle in November of 2013.
His expertise includes fund raising, venture capital, strategy, product positioning, marketing, PR, AR, sales, business development as well as M&A.
He works with startup founders and executives on business strategies and coaches and mentors entrepreneurs. He has written five books on topics related to entrepreneurship that can be found at www.FiveMountainPress.com. Mr. Zafar holds a MSEE from the University of Minnesota and a BS from Brown University.
Ronald Star is a Partner in the Corporate and Securities practice at Arnold & Porter LLP, and co-chairs the Northern California Emerging Companies group. His practice focuses on financings, venture capital, technology transactions, corporate governance, securities law and mergers and acquisitions. He works closely with start-up and private companies on issues related to equity and financings, intellectual property matters, the structuring of executive compensation (including stock arrangements), strategic ventures, acquisitions and management buy-outs. He is a frequent lecturer on venture capital transactions, acquisitions, strategic partnerships, employment matters, succession in family businesses and closely held businesses. Mr. Star holds a JD, MBA and BA from Harvard University.
Data Analytics, Finance, and Accounting
Donatella Taurasi earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance and Master’s degree in Financial Markets and Institutions at the University of Bologna, Italy. She then went on to earn her PhD in Finance, Financial Markets, and Institutions in the Department of Business and Economics of Bologna, Italy. During her graduate studies, Donatella worked as a Visiting Scholar at the Westminster Business School in London, Stern School of Business at New York University, and Haas School of Business at the University of California in Berkeley. Donatella is currently a Lecturer at Haas School of Business at the University of California and a Faculty member at Hult International Business School in San Francisco. At Haas and Hult she teaches primarily in the area of Finance and Behavioral Finance. Donatella has recently joined the data science education startup Galvanize to help design an Applied Business curriculum tailored for Data Scientists. Donatella’s research interests are in the fields of Behavioral Finance, Asset Pricing, Psychology and Economics, and Household Finance.