R&D Tech Management, Technology StrategyDr. 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.
R&D Tech Management, TeamingDr. Wayne Delker has spent more than 30 years in business leading innovation organizations and developing innovation processes, capability and culture. He currently serves as the Director of the Capstone Experience at the Fung Institute. He recently retired after 15 years at Clorox as Chief Innovation Officer and Senior Vice President of R&D. Prior to that he worked with GE in several R&D and Engineering roles, culminating as General Manager and Director of R&D for the GE Silicones business. His experience in driving innovation and leading large R&D organizations provides a unique perspective that is immensely valuable to students, faculty and staff as well as help us expand our external network of partners. He holds a BS in Chemistry from the University of Chicago and a PhD from Columbia University.
Communications for Engineering LeadersDr. 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.
Project Management & TeamingLeah is a serial co-founder and advisor to startups and investors. Beginning with her first company being acquired for $380 million within two years, she went on to sell several companies to major companies. Leah then directed the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she oversaw the development and management of innovation and entrepreneurship courses and programs, and she now teaches at Stanford, UC Berkeley and Northeastern University. As an investor and advisor, Leah works with both startups and investors to develop strong teams and business models, as well as the resources necessary for growth. Leah also holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA and Certificate of Public Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Organizational Behavior and Negotiations; Project Management and Teaming
Dan Himelstein has been a senior executive in both academia and business and has worked in a variety of organizational settings, ranging from the large and complex to the small and entrepreneurial. In the business world, Dan has extensive international experience, having worked with numerous start-ups as a founder, executive, director, and consultant and in a number of corporate settings as well. Currently, he is working on a new start-up, Your Local Playground, which is expected to launch in the near future. He has also served as a member of a variety of private and public sector boards, committees, and commissions.
In academia, Dan is currently a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and the College of Engineering’s Fung Institute Leadership and at the University of San Francisco’s School of Management. He has also held key leadership posts at both universities. At Berkeley, he served as the Executive Director of the Haas School’s Undergraduate Program and as the Associate Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Facilities in the Office of the Chancellor. At USF, he was the Executive Associate Dean at the School of Management.
Dan received his B.S. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and his M.Sc. from The London School of Economics.
Negotiations, Organizational Behavior, EntrepreneurshipProfessor 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.
MarketingMs. 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.
R&D Tech Management, TeamingDr. Lim is a biotech entrepreneur and visionary in future healthcare and STEM education. She is currently the founder and CEO of SE3D, a technology enterprise building desktop 3D bioprinters and lab robotics for the research and education market. In the classroom, Dr. Lim uses integrated active learning and use of multiple online learning platforms to enhance student learning experiences. Dr. Lim holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London and a BSc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Communications for Engineering Leaders
Leadership Coach Alison Meyer helps organizations and leaders increase human performance through authentic, impactful communication across people, organizations, and cultures. In addition to the Fung Institute, she is a Lecturer in Leadership Communications at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, where she received her MBA, and is Visiting Lecturer at the UC San Diego Rady School of Management. In private practice she provides executive coaching, speaker coaching, and team facilitation and strategy to clients such as Salesforce, SAP, Ubisoft, Google/Nest and UC Berkeley. Prior to leadership coaching, Alison worked at Apple/iTunes where she helped build the global digital content business, and before that had a consultancy in accounting and operations for SMEs. Once upon a time she was an award-winning actor/singer.
Kenneth Jeffrey Marshall
Strategy and Analysis, EntrepreneurshipKenneth Jeffrey Marshall is an American value investor, teacher, and author He is chairman of Judicial Capital, a private investment firm; and Judicial Corporation, which he founded in 1995. Besides teaching at the Fung Institute he directs the value investing courses in the masters in finance program at the Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden. He is the author of the 2017 McGraw-Hill book Good Stocks Cheap: Value Investing with Confidence for a Lifetime of Stock Market Outperformance. He holds a BA in Economics, International Area Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles; and an MBA from Harvard University. He splits his time between California and Sweden.
Project ManagementStephen Pieraldi is a serial entrepreneur whose career has spanned over a broad range of industries including Internet technologies, healthcare, architecture, construction, production level manufacturing, online gaming and security. He is currently running a stealth startup in network security, Sideband Networks. He has worked with and for Fortune 500 companies, venture backed and privately funded start-ups, family owned businesses and Venture Capital. He has raised millions of dollars in operating capital and taken a company from seed to IPO. A catalyst for change, he creates value through investment, technology, patents, business models and building best in class teams. Stephen enjoy’s sharing these experiences while lecturing and teaching at U.C. Berkeley. Empowering students to bring engineering discipline to the art of the startup.
EntrepreneurshipRonald 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 AccountingDonatella 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.
Marketing and Product ManagementJennifer Yang holds a degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Marketing and Multinational Management from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Public Administration with a focus in Leadership from Virginia Tech’s Center for Public Administration and Policy. She is currently a member of the faculty at Western Oregon University in the Division of Business and Economics and works with Berkeley’s School of Information’s Master in Data Science program. Her work experience includes strategy and marketing consulting for Fortune 500 companies and start-ups. Her research interests include corporate sustainability and social marketing.
Entrepreneurship & InnovationMr. 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.
Graduate Student Instructor | Accounting/FinanceBo Brandt graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Following UNC, he went on to work in the financial services industry for 5 years, specifically as an investment banking analyst at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, and equity research associate at both Goldman Sachs and Capital Group. Currently, he is a graduate student at UC Berkeley in the Information School, focusing on data science.
Graduate Student Instructor | Communications for Engineering Leaders
Noah Bonnheim is a third year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. His research is related to the design and materials of orthopedic implants, specifically of total knee, hip, and shoulder replacements, as well as spinal implants. Noah earned a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley in 2016. Prior to this, Noah worked as a Design Engineer for two years at an innovative medical device company in Boston, MA, where he was responsible for the creation of novel orthopedic implant systems. Noah earned a Bachelor of Engineering from Dartmouth College in 2012, where he also worked as a research assistant in the Dartmouth Biomedical Engineering Center on characterizing implant failure modes.
Graduate Student Instructor | Communications for Engineering LeadersKimberly Huynh is a third-year PhD student in the Civil/Environmental Engineering Department. She holds a BS in Environmental Engineering and an MS in Mechanical Engineering, both from Northwestern University. Her research focuses on how “stirring” in wetland waters contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. She is deeply interested in studying climate change and communicating complex ideas to a lay audience.
Graduate Student Instructor | Communications for Engineering LeadersJoyce is a masters degree candidate at the Berkeley School of Information, with a focus on human-computer interaction. Prior to joining the Fung Institute teaching team, she worked in communications at Urban Outfitters, Designboom, and Benetton, as well as in human-centered design in the Peace Corps and at Mango Health, a mobile health application. As an undergraduate she attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned dual degrees in the Wharton School of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences.
Graduate Student Instructor | Communications for Engineering Leaders
Jonathan Shelley is a PhD candidate in the English Department at UC Berkeley, specializing in Renaissance and early modern literature. His research focuses on theories and depictions of friendship in English Renaissance poetry, prose, and drama. In addition to serving as a TA for E295 since 2016, he has taught Reading and Composition, Elizabethan Renaissance, and Shakespeare at Berkeley. He also holds a BA from Washington University in St. Louis, where he majored in English literature and served as the first Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Digital Humanities.