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Economic Impact Committee

The Economic Impact Committee (EIC) is focused on strengthening and supporting UMD's innovation, entrepreneurship, economic development and inclusive growth ecosystem.

Formed in 2017, the EIC convened quarterly meetings to bring together more than a dozen campus innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic development directors to foster a more collaborative and integrated community.

Today, this inclusive group of more than fifty members includes stakeholders from across campus who are directly involved with leading and supporting innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic impact initiatives, as well as providing support to students, faculty, alumni, and members of the broader community.

Members meet monthly to learn from each other, share updates on ongoing and upcoming activities, and hear from colleagues and community partners about initiatives that may benefit and enhance the campus and community's collective ecosystem building efforts.

The EIC is organized by the Office of Innovation.

The formation of the EIC has led to several positive outcomes including:

  • Creation of EIC Listserv
  • Creation of UMD Entrepreneurship Events Shared Calendar
  • Launch of the Innovation Gateway
  • Enhanced I&E Ecosystem as demonstrated by:
    • Greater Connectivity & Interactions across the ecosystem
    • More Collaborations between I&E Units
    • Stronger Sense of Community
    • Exchange of Best Practices

EIC Members

The EIC comprises of at least one representative from each of UMD's innovation and entrepreneurship programs and units, as well as several other colleagues who support or engage with the ecosystem.

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Phillip Alvarez

Associate Director, xFoundry
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Amir Ansari

Co-Founder and Inaugural Executive Director, xFoundry@UMD IDEA Factory
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Kate Atchison

Associate Director, Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity in Computing
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Mira Azarm

Innovation Instigator & Learning Experience Catalyst, Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
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Rebecca Bellinger

Executive Director, Center for Global Business
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William Bentley

Mtech Director, UMD Robert E. Fischell Distinguished Chair of Engineering and the Inaugural Director of the Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices
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Jordan Broutman

Assistant Director of Corporate Relations, University of Maryland Institute for Health Computing (UM-IHC)
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Lora Brown

Executive Director of Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Programs
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Lottie Byram

Assistant Director of Community Programs, Dingman Center
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Stephanie Cantor

Strategic Consultant, Center for Social Value Creation (CSVC)
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Jainaba Ceesay

UMD I-Corps Instructor & Program Manager, Mtech
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Dean Chang

Chief Innovation Officer and Associate Vice President for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
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Scott Christensen

Manager, Mtech Ventures and Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund (CBSCF)
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Steven Colella

Program Director, Mid-Atlantic Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC)
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David Dahl

Associate Dean of Libraries, Digital Services and Technologies, UMD Libraries
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Josh Doying

Startup Success Manager, UM Ventures - College Park
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Tina Edwards

Veterans Business Specialist, Mid-Atlantic Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC)
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Erica Estrada-Liou

Director, Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
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Nima Farshchi

Director, Center for Social Value Creation (CSVC) & Executive Director of Office of Experiential Learning
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Sara Yousefnejad Gallagher

Associate Director, Do Good Institute
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Katlin Gray

Lecturer; Senior Program Manager, Do Good Institute
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Robert T. Grimm Jr.

Professor of the Practice; Levenson Family Chair in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership; Do Good Institute Director
Portrait of Sara Herald

Sara Herald

Director, Southern Management Leadership Program
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Christina Hnatov

Learning Experience Catalyst, Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Portrait of Michael Hoffmeyer

Michael Hoffmeyer

Managing Director, Dingman Center of Entrepreneurship
Portrait of Nabeela Ibrahim

Nabeela Ibrahim

Director of Ventures, Startup Shell
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Maria Johnson

Director of Corporate Partnership Development, Department of Computer Science and Program Director, Mokhtarzada Hatchery
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Ajitesh Kaladi

Co-Executive Director, Startup Shell
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Craig Kier

Director, Arts For All, College of Arts and Humanities
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Piotr Kulczakowicz

Director of Quantum Startup Foundry (QSF) at the University of Maryland (UMD)
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Dan Kunitz

Mtech Ventures Director, Mid-Atlantic I-Corps Hub Director & Maryland Innovation Extension Director
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Christine Kunkel

Program Director of Events and Professional Programs, University of Maryland Alumni Association
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Feileen Li

Co-Executive Director, Startup Shell
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Adriene Lim

Dean of Libraries; Professor of the Practice, College of Information Studies Dean's Office
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Willow Lung-Amam

Director of Community Development, National Center for Smart Growth; Director; Small Business Anti-Displacement Network; and Associate Professor
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Alla McCoy

Director, Startup Support, UM Ventures - College Park
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Kisha McNeil

Accelerator Manager, Do Good Institute
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Patrick Mendez, Ph.D.

Director of Research Development Capture Management
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Felicia Metz

Associate Director, UM Ventures - College Park
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Sarah Miller

Vice President of Economic Development, Terrapin Development Company/Margrave Strategies
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Nick Ocasio

Community Manager, Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
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Alex Onufrak

Venture Programs and Operations Coordinator, Dingman Center
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Sammy Popat

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Catalyst
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Ken Porter

Director, UM Ventures - College Park
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Lindsay Ryan

Executive Director of Economic Development, USM
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Caitlin Rudy

Career Access Lead, Break Through Tech DC at UMD
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John Sawyer

Interim Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Quantum Alliance; Director, Strategic Research Initiatives
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Matt Scassero

Director of Operations and Outreach, University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering at the USMSM
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Jamie Shanker-Passero

Program Manager, Small Business Anti-Displacement Network (SBAN)
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Brooke Smith

Assistant Program Director, Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
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Stan Smith

Director of Venture Investments, UM Ventures and Dingman Center
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Wesley Smith

Executive Director, Startup Shell
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Sheila Somashekhar

Director of the Purple Line Corridor Coalition
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David Steele

Hub Coordinator, NSF I-Corps Mid-Atlantic Region & Program Manager, UMD I-Corps
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James Stillwell

Faculty Director, Do Good Campus, DGI and Associate Clinical Professor
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Camryn Streib

Director of Events, Startup Shell
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Tsegahiwot 'Tsega' Tadesse

Director of Venture Development, Dingman Center of Entrepreneurship
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Rohan Tikekar

Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
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Ken Ulman

President, Terrapin Development Company and UMD Chief Strategy Officer for Economic Development
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Eric D. Wachsman, Ph.D.

Director, Maryland Energy Innovation Institute; William L. Crentz Centennial Chair in Energy Research; Distinguished University Professor; Current Past-President, Electrochemical Society; National Academy of Inventors