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Damron, Rebecca

Rebecca Damron earned her BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1987 in South Asian studies, her MA in teaching English as a second language in 1992 from Oklahoma State University, and her PhD in linguistics in 1997 from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Damron worked in the writing program in the department of English at the University of Tulsa from 1996-2001, and is currently an assistant professor of English and director of the OSU Writing Center at Oklahoma State University. Her main research interests are in writing in the disciplines, discourse analysis of talk about writing, and corpus-based analysis of written texts.
Davis, James

Jim Davis has been with Notre Dame since 1991. He received his PhD in corporate strategy from the University of Iowa, MBA from Idaho State University, and M.Ed and BA from Brigham Young University. Since 1998 he has been the director of the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. He teaches courses in strategic planning, change management, entrepreneurship, and international management. He received the Notre Dame College of Business MBA Outstanding Professor of the year award in 1996, 1998 and 1999. Dr. Davis has designed and taught executive development workshops to a wide range of companies and trade associations. His research interests and publications are in the areas of corporate governance, strategic decision-making, trust, and strategic alliances. He has worked as a planning consultant to organizations throughout the world. Dr. Davis is a director on the boards of the Small Business Development Center's Collegiate Council and the South Bend Resources and Technology Corporation and the South Bend Emerging Business Forum Boards of Directors.

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Davis, Mack

Mack Davis is a partner and one of the founding members of VentureQuest. Davis has been an active entrepreneur, educator, and author for more than forty years. The businesses he helped start include a high-tech venture, a menswear retailing chain, an entrepreneur consulting firm, an import/export fly fishing company, and a not-for-profit entrepreneurial education foundation. As an educator, Davis was an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business and the Institute of Entrepreneurship and Creativity at Metropolitan State College of Denver. He also served as a guest lecturer and advisor for the University of Colorado Deming Center for Entrepreneurship. Currently, he is a visiting professor at MBA programs and the Engineering Entrepreneur program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Davis has co-authored seven books on entrepreneurship and technology commercialization and is now professor emeritus of the Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Southern California.
DeLuca, Denise K.

Denise DeLuca received an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MSCE from Montana State University in Bozeman. Denise is a PE and a LEED-AP. Denise’s career path has meandered through both public and private sectors, including owning her own consulting business for several years. Her past project work includes developing hydrologic computer models, assessing environmental impacts to surface and groundwater, designing alternative waste management facilities, conducting feasibility analyses for sustainability projects, and developing strategies for green building. Throughout her career, Denise has used the tools of science, engineering, management, and philosophy to design and evaluate strategies for sustainable development. In the spring of 2007, Denise joined the newly-formed Biomimicry Institute as Outreach Director for The Biomimicry Institute. In this position, Denise is working to advance the tools of biomimicry and to facilitate the integration of biomimicry into university-level education.

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DeMartino, Richard

Richard DeMartino is an associate professor of management at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He currently serves as the academic director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. His fields of interest include corporate entrepreneurship, technology commercialization, and entrepreneurial motivations.

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Dittenber, David

David Dittenber is a recent graduate of the school of engineering (mechanical concentration) at LeTourneau University. While attending the university, David served on the LeTourneau Engineering Global Solutions design team for two years, managing publicity, documentation, and mechanical testing. Additionally, he traveled with the team to Kenya twice and was the team lead for the Kenyan site. He is continuing to assist the team with documentation and development this year as a staff engineer.
Dixit, Mukund R.

Mukund R. Dixit is a professor of business policy at IIT Kanpur in India.
Down, Jon

Jon Down is director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Portland where he is currently leading an effort to develop a graduate-level program aimed at commercializing medical school research. This initiative leverages his teaching and research interests that blend strategy, finance, and entrepreneurship in technology environments. Other recent projects include a study of the venture-funding environment in Oregon; an examination of how firms achieve the right balance of strategic flexibility in their planning systems; and a comprehensive look at the effectiveness of university commercialization of technology efforts. Prior to joining UP, Down was founding director of the Austin Entrepreneurship Program at Oregon State University. His PhD is in strategic management from the University of Washington. He also has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in mechanical engineering. Past management roles include stints at Westinghouse Electric Company, Precision Castparts Corporation, and early stage companies.

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