Author/Presenter by Alphabet: R

Rayess, Nassif

Nassif E. Rayess received his bachelor's and PhD in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University and joined UDM in 2001. Currently, he is an associate professor whose areas of interest include acoustics, noise and vibration, as well as design and entrepreneurship. Rayess teaches Dynamics, Senior Design, Innovation and Entrepreurship, Mechanical Measurements, and NVH. His current research is focused on experimental work in the area of noise and acoustics. Rayess has been very active in recent efforts to bring entrepreneurship to engineering and other technical programs at the university.

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Reed, Lisa

Lisa Reed, J.D., is the Assistant Dean and an Associate Professor in the Pamplin School of Business at the University of Portland. Professor Reed teaches Legal and Social Responsibilities in Business in the Business School and also Global Entrepreneurship as part of our E-Scholars' program.

Richards, Larry G.

Larry G. Richards teaches two courses on innovative thinking at the University of Virginia: Invention and Design (with Mike Gorman) and Creativity and New Product Development. He is also working with middle school teachers and undergraduate mechanical engineering students to develop Engineering Teaching Kits. These ETKs introduce the engineering design approach to problem solving in middle school science and math classes.

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Riffe, William J.

William Riffe, PhD, PE, is professor of manufacturing engineering at Kettering University. He teaches or has taught manufacturing processes, creativity, problem solving, and entrepreneurship. Prior to his academic tenure, Bill was a consultant from U.S. Steel to their customers in all areas of sheet steel application. He was responsible for product innovation in the automotive industry highlighting new applications for sheet steel. Dr. Riffe attended the University of Cincinnati and Carnegie Institute of Technology, all in the field of Civil Engineering. Bill is a founding member of the International Conference on Creativity in Colleges and Universities.

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Robinson, Ken

Sir Ken Robinson is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources. Now based in Los Angeles, he has worked with national governments in Europe and Asia, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, not-for-profit corporations and some of the world’s leading cultural organizations. They include the Royal Shakespeare Company, Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, the Royal Ballet, the Hong Academy for Performing Arts, the European Commission, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the J Paul Getty Trust and the Education Commission of the States. For ten years he was Professor of Education at the University of Warwick in England and is now Professor Emeritus.

In 1998, he led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government bringing together leading business people, scientists, artists and educators. His report, All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education (The Robinson Report) was published to huge acclaim. The London Times said: ‘This report raises some of the most important issues facing business in the 21st century. It should have every CEO and human resources director thumping the table and demanding action’. He was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, working with the ministers for training, education enterprise and culture. The resulting blueprint for change, Unlocking Creativity, was adopted by politicians of all parties and by business, education and cultural leaders across the Province. He was one of four international advisors to the Singapore Government for its strategy to become the creative hub of South East Asia.

Sir Ken is in high demand as an inspirational speaker with a unique talent for conveying profoundly serious messages with enormous humour and passion and wit. He speaks to audiences throughout the world on the creative challenges facing business and education in the new global economies. His latest book, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative (Wiley-Capstone) is described by Director magazine as ‘a truly mind opening analysis of why we don’t get the best out of people at a time of punishing change.’ John Cleese said: ‘Ken Robinson writes brilliantly about the different ways in which creativity is undervalued and ignored in Western culture and especially in our educational systems.’ In 2005 he was named as one of Time/Fortune/CNN’s ‘Principal Voices’. In 2003, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts.
Roldan, Malu

Malu Roldan is with the faculty of San José State University's Management Information Systems Department. After completing her PhD in management at UCLA, she came to UC Berkeley for a post-doc to study the early days of the dot-com boom. Since then she has worked on business and educational applications of mobile technologies and digital publishing, and is currently project lead for several teams, funded by Hewlett Packard, conducting technology innovation projects at San José State University. She is the principal investigator of an NCIIA course and program grant for a social entrepreneurship initiative. Her research focuses on the impacts of community-engaged, technology-enabled learning, applications of emerging technologies in higher education and business, and cross-functional team processes and innovation.

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Ruth, Derek

Derek Ruth received his PhD from Purdue University and joined the Wichita State faculty in 2005. His primary research interests are technology transfer and innovation.

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