Our Team-Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Carnegie Mellon University

Lenore Blum

Lenore Blum

Co-Director, Carnegie Mellon Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Founding Director, Project Olympus

Email: lblum@cs.cmu.edu

Lenore Blum (PhD, MIT) is Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon, Founding Director of Project Olympus and co-Director of the Carnegie Mellon Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Project Olympus is a good example of her determination to make a real difference in the academic community and the world beyond. Olympus has two main aims: to bridge the gap between cutting-edge university research/innovation and economy-promoting commercialization for the benefit of our communities and to create a climate, culture, and community to enable talent and ideas to grow in the region... Read full bio


Dave Mawhinney

Dave Mawhinney

Co-Director, Carnegie Mellon Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Executive Director, Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship

Email: dmawhin@andrew.cmu.edu

Dave Mawhinney is Co-Director, Carnegie Mellon Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Executive Director, Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship. He serves as the Managing Director, Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund, and Director, i6 Agile Innovation System, a collaboration between InnovationWorks and CMU. Dave is also Assistant Teaching Professor at the Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business.

Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon, Dave was co-founder, Chairman and CEO of mSpoke, an internet content and advertising recommendation engine, which was acquired in 2010 by LinkedIn, the world’s leading professional social networking site.  In 2006, Morgan Stanley’s MSCI/Barra business unit acquired mSpoke’s first business line, a quantitative investment recommendation engine... Read full bio


V. Emily Stark

V. Emily Stark

Associate Director for Entrepreneurial Affairs, Carnegie Mellon Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Email: vestark@andrew.cmu.edu

V. Emily Stark is Associate Director for Entrepreneurial Affairs, responsible for project management, marketing and public relations, grantwriting, and oversight of the CIE’s daily operations. Before joining the CIE, she served as Associate Teaching Professor and Assistant Department Head of Biological Sciences at Carnegie Mellon, and maintained her work as a freelance biomedical writer and principal at Interphase Communications. She also spent a number of years in immunology and vascular pathobiology research at both the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Wisconsin. With degrees in rhetoric (Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University) and biological sciences (M.S., Carnegie Mellon University), and professional experience that spans the humanities, the sciences, and the arts, Emily works to interweave Carnegie Mellon’s culture of scientific, technical, and artistic expertise with its growth in innovation and entrepreneurship.



Kit Needham

Kit Needham

Associate Director, Project Olympus, Entrepreneur in Residence

Email: kit@cs.cmu.edu

Kit is Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Project Olympus, providing students with start-up advice, business strategy planning, and connections to industry experts, advisors, and the business community. She is a technical advisor to BlueTree Allied Angels and serves on their Screening Committee. Also, she is an Advisory Board member of Chatham University's Center for Women's Entrepreneurship and teaches in their MBA program. In addition, she provides consulting services to promote economic growth to Chambers of Commerce, individual entrepreneurs, and non-profit organizations. Kit manages the Olympus Incubator Space on Henry Street, where student entrepreneurs spend considerable time on their new ventures.

Allyson Hince

Allyson Hince

Program Manager

Email: ahince@andrew.cmu.edu

Allyson is the Program Manager at the Don Jones Center. She manages web and interactive communicationsand coordinates many of the center's programs. Allyson graduated from Duquesne University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and a minor in interactive media.  She has served as a member of our campus community since December 2010.

Cleah Schlueter

Cleah Schlueter

Project Coordinator

Email: cleah@cs.cmu.edu

Cleah coordinates events and special projects for Project Olympus. Since 1987 she has worked in Carnegie Mellon's Computer Science Department, where she is also Project Coordinator for a number of other endeavors, including the ALICE Project. She joined Project Olympus at its inception in 2007.

Sonya Ford

Sonya Ford

Manager of the Directors Office & Special Programs

Email: sonyaf@andrew.cmu.edu

Sonya is Manager of the Director's Office & Special Programs at the Don Jones Center for Entrepreneurship. Prior to this appointment, Sonya was the Executive Administrator for eleven years at Urban Design Associates, an architecture/urban design firm in Pittsburgh, PA, and she has held many other administrative roles in the banking and hospital industries. Sonya earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Robert Morris University and earned her Certified Administrative Professionals (CAP) certification in 2007. She is an active member of the International Association for Administrative Professionals (IAAP), where she has chaired many committees and served on the board for two terms. Sonya is also a mentor and volunteer in her community.

Andrea Ponce

Andrea Ponce

Research Scholar

Email: aponce@cs.cmu.edu

Andrea is the Entrepreneurship Research Scholar at Project Olympus. Her research focuses on ways to encourage innovation to accelerate the commercialization of research and ideas at Carnegie Mellon. In 2013, Andrea was named Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum. Prior to joining Olympus, Andrea worked for the Carnegie Mellon University Advancement Division where she created the Andrew Carnegie Society Leaders Program to grow leadership annual giving at CMU. Andrea graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a major in Economics and a minor in Political Science. She is the recipient of a full scholarship and the Leadership and Service Award.

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Mary Widom

Mary Widom

Administrator for the Innovation Scholars Program

Email: marwidom@andrew.cmu.edu

Mary is the administrator for the Innovation Scholars Program. She has worked in the School of Computer Science at CMU since 2006, where she is also administrator for a number of other endeavors, including Women@SCS and Leap@CMU. Mary has a special interest in diversity in technical areas, and volunteers with the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award locally.