Meet the 2013 Fellows-Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Carnegie Mellon University

Incoming 2014 Fellows


Alison Alvarez


Nick Bartel


Matthew Cantele


Hayden Cardiff


Dishan Gupta


Pradeep Karuturi


Jing Li

Jing Li

Master of Biotechnology, Innovation and Computation Program, School of Computer Science

Jing is currently a masters student of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. From her point of view, scientific research and industry are important; however, above all, the most important aspect is the integration of research and industry. Jing’s core interest is to reduce the gap between academia and industry with her skills in Machine Learning, Data Mining and Intelligent Information System by allowing a faster application of advanced and innovative research discoveries and/or technologies to industry in which can be benefit more lives. With the background in both computer science and biology, her goal is to develop innovative software products in a startup to help people accelerate independent, self-determined disease diagnosis and improve their access to appropriate treatment.

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Zijie Lin


Matharishwan Naganbabu


Katherine Rosenthal (Shelby)


Sahil Shah


Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith

Master of Science, Robotics Systems Design, School of Computer Science

As a systems engineer, Stephen brings skills in innovative product development, team management, marketing, sales & support, as well as strategic technology planning, budgeting and leadership.  His entrepreneurial ventures have allowed him to connect business goals to engineering tasks.  Stephen’s experience developing his own company, his graduate degree in Robotics Systems Development, and his position as a James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellow most readily depict him as a technical engineer with managerial talent.  Stephen strives for success in everything he does, whether it is a professional bike race or research endeavors in autonomous snake robots.  Stephen wants to bring life changing technology to the world and only through entrepreneurship does he believe that it is possible.

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2013 Fellows


Trisha Black

Trisha Black

Master of Biotechnology, Innovation and Computation Program, School of Computer Science

Trisha previously worked in healthcare as a Systems Analyst and Data Manager. Passionate and hard-working, she enjoys participating in start-up competitions. Recently, Trisha led her team to the finals of Pittsburgh’s Big Idea Competition with a venture aiming to optimize the clinical trial life cycle through a network application for patients, doctors, and pharmaceutical industry sponsors. As a Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellow, she is interested in supporting innovative and disruptive technology ventures. Her skill set drives strategic business solutions by designing intelligent information systems with the customer in mind.

Internship: Medidata

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Mauricio Contreras

Mauricio Contreras

Master of Tangible Interaction Design Program, College of Fine Art

Mauricio is an electrical engineer from Chile, startup leader, patent pending inventor, and now expanding into the field of design in his graduate program. He is a proud member of SoluNova, a Chilean startup looking to improve industrial worker’s safety and health by leveraging the power of the current revolution in wearable technology. Their most recent project–the MMS, a jacket that monitors vitals and environmental variables–recently won the Intel Global Challenge 2013.

Internship: Occipital

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Darrell Eng

Darrell Eng

Master of Business Administration Program, Tepper School of Business

Darrell is passionate about data analytics in the technology and consumer products space. Previously he owned and operated Front of the Pack, the premier triathlon store in Silicon Valley. During his ten years as a small business owner he built the business up from the ground to a destination retail store with customers around the world. Darrell hopes to use his entrepreneurial background and technical skills from his time as a programmer at Oracle to build new business ventures in an operational role.

Internship: Emotient

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Steve Feyer

Steve Feyer

Master of Business Administration Program, Tepper School of Business

Steve has 10 years' experience serving large corporate clients as a consultant, trainer, customer service manager, and product marketer. Before pursuing his MBA at the Tepper School of Business, he was a founding employee of IntegriChain, Inc., an Inc. 500 honoree and pioneer in big data analytics for supply chain. Steve looks forward to helping another startup successfully solve process and communications challenges as it achieves rapid growth. Believing that a revolution in mobility is overdue, Steve hopes to contribute to this great wave with one of the many businesses changing how we walk, ride, bike, drive, and fly.

Internship: Anki

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Arjun Gopalratnam

Arjun Gopalratnam

Master of Business Administration Program, Tepper School of Business

Arjun has an undergraduate degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and has previously worked in business development at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He has created web applications to simplify dining in Philadelphia (http://pennfood.com) and to analyze subway passenger traffic in New York City (http://atmta.tumblr.com). Arjun is interested in automation in the home and small business environments.

Internship: Clover

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Yanan Jian

Yanan Jian

Master of Science in Information Technology, Very Large Information Systems Program, School of Computer Science

Yanan is passionate about working on distributed systems and making the best use of Amazon EMR to analyze huge amount of data by doing effective cloud computing. Previously she worked with Umeng, the largest mobile app analytics and developer services platform in China, where she acted as team leader and core developer of three products based on a well-designed web crawler, data mining algorithms and distributed storage. She looks forward to making the best use of what she has learned from CMU, taking advantage of her previous entrepreneurial experience, and hopes that help a startup build innovative products and develop its business.

Internship: Splice Machine

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Gregory Martin

Gregory Martin

Master of Business Administration Program, Tepper School of Business

Greg has his JD from UCLA and is a first year MBA student at the Tepper School of Business.  Previously, he worked as a corporate restructuring attorney with Winston & Strawn, LLP.  He is passionate about helping businesses use the data they generate to improve their decision making.  He looks forward to combining the knowledge he acquires at Tepper with his legal background to help a startup commercialize its products.

Internship: Ravel Law

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Nina Patel

Nina Patel

Master of Business Administration Program, Tepper School of Business

Nina has six years experience developing DNA sequencing instruments and forensic applications using DNA at Life Technologies, a biotechnology company located in Silicon Valley. She is driven to build customer-centric solutions that help improve the lives of others. Hence she is working with the Carnegie Mellon Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Project Olympus on the idea to develop a consumer device that identifies food allergens. Such a device would help alleviate the potential pain and stress resulting from an allergic reaction by preventing the reaction itself. She is looking forward to bridging science, technology and business at a biotech/medical diagnostic startup company by utilizing her skills in product development, commercialization, and her current business education.

Internship: Personalis

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Anthony Prats

Anthony Prats

Master of Integrated Innovation for Products & Services Program, Carnegie Institute of Technology/College of Fine Arts/ Tepper School of Business

Anthony is focused on creating enchanting products and services that mesh intuitive design with user-centric features. Previously, he worked with RawR Marketing, a startup firm that brings web technologies and branding to the local small business. Anthony is self-motivated and is constantly bolstering his skill set. In his spare time, he has designed and built video games, computers, guitars, and amplifiers, and during his studies at CMU, has begun working on exciting robotics and consumer electronics projects. He looks forward to providing value to a startup during the product development process by implementing methods of design thinking to yield a more in-tune and successful end product.

Internship: Anki

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Satish Ramakrishnan

Satish Ramakrishnan

Master of Business Administration Program, Tepper School of Business

Satish has a Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering and a B.S in Biological Sciences and Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon. He is a Bay Area native and has worked at Genentech and ZS Associates, where he helped high profile pharmaceutical and technology companies define their go-to-market strategies. Satish is interested in product development in the healthcare industry and is passionate about utilizing technology to bridge the communication barrier between patients and the healthcare system. He is currently working on a venture in the diagnostic medical imaging space. Outside of work, Satish enjoys dancing and regularly tests his endurance by training for endurance events. He recently participated in the Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim and the San Francisco Marathon and has the half Iron Man on his bucket list.

Internship: SemanticMD

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Noah Tovares

Noah Tovares

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering Program, Carnegie Institute of Technology

Noah is a third year Ph.D. candidate in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon. His research explores the role of virtual reality (VR) in consumer preference modeling, and his work has demonstrated the benefits of using VR to capture consumer feedback in the early stages of the design process. He plans to work in the growing field of mobile design/analytics/performance applying the skills and experience he has gained researching design and product development.

Internship: Pixate

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