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IDEA Fellows Recipients

A spirit of innovation, design and entrepreneurship is an essential tool for career success and serves to enhance multidisciplinary appreciation, yield advanced solutions and provide novel insights. However, this spirit is often underserved by a pedagogical approach to teaching within a discipline. The IDEA Faculty Fellows program presents an opportunity for faculty to become involved by directly creating curriculum to enhance student skills in the areas of innovation, design and entrepreneurship

There were eight 2016-2018 Idea Fellows on the Morgantown campus, and currently there are four 2018-2020 Idea Fellows at the regional WVU campuses. Nominations are currently being taken for the 2020-2022 academic year.

Demo Day is the brainchild of the 2016-2018 class of IDEA Fellows, eight faculty members from across WVU who were selected via a competitive process to train in infusing entrepreneurship into their curriculum and then implement that training in the classroom. In addition to their classroom work, the Fellows work together to promote entrepreneurship and innovation across the university. The Fellows hope that Demo Day will provide a campus-wide platform for showcasing the kind of creative thinking and problem solving that they find so exciting themselves—and which their students find both inspirational and transformative.


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  • Dylan Collins

    Assistant Professor and Sculpture Area Coordinator

    304-293-2390

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  • Amr Mohammed

    Associate Professor of Civil Engineering

    304-929-1639

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  • Andrea Kay Kent

    Assistant Professor of Political Science

    304-929-1312

    Dr. Andrea Kay Kent is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at West Virginia University – Institute of Technology. She receive her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013 with a focus in Comparative Politics and a sub-field specialization in American Government.

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  • Amy Weaver

    Visiting Instructor of Business Management Technology and Computer Information Systems

    (304) 788-7145

    Amy graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching from Marshall University. She serves as a Student Success Coach and the co-coordinator for the Catamounts Against Cancer student organization.

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  • Keri Whitacre

    Psychology Instructor

    304-788-7085

    Keri Whitacre is a tenure-track Psychology Instructor at Potomac State College in Keyser, WV. She serves as an academic advisor and is an active member of the Social Justice Council.

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  • Adrienne Williams

    Visiting Assistant Professor

    Adrienne Williams is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at the West Virginia University Institute of Technology.

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  • Cheryl Brown

    Associate Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics M.S., Ph.D., Agricultural and Resource Economics, U. California, Berkeley

    Dr. Brown’s proposed course will teach the concepts, legal structures, and funding opportunities related to social enterprises, with a particular focus on areas struggling with economic development.

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  • Kasi Jackson

    Associate Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies PhD, Biology, Certificate in Women’s Studies, University of Kentucky Co-Investigator, NSF ADVANCE Award to recruit, retain and promote women faculty in science and engineering

    Dr. Jackson will pursue initiatives to infuse innovation, design and social entrepreneurship into the Women’s and Gender Studies curriculum.

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  • Jeffrey Moser

    Teaching Assistant Professor, Interactive Design for Media (Co-faculty, Reed College of Media, College of Creative Arts) MFA, Studio Art, University of Delaware

    Mr. Moser will modify an existing course, Advanced Interactive Design, to facilitate collaboration with another course, Game Development.

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  • Elizabeth Vitullo

    Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs, College of Business and Economics Ph.D., Education, M.B.A, West Virginia University 

    Dr. Vitullo’s proposal focuses on the creation of a graduate business course in entrepreneurship that will introduce students to the facets of entrepreneurship and provide students with expertise in vetting ideas through the Business Model Canvas.

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  • Thorsten Wuest

    Assistant Professor, Industrial and Management Systems Engineering MA, IBM, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand PhD, Production Engineering, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany

    Dr. Wuest proposes a course centered on the potential of product service bundles, which allow customers to enjoy a more holistic experience of products.

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  • Jonathan Boyd

    Associate Professor, Chemistry Ph.D., Environmental Toxicology, Texas Tech

    Drs. Boyd and Valentine’s new course entitled, From Early Innovations to Entire Industries: Case of how basic science can lead to big business will be focused on the Nobel-prize worthy early scientific discoveries that eventually led to commercial success either in the form of new products or new industries.

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  • Stephen Valentine

    Assistant Professor, Chemistry PhD, Predictive Physiology & Medicine, Indiana

    Drs. Boyd and Valentine’s new course entitled, From Early Innovations to Entire Industries: Case of how basic science can lead to big business will be focused on the Nobel-prize worthy early scientific discoveries that eventually led to commercial success either in the form of new products or new industries

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  • Darko Velichkovski

    Director, Music Industry Program BA, Julliard School of Music, MA, City University of New York

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  • Kenan Hatipoglu

    Assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at WVU Tech

    Dr. Hatipoglu is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at WVU Tech. He completed his master's degree at the University of Louisville, Kentucky in 2008 and his Ph.D. from Tennessee Tech University in 2013, both in electrical engineering.

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  • Lauren Prinzo

    Assistant Professor and Specialist in Community and Economic Development with WVU Extension Service

    Lauren Prinzo is an Assistant Professor and Specialist in Community and Economic Development with WVU Extension Service. Through this fellowship, she will work to infuse innovation and entrepreneurship into existing Extension programming.

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  • Colleen Moretz

    Associate Professor of Fashion, Dress & Merchandising

    Ms. Moretz proposal is to modify an existing course, Apparel Design Studio III, to incorporate the 3D Virtual Prototyping & 2D CAD/CAM software into a sustainable apparel design final prototype.

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  • Nilanjana Dwibedi

    Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy

    Dr. Nilanjana Dwibedi will create a new course on’ Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship in Pharmacy’.

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  • Craig Nelson

    Teaching Professor of Consumer Product Design

    Craig Nelson  brings over 25 years of experience in corporate and freelance design to WVU. His products have been sold in over 120 countries worldwide and have been featured in major print and media campaigns, celebrity endorsements and multiple Super Bowl commercials.

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