The faculty and staff of the Baker Institute bring a wealth of experience and domain expertise to the study and practice of entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation. They are a dedicated group of professionals with backgrounds and ongoing practice in founding start-ups, venture capital, technology commercialization, deal brokering and technology management, invention, Intellectual Property protection, entrepreneurship related governmental policy and successful exit strategies.
Mark Orrs DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PROFESSOR OF PRACTICE DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE After 6 years as a candidate in the PhD in Sustainable Development Program at Columbia University, Mark Orrs began as Professor of Practice and Director of Sustainable Development at Lehigh University in August 2012. His primary research interests have been in African [...]
Neal G. Simon
PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
Dr. Simon was the founding Chair of Biological Sciences at Lehigh University and led the department from 1995-2006. During his tenure as Chair, the department grew by 40%, external funding increased significantly, and major programmatic awards for curricular innovation were
Silagh White DIRECTOR OF ARTS ENGAGEMENT & COMMUNITY RELATIONS Silagh White is the Director of Arts Engagement and Community Relations at Lehigh University, which includes the ArtsLehigh program. White’s perspective is formed from a blend of artistic, educational and administrative experience. “Entrepreneurship is more a way of thinking than a job title. To be entrepreneurial, [...]
R. Travis Coley ADJUNCT LECTURER DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS As director of Spouting Rock Capital Advisors, Travis Coley works with the CEOs and boards of early-stage companies to design, develop, and execute funding and M&A strategies covering a wide spectrum of deals. Prior to joining Spouting Rock, he led the client [...]
Joshua W. Ehrig ADJUNCT PROFESSOR DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT Joshua W. Ehrig has been fortunate to work with some amazing people and companies from inception to acquisition. His background includes extensive experience in management, finance, software engineering, and business development functions. Currently, Mr. Ehrig serves as an adjunct professor at Lehigh University’s Baker Institute, where he [...]
Alan L. Jennings
Since 1980, Alan Jennings has been with the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, and was appointed Executive Director in March, 1990. He has been the driving force behind a range of CACLV programs designed to improve the quality of life for low-income people.
Dr. Olexa has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Temple University and an MBA from Lehigh University. She was on the faculty of Temple Medical School, where she taught Biochemistry and conducted research in the blood coagulation system.