Meet the Team

Fostering a culture of collaboration begins with the people. Whether you are looking to start a new venture, leverage technology developed at UCI, or invest in promising young startups, the team at Applied Innovation will come together to ensure you get the most out of our extensive ecosystem.

Leadership Team

Richard Sudek, Ph.D.

Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director
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Carolyn Stephens, Ph.D.

Associate Director and Chief of Staff
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Michael Artinger, Ph.D.

Managing Director, Research Translation Group
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Matt Bailey, MS, MBA

Director of Communications and Ecosystem Development
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Ronnie Hanecak, Ph.D.

Senior Director of Licensing
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Kevin Kennan, J.D.

Director, Intellectual Property Administration and Industry Sponsored Research
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Applied Innovation

Kate Bergin

Event & Tradeshow Specialist
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Vanessa Chavez, M.Ed.

Operations Program Manager
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Grace Han

Director of Development
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Michelle Hong

Events Manager
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Michelle Khine

Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Director of Faculty Innovation, Henry Samueli School of Engineering, Director of BioENGINE
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Monica Kim, Ph.D.

Lab Coordinator
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Dale Lee

Business Services Officer
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Ryan Mahar

Design Manager
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Marek Mandau

Analytics Program Manager
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Nick Miede

Content Manager
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John Pratt

Director of Facilities & IT Operations
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David Thai

IT Service Manager
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Kelsey Thornton

Graphic Designer
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Celestine Trimnell

Facilities Assistant
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Hai Truong

Cove Content Producer
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Juan Felipe Vallejo

New Venture Manager
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Cheryl Van Camp

Executive Assistant
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Jing Wang

Senior Finance Analyst
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Kathe Wolf

Administrative Specialist
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Wendy Wolfson

Technical Content Producer
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Hayley Young

New Venture Program Coordinator
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Invention Transfer Group

Doug Crawford

Senior Licensing Officer
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Flor de Maria Hall

Licensing Analyst & IP Records Manager
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Geetha Durairaj, Ph.D.

Fall 2016 Fellow
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Candice Gellner

Spring 2016 ITG Fellow
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Claire Gilpin

Spring 2016 Fellow
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Michael Harpen, J.D.

Licensing Officer
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Emon Heidari

Fall 2016 Fellow
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Eric J. Alcantara, J.D.

Senior Patent Prosecution Analyst
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Casie Kelly, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of Licensing
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Ahmed Khorshid

Spring 2016 Fellow
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David Mallin

Spring 2016 Fellow
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Carol Pham, Ph.D.

Fall 2016 Fellow
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Stephen Ro, Ph.D.

Technology Manager
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Kate Rodriguez

Fall 2016 Fellow
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Lisa Stutts, Ph.D.

I.P. Marketing Analyst & Fellowship Program Manager
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Anand Surendrarao, Ph.D.

Fall 2016 Fellow
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Maria Tkachuk, Ph.D.

Licensing Officer
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Richard Tun, Ph.D, J.D.

Senior Licensing Officer
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Alvin Viray, Esq.

Associate Director
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Sue Yi

IP Data & Finance Manager
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Industry Sponsored Research

Chris Abernethy

Industry Contract Officer
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Kelly Carlson

Industry Research & Material Transfer Officer
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Angie Karchmer, J.D.

Industry Contract Officer
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Natalie Nodianos

Industry Contract Officer
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Interns

Irene Barragan

Administrative Intern
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Mitchell Chan

IT Intern
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Arameh Giragosian

IT Intern
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Palak Hirani

Analytics & Database Intern
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Shan Jiang

Photo & Video Intern
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Roxy Jin

Photo & Video Intern
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Abhimanyu Kamlesh Tripathi

IT Intern
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Gabriel Kennan

Startup Incubator Intern
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Tina Mai

Marketing & Communications Intern
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Matthew Morris

Photo & Video Intern
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Rashmi Narula

Marketing & Communications Intern
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Karena Phan

Marketing & Communications Intern
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Cambria Shockley

Marketing & Communications Intern
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Wilson Ung

IT Intern
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Wing Ung

Marketing & Communications Intern
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Eric Vu

IT Intern
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