ACTIVE NATIONALLY CERTIFIED INSTRUCTORS
Christine Mooney is an Associate Professor at Queensborough Community College. Prior to her appointment as a faculty member, Christine served as the Director of Human Resources for LaGuardia Community College. She received her Juris Doctor from New York Law School and is a New York State licensed attorney. Currently, Dr. Mooney serves as the program director of the Community College Entrepreneurship Challenge and is a faculty mentor for student cohorts in the New York State Business Plan Competition.
Christina Pellicane is the Managing Director of Commercialization Programs at the University of Delaware. There, she is also an instructor for Delaware’s first accelerator in partnership with Delaware Founders Initiative: Delaware Startup Launchpad. Previously, she served as the Manager of the NYC Regional Innovation Node where she managed the daily operations of the NYCRIN Facility and its other collaborative programs. Ms. Pellicane received a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Animal Science from the University of Georgia and received a Master of Business and Science with a concentration in Biotechnology and Genomics from Rutgers University. Ms. Pellicane is an experienced biotechnologist specializing in GMP guidelines and is listed as co-inventor on industrial patents. She is Clean Room Certified and a Certified Sustainability Manager and her skills include experiential training, situation management, and consumer interaction techniques.
Frank Rimalovski is the Managing Director of the NYU Innovation Venture Fund and heads the Entrepreneurial Institute. He is a venture capitalist and technology industry executive with over 18 years’ experience inearly-stage investment and management experience in the formation of new ventures and technology development and commercialization. At the Fund, he is responsible for evaluating investments for the Fund, structuring company formation efforts, seeking additional funding for its companies, as well as providing customer introductions, management and mentorship to the Fund’s portfolio of companies. He has previously led the successful investment in and spin out of multiple new ventures from Lucent/Bell Labs, British Telecom, IBM and IDEO, etc. He is also an Adjunct Faculty at the NYU School of Engineering. Mr. Rimalovski received his Master’s in Business Administration from Duke University and his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Tufts University.
Ivy Schultz is the Director of the Fu Foundation School for Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University. Prior to her current position, Ivy co-authored a report on broadband deployment submitted to the FCC for the development of the National Broadband Plan with Columbia’s Institute for Tele-Information at the Business School. Ms. Schultz also worked as a consultant for The Conference Board where she co-authored a book project on Information Communication Technology (ICT), economics, and culture. She received her Master’s degree from Georgetown University, where she focused on technology and international business.
Jim Aloise is the Assistant Vice President and Director of Strategic Initiatives at Columbia Technology Ventures. Previously, he worked as the Senior Technology Licensing Officer at Columbia University where he negotiated more than 30 licensing deals – including licenses with more than 10 startups. Mr. Aloise also currently serves as the Director of PowerBridgeNY where he leads 2 NYSERDA-funded Proof of Concept Centers (POCCs), one led by Columbia University and the other by NYU, which brings clean energy technologies out of the labs and into NYS startups. Prior to joining Columbia University, he also worked at General Electric Company in Business Development, Patent and Technology Licensing, and Trademark Licensing. Mr. Aloise received his BS in Optics from the University of Rochester, an MS in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University and an MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA.
John Blaho is the CUNY Director for Industrial Academic Research. He has been responsible for creating/maintaining productive Sponsored Research Projects between Industrial entities and CUNY research faculty and is currently working to increase the amount of faculty entrepreneurial activities. Dr. Blaho was trained as a chemical engineer, received his Ph.D. in biochemistry, and was the PI of an academic research lab for over 25 years. Subsequently, he served a CSO function at a biotech company in Princeton, NJ. Since joining CUNY, he has led the creation of two new NSF IUCRC centers at the City College of CUNY and has served as the Industrial Mentor for 3 CUNY NSF ICorps teams. All three subsequently formed NYS companies and are currently supported by non-diluted investment seed funding, including NSF SBIR/STTR grants.
Micah Kotch is the Managing Director of URBAN-X. There, he launched a new startup accelerator initiative within the BMW Group as part of Impact Ventures Team focused on creating more efficient and livable cities. Previously, he served as Director of NY Prize and Strategic Adviser for Innovation at NYSERDA where he was responsible for the design and execution of a $40 million competition to engage communities in creating plans to reduce costs and promote clean energy. With nearly 15 years of experience, he has worked with numerous government agencies and private companies to help commercialize early-stage Internet software and services companies, educational-technology startups and financial-services technology startups. Mr. Kotch received his Bachelor’s Degree from Colgate University.
Rene Baston is the Executive Director for the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub at Columbia University. Prior to this position, he served as the Director of Industry Interactions and Entrepreneurship at Columbia University’s Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering. With over 20 years of experience, he has applied lean principles directly as the co-founder of 3 startups – REAL, a B2B cloud-based marketing analytics company transforming marketing and e-commerce at the intersection of recommendation technologies and neuropsychology; HVBio, employing biotechnology and self-assembly methods to enable single-walled carbon nanotube devices, and Medihub, an early Health IT company. Mr. Baston earned both his Master’s in Biomedical Informatics and his Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia University.
Roman Lubynsky is Program Director for MIT Venture Mentoring Service (VMS). Since 2002, he has been providing advice and guidance to MIT faculty, students, and alumni who would like to start their own, new venture. Mr. Lubynsky has over 30 years of experience in startups and with growing technology companies. Previously, he worked at Fasfax Corporation, a pioneer in retail IT systems, when it was a startup, and advanced to EVP heading product development, marketing, sales and professional services. He received his doctoral degree in management from the University of Maryland University College and his MS in management of technology from MIT. His current research focuses on science-based startups from university labs.
ACTIVE TEACHING ASSISTANTS
Jessica Fields has focused on entrepreneurs throughout her career, working at several start-ups. She served as the Network Manager for Savor the Success, an all-female entrepreneurial network in NYC, where she developed a mentor program for the network, overseeing the first three cohorts. Fields was also an Assistant Managing Editor for Odyssey, a startup based around a social-content platform for millennial thought-leaders when there were fewer than thirty people on the NY team. She shifted the company to an inclusive focus, managed over a dozen sites, and created a scaled program to develop the platform’s contributors. In her role as coordinator at Kaplan International she wore many hats including business developer, human resources trainer, event manager, teacher, and assessment contractor. Currently she serves as project manager for NYCRIN and the CUNY I-Corps Site. As a nationally trained TA for the I-Corps program, she is responsible for managing the NYCRIN I-Corps programs nationally and regionally, as well as outreach, marketing and compiling metrics. She graduated from Webster University in St. Louis, MO with a B.A. in Anthropology & Psychology.