Author/Presenter by Alphabet: C

Cabrera, Derek
Derek Cabrera is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of ThinkWorks. Established in 2007, the company’s core product, ThinkBlocks, is a tactile manipulative educational toy that teaches advanced abstract thinking skills to children and adults. Cabrera invented and holds the US patent for the unique ThinkBlocks system. A life-long scientist, researcher and educator, Cabrera is a visiting fellow at Cornell University and a research fellow at the Santa Fe Institute for the study of complex systems. He currently teaches graduate coursework on systems thinking in Cornell’s Department of Education.

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Caldwell, Kacie


Kacie Caldwell is the academic programs director in the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Portland.

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Calvert, John


John Calvert serves as administrator for the Inventor Assistance Program at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. His responsibilities include oversight for individual inventor programs, establishment of programs with inventor organizations, small business, other Federal agencies and educational outreach to all levels of schools from elementary through post-graduate. Prior to becoming administrator, John was responsible for supervising patent examiners in the area of textile technology and absorbent products. He also served as acting director of the Office of Independent Inventor Programs for the Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and the director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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Carpio, Jesus

Jesus Carpio obtained his B.S. in electrical engineering from Universidad de Tacna-Peru, and his MBA from the Escuela de Alta Direccion y Administracion de Empresas-Spain. He is a specialist in knowledge management, project management and coaching. He supervised the Center for Innovation and Development of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (PUCP) and currently he is the director of E-QUIPU, an organizational system to encourage innovation among the community in PUCP.
Casado, Fanny Lys

Fanny L. Casado is a doctoral student in toxicology at the University of Rochester. She graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemistry from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in 2003. She then obtained a M.Sc. in Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology from Michigan Technological University in 2006. Casado’s academic interests deal with signaling pathways of polyaromatic chemicals, immunotoxicity, and stem cell biology. She is also interested in the ethics of biotechnological and biomedical research in the context of globalization.

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Cascon, Eduardo Ismodes

Eduardo Ismodes was born in Lima, Perú in 1958. He studies Mechanical Enginering, Renewable Engineering, Communications and Entrepreneurship, and is Co-Founder of the Electronic Engineer Department at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP). He is also the founder of both the Innovation and Development Center (CIDE PUCP) and E-QUIPU, Organizational System for the Development of Science and Technology. He is a writer of Technical and non Technical Books in Electricity, Mathematical Problems, Technology, Science and Technology and Short Tales. He served as President of IEEE Peru Section from 1999 to 2001 and has served as Dean of the School of Sciences and Engineering, PUCP since 2002

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Castaneda, Benjamin

Benjamin Castaneda earned an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (PUCP), Peru. He obtained his M.Sc. degree from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in computer vision and is currently pursuing a PhD degree in medical imaging at the University of Rochester (UR). Benjamin actively participates in several professional societies, including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, Medical Image Computing Computer-Assisted Intervention, Rochester Center for Biomedical Ultrasound, and Engineering for the Americas Program. His research interests include medical image automated segmentation and registration, ultrasound, and elasticity. On the educational side, Castaneda is interested in generating sustainable research teams in Peru. He received the Charles Merriam award (UR-2005), Procter & Gamble's Award to success, and he was finalist for the New Investigator Award (AIUM, 2007). He currently directs the Medical Image Processing and Formation Group at PUCP.

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Centen, Cory

and are the 2007 Undergraduate Winners of the Collegiate Inventors Competition. Along with a fellow electrical and biomedical engineering classmate from McMaster, they have formed Atreo Medical, Inc., to refine and market their device. Centen and Patel’s device was selected by Time Magazine as one of the best inventions of 2007 in the health category. Centen is CEO of Atreo Medical and brings experience from a previous venture, Mobilab Technologies, Inc., a company dedicated to designing a new type of photoactive biomaterial for use in high-efficiency, low weight, low cost solar cells. Centen carried out the work at Mobilab Technologies on grants from the Carleton Foundry Program made possible by a grant from the Ontario Centres of Excellence. He is a graduate with distinction of McMaster University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering.

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Chung, Sophia

Sophia Chung is a Troy Tech, Honors, and AP junior from Troy High School. Sophia is dedicated to using her abilities to service those in need. Despite being busy in school, she actually spends most of her time developing her community literary program, BookBridge, performing colorguard at football games, or tutoring challenged students. Passionate about music, design, and architecture, she is working with MIT-Lemelson Inventeams program to give her an insight to inventing and engineering, while benefitting those who need help.

Clement, Nancy

Nancy Clement received a BS (‘89) and MS (‘05) from Purdue University’s College of Technology. Her research interest is in social entrepreneurship programs within academia—specifically, how social and organizational change can be accomplished through leadership and entrepreneurship. She is currently interim director of the Social Entrepreneurship Initiative, mentoring students from 6th grade science classes to graduate school on inventions, innovations and intellectual property protection. Her consulting company (I4SE)2 works to unite Initiatives for Social Entrepreneurship with Innovations for Social Enterprise. She is the 2006 recipient of both the Fredrick L. Hovde and the Frank Murphy Outstanding Faculty Fellow Award.

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Colledge, Thomas

Tom Colledge obtained his undergraduate and master's degree in civil and environmental engineering, as well as his PhD in agricultural and biological engineering from Penn State University. He is a registered professional engineer. Colledge has been instructing a project-based design course for service learning since 2001 and has recently expanded his efforts by developing and refining a vertically integrated, multidisciplinary engineering certificate program at Penn State. Emphasis has been placed on pedagogy that addresses ABET, industry and community-defined needs for engineering students. The program focuses on establishing long-term, sustainable, collaborative relationships with host universities and communities with a strong focus on entrepreneurial application of engineered solutions.

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Colosi, Laura

Laura Colosi is the Chief Operating Officer of ThinkWorks. With more than fifteen years of research and teaching experience at Cornell University, Laura brings unparalleled expertise to the company in the area of parenting as it relates to developing children who are better thinkers and learners. Laura taught coursework on families and social policy in Cornell’s Department of Human Development before she began focusing on her research on issues relating to parent and child well-being, such as improving parent education and social policies that support disadvantaged families. Prior to her work at Cornell, Laura conducted research at the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, the US Department of Health and Human Services and the US Department of Justice.

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Coyle, Edward J.

Edward J. Coyle received the BSEE degree from the University of Delaware in 1978 and PhD degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton in 1982. From 1982 to 2007, he was a faculty member at Purdue, where his activities included service as co-director of the Center for Wireless Systems and Applications (CWSA), director of the EPICS Entrepreneurship Initiative (EEI), co-founder of the Vertically-Integrated Projects (VIP) Program, and co-founder of the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) Program. Starting in 2008, he will be the Arbutus Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and co-recipient of the 2005 Bernard M. Gordon Prize from the National Academy of Engineering.

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