Entrepreneurship for Scientists and Engineers Seminar Series

Offered during winter quarter, the Entrepreneurship for Scientists and Engineers Seminar Series provides a real-world introduction to the theory and practice of entrepreneurship. Through a series of presentations by prestigious entrepreneurs and industry leaders, participants will explore the various organizational, strategic and financial challenges facing successful and unsuccessful entrepreneurs. Topics include start-up strategies, business idea evaluation, business plan writing, and introduction to venture capital.

  • All guest lectures start at 5 p.m. and last an hour, with some exceptions, please see each calendar entry for time
  • Lectures are held in the McDonnell Douglas Engineering Auditorium in the Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine.

This series is part of a course on Entrepreneurship for Scientists and Engineers, but enrollment is not necessary to attend these guest speaker lectures. Free and open to the public.

For more information please contact the instructor, Goran Matijasevic, Ph.D., M.B.A., or David Ochi, MPM, M.B.A.

2016 Guest Speaker Lectures

Date Time Speaker
Thursday, January 7 5:00 - 6:50 p.m. Alvin Viray, Senior Licensing Officer, UCI Office of Technology Alliances
Tuesday, January 12

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Joon You, Ph.D. ’05, CEO, Praxis BioSciences and Reshape Lifesciences

6:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Julia Gelfand, UCI Engineering Librarian and Anette Buckley, UCI Business Librarian
Thursday, January 14

5:00 - 5:50 p.m.

Marinela Gombosev, ‎’05, Executive Vice President, Operations and Marketing at Evoke Neuroscience

6:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Dave Dimas, ’78, MS ’79, Ph.D. ’88, Director of Engineering, Sciences and Technology Programs, UCI Extension (former Director, MSC Software)
Tuesday, January 19

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

C. Craig Carlson, Attorney at Law, Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth

6:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Douglas Hahn, Attorney at Law, Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth
Thursday, January 21 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Stanton J. Rowe, Corporate Vice President, Advanced Technology, Chief Scientific Officer, Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
Tuesday, January 26 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Nizan Friedman, Ph.D.’13, Co-founder, Flint Rehabilitation Devices, LLC
Thursday, January 28 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. James Spoto, CEO, Integra Devices LLC
Tuesday, February 2 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Randy Lunn, Managing Director, Catalina Ventures
Thursday, February 4 5:00 - 6:50 p.m. Richard Sudek, ’81, Ph.D., Executive Director of UCI Applied Innovation also Chairman Emeritus, Tech Coast Angels
Tuesday, February 9 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Esosa Agbonwaneten, Founder & CEO, Bulletin
Thursday, February 11 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Neil Sahota, IBM Watson Group, master inventor and worldwide business development leader
Tuesday, February 16 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Judy Greenspon, President, NPI Services, Inc.
Thursday, February 18 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. James V. Mazzo, Chairman & CEO, AcuFocus and Executive Chairman, Neurotech
Tuesday, February 23 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. William "Bill" J. Link, Ph.D., Managing Director, Versant Ventures
Thursday, February 25 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Feyzi Fatehi, CEO, Corent Technology
Tuesday, March 1 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Sydney Edwards, Ph.D., former Senior Director, Portfolio Management & Strategic Planning, Allergan

6:00 - 6:50 p.m.

Nick Desai, CEO & Co-Founder, Heal
Thursday, March 3 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Henry Samueli, Ph.D., Co-founder and Chief Technical Officer, Broadcom Corporation


McDonnell Douglas Engineering Auditorium

Samueli School of Engineering
200 Rockwell Engineering Center

Contact Info

Goran Matijasevic
(949) 824-9830

David Ochi
(949) 824-6407