Lehigh University's Technical Entrepreneurship master's program brings experienced entrepreneurs from numerous industries into the classroom to impart real-world insight and guidance in product and business development. The program's innovative faculty members are experts in the fields of entrepreneurial thinking and product design, teaching students how to create, build, and launch ideas from the ground up.
Before coming to Lehigh, Marc de Vinck was director of product development at MAKE magazine and a member of the MAKE Technical Advisory board. He has written numerous posts on do-it-yourself science and technology on makezine.com, as well as articles and featured builds in the print version of MAKE. He speaks at events across the country. De Vinck previously worked in fields as diverse as traditional metal smith, illustrator, and 3D model maker. He thrives on the process of making and educating, with one of his greatest career accomplishments the implementation of Maker Faire's Learn to Solder program, which taught more than 10,000 people a lifelong skill and hopefully inspired many to realize they are makers. De Vinck’s interests include micro-controllers, open source hardware, interactive art, and anything that uses technology in a unique way. He also enjoys great design, regardless of the medium. When he’s not developing a new product in his studio – a rare occurrence – he’s skiing, playing ice hockey, or out sailing with his family.
One finds Michael Lehman at the intersection of entrepreneurship, science, and higher education. Prior to joining the Lehigh faculty, Lehman developed and grew new entrepreneurship programs at the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, part of the University of Pittsburgh's Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration. At Pitt, he served as director of PantherlabWorks, a consulting group designed to catalyze the commercialization of new technologies by supporting innovators and entrepreneurs from a variety of academic backgrounds and professional experiences. As director of student entrepreneurship, he created new academic courses and cross-campus programs to provide hands-on, experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students throughout the university. Earlier in his career, Lehman was founding director of the Juniata College Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. At Juniata, Lehman grew the team that created and expanded the center’s four distinct areas including the Sill Business Incubator, a student seed capital fund, academic and curricular programs, and community-based economic development initiatives, including a Keystone Innovation Zone. Lehman serves on the advisory board of several technical-based startups and is a regular presenter at national conferences, including the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance and the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Lehman holds a B.S. from Juniata College, an M.D. from the Penn State College of Medicine, and an M.B.A. from the Leeds University of Business School in England.
In addition to managing Lehigh University's Wilbur Powerhouse Prototyping Lab and Chandler-Ullmann Wood Shop, Brian Slocum teaches courses in prototyping and metalworking and advises Integrated Product Development teams. Returning to Lehigh (his alma mater '97) after completing the MFA Design program at North Carolina School of the Arts, Slocum has worked in both Lehigh's Theatre Department and Design Arts Program. In addition to his work at the university, Slocum co-founded Isosceles Design Studio, LLC, a design firm specializing in custom furniture and architectural and interior design.
John Ochs founded and directed Lehigh's Computer-Aided Design Labs in the Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics Department from 1980 to 1999. From 1985-95 he did extensive industry consulting and was involved in the startup of three companies. From 1999 to the present, he has directed Lehigh’s Integrated Product Development (IPD) program. What started out in 1994 as the capstone experience for mechanical engineering majors is now cross-listed in engineering, business, and arts with more than 300 students from over 20 majors participating each year. The pilot program for this course won the 1996 American Society of Mechanical Engineers' curriculum innovation award and the 1997 Newcomen Society’s award for the promotion of America’s free-enterprise system. Ochs joined the Lehigh University mechanical engineering and mechanics faculty in 1979 and became a full professor in 1990. He has directed Lehigh’s Professional Master’s in Technical Entrepreneurship program since 2012.