Tu/Th, 2 – 3:20 pm, KAP 147

Fri, Sept 7, 9 am – 12 pm, TCA screening event

Day in Viterbi Startup Garage, to be determined


Learn about the management of technology in THE class to guide innovators of all fields. Whether you’re interested in being your own boss at a startup, or working as part of a major ground-breaking organization – this class is for you. Learn about:

  • Integration of technology development and corporate strategy
  • Angel and venture investment – all ISE 585 enrolled students are invited to attend a Tech Coast Angels screening
  • Incubators and accelerators – we will have a field trip to the Viterbi Startup Garage in the heart of Silicon Beach
  • Managing your own technology through lean startup methods
  • Large company best practices

Perfect for:

  • PhD students interested in commercializing their own technologies
  • MS students who want to be competitive in career development
  • Advanced undergraduates with a strong interest in engineering with impact

Meet the instructors!

Andrea Belz, an expert in transforming innovation into profit, serves as the Vice Dean, Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship, at USC Viterbi. She is the Director of Innovation Node-Los Angeles, one of the national centers of the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program. Previously she held faculty appointments at USC at the Viterbi School of Engineering, the Iovine and Young Academy at the Roski School of Design, and the Marshall School of Business, as well as serving as Visiting Professor of Engineering at the California Institute of Technology.
Through her consulting practice, Dr. Belz has accelerated spinup efforts at some of the world’s most innovative organizations, including Avery Dennison, BP, Caltech, HRL, Occidental Petroleum, Raytheon, Samsung, and UCLA. She consulted as a systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for ten years, developing technology roadmaps for solar system exploration. She serves on the Board of Directors of Caltech spinoff Ondax and as Managing Director of the intellectual property strategy consultancy Kinetic Intelligence. She holds a PhD in experimental nuclear physics from the California Institute of Technology and a BS in physics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Richard Kuntz, Founder of Torrey Pines Venture Advisors, provides technology commercialization advice to academic researchers, scouts technology for U.S. governmental entities, and counsels early-stage technology companies on their business models and financing strategies. Rich has nearly 35 years of experience as a venture capitalist, with deep domain expertise in healthcare, medical technology, and life sciences. He has helped create several companies formed to commercialize technologies licensed from major research institutions. Rich is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) with SB and SM degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Gene Kym is an American biotech entrepreneur. He trained as a protein engineer and is an expert in antibody therapeutics and synthetic biology. Gene has worked at several biotech startups and in venture capital. He taught entrepreneurship at leading universities in the US, Asia, and Europe. Gene holds a doctorate from Caltech, and also studied at Berkeley, Seoul National, and Beijing Language and Culture University.