Admin Staff

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Director, TEC

    Prof. Singer received the S.B., S.M., and Ph.D. degrees, all in electrical engineering and computer science, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since 1998, he has been on the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is currently a Professor in the ECE department and the Coordinated Science Laboratory. During the academic year 1996, he was a Postdoctoral Research Affiliate in the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT. From 1996 to 1998, he was a Research Scientist at Sanders, A Lockheed Martin Company in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he designed algorithms, architectures and systems for a variety of DOD applications. His research interests include signal processing and communication systems. He was a Hughes Aircraft Masters Fellow, and was the recipient of the Harold L. Hazen Memorial Award for excellence in teaching in 1991. In 2000, he received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, in 2001 he received the Xerox Faculty Research Award, and in 2002 was named a Willett Faculty Scholar. Dr. Singer has served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing and is a member of the MIT Educational Council, and of Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

    In 2005, Prof. Singer was appointed as the Director of the Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC) in the College of Engineering. He also co-founded Intersymbol Communications, Inc., a venture-funded fabless semiconductor IC company, based in Champaign Illinois. A developer of signal processing enhanced chips for ultra-high speed optical communications systems, Intersymbol was acquired by Finisar Corporation (NASD:FNSR) in 2007. Prof. Singer serves on the board of directors of a number of technology companies and as an expert witness for electronics, communications, and circuit-related technologies.

    Prof. Singer enjoys many forms of outdoor sports, including competing in triathlons and marathons. He has competed at all distances from sprint and olympic distance triathlons to ultra-marathons and the Ironman triathlon.

    An electronic copy of his CV is available.

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    Program Director

      Jennifer Bechtel is the Program Director for the Innovation Living-Learning Community. She helps to connect students living in the community with the ample resources available on campus and elsewhere in Champaign-Urbana so that they may better achieve their personal goals. She is a former theatre educator with extensive leadership experience at the Champaign-Urbana youth theatre community. She also co-wrote the screenplay for the feature film Leading Ladies and wrote and directed the feature film Scary Normal, which premiered at the MBLGTAC Conference in Lansing, Michigan and is now playing at festivals and events internationally.

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      Assistant Director of Student Programs and Marketing

        Stephanie Larson is the Assistant Director of Student Programs and Marketing at the Technology Entrepreneur Center. She joined TEC in March 2008, and her responsibilities include program marketing and evaluation, coordinating public relations efforts and logistics of TEC programs and events and communicating with local media, students, partners, alumni and the UI community. The thing she enjoys most about working at TEC is the passion the students and her co-workers share about entrepreneurship and innovation.

        Prior to working at TEC, Stephanie worked on numerous grassroots marketing and event marketing campaigns. She even spent a year of her life driving a giant 22 foot Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Mobile from coast to coast. She worked with many clients such as Kellogg's, Nike, Yellowtail Wine, Florida Department of Citrus, Home Depot, Kraft Foods, Cadillac and Sprint in a variety of marketing capacities.

        Stephanie graduated from the University of Illinois in 1998 with a B.S. in Advertising & Communications. She plans on returning for her M.B.A. in the next year or two.

        In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys reading, exploring different culinary cuisines, travel, movies, arts and crafts and is now learning the joy of gardening. She lives just outside of Mahomet with her husband, Scott and their sons, Ander and Atwood.

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        Marketing Coordinator

          Scott Martin is the Marketing Coordinator at the Technology Entrepreneur Center and handles all things design. When he's not graphically designing, Scott enjoys playing basketball, running, and watching pretty much anything on HGTV. Interesting facts about Scott include: (1) his favorite movie character is Marty McFly, (2) he loves all things 80's, (3) he owns way too many sneakers, and (4) he is adamantly opposed to the consumption of bananas.

          Scott earned his M.A. from San Diego State University in 2006 and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois in 2012. Combining several of his passions, Scott's doctoral work focuses on advertising, social media and the sports industry.

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          Marketing Coordinator

            Danyelle Michelini, a.k.a Dee, is the Marketing Coordinator for TEC. She has been with TEC since summer of 2009, and her responsibilities include program/event marketing, working closely with student entrepreneurs, helping to facilitate TEC's many programs and activities and convincing the rest of the TEC staff that she isn't actually crazy - just pretending to be. She is also the interviewer for TEC’s television show Innovate at Illinois. What Danyelle loves most about TEC is meeting inspiring students who are inventing new technologies and working to change the world. According to her co-workers, if you have any questions about anything TEC related, she probably knows the answer.

            Danyelle received her B.S. in Advertising from Illinois in 2010. While at the University, she was co-captain of the Women's Division I Track and Field Team where she threw discus, javelin and shot put.

            Danyelle loves all things dealing with nutrition, fitness and health.

            Fun fact: Danyelle carries her javelin in her car and swears it makes for a great party trick.  

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            Curriculum Coordinator

              Brooke Newell is the Curriculum Coordinator for TEC. She has been with TEC since April 2013, and her responsibilities include coordinating curriculum for TEC’s undergraduate and graduate courses with other units; uploading course information; working with instructors, the College of Engineering, FMS, and O2PEP on scheduling; and coordinating TEC’s certificate programs. The thing she enjoys most about TEC is working with (1) faculty and TEC staff who are passionate about teaching and guiding students through their entrepreneurial ventures, as well as (2) passionate students who strive to better not only themselves but the world around them.

              Brooke received her B.S. and MPH degrees from University of Illinois Springfield in 2004 and 2010, respectively.  Besides working for TEC, Brooke is also the Program Coordinator for the multi-university research center, U of I led, SONIC (Systems on Nanoscale Information fabriCs). Previously, Brooke worked as a research program coordinator for Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in the Department of Orthopaedics, where she facilitated the active research of medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty and served as the study coordinator for an NIH-sponsored clinical trial.

              When not at work, Brooke enjoys taking PiYo and BodyFlow at the YMCA; walking her dogs, Sophie and Hammer; and spending time with her husband, Ben.

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              Director of Operations, TEC

                Jed Taylor is the Assistant Director of TEC.  In addition to his work at TEC he also works with startup companies as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Enterprise Works in the Research Park.  Before joining TEC, Jed was the first employee and the Director of Sales at Pattern Insight -- a startup out of the Computer Science Department.

                Jed has a B.S. in Computer Science from Utah State University, an M.S. in Computer Science and an MBA from the University of Illinois.