Instructors

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Adjunct Professor
  • College of Law

Professor Barich is a licensed patent attorney who specializes in developing powerful patent portfolios for clients and then using the patent portfolios to extract value from competitors. He has been involved in prosecuting more than 700 patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) and in countries around the world. Additionally, based on patent portfolios that he helped create, he has been involved in numerous successful licensing/settlement efforts yielding millions of dollars to clients. Professor Barich also evaluates the intellectual property of competitors and potential investments, acquisitions, or licensees, as well as performing pre-market patent product clearances.

Professor Barich earned bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before earning his J.D. at Boston College Law School. He then returned to the midwest to practice at McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd., an intellectual property specialty firm based in Chicago, where he is currently a shareholder.

Photo of Sanjiv  Chopra
Entrepreneur-in-Residence/Visiting Lecturer

    Sanjiv Chopra has worked in the technology industry for thirteen years in various Engineering and Management roles. Sanjiv has co-founded two technology startups and has served as a consultant to various others. Since 2001 he has been employed as chief operating officer of Intersymbol Communications, Inc. Intersymbol is a venture-backed technology company developing disruptive, mixed signal integrated circuits for optical communications industry. Prior to Intersymbol Sanjiv was the co-founder and Executive Vice President of CapacityWeb, Inc, a venture backed supply chain technology company. From 1991-1997 he worked in Silicon Valley, California for Integrated Device Technology (NASDAQ: IDTI) developing semiconductor integrated circuit products for the personal computer and communications industry. Some of these products are used as memory and control chips in networking equipment shipped globally.

    Sanjiv has successfully raised several rounds of financing from Venture Capitalists and Strategic Investors (Public Corporations) for his startups. In all the startups, Sanjiv developed the business plan, secured financing, and was subsequently responsible for bringing the technology to market. In 2005, as business consultant for a University of Illinois startup Sanjiv negotiated an exclusive license from the Office of Technology Management (OTM) for Intellectual Property (IP) developed at the University.

    As a “practicing” entrepreneur Sanjiv has developed a balanced understanding of strategic and tactical issues that confront entrepreneurs in designing and commercializing technology based products. He brings this unique perspective to the classroom to the benefit of students who are inclined towards technology management and entrepreneurship.

    Sanjiv has also worked as a management consultant at Booz, Allen & Hamilton in Chicago.

    Sanjiv holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from BIT, India, a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University, and an MBA from Northwestern University, Chicago. He resides in Champaign with his wife, son, and daughter.

    Photo of Gary P. Durack
    Lecturer
      Gary Durack is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and successful technology entrepreneur.  He has extensive technical expertise in the areas of fluorescence-based flow and image cytometry, immunology, and hematology instrumentation. He is a principal inventor on 24 issued U.S. patents and more than a dozen pending patent applications.  While at Illinois, he founded and served as CTO or CEO for three companies: iCyt Visionary Bioscience, iFab Precision Prototyping, and iCyt Mission Technology which were all sold to the Sony Corporation in 2009. He continued as CEO of the consolidated Sony subsidiary company before leaving to pursue new entrepreneurial opportunities in 2012.  He is currently an investor and board member for Aptimmune Biologics Inc. and Exalt Diagnostics Inc., two UI faculty technology startups. He is an advisor and investor for PhotoniCare Inc., a third startup that is developing OCT technology for the otology market. He has significant experience in licensing, IP management, organization, and funding of early stage companies.
       
      Durack earned a BSEE from Purdue University and is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He served several years as Technical Councilor for the International Society for Advancement of Cytomety and was the recipient of that society’s Distinguished Service award in 2014.
       
      Durack began his career at the Coulter Corporation in Miami, Florida where he worked in all aspects of the cytometry business, eventually serving as director of their research cytometry product development program. He moved to Purdue University to establish the Purdue University Cytometry Laboratories with Professor J. Paul Robinson in 1989.  He joined the University of Illinois in 1993 as director of the Biotechnology Center Flow Cytometry Facility.
       
      Durack is the owner of a 5th generation family farm and often enjoys hiking and camping in the mountains of western North Carolina.
       
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      Adjunct Associate Professor

        Brian Lilly is an Adjunct Associate Professor and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at TEC. Brian's entrepreneurial experience includes founding and managing several companies. He is president of SmartSolutions, Inc., which manufactures and sells products he designed for outdoor recreation and vehicle industries, and is also vice president of Ergo-Tech, Inc., which manufactures and sells a patented line of industrial washdown equipment throughout North America.

        Professor Lilly received his B.S. and M.S. in General Engineering and his Ph.D. in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

        Photo of Muhammad Shahbaz Shabbir
        Lecturer of Business Administration

          I obtained my PhD from the University of Malaya, and have completed my Post Doctoral research at the School of Labor and Employment Relations- the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Over the past 14 years, my previous studies and work experiences have taken me across the globe, working as an assistant professor and developing a center for research and teaching in Pakistan; a visiting lecturer in Malaysia, a visiting professor in India and China, where I taught courses like International Marketing and International Business; and an export manager with Euro Impex International, one of the most successful and respected textile companies within Germany and Pakistan.  During my six years within the textile industry, I acquired sales, production, and management skills.  I also traveled extensively to the Middle East, Germany, and France to meet with buyers and negotiate sales agreements.

          In 2013 and 2014 my name is included in the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent and placed among the top 10% professors by ICES at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

          My current research Interests are: Future of High Performance Work Systems in South Asia. Terrorism and its impact on marketing and business environment. Religiosity and perception of organizational justice.

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          Director, TEC
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            Director of Operations, TEC
              Photo of Bruce A. Vojak
              Associate Dean
              • College of Engineering

              Bruce A. Vojak is an Associate Dean and an Adjunct Professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining the University in 1999, he was Director of Advanced Technology for Motorola's non-semiconductor components business. Earlier he held business development and research positions at Amoco Corporation and a research position at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, he teaches and conducts research on topics of innovation and strategic technology management. With Abbie Griffin and Ray Price, he is co-author of Serial Innovators: How Individuals Create and Deliver Breakthrough Innovation in Mature Firms (Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2012). Further, he currently serves on the Board of Directors of Midtronics, Inc. and he periodically consults for Proctor & Gamble. Bruce holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and an MBA, with concentrations in finance and marketing, from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. He teaches Managing Advanced Technology I and Managing Advanced Technology II.

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