Making an Impact through Innovation

Jonathan Allan (AB'07, UChicago), Moderator, Senior Associate DIrector of Innovation Programs, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago

 Jonathan Allan is the Senior Associate Director of Innovation Programs at the Polsky Center Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Jonathan primarily works with students, faculty and professionals cross-campus to foster interdisciplinary collaborations and launch new ventures. Since 2007, Jonathan has developed programs to commercialize early-stage technology out of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory. Jonathan also focuses on creating new initiatives that take a human-centered design approach to exploring real-world problems and identifying opportunities for innovation.

David Beisner (MD'00 and MS'96, Northwestern University), Assistant Professor of Medicine, Emergency Medicine Section at the University of Chicago

Dr. Beiser is an emergency physician, scientist, and engineer interested in complex problems that exist at the ill-defined interfaces between traditional disciplines.  With an undergraduate degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering, Dr. Beiser began his career developing medical devices for orthopedic surgery. He holds graduate degrees in biomedical engineering and medicine from Northwestern University where his work focused on adaptive machine learning applications in neuroscience.  For the past 10 years, he has served as faculty at the University of Chicago, where he has directed an NIH-funded program in cardiovascular science.

He is also co-founder of Qualia Health, a connected health start-up focused on improving outcomes for heart failure patients.

Matthew Christian (MA'96, Yale University / MBA'06, University of Chicago-Illinois), Associate Dean for Divisional Initiatives and Faculty Affairs, SSD at UChicago

Matthew Christian is the Associate Dean for Divisional Initiatives and Faculty Affairs.  In that role, he works with faculty to develop support systems that ensure that the University of Chicago is the best place in the world to do research.  He also works with faculty to turn programmatic ideas and faculty-generated initiatives into reality.  He oversees research development and communications for the division.

Prior to joining the Division of the Social Sciences, Matthew served as the University’s Assistant Vice President for Program Development.  He is the co-founder and former director of Arete: A Research Accelerator, a team that last year helped generate more than $50m in new grants to support faculty research.  He served as the Executive Administrator of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience.  Before coming to the University of Chicago, Matthew served as co-founder and chief operations officer of OrthoAccel Technologies, an orthodontic company that developed Acceledent, an FDA approved Class II medical device.  Matthew holds degrees from the University of Illinois, Yale University, and Valparaiso University.

Meghan Fisher (BA'07, University of Michigan), Senior Program Manager, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago

Meghan Fisher is a senior program manager at the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Meghan creates and runs programs to support entrepreneurs and innovators at UChicago and build connections between them. Meghan has a strong interest in supporting entrepreneurship across the UChicago campus, and works to build interdisciplinary teams through programs like D4Lab and The Collaboratorium. Prior to her work at UChicago, Meghan worked with entrepreneurs as a consultant at a boutique financial firm. Meghan holds a degree from the University of Michigan.

Hugh Musick (MBA'88, Northwestern University), Associate Dean and Director of Executive Education at Illinois Institute of Technology Institute of Design

Hugh Musick oversees the IIT Institute of Design's operations, strategic planning, new business initiatives and develops executive programs around design and innovation. Common to all the programming he has developed is a commitment to helping organizations understand how design is a discipline that can be practiced for strategic advantage. To this end, he has worked with a wide range of institutions including universities, hospitals, not-for-profits, and corporations. His particular interests are innovation leadership in organizational settings and communication effectiveness. He holds a MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.