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Alum’s gift helps entrepreneurship faculty hire assistants

John Callister

Alexander Deyhim

Robert Karpman

Mona Anita K. Olsen

Wes Sine

Mike Timmons

Six faculty members have been awarded 2018 Louis H. Zalaznick Teaching Assistantships, receiving $1,500 to $3,000 to help develop or expand courses and add teaching assistants.

The program, administered by Entrepreneurship at Cornell, was established in 1993 by David W. Zalaznick ’76, a Cornell trustee, and his wife Barbara ’76, to honor David’s father, Louis. The awards allow faculty affiliated with Entrepreneurship at Cornell to extend their capacity to work with students by providing assistance to help with their courses and/or course development.

Zalaznick award winners and their projects:

  • John Callister, the Harvey Kinzelberg Director of Entrepreneurship in Engineering, will hire an assistant for his Entrepreneurship for Engineers class, especially to provide feedback to an increasing number of international students who take the class.
  • Alexander Deyhim, adjunct professor and associate director of the master of engineering program in the College of Engineering, will hire a teaching assistant to help with a master’s research class, where students work on a variety of technical projects related to entrepreneurship.
  • Robert Karpman, professor of practice in applied economics and management, will use the funds to support assistants in his fall classes, the Business of Modern Medicine and Entrepreneurship in the Life Sciences.
  • Mona Anita K. Olsen, assistant professor of entrepreneurship at the SC Johnson College of Business, will use funds for teaching assistants for a new seminar aimed at students and community members interested in art-inclined entrepreneurial ventures.
  • Wes Sine, professor of management and organizations at the SC Johnson College of Business, will support teaching assistants, guest speaker expenses and student interactions for his classes Strategic Management of Innovation and Technology and Agile Innovation.
  • Mike Timmons, professor of biological and environmental engineering, will hire assistants for his Entrepreneurial Management for Engineers class, which is also supported by Engaged Cornell. The class is working with a school in Chile to create a functioning aquaponics system to produce vegetables and fish.

Kathy Hovis is a staff writer for Entrepreneurship at Cornell.

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