Judges

Judges

Elevator Pitch round
Suzhou, China

Brian LaDuca

Brian LaDuca, a 2017 Dayton Forty Under 40 award winner, is the creator of the IDA (Ideation-Disruption-AHa!) pedagogy for Applied Creative learning which puts new ideas into action across all disciplines of study and a designer of the first national undergraduate certificate in Applied Creativity for Transformation with co-sponsorship with University of Dayton's School of Engineering. As the Executive Director of the Institute of Applied Creativity for Transformation (IACT) at the University of Dayton, Brian’s mission is focused on empowering a forward-thinking 21st century student with the ability to confidently develop the imaginative and empathetic skills necessary to excel and impact today’s innovative and global workforce regardless of degree focus. He also serves as the Director/Educator for the Collaboration Accelerator that involves leading the design and applied creative education and innovative application of an 12-week summer internship that most recently worked several Miami Valley regional research institutes, tech and medical companies to develop radical new insights and strategies through a one-of-a kind collision based, installation deliverables process for social innovation.  Mr. LaDuca holds a BFA with Honors in Performance Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and an MFA in Directing for the Stage and Screen from the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. His professional experience includes work at both his alma mater institutions, University of Notre Dame, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago.

Vince Lewis

Vince Lewis is the Fifth Third Bank Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Director of the L. William Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership in the University of Dayton’s nationally ranked entrepreneurship program.  Vince Lewis teaches undergraduate and graduate level entrepreneurship and management classes in one of the top 20 entrepreneurship programs in the U.S. Courses taught include corporate strategy, the capstone course in entrepreneurship and Financing Entrepreneurial Ventures. He also has served as director of the UD Flyer Pitch Business Plan Competition, one of the largest university level business plan competitions in the U.S., and now in Suzhou, China. Lewis also serves as Chairman of Logos@Work, and has been an executive and business owner in Dayton for more than 20 years. Lewis currently serves on the advisory boards of Afidence Technologies in Mason, Ohio; Kerber Sheet Metal in Troy, Ohio; Prime Controls in Kettering, Ohio; and PrxPx in Dublin, Ohio. Lewis is also a trustee with the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. 

Scott Segalewitz

Segalewitz previously served for 2-1/2 years as Director of Industrial and Technical Relations for the University of Dayton China Institute in Suzhou, China, where he established corporate partnerships and training programs for U.S. companies in the Suzhou Industrial Park and developed opportunities for UD students to gain international and technical experience in China. He also served for twelve years as Chair of the UD Department of Engineering Technology, where he was responsible for leadership of five baccalaureate engineering technology programs and approximately 300 full- and part-time students. Prior to this position, he spent fourteen years as Program Chair of Biomedical Engineering Technology at Penn State University.

Qin Zou

Mr. Qin Zou has B.S. degree from Shanghai Jiaotong University M.S. degree from University of Maryland. After he graduated, he was a lecturer at Shanghai Polytechnic University. From 1986 to 1989, he was a visiting scholar in University of Maryland – college Park conducting researches in artificial intelligence and optimization. He has one US patent for his invention and published 12 technical papers in various technical journals. Mr. Qin Zou had been working in Black & Decker since Feb 1989. He started in R&D department as a research engineer. In May 1998, he came to Black & Decker (Suzhou) Power Tools Co., Ltd. in Suzhou as the Plant Manager/Director of Manufacturing. Now, he is the Vice President of Global Manufacturing for Consumer Power tools. In past ten years, Black & Decker Suzhou has become one of the largest power tools manufacturing company in China. In June 2006, the Governor of Maryland State presented Mr. Zou the “honorary citizenship of State” for his contribution in globalization. He is also an adjacent professor at Xian Jian Jiao Tong-Liverpool University in Suzhou.

 

 

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