Randolph Hall

Vice President of Research – USC

Randolph Hall is the vice president of research and a professor in the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. As vice president, he is responsible for leading research initiatives across the university and overseeing research advancement, administration, and ethics activities. His office supports USC’s faculty in every discipline and works to build strong relationships with federal government agencies and foundations, in areas ranging from the biological and medical sciences, physical sciences, and engineering to the humanities and social sciences. Hall oversees the Office for Research Advancement in Washington, D.C. and the Office of Contracts and Grants, which manages a sponsored research budget of over $560 million annually. He also oversees the Institutional Review Board, the Office for the Protection of Research Subjects, and the Department of Animal Resources. He works closely with the associate deans for research of the USC Dornsife College, the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and the other USC Schools, as well as with Research Center Directors and faculty leaders to develop cross-disciplinary partnerships. He is also charged with bridging USC’s Health Science and University Park campuses through creative and astute academic partnerships.

Hall’s experience includes serving as the founder/principal investigator for two national research centers, the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), and the National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research (METRANS). He also served as senior associate dean for research in the Viterbi School of Engineering for four years. Hall was chair of Industrial and Systems Engineering during a period when the faculty size grew by 50%, and when it became the first named academic department at the University of Southern California, upon receipt of a $10 million gift from Daniel J. Epstein. Prior to joining USC, Hall was manager of systems engineering at Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways, a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley, and a senior research engineer at General Motors.


Jay Chang

Partner, Head of Product Innovation – Sidebench
Product Venture Consultant – USC Blackstone Launchpad / IncubateUSC
Founder, Executive Chef – @BehindTheKnife on Instagram

Jay graduated from USC in 2009 with a BS in Business Entrepreneurship focused on technical entrepreneurship and marketing. He has worked with a number of brands across industries such as Consumer product goods, to ecommerce, adtech, and a number of b2b / b2c platforms with a consistent role in a Technical Product Manager / Product marketing capacity. He’s consulted with and launched a number of startups in his 8 year career developing a deep understanding of user first product experiences and approaching business from their customer’s perspective and in order to understanding how and why they interact with a product in order to continually develop and improve that user’s experience. The ability to speak both “Business” and “Tech” help him to bridge the communication gaps between teams and help clearly articulate a company’s business goals as a technical product.

A keen eye for marketing crossed with a love of technology and focus on identifying product needs has evolved into a deep understanding of what it means to build products. The companies he’s consulted with recognize a value add in helping to identify, validate, and iterate on product market fit leading the development of features within products that can help optimize sales processes, scale user bases, and increase engagement. Having an entrepreneurial background has helped work well with companies expanding into new product segments that need a well-rounded team member that can think critically about a new market, identify key players, research and define potential entry points, and ultimately create a product roadmap for a build.

Currently, Jay is a partner and head of product innovation at Sidebench and consults with the Blackstone Launchpad @ USC as a Product Venture Consultant. He and the team at BLP created the IncubateUSC Website uniting the USC startup ecosystem creating a single destination for USC students, staff, and alumni to find all the entrepreneurial resources available through the Trojan Network. In his spare time, he’s an amateur chef and food instagrammer @BehindTheKnife, interviewing chefs, hosting pop up dinners, and catering private events.


Clotilde Dedecker

Venture Consultant – Blackstone LaunchPad USC / IncubateUSC

Originally from Buffalo, NY, Clotilde is currently pursuing a dual-masters MBA-MSW at USC with a focus on the intersection of behavioral health and technology. Prior to USC, Clotilde lived in New York City where she managed operations for Philanthropy is Beautiful, a non-profit designer jewelry company whose model is to donate the profits from each purchase to the charity of the purchaser’s choice. Clotilde founded Circle of Women, a non-profit organization that provides access to education for women without it. Founded in 2006, Circle of Women currently operates through 14 chapters nationally with six project sites in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Malawi, and Kenya. Since pursuing her Masters at USC, Clotilde has interned for Gathr Films, Propper Daley, TOMS, and Apple.
Clotilde received her Bachelor of Arts at Harvard University majoring in History and Literature: Postcolonial Theory. Her specialities include hybrid business models, multi-channel marketing, 501c3 certification, start-up operations, and team development.

Specialties: Organizational framework design, team development, digital strategy, multi-channel marketing, start-up operations, brand management, wholesale retail strategy and market research.


Jennifer Dyer

Executive Director – USC Stevens Center for Innovation

Jennifer Dyer is the Executive Director of the USC Stevens Center for Innovation, a university-wide resource that helps USC innovators make an impact with their ideas through commercialization of their research. In this role, she leads a team of 30 to ensure that USC supports translational research, intellectual property management, patenting, licensing, startups, mentoring and translational funding.

Dyer has 20 years of experience and a strong record of success in technology transfer, including serving as Director of Technology Development at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI). At TSRI, Dyer contributed to growth in both licensing activity and corporate sponsored research, including the management of major funding relationships with Novartis, Johnson & Johnson and PPG. Her experience at TSRI includes supervising 800 licensing negotiations for equity, royalties and other financial terms, formation of 30 start-up companies and more than 300 research funding agreements.

Dyer joins USC from Life Technologies Corporation, where she served as a Corporate Development Consultant, leading the development of negotiation strategy and negotiating key licensing deals. Prior to Life Technologies, Dyer served as Vice President of Business Development for Wellspring Worldwide where she developed the strategy for the marketing and sales of Wellspring’s Knowledge Management System to corporations and academic institutions, as well as expansion into Asia-Pacific markets.

Dyer is a Certified Licensing Professional and has a degree in Physiology from California State University, Long Beach. Dyer has been an active member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) and the Licensing Executives Society (LES) since 1993.


Mike Lee

Senior Lecturer of Digital Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Systems – USC Viterbi’s Information Technology Program
Owner of Innovation – The Digital Entrepreneur Minor
CTO – USC Annenberg Media Impact Project

Mike, an innovator in the media & entertainment and technology space, has split his career between major studios (Fox & Warner Bros) and innovative start-ups that have revolutionized the Internet (Netscape & YEKRA). He is now at his dream job of engaging with students at USC.  Mike teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in digital entrepreneurship and enterprise systems for USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering and Marshall School of Business. He is also the CTO of USC Annenberg’s Media Impact Project.  Prior to USC, he spent the previous decade at Fox and Warner Bros, as a VP of Technology and Director; Netscape as a Technology Evangelist; and CTO/VP Technology for various Internet/software companies.  Mike holds dual degrees in Computer Science and Economics from the University of California, San Diego.


Kathleen Allen

Director / Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship – Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Kathleen Allen PhD is an entrepreneur and professor of entrepreneurship at the USC Marshall School of Business where she is also the founding director of the USC Marshall Center for Technology Commercialization. She is the author of more than 15 books in the fields of entrepreneurship and technology commercialization in which she is considered an expert. Her personal entrepreneurial endeavors include two successful companies in commercial real estate brokerage, development, and investment, two technology-based businesses that commercialized patented technologies, and a non-profit venture that incubated technology and healthcare-related startups in underserved areas in the Midwest. Dr. Allen served as entrepreneur-in-residence to a major aerospace firm, currently serves as advisor to several private companies, is director of an S&P 500 NYSE company, and a visiting scholar to the Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate. She was selected as Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year for 2014 by the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.


Alvin Huang

Founder and Design Principal – Synthesis Design + Architecture
Assistant Professor – School of Architecture

Alvin Huang, AIA is the Founder and Design Principal of Synthesis Design. He is an award-winning designer and educator specializing in the integrated application of material performance, emergent design technologies and digital fabrication in contemporary design practice. This exploration of “digital craft” is identified as the territory where the exchange between the technology of the digitally conceived and the artisanry of the handmade is explored. His wide ranging international experience includes significant projects of all scales ranging from hi-rise towers and mixed-use developments to bespoke furnishings.

Alvin is currently an Assistant Professor at the USC School of Architecture in Los Angeles, co-chair of the 2014 ACADIA Conference, and co-director of the AA Visiting School Los Angeles.

Alvin received a Master of Architecture and Urbanism from the Architectural Association Design Research Laboratory (2004) in London and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California (1998) in Los Angeles.

His work has been widely published and exhibited and has gained international recognition, including being selected to represent the UK at the Beijing Biennale in 2008 along with numerous awards including a 2014 ACSA New Faculty Teaching Award, 2014 ACSA Faculty Design Award (Honorable Mention), 2014 AIA Small Projects Award, 2014 Autodesk Small Business Innovation Award, 2013 Time Magazine’s 20 Best Inventions of the Year, 2013 AIA|LA NextLA Design Award, 2013 AIACalifornia Council Merit Award, and 2009 D&AD Award for Environmental Design. He has been an invited critic, guest lecturer, and keynote speaker at various institutions in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Israel, Japan and China.


Randy Beatty

Dean & Professor of Accounting – USC Leventhal School of Accounting

Professor Beatty’s scholarship spans accounting, finance, and management, with articles published in The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Contemporary Accounting Research, Accounting Horizons, Journal of Law & Economics, Journal of Financial Economics, Administrative Science Quarterly, andStrategic Management Journal. He has won or been nominated for teaching awards at USC Marshall School of Business, Southern Methodist University, the University of Chicago, the Wharton School, and the University of Illinois. In 1994, Business Week selected him as one of twelve Masters of the Classroom. Beatty has consulted for a variety of organizations providing expert witness testimony on bankruptcy prediction, valuation, and financial accounting issues. Beatty serves on the Advisory Board for the USC Caruso Catholic Center and the City of Hope Board. He is also the Chair of the City of Hope Medical Center Board.


Kathleen Rodgers

Associate Professor Clinical Pharmacy – USC School of Pharmacy

Kathleen E. Rodgers, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Economics & Policy in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Southern California. Throughout her career, Dr. Rodgers has conducted research into a broad array of topics including gynecological cancers, medical device safety, drug effectiveness and toxicology.

Since joining USC in 1986, she has been interested in applied research. Early in her career, she continued her doctoral research in the immunotoxicology of organophosphate pesticides. Her research interests also included the development of an immunoassay for gynecological cancers and an understanding of the process of peritoneal healing and the formation of intraperitoneal adhesions. After identification of key processes in these healing events, one focus became the identification of therapeutic interventions by which adhesions can be prevented. Further, she discovered that molecules generated by the renin angiotensin system have potential therapeutic benefit.


Sarah F. Hamm-Alvarez

Professor and Chair – Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Associate Dean for Basic and Translational Research – USC Keck School of Medicine

Specialties: Tear film and ocular surface, vision research, Sjogren’s syndrome, drug delivery, nanotechnology, tear fluid biomarkers of autoimmune disease, imaging, epithelial cell biology, exocytosis, membrane trafficking.

As Associate Dean for Basic and Translational Research, Sarah Develops and supports research programs associated with basic and translational sciences in the School of Medicine. Develops and fosters entrepreneurship and corporate collaborations to increase translational research impact. Aids in the assembly and support of new research teams to compete for new initiatives. Identifies strategies for sustained support and expansion of research programs including new strategies for research funding. Increases the effectiveness of communication regarding research opportunities and research success.