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Mtech's venture programs team possesses a unique combination of experience in private equity, venture capital, operations, start-ups and entrepreneurship education, enabling them to provide clients with valuable services, resources, perspectives and connections:

Dr. James V. Green
Director, Entrepreneurship Education and Hinman CEOs Program
Senior Lecturer and Associate Director, Mtech
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Dr. James V. Green leads the education activities of Mtech as the Director of Entrepreneurship Education with responsibilities for the Hinman CEOs Program, the Hillman Entrepreneurs Program, and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program. As a Senior Lecturer and Associate Director with Mtech, Dr. Green designs and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. He is Co-Director of the Certificate in Innovation Management Program for executives. Dr. Green leads Mtech's international entrepreneurship education initiatives to include establishing and managing partnerships with the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
 
Dr. Green's research interests include entrepreneurship education and the psychology of entrepreneurship. He is a national presenter on entrepreneurship education with refereed papers and presentations at conferences for the Academy of Management (AOM), the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA). Dr. Green serves as the Editor for the ASEE Entrepreneurship Division and as an evaluator for annual conference submissions.
 
Prior to Mtech, Dr. Green provided business development and product management to WaveCrest Laboratories (acquired by Magna International, NYSE: MGA), an innovative start-up in next-generation electric and hybrid-electric propulsion and drive systems. At Cyveillance (acquired by QinetiQ, LSE: QQ.L), Dr. Green served in operations, client service, and product development roles for this software start-up and world leader in cyber intelligence and intelligence-led security. He provided brand intelligence, fraud protection, corporate security, and partner compliance solutions for multiple Fortune 500 companies in the consumer packaged goods, energy, financial services, hospitality and technology industries. While at Booz Allen Hamilton, Dr. Green provided technical and programmatic direction to the DARPA Special Projects Office (SPO), Army Research Lab (ARL), Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC), Information Assurance Technology Analysis Center (IATAC), and other DoD clients for advanced prototype systems research.  He performed analysis tasks and provided strategic vision for his clients in the areas of survivability analysis, roadmap studies, threat analysis, and technology simulation and modeling.
 
Dr. Green earned a Doctor of Management and an MS in Technology Management from the University of Maryland University College, an MBA from the University of Michigan, and a BS in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Carolyn Karlson, Ph.D.
Director, Hillman Entrepreneurs Program
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Carolyn Boulger Karlson, Ph.D., is the director of the Hillman Entrepreneurs Program. Prior to joining the program, she served as dean of graduate studies and professor of business at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. Before to joining the College in 2005, Karlson taught for eight years in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame and received the 2003-04 Kaneb Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching. Her academic emphasis areas are management communication and entrepreneurship, topics on which she has presented numerous scholarly papers and published two textbooks. Dr. Karlson earned her Ph.D. in mass media from Michigan State University in 1994; her Master of Science in journalism from Columbia University in 1985; and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Simmons College in 1984. She lives in Baltimore with her husband and son.

Jay Smith
Director, Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program
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Jay Smith is the inaugural Director of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program. He leads the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program, managing both its operational aspects as well as teaching and mentoring the living-learning student community members. As a Lecturer with Mtech, Mr. Smith designs and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in entrepreneurship and innovation, with a special focus on creativity and international business.
 
Mr. Smith joined the University of Maryland in 2010 after serving for five years as Associate Professor of the Inamori Academy of Kagoshima (National) University in southern Japan. At Kagoshima University, he developed and taught courses in venture business, entrepreneurship, business communications, and American business & culture in a program endowed by university alumnus and leading Japanese entrepreneur Kazuo Inamori, founder of Kyocera Corporation, telecommunications firm DDI (now KDDI), and the Inamori Foundation, grantors of the Kyoto Prizes. Utilizing business presentations developed in his courses, his students have won both local and regional business plan competitions and have been top finalists in national student and open competitions.
 
Prior to entering academia, Mr. Smith worked for 14 years as a management consultant, investment banker and venture entrepreneur in New York, San Francisco and Tokyo. As a consultant, he successfully completed market development, operations, acquisition and strategy assignments in the U.S., Japan, Russia and Europe for major technology and industrial companies. As an investment banker with Jefferies & Company, he helped raise over $400 million for technology and media businesses, and evaluated numerous venture investment opportunities for the firm. In Tokyo during the 1990s, he co-founded a multi-million dollar technology, creative services, and media business, with a diverse multinational staff and clients including the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, Citibank, Coca-Cola, Compaq, IBM, and Motorola, and Japanese partners including an NTT subsidiary and Japan Telecom.
 
Mr. Smith holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he focused on entrepreneurship and the management of technology. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, with High Honors and a dual major in Economics and Physics, from Rutgers University.

Alyssa E. Cohen Sherman
Manager, Entrepreneurship Education
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Alyssa Cohen Sherman is the manager for entrepreneurship education at Mtech. In this role, Alyssa manages a wide range of Mtech educational initiatives, including the Minor in Technology Entrepreneurship and the Hinman CEOs Program. Alyssa brings to Mtech experience in program coordination, most recently directing the national accreditation program for an international nonprofit in Washington, D.C. Alyssa has advised established and developing nonprofits on strategic and organizational development issues, managed the process for more than $5 million in grant funding, and trained executives to prepare successful funding proposals. Alyssa earned a master of social work degree at the University of Michigan and holds a B.A. from Suffolk University. When she is not traveling, Alyssa lives in Alexandria with her husband and daughter.

Cindy Gilbert
Program Management Specialist, Hinman CEOs Program
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