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Boilermakers by the Bay: Entrepreneurship: Idea to Impact


Keith Krach

Keith Krach (Keynote Speaker), Chairman 


Keith Krach is the current chairman of the board and former CEO of DocuSign, the Global Standard for Digital Transaction Management. Throughout his career, Keith has brought powerful transformational leadership to many sectors—factory automation, engineering, commerce, education, leadership, and even the way people sign.

Keith started his career at GM as the company’s youngest-ever vice president, leading GMF Robotics. He then joined the founding team of Rasna Corporation, which was later sold to Parametric Technologies. After Rasna, Keith co-founded Ariba, serving as chairman and CEO. For his work at Ariba, Keith is widely recognized as the pioneer of B2B e-commerce. Before joining DocuSign, Keith was chairman of the board of trustees for Purdue University, where he successfully recruited then sitting governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels, as university president.

Keith earned his B.S. at Purdue University, his MBA at Harvard, and holds honorary doctorates from Ohio Northern University and Purdue. Keith served as chairman of the board of Angie’s List, and former international president of Sigma Chi Fraternity. Keith was also twice named the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year and received the Technology Pioneer Award at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Mung Chiang

Mung Chiang, Dean and Roscoe H. George Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering 

College of Engineering 

Mung Chiang is the John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering and the Roscoe H. George Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. He was previously the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University, where he also served as Director of Keller Center in Innovation in Engineering Education and the inaugural Chairman of Princeton Entrepreneurship Council. His research received the 2013 Alan T. Waterman Award, the highest honor to young scientists and engineers in the U.S. His online course and books, “Networked Life” and “The Power of Networks,” reached over 250,000 students since 2012. He founded the Princeton EDGE Lab in 2009, which bridges the theory-practice gap in edge networking research by spanning from proofs to prototypes. He co-founded several startup companies in mobile, big data and IoT areas, and co-founded the global nonprofit Open Fog Consortium.  

David Hummels

David Hummels, Dr. Samuel R. Allen Dean of the Krannert School of Management and Professor of Economics

Krannert School of Management

David Hummels began serving as the Dean of the Krannert School of Management in 2015.  

In his faculty life, Professor Hummels teaches courses in International Economics, and has won multiple teaching awards at the graduate and undergraduate level. His research focuses on a broad range of issues in international trade, including:  offshoring, product differentiation, barriers to trade and the broader impacts of aviation, infrastructure, and trade facilitation on trade and economic development.  He has published 4 books and over 40 research articles in major economic journals including American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of International Economics, and the Journal of Economic Perspectives. 

Professor Hummels is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, an Associate Editor of the Journal of International Economics, and an Associate Director of the Forum for Research on Empirical International Trade. He has worked as a consultant for and visiting scholar at a wide variety of central banks, development banks and policy institutes around the world. He previously served on the faculty of the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.

Dan Hasler

Daniel J. Hasler, Executive Vice President for Communication

Purdue University 

Daniel J. Hasler (Dan) joined the Purdue Research Foundation in 2013 and has served as both its President and Chief Entrepreneurial Officer, where he focused on Purdue’s vast commercialization and entrepreneurial activities.

As the Chief Entrepreneurial Officer, he was responsible for protecting Purdue University’s intellectual property and managing its entrepreneurial and technology transfer activities. In this capacity, Hasler strove to move the life-changing innovations of Purdue's world-class researchers through commercialization to the benefit of the public. Purdue innovations are used by millions of people in more than 100 countries around the globe. 

In September 2018, Halser was named Purdue's Executive Vice President for Communication. He is the chief brand marketer for the institution, overseeing marketing strategy, strategic communications, media relations, advertising, licensing, and digital marketing in collaboration with colleges and units across the Purdue System.

Previously, Hasler served as the Secretary of Commerce for the State of Indiana and Chief Executive Officer of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). As Secretary of Commerce, Hasler attracted a record-breaking 254 companies to the State of Indiana in FY 2012.

He has an extensive 31-year career at Eli Lilly and Co., a Fortune 500 global pharmaceutical company headquartered in Indianapolis. While at Eli Lilly, Hasler served in a number of leadership positions, most recently as Vice President for Global Marketing, and was responsible for the commercial strategy and market performance of Lilly’s pharmaceutical portfolio. He also was the Chief Marketing Officer for Eli Lilly USA. Prior to that, he led the commercial operations of Eli Lilly’s largest European group for three years and was General Manager and President of Eli Lilly of Brazil LTD. In 2010, Hasler was the recipient of the Lilly Lifetime Achievement Award.

A native of Paris, Illinois, Hasler is a graduate of DePauw University and has a Master of Business Administration from Duke University. He is actively involved in the Hoosier community and serves on a number of boards.

Matthew Lynall

Matthew Lynall, Clinical Professor and Director of Experiential Learning 

Krannert School of Management

Matthew is a Clinical Professor in the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, Director of Experiential Learning, and a Deliberate Innovation for Faculty Director in Discovery Park. He is also the PI for Purdue's NSF I-Corps Site and Co-PI for the Midwest I-Corps Node in collaboration with the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The focus of his work at Purdue, in the Midwest, and nationally is working with faculty and graduate researchers to translate their research into practice through commercialization.  Before joining the faculty at Purdue, he was a partner in Ernst & Young’s entrepreneurial consulting practice after several years of senior management in product and business development positions in the telecommunications and automotive industries. He is a graduate of Oxford University (Engineering and Economics) and the University of Western Ontario (MBA and PhD). 

Nathalie Duval-Coutil

Nathalie Duval-Couetil, Professor & Director, Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Purdue Polytechnic Institute

Nathalie Duval-Couetil is the Director of the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program, Associate Director of the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, and a Professor in the Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation at Purdue University. Her research focuses on entrepreneurship pedagogy and assessment, the alignment of entrepreneurship and STEM education, and gender and entrepreneurship. Duval-Couetil has served on the board of the United States Association of Small Business and as chair of the ASEE Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation Division. Prior to her work in academia, she spent several years in the field of market research and business strategy consulting with Booz Allen and Hamilton in Europe and Data and Strategies Group in Massachusetts. She received a BA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an MBA from Babson College, and MS and PhD degrees from Purdue University.

Johnny Park

Johnny Park, Chief Executive Officer

Wabash Heartland Innovation Network

Johnny is CEO of Wabash Heartland Innovation Network (WHIN), s consortium of 10 counties in north-central Indiana devoted to develop the region into a global epicenter of digital agriculture and next-generation manufacturing by harnessing the power of internet-enabled sensors. Prior to WHIN, Johnny founded, scaled and led a successful exit of an agriculture technology company, Spensa, focused on smart IoT devices and data analytics to help growers better manage agronomic pests such as insects, weeds and disease. Spensa was named by Forbes as one of the Top 25 Most Innovative Ag-Tech Startups in 2017. Before Spensa, Johnny was a faculty in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University where his research spanned various topics on robotics, machine learning and sensor networks. Johnny received his BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees all from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University.

Joe Sinfield

Joe Sinfield, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering

College of Engineering

Joe Sinfield, is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, and the founding Director of Purdue’s College of Engineering Innovation and Leadership Studies Program. Dr. Sinfield's research, teaching and professional activities are concentrated in two focal areas: 1) innovation science, particularly in the context of corporate and socio-technical challenges, and 2) experimental methods, digital technologies, and sensor design. Sinfield has nearly two decades of experience as an advisor to senior leaders of multi-national corporations on systematic methods to identify, prioritize, and commercialize growth opportunities, design new business models, and manage strategic change in diverse global settings. Sinfield held the position of Senior Partner at Innosight, LLC, where for 13 years he helped lead the firm from a small start-up to a global innovation strategy and investment firm that was acquired by a publically traded company. Prior to Purdue and Innosight, he spent six years as a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he worked in the corporate strategy and innovation and technology management practices. Dr. Sinfield is a frequent speaker on the management principles that can be employed to more predictably drive innovation and serves on the innovation advisory boards of multiple companies. He is co-author of The Innovator’s Guide to Growth: Putting Disruptive Innovation to Work (Harvard Business Press), and has published in a wide array of peer-reviewed technical and business journals as well as popular press outlets. Dr. Sinfield received a B.S. degree in civil engineering summa cum laude, from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, and M.S. and Sc.D. degrees in civil and environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. He also worked as a geotechnical engineer at Haley & Aldrich in Cambridge, Massachusetts early in his career.

Nate Mosier

Nathan Mosier, Professor of Agricultural & Biological Engineering

College of Engineering

Nathan S. Mosier is the Indiana Soybean Alliance -Soybean Utilization Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University. Dr. Mosier earned a B.S. in BioSystems Engineering from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Purdue University. Dr. Mosier was also a NSF-IGERT Ph.D. fellow in the Innovation Realization Laboratory at the Krannert School of Management.

Dr. Mosier has more than 15 years of experience in research related bioprocessing technology for transforming corn, soy, and cellulosics to biofuels and chemicals. He is the author or co-author of >60 journal publications, 7 book chapters, co-author of a textbook, and has been inventor on 7 awarded US and international patents. Dr. Mosier's research addresses fundamental topics in bioprocessing with focus on catalysts and processes for transforming agricultural products like corn and soybeans to fuels and chemicals. Students from his research group have gone on to work in biofuels, biocatalysis, pharmaceutical, and food industries applying engineering principles to innovatively solve challenges in sustainable manufacturing, health, and food.

Dr. Mosier manages the industry-sponsored Purdue Student Soybean Innovation Competition and two summer internship programs that develop entrepreneurial skills in STEM undergraduate students through prototyping and customer development activities centered on student-developed product innovations.

Ramaneek Khanna

Ramaneek Khanna, Chief Technology Officer


Ramaneek Khanna is the Chief Technology Officer for Earnin, an app that allows anyone with a job and a bank account to get paid the minute they leave work. The high-growth mobile innovator has a Bachelor’s of Science in computer and electrical engineering from Purdue University and has built a strong background in financial technology, leading consumer mobile apps and labs at Paypal before starting his current role in 2015. For the last three years, he has built Earnin’s technology team from the ground up, helping to garner investments from venture partners including Andreessen Horowitz, Matrix Partners, Ribbit Capital, Felicis Ventures, March Capital Partners, Trinity Ventures, Thrive Capital, and Camp One Ventures.

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