Tim Stephens | UCSC | April 06, 2021

UC Santa Cruz has appointed Marco Rolandi, professor and chair of the department of electrical and computer engineering, to serve as faculty director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development (CIED).

CIED promotes the development, research, and teaching of innovation and entrepreneurship at UC Santa Cruz and its partners. The center works with faculty, students, and the Santa Cruz community to support technological innovation and entrepreneurship through a variety of programs and activities.

“UCSC students have a strong desire to change the world for the better, and entrepreneurship can be a way to do so,” Rolandi said.

Rolandi is taking the helm from Sue Carter, professor of physics, who has led the center since 2015. During her tenure as director, Carter was instrumental in getting support for UCSC entrepreneurs through programs such as Blackstone LaunchPad, VentureWell, and the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps.

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