Who we are

The Upstate New York I-Corps Node combines the experience of the nation’s top university R&D region with the entrepreneurial knowledge of experienced mentors and faculty. Our teams work together to connect skilled researchers to valuable resources through national and regional I-Corps programming.

Leadership Team

  • PI: Lynden Archer, Dean, College of Engineering, Cornell University
  • Co-PI: Tom Schryver, Executive Director of the Center for Regional Economic Advancement (CREA) and visiting lecturer at the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University
  • Mark Nelson, Dean of the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University
  • Emmanuel Giannelis, Vice Provost for Research and Vice President for Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Research Policy, Cornell University
  • Alice Li, Senior Director, Cornell Technology Licensing, Cornell University
  • Jacqueline Mozrall, Dean, Saunders College of Business, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Ryne Raffaelle, Vice President for Research, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Scott Catlin, AVP, Innovation and Technology Commercialization, University of Rochester
  • Duncan Moore, Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship, University of Rochester
  • Robert Clark, Provost, University of Rochester

Node Operating Team

  • Tom Schryver, Node Executive Director, Cornell University
  • Shannon Sullivan Ellis, Node Regional Director, Cornell University
  • Will Heptig, Node Project Associate, Cornell University
  • Natalie Antal, University of Rochester
  • Caitlin Schickel, Cornell University
  • Matt Spielmann, University of Rochester
  • Anthony Testa, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Evan Vershay, Rochester Institute of Technology

“When creating a culture for entrepreneurship, we need to focus on impact, not just the value of a potential product. We start by educating people about entrepreneurship and helping them understand that you don’t need to reinvent the wheel to make an impact. I’m excited about I-Corps, because it is a tool for accelerating the pace in which a new idea becomes an impactful product.”


National I-Corps Instructors


Fernando Gómez-Baquero
Director of Runway and Spinoffs at the Jacobs Technion– Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech

Andrea Ippolito

Andrea Ippolito
Instructor for eLab, Cornell’s student accelerator, and Engineering’s Commercialization Fellowship

Mike Reidlinger

Mike Riedlinger
Managing Director Tech Commercialization & Program Director, Hardware Scaleup

Ken Rother

Ken Rother
Director of hardware accelerator programs at both Rev: Ithaca Start Up Works and Cornell University’s eLab student program

Tom Schryver

Tom Schryver
Executive Director, Center for Regional Economic Advancement at Cornell University

Deborah Streeter

Deborah Streeter
Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University

National I-Corps Adjunct Instructors

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Olga Petrova
Technology Licensing Associate, Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships at Binghamton University


Stephen Sauer
Leadership and teams researcher, Entrepreneur in Residence for Rev: Ithaca Startup Works and senior lecturer of management and organizations at Cornell University.

Brad Treat

Brad Treat
Program Director of the Southern Tier Startup Alliance and visiting lecturer of management at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.

Carrie White

Carrie White
Executive Director of the WVU Launchlab Network and Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Chambers College of Business and Economics

Regional Course Instructors

Brian Bauer

Brian Bauer


Ed Bazari

Ed Bizari

Hobart & William Smith

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Nate Cook


Dave Eilers

David Eilers


Tony Frontera

Tony Frontera


Alex Hagan

Alex Hagen



Anne Jones

West Virginia

Dave Miller

Dave Miller


Kit Needham

Kit Needham

Carnegie Mellon


Paul Petrovich


Jim P

Jim Pietropaolo

Penn State

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Matthew Spielmann



Greg Thomson



Beth Xie


Curriculum Group

  • Chair: Deborah Streeter, Cornell University
  • Richard DeMartino, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Shannon Sullivan Ellis, UNY Node Regional Director, Cornell University
  • Andrea Ippolito, Cornell University
  • David Miller, Warner School of Education, University of Rochester
  • Mike Riedlinger, NextCorps, University of Rochester
  • Ken Rother, Southern Tier Startup Alliance, Cornell University
  • Tom Schryver, Center for Regional Economic Advancement, Cornell University

Evaluation Group

  • Cynthia Callard, Warner School, University of Rochester
  • David Miller, Warner School, University of Rochester
  • Nahoko Kawakyu O’Connor, Associate Director of Program Evaluation, Warner School, University of Rochester
  • Marcella Maier Lambrecht, Consultant, Warner School, University of Rochester