Faculty/Staff

Meet the People

Lehigh University's Technical Entrepreneurship master's program brings experienced entrepreneurs from numerous industries into the classroom to impart real-world insight and guidance in product and business development. The program's innovative faculty members are experts in the fields of entrepreneurial thinking and product design, teaching students how to create, build, and launch ideas from the ground up.

Faculty

Michael Lehman
Director; Professor of Practice

One finds Michael Lehman at the intersection of entrepreneurship, science, and higher education. Prior to joining the Lehigh faculty, Lehman developed and grew new entrepreneurship programs at the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, part of the University of Pittsburgh's Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration. At Pitt, he served as director of PantherlabWorks, a consulting group designed to catalyze the commercialization of new technologies by supporting innovators and entrepreneurs from a variety of academic backgrounds and professional experiences. As director of student entrepreneurship, he created new academic courses and cross-campus programs to provide hands-on, experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students throughout the university. Earlier in his career, Lehman was founding director of the Juniata College Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Lehman serves on the advisory board of several technical-based startups and is a regular presenter at national conferences, including VentureWell (formerly National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance). Lehman holds a B.S. from Juniata College, an M.D. from the Penn State College of Medicine, and an M.B.A. from the Leeds University of Business School in England.

Joseph E. Maenner
Adjunct Professor

Attorney Joe Maenner founded Maenner & Associates, LLC in 2011 after practicing in intellectual property boutique firms and general practice firms, as well as serving as in-house counsel for a small high-technology startup company. He has taken the “best practices” from all of those experiences and molded them together to produce his firm. Maenner graduated from the Dickinson School of Law (now part of the Pennsylvania State University) in 1996 and began actively practicing intellectual property law in 1998. His client base has ranged from Fortune 500 companies to large research universities, from small, privately held companies to independent inventors.

Joshua Cohen
Adjunct Professor

Joshua Cohen, a shareholder of intellectual property law firm RatnerPrestia, has practiced intellectual property law since 1992, drawing from his engineering and legal background to help emerging companies and multi-national corporations protect and respect IP rights. Cohen executes strategies that protect product innovations in the U.S. and abroad by securing patent, trademark, trade dress, trade secret, and copyright rights. He also reduces the IP risks associated with new technology and design innovations. Cohen earned his Engineering degree from Lehigh University and his Law degree from Widener University, where he served as editor-in-chief of Widener’s Law Review. Cohen is president of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Product Development and Management Association, an organization dedicated to promoting and managing product innovation, and he is an executive committee member of the Tokyo Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, a Tokyo-based organization chartered to promote excellence in professionalism, ethics, and civility in IP law. He lectures internationally about IP strategies and best practices.

Maureen W. Rinkunas
Maureen W. Rinkunas
Adjunct Lecturer
Maureen (Moe) Rinkunas has worked with hundreds of teams to bring ideas to market and enjoys guiding entrepreneurs through the chaos inherent in new markets and undefined opportunities. Most of her career has been focused on Health Tech and Deep Tech verticals, with a passion for bringing disruptive technologies into these markets. 
 
Previously, Moe guided teams of talented entrepreneurs, developers, and designers to build early stage healthcare ventures in partnership with corporate partners. She also trained DuPont scientists and engineers to embrace creativity and innovation and helped relaunch DuPont Ventures to enable stronger collaboration with startups. She is an experienced innovation operations leader, having built acceleration and investing platforms at Dreamit Ventures and laid the groundwork for a new commercialization process at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 
 
In addition to teaching, Moe is an active startup mentor for 500 Startups, mHub, IndieBio, HITLAB, I-Corps, and other programs for early-stage entrepreneurs. She is a proud Lehigh alumna, holding a B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering as well as an M.B.A. in Corporate Entrepreneurship.

Staff

Brian Slocum
Managing Director, Design Labs, Wilbur Powerhouse; Adjunct Lecturer

In addition to managing Lehigh University's Wilbur Powerhouse Prototyping Lab and Chandler-Ullmann Wood Shop, Brian Slocum teaches courses in prototyping and metalworking and advises Integrated Product Development teams. Returning to Lehigh (his alma mater '97) after completing the MFA Design program at North Carolina School of the Arts, Slocum has worked in both Lehigh's Theatre Department and Design Arts Program. In addition to his work at the university, Slocum co-founded Isosceles Design Studio, LLC, a design firm specializing in custom furniture and architectural and interior design.

Susan Kanarek
Graduate Coordinator

Susan attended Cedar Crest College, has more than 25 years’ experience in the Media & Publishing industries. She comes to Lehigh from The Morning Call, where she worked for over 13 years and most recently served as a Media Sales Planner. She also was employed at Rodale, Inc., on the Runner’s World Magazine staff, where she worked with the Race Sponsorship Program that included traveling to expos, races & marathons across the United States. Her diversified skills include client relations, research & data analysis, marketing, presentations & proposals, project management, media & event planning, digital knowledge and trade show experience.