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von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center

Our Team


Ochoa, Rosibel Rosibel Ochoa, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Phone: (858) 822-6775
Fax: (858) 822-5959
Building/Room: Jacobs Hall, 1209
Job Description: Provides leadership to UCSD's von Liebig Center, a unique proof-of-concept program that helps accelerate the transfer of faculty innovations into the private sector and provides entrepreneurial education to graduate students in science and engineering.
Dey, Sujit Sujit Dey, Ph.D.
Faculty Director
Phone: (858) 534-0750
Fax: (858) 822-5959
Building/Room: Jacobs Hall, 1209
Job Description: Develop plans to attract more investors and entrepreneurs to support the work of the von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center.
Briana Weisinger Briana Weisinger, M.A., M.B.A.
Commercialization Analyst
Phone: (858) 822-1143
Fax: (858) 822-5959
Building/Room: Jacobs Hall, Suite 1200
Job Description: Responsible for research and analysis on the full range of von Liebig Center initiatives and on possible partners and collaborators both in and out of the university.
Janny Li Janny Li
Center Coordinator
Phone: (858) 822-1435
Fax: (858) 822-5959
Building/Room: Jacobs Hall, Suite 1200
Job Description: Supports William J. von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement on events, marketing, and program administration.
Pedro Franco Navarro Pedro Franco Navarro
von Liebig Center Fellow
Building/Room: Jacobs Hall, Suite 1200
Job Description: Pedro is a CUPRUM Fellow and intern at the von Liebig center. He supports the Center by working on various von Liebig projects and collaborations with Mexico.


Jay Gilberg Jay Gilberg
von Liebig NSF I-Corps Instructor
Building/Room: Jacobs Hall, Suite 1200
Job Description: As the Instructor for the von Liebig NSF I-Corps, Jay guides students, scientists, and faculty by his technical and business management expertise to commercialize their entrepreneurial ideas.
Svetlana Eremenko Svetlana Eremenko
von Liebig Lead Instructor
Building/Room: Jacobs Hall, Suite 1200
Job Description: Dr. Eremenko teaches four (4) of the Center's graduate-level courses: Venture Mechanics (ENG 201), Enterprise Dynamics (ENG 202), Applied Innovation (ENG 203), and Corporate Entrepreneurship for Global Competitiveness (ENG 207)


The von Liebig Center has several technology and business advisors who have backgrounds in various technical disciplines, as well as having considerable experience in start-up and early stage technology ventures, and have significant connections to local companies and investment sources.

Jack Savidge Jack Savidge [Biosketch]
Technical Discipline: Structural/Materials
Phone: (858) 454-9192
Rick Cooper Rick Cooper [Biosketch]
Technical Discipline:
Phone: (858) 449-5801
Jim Corlett Jim Corlett [Biosketch]
Technical Discipline: Energy
Phone: (858) 270-4826
Jan D'Alvise Jan D'Alvise [Biosketch]
Technical Discipline: Life Science
Phone: (858) 759-5218
Hal DeLong Hal DeLong [Biosketch]
Technical Discipline: Healthcare
Phone: (858) 822-6771
Mike Elconin Mike Elconin [Biosketch]
Technical Discipline: IT/Cleantech/Software
Phone: (858) 822-6770
Steve Flaim Steve Flaim, Ph.D. [Biosketch]
Technical Discipline: Healthcare
Phone: (858) 822-5960
Jaime Guzman-Fournier Jaime Guzmán-Fournier [Biosketch]
Technical Discipline: von Liebig Center International Programs
Phone: (703) 593-2563
Matthew Hedayat Matthew Hedayat [Biosketch]
Technical Discipline: Engineering
Phone: (858) 382-1864
Michael Krupp Michael Krupp, Ph.D. [Biosketch]
Technical Discipline: Healthcare
Phone: (858) 405-8850
Rakesh Kumar Rakesh Kumar, Ph.D., M.S. [Biosketch]
Technical Discipline:
Jonathan Masters Jonathan Masters [Biosketch]
Functional Specialties: International Partnerships, Intellectual Property
Gioia Messinger Gioia Messinger [Biosketch]
Technical Discipline:
Phone: (858) 822-1435
Tim Rueth Tim Rueth [Biosketch]
Technical Discipline: Electronics/Cleantech
Phone: (858) 750-8255
Kai Wenk-Wolff Kai Wenk-Wolff [Biosketch]
Technical Discipline: Energy
Mary Zoeller Mary Zoeller [Biosketch]
Technical Discipline: IT
Phone: (858) 822-1435

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Contact Information

Phone: 858-822-1435
Fax: 858-822-5959

Mailing Address:
von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center
UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering 0433
9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code: 0433
La Jolla, CA 92093-0433

FedEx Address:
UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering
Jacobs Hall, Suite 1200
von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center
La Jolla, CA 92093-0433

Location: Jacobs Hall (Engineering 1), Suite 1200, First floor
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