Selection Committee

Selection Committee

Andrew Maas

Andrew Maas

Assistant Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer at LSU
Director, LSU Office of Innovation & Technology Commercialization

 Andrew J. Maas (Andy) joined LSU in June 2014 as the Assistant Vice President for Research and Director of the Office of Innovation & Technology Commercialization. Andy is an engineer by training with a BS and MS in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University and the University of Texas at Austin, respectively. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Texas where he worked for several years and grew a start-up engineering company from two individuals to 14 employees in 18 months. Andy also has a JD from the University of Akron School of Law, as well as a LLM with a focus on intellectual property. His research focus for his LLM degree was “early stage patent valuation under the new America Invents Act.” He has been published in the Journal of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, as well as in Cement and Concrete Research.

Brian Shedd

Brian Shedd

Assistant Director, LSU Office of Innovation & Technology Commercialization

Brian Shedd is Assistant Director at the LSU Office of Innovation and Technology Commercialization where he is responsible for managing the intellectual property produced at the flagship campus of Louisiana State University. He previously worked at UCLA in their technology transfer office, which is now the most profitable university-based technology transfer office in the world. There he was involved with several entrepreneurial programs and created and launched BRUINcubate, the Entrepreneur Support Network at UCLA, comprised of over 20 different groups providing entrepreneurial support to the UCLA community. During his time in LA, he also served on the board of PortTechLA, a cleantech business incubator focused on port-related technologies, and on the advisory board for the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator. He received his Masters and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA studying multifunctional nanocomposite materials for a variety of different applications, and performed research abroad in Korea and Australia. Currently he is an active member of the Association of University Technology Managers, and teaches entrepreneurship and university technology commercialization in addition to his professional duties at LSU.

Robert Brown

Robert Brown

Assistant Director, LSU Office of Innovation & Technology Commercialization

Robert currently serves as the Assistant Director in the LSU Office of Innovation & Technology Commercialization, primarily responsible for transferring life science technologies and innovations developed at LSU’s College of Science and School of Veterinary Medicine to private enterprise. Prior to his current position, Robert served as the Director of Technology Transfer at Cleveland State University, Assistant Director of the Cleveland State University Research Corporation, and Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio. He is a Registered Patent Attorney licensed to practice law in the States of Ohio and Florida. Throughout his years in academic technology transfer, Robert has assisted faculty and students alike in protecting their innovations and advising on the various legal and business implications involved in bringing a product to market. He has extensive knowledge and experience in contract law and negotiation, intellectual property law and protection, finding access to funding for early stage ventures, research compliance, human resources, policy development and interpretation, and university administration. Robert is a proponent of the Lean LaunchPad and Customer Development techniques currently embraced by the NSF I-Corps program, to which LSU is a designated I-Corps Site. Robert received his bachelor of science (BS) in biology from the University of Miami, his law degree (JD) from Florida International University and an Executive MBA from Cleveland State University (MBA).

Arthur Cooper

Arthur Cooper

CEO, LSU Research & Technology Foundation

Arthur R. Cooper is the CEO of the LSU Research and Technology Foundation.  For more than a decade he has been one of the leaders in Louisiana’s efforts to advance technology-lead economic development. Much of his effort is around assisting research universities commercialize their faculty developed technology and he manages the intellectual property assets of the research campuses of LSU and Southern University. He serves as the Executive Director of the Louisiana Emerging Technology Center which provides space for chemical, environmental and life science startup companies.  The Center has worked on access to capital issues for early stage technology companies, including helping organize a venture capital fund, managing a commercialization grant program for LSU researchers and providing initial drafts of legislation to provide assistance for research & development and investment in technology companies. Prior to his work at the LSU Research and Technology Foundation, he was the director of Business Retention for the Louisiana Department of Economic Development and lead Louisiana's efforts to retain and expand its existing business.  He was the lead on a number of projects, including the expansion of Proctor and Gamble's facility in Pineville, La. He drafted the Modernization Tax Credit program, which was the first program in Louisiana to recognize the importance of modernization of Louisiana's existing manufacturing base even without an increase in employment which is the bases for most economic development programs. He also had a focus on small business as such he worked closely with the Small Business Development Centers, local chambers of commerce, micro enterprise development centers, and local economic developers. During his work career, he has been a design engineer, attorney and startup CEO of early stage technology companies. 

Jason Boudreaux

Jason Boudreaux

Technology Business Consultant, LSU Innovation Park / Louisiana Business & Technology Center

Jason Boudreaux is Manager of the Pennington Biotech Initiate (PBI), an incubator affiliated with LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center, and a Technology Business Consultant at the Louisiana Business & Technology Center (LBTC). Boudreaux is responsible for interviewing and recommending approving of potential tenant companies to PBI, and providing consulting services to those companies and LBTC clientele. Prior to receiving an MBA, with a concentration in Finance, Boudreaux attended LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans and received his Doctor of Medicine. As a business consultant Boudreaux has worked directly with over 400 entrepreneurs. His responsibilities have included supporting business owners in areas such as management, sources and uses of capital and market research. He has guided entrepreneurs through the process of business planning and fundraising.

Ed Watson

Ed Watson

Department Chair and Professor, Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems, Interim Director of Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute, E. J. Ourso College of Business, LSU

Ed Watson is Professor and Chair of the Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems. Besides his traditional responsibilities he is leading the development and delivery of a new B.S. in Entrepreneurship program and a new LSU Online Certificate in Analytics program for the department.  Previously he served as Associate Dean and Flores MBA Director and managed the delivery of a nationally ranked MBA program across four formats: traditional, professional, executive and online. He led the faculty team that developed and rolled out the online MBA program, the first of its kind in Louisiana. Prior to working in the MBA office he founded and managed the SAP University Hosting Program at LSU and brought over a million dollars in funding to support teaching, research and outreach activities. Prior to joining LSU in 1994 he worked as a simulation consultant building models and analyzing performance of complex systems for many organizations including General Motors, Xerox, Whirlpool, PPG, Tennant, Coca-Cola, the Washington Post, and Gates Rubber. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering from Penn State, and his B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Syracuse University. He has published over 50 articles and book chapters in Technology and Operations Management outlets. He is a member of various professional organizations and has been a regular contributor, speaker, and organizer at several conferences and workshops.

James Davis

James Davis

Instructor, Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute, E. J. Ourso College of Business, LSU

Dr. James Davis is an instructor in the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute at Louisiana State University. He is an experienced entrepreneur, software developer, combat veteran, and angel investor. Before returning to academics, Dr. Davis was the technology lead (CTO) in multiple successful startup companies. He has a PhD in Information Systems & Decision Science along with an MS in computer science and a BS in mathematics. Dr. Davis is skilled at building ecosystems for entrepreneurs, advising startup companies, and encouraging entrepreneurship in veteran, women, and other underrepresented communities. Dr. Davis volunteers as the senior digital instructor in Louisiana’s Futures Fund (a STEM initiative to teach kids how to develop software) and has been recognized as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs in Louisiana (SiliconBayou100 2014 & 2015).

 Stacia Haynie

Stacia Haynie

Dean, LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences
J. W. Annison Jr. Family Alumni Professor in the Department of Political Science

Dr. Stacia Haynie studies judicial politics with special emphasis on comparative appellate court decision-making. Dr. Haynie has particular expertise in the legal systems of South Africa, the Philippines and India.  Her studies also include analyses of civil trial court decisions in U.S. state courts. Her work has been published in the Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Law and Society Review, the South African Journal of Human Rights, and Asian Studies among others. At LSU, Dr. Haynie teaches courses in Judicial Politics, American Constitutional Law, Comparative Judicial Politics and American Public Law. Dr. Haynie has also been awarded the Arts & Sciences Professor’s Award for Distinguished Scholarship, the LSU University Alumni Association Faculty Excellence Award, the LSU College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Council Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Nicholson Award for Outstanding Faculty Member.