Innovation through Industry-University Partnerships

Workshop speaker(s)/organizers:
Edmond Banayan, MBA, MSIMC
Dr. Julie Kientz
Dr. Kiley Sobel

Speakers highlight successful existing industry-university partnerships with UCI, showcasing how working with CERES and its researchers is beneficial to industry.

Featured panelists are:
Edmond Banayan is a seasoned leader and innovator with more than 30 years of combined experience in digital tech, technology, healthcare, and capital raise / funding. He has managed and led teams in strategic planning, sales, business development, corporate development, marketing – while being affiliated with more than 60 organizations (early-stage companies, seed-stage companies, private companies, Fortune 500 companies). Edmond’s diverse leadership and management experiences have included PricewaterhouseCoopers, Hewlett Packard, Kaiser Permanente, Universal Health Services, Chronaly Inc., Aleran Software Inc., and more. Edmond works regularly with both universities and nonprofits to expand impact and translate science and scholarship to the outside world.

Julie Kientz is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE). She is also Director of the Computing for Healthy Living and Learning (CHiLL) Lab and is active in the University of Washington’s Design Use Build (DUB) Group alliance. Her research focuses on determining how novel computing applications can address important issues in health and education and evaluating those applications through long-term real world deployment studies using a balance of qualitative and quantitative methods. Her research on tracking developmental milestones has been translated into widely available products.

Kiley Sobel is a Senior User Experience Researcher at the edtech company Duolingo, where she does research with kids and grownups on Duolingo ABC, Duolingo’s free literacy learning app for kids. Prior to Duolingo, she was a Research Scientist at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, an independent research and innovation lab hosted at Sesame Workshop. Throughout her career, Kiley has conducted design research with kids, parents, and teachers and regularly collaborates with university and nonprofit partners.