Paulo Shakarian, assistant professor in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, and Michael Kozicki, professor in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, have been named the 2016 Fulton Entrepreneurial Professors.
Initiated in the 2011-2012 academic year, the Fulton Entrepreneurial Professor Program has designated inventive faculty as “Fulton Entrepreneurial Professors” to provide them the opportunity to get their innovations into the market.
The program offers support, primarily through reduced instructional and service duties, to pursue technology and product commercialization and the start-up of new companies. Additional support may be provided through seed funding for prototype or proof-of-concept testing, or researcher support to sustain activity in the Fulton Entrepreneurial Professor’s research group during the appointment period. The Arizona Technology Enterprises Venture Capitalist Program provides mentoring and intellectual property help.
Fulton Entrepreneurial Professors are chosen annually through a competitive proposal process for one- to two-year terms. At the end of their terms, Fulton Entrepreneurial Professors can re-compete for subsequent appointments.