Meet the Team

Prof. Kurt H. Becker, Director
Vice Dean for Research, Innovation, and
Entrepreneurship, NYU Tandon School of Engineering


Craig Wilson, Associate Director 
Managing Director of NYU Tandon Future Labs


Steve Kuyan, Special Advisors to the IIIE Director


Doris Schultz, Special Advisor of Professional Development to the Institute for Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Director of Research Administration for NYU Tandon’s Office of Sponsored Programs


Prof. Gary Marcus, Visiting Professor and Special Advisors to the NYU Tandon Future Labs


Frank J. Vallese, Sc.D., Director of Strategic Partnerships, NYU Tandon School of Engineering


James Hendon, Visiting Research Scientist
Commissioner of the NYC Department of Veteran Services, 


Prof. Alessandro Rizzo, Visiting Professor 
Associate Professor in Robotics and Automation at the Department of
Electronics and Telecommunications of Politecnico di Torino, Italy


Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Weltmann, Visiting Professor
Director, Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology


Maria Grillo, Project Associate

Project Manager

Student Intern


The Institute for Invention, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (IIIE@Tandon) serves as the focal point for all research, educational, and service activities in support of Tandon’s goal to integrate Invention, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship into its academic culture and to advance student and faculty appreciation of and skills in inventiveness, innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurial and design thinking.


Kurt Becker
Vice Dean for Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship