SC Innovates is fortunate to have many supporters who believe in the power of innovation to create opportunities and the need to bridge the gap between science and industry.

Lyderic Champetier

Service Operations Account Manager

“Smaller companies have the ability to disrupt entire industries through innovation. As an engineer at the world’s second largest tire manufacturer, I wanted to understand innovation as a strategy. Laura… (continued)

Jack R. Johnson, III, PhD

Technical Specialist, BASF
PMBA Class of 2020

“Being in R&D with large, established corporations, my career has always been on a technical track. Wanting a deeper understanding of the business of innovation, I took Strategic Management of… (continued)

Jochen Lauterbach, PhD

SmartState Endowed Chair, Strategic Approaches to the Generation of Electricity
University of South Carolina

“The SmartState Endowed Chairs are among the brightest minds in the world in our fields. We are in South Carolina to ignite innovation in technology, start companies, partner with industry,… (continued)

Sue Levkoff, MSW, SW, SCD

SmartState Endowed Chair in SmartHOME
Professor, College of Social Work
Adjunct Professor, School of Medicine
University of South Carolina

“The SmartState Center for Innovation + Commercialization is the ‘missing link’ of the SmartState Program. SmartState Endowed Chairs such as myself are developing a tremendous amount of technology in our… (continued)

Laine Mears, PhD, PE

BMW SmartState Chair in Automotive Manufacturing
Clemson University

“From the beginning, SmartState Chairs were encouraged to ‘think big’ by our universities and corporate sponsors. That’s exactly what we’ve done in our research, in our teaching, in diversifying and… (continued)

Shaun Owens, PhD, MPH, CAPS

Associate Professor
College of Social Work
University of South Carolina

“If we, as academic researchers, don’t want our research end-products to end up on a shelf, we need a crash course in strategic management so we understand what it takes… (continued)

Jaspreet “Jessie” Pandher

PhD Candidate
McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research
University of South Carolina

PhD Candidate McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation and ResearchUniversity of South Carolina  “Dr. Cardinal’s class, Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation, was an eye opener. It was fascinating – and… (continued)

Gabrielle Pierce, PharmD, MBA

PharmD, University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy
MBA, Darla Moore School of Business (2020)

“Early on in my academic studies, I knew a pharmacy degree wouldn’t be enough. Combining a PharmD with an MBA gives me the business knowledge I need to be a… (continued)

Lynda Shafer

Strategy and Collaboration Manager, Duke Energy
PMBA Class of 2020

“While working for a major utility company, I was tasked with developing a strategic plan for the next five to ten years. It was challenging! Innovation is unpredictable. How do… (continued)

Floris-Jan van Zanten

PhD Candidate
McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research
University of South Carolina

“My goal is to be at the forefront of innovation within the aerospace industry so Dr. Cardinal’s course on the Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation was great for me.”… (continued)