Meet our team members who are inspiring thoughtful collaboration among professionals, students, scientists, and organizations at SC Innovates®.

Laura B. Cardinal, Ph.D.

Endowed Chair and Director
SmartState Center for Innovation + Commercialization

Laura B. Cardinal, Ph.D., is the Endowed Chair and Director of the SmartState® Center for Innovation + Commercialization at the University of South Carolina (UofSC) Darla Moore School of Business.… (continued)

Kevin Diana, MBA

Assistant Director
SmartState® Center for Innovation + Commercialization

As the Assistant Director of the SmartState® Center for Innovation + Commercialization, Kevin Diana is responsible for managing daily operations, overseeing special projects, and facilitating research. Prior to joining the… (continued)

Sandy Bringley

Program Administrator

Sandy Bringley provides administrative support to SC Innovates® and the SmartState® Center of Innovation + Commercialization. She joined the University of South Carolina (UofSC) Darla Moore School of Business (DMSB)… (continued)

Tanja van Tooren-Pijpaert, PMP

Project Manager

Tanja van Tooren-Pijpaert is an independent Project Manager and supports SC Innovates® and the SmartState® Center for Innovation + Commercialization with special projects. Previously she worked at the University of… (continued)