Innovation & Entrepreneurship FELLOWS

Christian  Butzke

Christian Butzke Ph.D.

College of Agriculture
Senior University Fellow for Innovation & Entrepreneurship – Office of Research | Innovation & Entrepreneurship Fellow – College of Agriculture | Professor of Food Science & Enology – Department of Food Science

Professor Butzke is an expert in the commercial production of fermented beverages, especially wine. He is co-founder and chief enologist of the Purdue-based start-up VinSense LLC, a software company that provides perennial crop management decision-support through real-time, high-resolution functional soil maps, modeling of soil and climate effects on fruit composition and quality, and powerful data analytics and visualization tools.  He has served as the College's first Innovation & Entrepreneurship Fellow since 2021, and was appointed Purdue’s first Senior University Fellow for Innovation & Entrepreneurship in 2023.

Cagri Savran

Cagri Savran Ph.D.

College of Engineering
Professor of Mechanical Engineering, by courtesy in Biomedical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering
Nathalie Duval-Couetil

Nathalie Duval-Couetil Ph.D.

Purdue Polytechnic Institute
Director of University Entrepreneurship Education Initiatives - Office of the Provost | Professor in the Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation - Polytechnic

Nathalie Duval-Couetil is the Director of University Entrepreneurship Education Initiatives (Office of the Provost) and a Professor in the Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation at Purdue University (Polytechnic). She is founding director of the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program, which enrolls over 2000 students each year, and serves as co-PI and Research Lead for the NSF-funded Great Lakes I-Corps Hub. Her administrative and research activities focus on entrepreneurship education; program evaluation; academic entrepreneurship; and gender and entrepreneurship. Prior to academia, Nathalie worked in the field of market research and strategy consulting in Europe and the U.S. with Booz Allen and Hamilton and Data and Strategies Group.  She received a BA from UMass Amherst, an MBA from Babson College, and MS and PhD degrees from Purdue University.

Stephen Leitch

Stephen Leitch Ph.D.

College of Health and Human Sciences
Clinical Assistant Professor, White Lodging-J.W. Marriott, Jr. School of Hospitality and Tourism Management | Clinical Assistant Professor, White Lodging-J.W. Marriott, Jr. School of Hospitality and Tourism Management | Assistant Director, Center for Hospitality & Retail Industries Business Analytics
Zhan Pang

Zhan Pang Ph.D.

Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business
Cullman Rising Star Professor of Supply Chain Management | Purdue Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fellow | Purdue Experiential Education Champion
Zhan Pang is Lewis B. Cullman Rising Star Professor of Management in the area of Supply Chain and Operations Management at Daniels School of Business.
He directs the Supply Chain and Operations Management (SCOM) Ph.D. program. He is also a Purdue’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fellow and Experiential Education (ExEd) Champion. His research interests include statistical learning and decision analytics, healthcare delivery systems, supply chain finance and risk management, and pricing and revenue management. He is a senior editor for Production and Operations Management (Healthcare Operations Management) and a founding editor of Journal of Blockchain Research.
He has rich industry experience as entrepreneur and management consultant.
Mike Atallah

Mike Atallah Ph.D.

College of Science
Distinguished Professor of Computer Science

Professor Atallah's research interests are in information security and algorithms. A Fellow of both the ACM and IEEE, his work on key management received the 2015 CCS Test of Time Award, and his work on multi-party computation received the 2021 ACSAC Test of Time Award. He was the 2017 recipient of the Arden L. Bement Jr. Award, the most prestigious award Purdue bestows in pure and applied science and engineering. He was the 2016 recipient of the Purdue Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award, and the 2013 recipient of the Purdue Outstanding Commercialization Award. He was a speaker ten times in the Distinguished Lecture Series of top Computer Science Departments, and was keynote and invited speaker at many national and international meetings, and has served on the editorial boards of top journals and on the program committees of top conferences and workshops. He was selected in 1999 as one of the best teachers in the history of Purdue University and included in Purdue's Book of Great Teachers, a permanent wall display of Purdue's best teachers past and present. In 2001 he co-founded Arxan Technologies Inc, to commercialize a software protection technology developed jointly with his doctoral student Hoi Chang (in 2019 Arxan reported that applications secured by it were running on over a billion devices, and in 2020 it reported 5+ billion deployed instances on protected applications "across many industries including financial services, mobile payments, healthcare, automotive, gaming, and entertainment"). He was CTO of Arxan Technologies and Chief Scientist for its defense subsidiary, Arxan Defense Systems. Arxan Defense Systems was acquired in 2010 by Microsemi Corporation, and Arxan Technologies was acquired in 2013 by private equity firm TA Associates.

Shi Riyi

Shi Riyi Ph.D.

College of Veterinary Medicine
Mari Hulman George Endowed Professor of Applied Neuroscience | Professor of Basic Medical Sciences | Director, Center for Paralysis Research

Dr. Riyi Shi is the Mari Hulman George Endowed Professor of Applied Neuroscience in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences and Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University. Dr. Shi is also the Director of the Purdue Center for Paralysis Research. He obtained his MD from Jiao-Tong University School of Medicine (China), and his PhD from Purdue University.  He completed Postdoctoral training at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Shi specializes in uncovering the mechanisms of central nervous system trauma and diseases, as well as instituting new treatments through innovative experimentation and pioneering new strategies in the field. His research contributions include originating the use of the double sucrose gap technique for recording action potential conduction, establishing the methods of neuronal membrane resealing by polyethylene glycol (PEG), identifying acrolein as a key pathological factor in neuronal trauma and degenerative diseases, and establishing novel animal CNS trauma injury models. Three of his therapies have gone to clinical trials, treating patients with spinal cord and head trauma and multiple sclerosis, and one of these (Fampridine), where Dr. Shi made critical contributions, has gained FDA approval as a treatment for CNS degenerative diseases.  He has published more than 190 peer reviewed articles and holds thirteen patents. 

Jo Davisson

Jo Davisson Ph.D.

College of Pharmacy
Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology