Students/Researchers Becoming Entrepreneurs

Morning Panel

Jason M. Sandler

JD-MBA candidate, Chief Operating Officer at Innoblative Designs

No Image AvailableJason currently attends Northwestern University School of Law, and Kellogg School of Management. Previously, Jason was a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting in the healthcare innovation space. Mr. Sandler has entrepreneurial experience with multiple start-ups.
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Curtis Wang

PhD candidate, Head Electrical Engineer at Innoblative Designs

Curtis WangCurtis is a Biomedical and Computer Engineering student at Northwestern University School McCormick School of Engineering. Mr. Wang has extensive experience computationally modeling cancer ablation.
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Tyler R. Wanke

MD, MBA, MEM candidate, Chief Executive Officer at Innoblative Designs

Tyler WankeTyler currently attends Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Kellogg School of Management, and McCormick School of Engineering. Mr. Wanke has worked in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Wisconsin, for Northwestern University’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and for Abbott Ventures, Inc.
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Afternoon Panel

Michael Wolfenson

Business Development Associate at NuMat Technologies, Inc.

Michael WolfensonAt NuMat, Michael is focused on supporting the identification of new product and market opportunities and the development and execution of go-to-market product strategies. Prior to NuMat, Michael worked as a strategy consultant at Booz & Company, a premier management consulting firm, in the technology practice. In this role, he worked with fortune 500 clients in leading key innovation, product, operational and organizational change initiatives.

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Cary Hayner

Chief Technology Officer of SiNode Systems

Cary HaynerCary Hayner is the chief technology officer of SiNode Systems, a Northwestern University spin-out company commercializing a silicon-graphene anode material.  Cary co-invented the technology in 2009 as a PhD student at Northwestern University, in collaboration with Argonne National Laboratory.  Prior to Northwestern University, Cary gained experience in a variety of industries including computational chemistry, pharmaceuticals, and environmental engineering.  Cary hold bachelors degrees in chemical engineering and chemistry from the University of Minnesota.

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Samir Mayekar

Co-founder and CEO of SiNode Systems

Samir Mayekar

Samir Mayekar is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of SiNode Systems, a venture-backed company developing advanced materials for the lithium-ion battery industry.  He most recently worked with the business development team at Boeing Defense Systems in Arlington, Virginia and as an investment banker at Credit Suisse in Chicago.  He previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government's development finance institution. At OPIC, Samir helped coordinate agency efforts in advancing priorities of the Obama administration, such as providing over $1 billion in financing for energy projects in emerging markets. He joined OPIC after serving as the National Security Director of the Presidential Personnel Office at the White House, where he oversaw all presidential appointments at the Pentagon, State Department, Department of Homeland Security, and Central Intelligence Agency. Prior to his time at the White House, Samir served as a Budget Manager for Obama for America, where he managed over $800 million for the campaign’s Chief Financial Officer.  He previously served as a management consultant in Chicago with Marakon Associates focusing on clients in the industrials sector.  Samir holds a B.A. from Northwestern University (summa cum laude) and an M.B.A. with distinction from the Kellogg School of Management, where he was a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow.  He is a guest lecturer on energy and entrepreneurship at Northwestern University. 

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