InnovationX Staff

Audrey Iffert-Saleem
Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives
Director, InnovationX

Dr. Audrey Iffert-Saleem is executive director of strategic initiatives for the Oregon State University (OSU) College of Business. Audrey's work focuses on getting new initiatives started, as well as figuring out how to sustain and grow them. Two critical initiatives in Audrey's portfolio include leading the development of InnovationX, the OSU Center of Excellence for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the OSU Center for the Advancement of Women in Leadership. 

Previously, Audrey coordinated the Arizona State University institution-wide effort to advance entrepreneurship education as the executive director of strategic initiatives in the ASU Office of Entrepreneurship + Innovation. Audrey held a leadership role in coordinating ASU’s entrepreneurship education efforts as a part of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Campuses Initiative to transform the ways that entrepreneurship is viewed, taught and experienced in higher education.

Audrey is a certified Lean LaunchPad instructor and has taught several university courses that leverage Lean LaunchPad methodologies. She is also co-founder and co-owner of a creative services business that has an emphasis on supporting small businesses; clients have also included TED-Ed, Car2Go, Dollar-A-Day, and Target, among others. Audrey holds an Ed.D. in higher education leadership and an M.A. in human communication, both from Arizona State University. She is an advocate for women’s participation in entrepreneurship, and her dissertation research focused on engaging college women in entrepreneurship experiences. Audrey’s work to advance women in entrepreneurship has included developing, coordinating and delivering women’s entrepreneurship workshops and courses, developing and managing a mentorship program, securing grants and philanthropic gifts that advance women’s programs, and serving as a founding member of a regional women’s economic development initiative in the Greater Phoenix Metro Area.

Dale McCauley
Manager, InnovationX

Dale McCauley is the program manager for InnovationX, student engagement and makerspace in the Oregon State University College of Business. He is also the student outreach and engagement coordinator for the strategy and entrepreneurship discipline.

Dale works to develop student startups with the BA160 Entrepreneurial Cohort and Launch Academy programs. He leads a number of VentureWell Student E-Team grants and has presented at the VentureWell annual conference on launching student startups. Over the past five years, Dale has helped launch dozens of student startups at OSU taking them from the germ of an idea to a company ready to launch.

Dale runs the DAMLab makerspace, providing students with access to cutting edge fabrication tools such as 3d printing, laser cutting, and CNC milling. Dale teaches workshops to familiarize students with the tools needed to prototype their ideas and develop new products.

Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Jonathan Arthurs is the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty in the Oregon State University College of Business. He earned his Ph.D. in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship from the University of Oklahoma in 2004. His research focuses on governance, innovation, founder and top executive influence on the firm, venture capital and venture financing. He has published in several top journals including Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, the Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, and Journal of Corporate Finance, among others. He also serves as a Field Editor at the Journal of Business Venturing and on the editorial review boards for Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, and Journal of Business Venturing Insights. 

Dr. Jiyao Chen is an Associate Professor of Innovation Management in the Oregon State University College of Business. Prior to OSU, he was a research associate at the Center for Research in Technology and Innovation, Kellogg School of Management. His Ph.D. (Technology Management) was earned at Stevens Institute of Technology. His primary research interests include technology and innovation management, new product development, time-based strategy, a practice view, and ambiculturalism. His research has appeared in the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Product Innovation Management, and IEEE Transactions of Engineering Management, among others.

Dr. Violetta Gerasymenko is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy in the Oregon State University College of Business. She earned her Ph.D. from HEC Paris. Before joining the faculty at Oregon State, Dr. Gerasymenko held visiting scholar positions at MIT Sloan, New York University and National University of Singapore and an Assistant Professor position at Nova SBE in Portugal. Her research, which focuses on organizational learning and attention dynamics in venture capital firms and entrepreneurial ventures, has been published in the Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings and other international journals and book chapters in both English and French. She currently teaches entrepreneurship at the College of Business. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Gerasymenko worked in one of the major venture capital firms in Paris, France. She is regularly invited to be part of start-up competition juries and is a passionate coach of entrepreneurial ventures.

Dr. Amol M. Joshi, Ph.D. (UNC Chapel Hill), is an Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship in the Oregon State University College of Business. Dr. Joshi researches how inventors create and commercialize new technologies. He developed his expertise in innovation management over a 13-year career as an engineer, entrepreneur and executive in venture capital-funded startups and high-growth public companies in Silicon Valley. He is the co-inventor of two patents for voice products. Dr. Joshi co-founded BeVocal, a speech recognition software startup (acquired by Nuance Communications) and served as VP of Sales & Marketing (1999-2003). Dr. Joshi is a 2016 Kauffman Foundation Junior Faculty Fellow and a 2010 Kauffman Dissertation Fellow in Entrepreneurship Research. Since joining OSU's faculty in 2014, Dr. Joshi was honored with the Betty and Forrest Simmons Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching (2017), the Byron L. Newton Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2016), and a Newcomb Associates Award for Outstanding Research (2015). 

Dr. Charles Y. Murnieks is an Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship in the Oregon State University College of Business. Before joining OSU, he held a faculty position at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. Before beginning his academic career, Dr. Murnieks served 20 years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He is an award-winning teacher and scholar. In his research, Dr. Murnieks investigates entrepreneurial passion as well as equity investing in new ventures. His research has been published in various journals such as the Journal of Management, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and Journal of Management Studies. He currently serves on the editorial board for two entrepreneurship journals, and teaches courses in strategy and entrepreneurship. Dr. Murnieks earned his doctorate at the University of Colorado and holds an MBA from UCLA and a B.S. in civil engineering from the Air Force Academy.

Dr. Sam Yul Cho is an Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship in the Oregon State University College of Business. Prior to joining the College of Business, he worked as an equity analyst and strategy planner in Tokyo and Seoul for five years. His research focuses primarily on corporate governance (both in established firms and in new ventures) with an emphasis on chief executive officers and the top management team and boards of directors. His co-authors and he have published three manuscripts - one in Strategic Management Journal (SMJ), one in Research Policy (RP) and two in Journal of Business Research (JBR). In addition to these publications, he has an assortment of working papers, 11 conference presentations and one book chapter.