Our TeamMeet the team of entrepreneurs who instruct and manage the eLab program.
Managing Director, Instructor
Ken Rother is a senior executive with more than 30 years of experience. He has a deep understanding of technology, business operations, and client management. He has worked in sectors including media, financial services, computer graphics, and telecom. Having successfully been a part of several exits on both the acquired and acquiring side, Ken knows how to grow and manage a company through a successful transition. Currently, Ken is Entrepreneur in Residence at Launch NY, he is a Venture Partner at CVF, works with Wicked Device to expand their business, and is a member of the eLab teaching team at Cornell.
Most recently, Ken was Senior Vice President of technology for digital media at Discovery Communications. There he was responsible for all aspects of design and development for the platforms required to support 17 high traffic websites and several mobile applications. Previously at Discovery, Ken was responsible for the business and content strategy, programming and operations for a number of Discovery’s key web properties, including; Animal Planet, TreeHugger, Investigation Discovery, Planet Green, and Military Channel.
Andrea Ippolito is the executive director of the Engineering Management Program at Cornell University. She is an instructor for eLab, Cornell’s student accelerator, Engineering’s Commercialization Fellowship, and the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps.
She recently completed a role as the innovators network director at the Department of Veterans Affairs and she previously served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at the VA Center for Innovation based out of the White House Office of Science Technology Policy and General Services Administration.
She previously was a Ph.D. student in the Engineering Systems Division at MIT, cofounder of Smart Scheduling, Innovation Specialist at the Brigham &Women’s Hospital Innovation Hub, and co-leader of MIT’s Hacking Medicine. She also served as a product innovation manager at Athena Health and completed her M.S. in engineering and management at MIT. Prior to MIT, Ippolito worked as a research scientist within the Corporate Technology Development group at Boston Scientific. She obtained both a B.S. in biological engineering in 2006 and Master of Engineering in biomedical engineering in 2007 from Cornell University.
Steven Gal is a career entrepreneur and professor. He currently teaches entrepreneurship and innovation at Cornell Tech and Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and serves as Vice Chairman at HangIt, an early stage mobile technology company where he was the startup CEO.
Steven has spent more than two decades as a technology entrepreneur and board director, serving as a senior operating executive or CEO at seven venture-backed technology companies, three of which he co-founded, leading to over $100 million in venture financings, five successful sales, and NASDAQ IPO.
Earlier in his career, Steven was an associate professor in the Entrepreneur Program at USC’s Marshall School of Business and a Visiting Associate Professor at the Rady School of Management at UCSD. He is an attorney and a member of the California Bar.
Steven holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from University of Southern California School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, where he serves as Chair of the Entrepreneurship@Cornell Advisory Council.
Tom Schryver is an experienced entrepreneur having served as a startup founder and senior executive of high-growth companies. He currently serves as Executive Director of Cornell’s Center for Regional Economic Advancement. In that role, he is responsible for the construction and operation of Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, the Southern Tier Innovation Hot Spot, and Cornell’s participation in Start-UP NY .
Tom has successfully structured new companies and raised capital in the form of private venture capital and venture debt as well as grants and loans from local, state and federal agencies. Previously, he was Director of Finance for the Triad Foundation, where he was responsible for overseeing all financial operations of the Foundation, including accounting, audit, and investing the Foundation’s $250mm portfolio. He has experience working with nonprofits in multiple capacities from advisory roles to serving as Board President for a $2.5mm/year human services organization.
Tom has an AB from Cornell University and an MBA from the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, where he was a recipient of the Albert J. Fried Fellowship for Leadership and Academic Excellence. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Brad Treat is an instructor in Practical Entrepreneurship at Cornell University and Ithaca College. He also serves as the Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Rev: Ithaca Startup Works.
Brad was most recently the Founding CEO of Mezmeriz, a high-tech company making interactive projectors and reality capture cameras to embed into mobile phones. Mezmeriz’s cutting-edge technology was spun out of Materials Science and MEMS research at Cornell University. Brad was also the co-founder and CEO of SightSpeed, an innovative video, and voice communications company. SightSpeed grew from a university research project at Cornell into the world’s premier video calling software. SightSpeed was profitably acquired by Logitech for $30MM. Earlier in his career, Brad worked for eight years in the automotive industry in both the US and Spain at Bowles Fluidics and GKN Automotive. Brad holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State, and an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell.