Our Team

The Bakar Fellows Program is guided by engaged and experienced campus leaders who can readily help navigate the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem on campus.

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David Schaffer

Faculty Director

David Schaffer is the faculty director of the Bakar Fellows program. As a former Bakar Fellow and startup cofounder of eight companies, he knows what’s key in supporting entrepreneurship on campus. Moreover, as a professor and the director of the Bakar BioEnginuity Hub, he is truly engaged helping researchers at all levels learn about translating basic research to real-world solutions.

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Susan Jenkins

Executive Director

Susan Jenkins is the Executive Director of the Bakar Fellows Program. She brings experience as an academic researcher, manager of academic-industry alliances, involvement with NSF I-Corps and broad administrative knowledge at all levels.

Advisory Board

The Bakar Fellows Program is supported by esteemed campus and external partners who serve as members on the Advisory Board.

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Program Overview

About the Program

The Bakar Fellows Program is structured to catalyze commercialization of innovative research by supporting aspiring faculty-entrepreneurs and their research teams to develop real-world solutions for real-world problems.