Dr. Boult is the El Pomar Endowed Chair of Innovation and Security and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs . From 1994 to 2003 he was with Lehigh University, where he founded the Computer Science and Engineering department and held the position of Weissman Chair of Computer Science. He was on the faculty at Columbia University from 1986-1994. From Aug 2002 through Jan 2004, Dr. Boult was the Chief Technology Officer for Guardian Solutions Inc, helping to commercialize his research in sensor-based security systems, including developing/deploying one of the largest wireless video surveillance systems in the world.
Dr. Boult’s ongoing research projects include advanced biometrics, advanced visual security systems, design and evaluation of imaging sensors for facial recognition, evaluation of weather effects on facial recognition, and algorithms for efficient use of wireless networks. As a result of his work in advanced biometrics, Dr. Boult has founded Securics, a startup-up company based in Colorado Springs. He has received funding from DARPA, ONR, the Army Night Vision Lab, Siemens, the AT&T Foundation, the Lucent Foundation, RemoteReality Inc, McQ Associates, PadCom Inc., Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance, and the Ben Franklin Foundation of Pennsylvania. Dr. Boult received an NSF Presidential Young Investigator award, and has won teaching awards at both Columbia and Lehigh. Dr. Boult has published over 120 papers and holds 4 patents, with 8 pending. He has served as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Perception (IEEE PAMI). He co-organized multiple workshops on visual surveillance and computer vision related topics, and has participated on program committees for more than two dozen IEEE and SPIE conferences and workshops on computer vision and sensor fusion, as well as an ACM program committee in software engineering.
Phone: (719) 255-3510
Office: ENG 174
Michael Larson earned his PhD from MIT in 1992, his M.S. from the University of Michigan and his B.S. from Tulane University. He now holds the El Pomar Endowed Chair of Engineering and Innovation and is a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He also serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation on the UCCS campus. With funding totaling more than $6M from a variety of agencies, including the NSF, the U.S. Air Force, the Missile Defense Agency, and private corporations, Michael has tackled a number of projects related to the fracture and failure of materials and to optical methods, including bolstering the reliability of microelectronic components. His current research focus is on laser/materials interactions, especially related to medical and homeland security applications.
Michael has a passion for creativity and innovation. Before coming to EPIIC, he co-founded two companies, one based on a medical device he invented and another based on a consumer product, a laser board game called Khet. In 2005, New Orleans’ City Business magazine named him “Entrepreneur of the Year” for founding and directing a studio for creative design. Dr. Larson has conducted numerous workshops on the topics of innovation and creative problem solving. He has garnered six awards for outstanding teaching and conducted a program, with funding from the Lilly Foundation, to increase high school student interest in engineering fields. Dr. Larson has provided engineering consulting and design services for a number of clients, including designing and fabricating a rocket-port measurement device for Lockheed-Martin, and serving as a product design and failure analysis expert in legal cases. He has piloted a jet aircraft, steered a nuclear submarine, and can wiggle his ears. One at a time.
Phone: (719) 255-3044
Office: MH 304A
Thomas Duening previously was the director of entrepreneurial programs for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and then attended the University of Minnesota, where he received his master’s degree in philosophy of science and his doctorate in higher education administration. While completing his Ph.D., Duening was a consultant at Robert S. Banks, Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm serving the electric utility industry. He also has served in many executive positions, including president of U.S. Learning Systems, LLC, vice president for Content Development at Edgia, Inc., and still remains owner and CEO of the consulting firm INSYTE Business Research Group. Before joining ASU in September 2004, Duening successfully launched the Entrepreneurial and Venture Development Center at the University of Houston-Downtown. For nine years, he was the assistant dean for administration, and international and executive programs at the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston main campus. Duening is the author of numerous journal articles, and he is the author of 12 books on investing in entrepreneurship, including Technology Entrepreneurship released Aug. 19, 2009.
Phone: (719) 255-5152
Office: DH 353
Rhea Phaneuf is the Marketing and Events Project Manager for EPIIC. She has been with EPIIC since 2013. Rhea has been in the marketing and events field for more than 15 years, previously she managed marketing efforts for ENT Federal Credit Union, BluSky Restoration Contractors, and the Professional Bull Riders. She has a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Phone: (719) 255-3686
Office: OCSE A316
EPIIC Program Assistant
Carrie Olson is the Program Assistant for EPIIC. She started with EPIIC in 2016. Prior to EPIIC Carrie was a Program Assistant at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Phone: (719) 255-3686
Office: OCSE A318