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 start-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
Dr. Thomas Duening is the El Pomar Chair for Business & Entrepreneurship, associate professor of management, and director of the Center for Entrepreneurship. He has over 25 years of experience in teaching entrepreneurship and running entrepreneurship centers. After receiving his PhD from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Duening was recruited to be the assistant dean of the business school at the University of Houston. There, he helped create the first entrepreneurship center in Texas, which has become one of the leading centers in the world. Dr. Duening went on to create centers for entrepreneurship at the University of Houston-Downtown and in the Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University.
Dr. Duening also has 32 years of experience as an entrepreneur. He started his first business in 1984 and has founded or co-founded nine other ventures since then. In 1997, Duening founded U.S. Learning Systems, which provided content development and management services for e-learning companies across the United States. HighTechCampus.com, an integrated e-learning company focused on corporate compliance training acquired U.S. Learning Systems in 1999. Duening next founded the Applied Management Sciences Institute, a management consulting and research firm. He left that company in 2002 to establish ansrsource, a company that provides learning design and content development to a wide range of publishers, universities, and corporations. Ansrsource, principally based in Bangalore, India, recently celebrated its 15th year of operation. While residing in Arizona, Duening founded the Arizona Technology Investor Forum, which quickly became the most active angel investment group in the state. The Forum (now known as Arizona Tech Investors) has been operating since 2006.
Dr. Duening is well known for his advocacy of entrepreneurship as a life path, and for his research into human potential. In addition to having written 17 books on business and entrepreneurship, he also publishes widely on topics in management, organizational behavior, and positive psychology. He is the founder of the Positive Organizational Behavior Research Group, an interdisciplinary group of scholars who apply positive psychology to organizational and individual performance. Duening believes that his teaching is most relevant not when people learn particular concepts or lessons, but when they are encouraged to change the trajectory of their lives to strive for things they previously thought unreachable.
Dr. Duening holds a BS degree in natural sciences from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point; and an MA degree in philosophy of science and a PhD in higher education administration, both from the University of Minnesota.
Phone: (719) 255-5152
Office: DH 353
Shawna Lippert serves as director of the EPIIC Venture Attractor™ initiative in the El Pomar Institute of Innovation & Commercialization (EPIIC) at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). Shawna’s professional history includes over 18 years of experience with for-profit and non-profit organizations, higher education, and startup ventures. Shawna’s expertise includes program management, operations, logistics, event management, and building community connections.
Shawna started her professional experience in 2000 when she joined a six-month-old startup business in New Mexico, her home state. For over eight years she managed the office operations and was instrumental in contributing to business growth. In 2009, Shawna relocated to Colorado Springs, CO and joined the Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center (SBDC), now known as the Pikes Peak SBDC, hosted by UCCS. She served as Assistant to the Director and later as Interim Director. Her experience included small business consulting, mentor matching, training and education coordination, collaboration with community entities, center operations, program management, events and marketing, and grant management. In 2011, she accepted roles at UCCS in the College of Business and with EPIIC. Through the College of Business, Shawna was a co-founder and director of the Office of Professional & Executive Development. Through this entrepreneurial university initiative, she launched both custom and public professional programs including the notable UCCS Mini-MBA and UCCS Leadership Development Program. With EPIIC, she was a project manager, launching and managing innovative community programs such as Ignite Colorado Springs, UCCS “Shark Tank”, and the UCCS Sports/Outdoors Business Plan Competition.
Currently, Shawna is the director of the EPIIC Venture Attractor™, a university-based research initiative at UCCS. The world’s first venture attractor program is dedicated to actionable research in industry cluster growth, vibrant startup ecosystems, and regional economic development. The Attractor is focused on developing a nascent regional sports, lifestyle and human performance cluster in Colorado Springs. Additionally, Shawna is also an adjunct business instructor at UCCS in the Bachelor of Innovation™ and College of Business.
Shawna obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from New Mexico
Highlands University in 2006, and Master of Business Administration in Innovation
Management at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in 2015.
Phone: (719) 255-5152
Office: Milestones for Growth (MFG)
Attn: UCCS-EPIIC Venture Attractor
4240 N. Nevada Ave., Suite 175
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
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
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) 255-3631
Office: OCSE A318