Innovator in Residence
The Innovator In Residence program provides students with the opportunity to collaborate with a distinguished individual with significant success as an innovator. The deans of the College of Business Administration and the College of Engineering, in concert with the Mike Loya Center for Innovation and Commerce coordinator, will carefully select the innovator in residence. This individual will visit campus two to four times per semester to mentor students involved in business plans competitions, assist on research-commercialization projects, meet with faculty, and provide workshops and guest lectures. This program offers participating students with the following benefits:
- A face-to-face experience with a successful innovator
- Objective feedback regarding their business idea and possible plans of action
- Professional network opportunities
- The chance to develop new research ideas from real life areas of opportunity
- Valuable guidance on how to start their own company
Rosalinda Natividad, CEO Incite Consultancy
Rosalinda Natividad is the founder and CEO of Incite Consultancy - a venture that supports national nonprofit funding strategy. Since 2011, she has overseen the mission, vision and operations of the company and has acquired over $100 million in
funding for communities and companies across the country. Her background in human/economic development and innovation has created an interesting and unique intersection, where funders and organizations can mutually benefit.
Formally, the first director of Commercialization for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso via the Texas Tech University System office, Rosalinda spurred intellectual property disclosures to double their rate, while overseeing the local Emerging Technology Fund for the TransPecos/El Paso region. During her tenure, she provided due diligence and screening of early stage ventures in biomedical, agricultural and other high tech industries for potential investment by the state of Texas. Rosalinda worked with university and state leadership to secure funding for the first accelerator programs under the Hub of Human Innovation in El Paso, Texas and Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.
Under funding support from the Emerging Technology Fund, she helped architect the first shared university proof of concept between Texas Tech University and University of Texas at El Paso. Rosalinda was featured in international documentaries on entrepreneurs for Romania and Kuwait, is a member of the Grant Professionals Association, the National Council of University Research Administration and the Association of University Technology Managers.
Her long term goals include leveraging her national network in Hispanic/Latino empowerment for the betterment of the region. Today, Rosalinda is positioning herself for transition into the investment world, via angel fund management. She is also Board Chair for the Paso del Norte Center of Hope, an organization that seeks to end modern day slavery (human trafficking) along the border and also supports the entrepreneurial nonprofit sector as a venture judge and donor.
Mark Frazer, Vice President RedSky
Mark Frazer is Vice President and part of the founding team at RedSky, a new healthcare innovation incubator and accelerator based in El Paso, TX. Mark has 23 years of experience working in complex product development across multiple industries, including telecommunications and medical systems. Mark also brings experience of working in several countries during his career, including the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany and the USA. Mark spent the first 13 years of his career at Marconi plc based in London, UK, and then later in its Washington DC office. In his final position Mark worked at the corporate center of the company for the Chief Technology Officer, spanning multiple divisions to enhance global innovation and software engineering capabilities. Before accepting his current position at RedSky, Mark worked at Welch Allyn for 10 years. He worked across multiple disciplines at the director level, including Research and Development, Corporate Strategy and Business Development, and Global Marketing. His final position at Welch Allyn was to lead a strategic initiative in telehealth. Mark was also instrumental in the startup of Welch Ally's medical innovation subsidiary, Blue Highway. With a similar business model to RedSky, Mark helped the CEO create the business strategy and operating procedures at Blue Highway. This system was prolific in triaging and selecting healthcare innovations, and had an extreme hit-rate. Mark has a BSc. (Hons) degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering from the University of Birmingham in the UK. After two decades of continuing professional education, in 2012 Mark also obtained an MBA from the Simon Graduate School of Business (University of Rochester). Mark is currently an Affiliate Professor at the College of Business Administration for the University of Texas at El Paso. Mark also serves on the Advisory Board for the Trans-Pecos/El Paso Regional Center for Innovation and Commercialization, housed within the Texas Tech University System. Throughout his career, Mark has been instrumental in business acquisitions exceeding $4BN, and has been recognized for his work in improving the effectiveness and efficiency of engineering operations creating incremental value exceeding $100M, having presented findings at private internal conferences at Marconi plc and Welch Allyn and in public over several years at Software Engineering Institute (SEI) conferences, which is part of Carnegie Mellon University.
Jody Casey, GE Energy Management
Jody Casey, an industrial business manager by training, has been working for GE for 14 years, primarily in the Energy Industry. She is experienced in aligning GE’s expertise with customer needs in order to build solutions for complex business problems. She is adept in structuring, negotiating, and executing high value deals in the energy industry, particularly in power generation and smart grid, and has led international teams in Europe and South America.
Jody started her career with GE in 1999 while completing her last year at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she received a BS in Management with High Honors. In 2000 Jody accepted a position into one of GE’s world-renown management training programs, the Technical Sales Leadership Program. During this time she was given an integration assignment in a newly acquired wind energy business in London where she renegotiated former contracts across the UK and Turkey and led the sales integration of the London offices. Immediately after her London assignment Jody worked in Los Angeles as the Account Manager for all gas, steam and coal turbine uprates in the region and was then promoted to lead a team of Six Sigma “black belts” in North and South America. After a move to GE Healthcare in the Diagnostic Imaging business, Jody returned to GE Energy in 2009 and she is currently a Business Development Manager in Smart Grid where she is commercializing ways for public power customers to modernize their grid systems.
Jody resides in El Paso, TX and is very committed to the bi-national region of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. She serves on the board of the Holocaust Museum and is appointed to the City of El Paso’s Bond Overview Advisory Committee. As the Co-chair of the Alternative Energy task force at Borderplex, Jody conceptualized and executed the Renewable Energy Symposium. She is a past board member of Community Scholars and has also participated in other local organizations such as the Junior League, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and Leadership El Paso. She is married to a third generation El Pasoan and is a mom to two awesome little boys.
Laura Bosworth, CEO TeVido Biodevices
Laura Bosworth is CEO and co-founder of TeVido™ BioDevices, an early stage biotech start-up developing innovative, tissue engineered medical devices for wound-healing, burns and reconstructive surgery.
Ms. Bosworth is a dynamic former Fortune 50 executive with over 24 years of cross-functional industry experience. With over 17 years in product, process and service development at both the engineering and marketing level, she has experience launching new business start-ups within a larger corporation. She has led numerous successful strategy efforts.
Ms. Bosworth has served with several applied entrepreneurship programs, mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs to develop their own high-growth (more than a $1 Million) companies. Ms. Bosworth is honored to serve as Chair for UTEP’s College of Engineering Advisory Board. In 2010, she led a task force that recommended a strategy to create a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship and is now involved in its implementation.
With a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso she started her career in manufacturing process development for IBM Austin. She quickly moved into management where she led custom software development projects and launched a Technical Marketing Center earning a General Manager’s Award for her contributions to sales. At Dell, she led organizations in building strategic business partnerships, software product marketing and created multiple technical sales support functions: enabling over $500M in sales. She launched a professional services business unit and has expertise in customer support services. Using her cross-functional and international experience, she developed corporate wide strategies that reduced operating costs by ~$120M and improved customer satisfaction by 40-50%.