Speaker March 10th: Dr. Lisa Friis. Join the University of Kansas (KU) Center for Technology and Commercialization Center (KUCTC) for a conversation with Lisa Friis, Ph.D., Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the KU School of Engineering. Dr. Friis’ main research interests are in biomaterials and biomechanics, with an emphasis on spine biomechanics and mechanical testing and design of implants. She has led several efforts at KU to incorporate technology entrepreneurship education.
Dr. Friis joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2001. Before coming to KU, she was a Research Scientist at the Orthopaedic Research Institute from 1987 to 2001. Dr. Friis helped develop the Product Design and Development track in the KU Bioengineering Graduate program and has served as its Co-Director since 2007. She has received several teaching awards, including the KU Outstanding Woman Educator Award in 2007 and a Kemper Fellowship in 2006. Dr. Friis has led several efforts at KU to incorporate technology entrepreneurship education into the engineering curriculum.
Dr. Friis serves on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Biomedical Materials Research – Part A since 2007. In 2004, Dr. Friis was a Kauffman Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholar and was in the charter class of an entrepreneurial development program (PIPELINE) in 2007. She served as the Director of the Graduate Fellowship Program for the Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation from 2009 to 2011. Dr. Friis has received several National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health Small Business Innovation Research awards and has licensed technologies that are currently commercialized.
About Meet the Entrepreneur: Meet the Entrepreneur is a series organized by the KU Center for Technology Commercialization aimed at educating faculty, staff, and students on the how-tos of becoming an entrepreneur. These monthly lunch-and-learn sessions will spotlight entrepreneurs from a variety of backgrounds as they share the paths taken on their road to building a startup company. The goal of these series is to share the strategies and success stories of those who have pursued discoveries in pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, medical devices, health-related information technologies, and much more. The seminars will also be a way to foster opportunities for collaboration between existing companies and faculty, staff, and students as we strive to further our research mission.