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Entrepreneurs in Residence

Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIRs) are essential to the commercialization components of the PhD programs in Materials Science, Engineering and Commercialization, and Computer Science. EIRs perform many key functions in these doctoral programs:

  • Assist in the planning and execution of the two boot camps required for both PhD programs,

  • Mentor and advise the winning teams from boot camp 2 to polish their business plans and business pitches to try to enter and compete in external business plan competitions,

  • Advise teams on intellectual property assets,

  • Mentor and advise teams in transitioning into launching companies,

  • Serve as board member on the board of directors for companies that have launched from the program,

  • Occasionally serve as CEO or other officer in the companies that have launched to fill talent voids that exist in early stage startups,

  • Attend as an advisor at business competitions,

  • Assist in promoting the programs, raising support, and spreading the university‚Äôs reputation.

Meet the Experts

George Steinke

My role as Entrepreneur in Residence for the MSEC Ph.D. Program is mentoring and support of student's entrepreneurial ventures. My involvement starts at the very beginning when students are first considering a business idea and continues through development of the idea, business competitions and launch of the business. But it doesn't end there, I continue to remain engaged via board service, consulting and have also temporarily served in executive positions. In short, I feel that my mentoring role is to do what is necessary to make the students entrepreneurial endeavors a success.

Jeffrey Zhao

My role as Entrepreneur in Residence for the MSEC Ph.D. Program is to provide a fresh, technology-oriented perspective and help students develop critical skills necessary for success in today's startup ecosystem. As a design-oriented product owner, project manager, educator, and entrepreneur, I've helped build successful companies, teams, and projects from the ground up and taught others how to do the same. My approach to teaching involves learning by doing, fostering an environment of high standards, trust, and deliberate risk taking, and drawing from varied, interdisciplinary experiences. My goal is to supplement the wealth of professional, financial, and technical acumen brought by the Texas State faculty and students to give MSEC students the best possible chance of success.

Dan Roy

Dan Roy currently serves as Co-Director for the Center for Innovation an Entrepreneurship and as an Entrepreneur in Residence in the McCoy College of Business at Texas State University. He brings over 25 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur and executive, having built a premier staffing firm to local and regional prominence. He has earned a strong reputation for innovation and organizational development. He has a record of visionary leadership in such areas as education and economic and organizational development. Dan advises on organizational alignment, strategy and innovation. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board for private, independent K-8 Catholic School and serves as Advisory Director for the San Marcos region of Frost Bank, EIG, PrevioXR, LLC and the McCoy College of Business at Texas State University.