Diane F. Rucker, MBA

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Diane F. Rucker, MBA

TLI Faculty, Technological Leadership Institute



Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management, Cambridge, MA
Executive MBA Program

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
S.B. in Materials Science and Engineering


Diane F. Rucker is the executive director of University Enterprise Laboratories (UEL), a business incubator for early-stage ventures in biotechnology, medical health and life sciences. She has extensive experience in technology and innovation and has held leadership roles in innovation, engineering design, product management and technology transfer. Her experience includes a collaboration with MIT's Trust Center for Entrepreneurship and broad-based business and ecosystem experience around the world, including Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Diane is an active part of the growing Twin Cities entrepreneurial ecosystem, serving as a mentor for gener8tor, CleanTech Open, MIT 100K Competition, Technovation MN and Twin Cities Startup Week. She most recently served as the VP of Client Services for Carrot Health and has held leadership roles with Seagate and General Motors. She serves on several nonprofit boards, including Towerside Innovation District and Classical Actors Ensemble. She and her husband, Derek, live in Apple Valley with their three daughters.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Global team management
  • Technology development and scaling
  • Data analytics and visualization
  • Corporate and product strategy
  • Product design and development
  • Emerging markets
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship

Independent consultant with projects in analytics, data visualization, strategy, innovation and global entrepreuenrship.

Currently Teaching Courses
MOT 4001 (undergraduate course): Leadership, Professionalism and Business Basics for Engineers
MOT 8232: Managing Technological Innovation (guest speaker)