Endowed Chairs

The Technological Leadership Institute’s endowed chairs serve as leaders within our three graduate programs. They are faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in teaching, bring high-profile research capabilities and deliver expertise in business and industry.

Allison Hubel, PhD

Allison Hubel, PhD

H.W. Sweatt Chair in Technological Leadership

Dr. Hubel is the director of the Technological Leadership Institute and a professor in mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Hubel has studied both basic science and translational issues behind preservation. She pioneered the use of low-temperature Raman Spectroscopy to understand mechanisms of damage and protection during freezing. Hubel developed methods of preserving cells using combinations of naturally-occurring molecules, which led to the formation of her startup company, BlueCube Bio,  where she also serves as its Chief Science Officer. Dr. Hubel has published numerous scientific articles in the field of preservation and is the author of “Preservation of Cells: A Practical Manual”.

Mike Johnson

Mike Johnson

James J. Renier Chair in the Management of Security Technologies

Mike Johnson serves as the director of graduate studies for the Master of Science in Security Technologies degree program at TLI. He also develops, teaches and administers graduate-level courses in security technologies innovation, management and leadership, as well as participates in the development and delivery of customized short courses and professional development programs in response to industry needs. He brings more than 25 years of professional experience in security risk management, formerly serving as CISO and Operations Risk Director at Bremer Bank, and has gained broad skills in the areas of IT and information security risk management in a heavily regulated industry.

Alfred Marcus

Alfred Marcus, Ph.D.

Edson W. Spencer Chair in Strategic Management

Alfred Marcus teaches strategy, corporate responsibility and risk assessment classes at TLI, while focusing his research on clean tech venture capital and the emergence of economic clusters. He has consulted with numerous major corporations, including IBM, 3M and Xcel Energy, and has published numerous articles and books in his field. He also teaches classes at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

Dan Mooradian

Daniel Mooradian, Ph.D.

James J. Renier Chair in Technology Management

Daniel Mooradian is the founder and president of The Simpatico Group LLC, chief science officer at Innova Medical Design, chief science officer at Novum Therapeutics, and leads TLI’s newest graduate program in Medical Device Innovation. In addition to serving as director of graduate studies for this program, he leads partnerships and course offerings for students in the medical device industry.

Tariq Samad

Tariq Samad, Ph.D.

Honeywell/W.R. Sweatt Chair in Technology Management

Dr. Tariq Samad brings more than 30 years of professional experience, leadership and expertise to TLI. His corporate career was spent at Honeywell, where he focused on technology strategy and management, encompassing the end-to-end concept-to-commercialization pathway. He also has substantial experience in research and innovation globally, and works with TLI to pursue research interests in areas such as clean energy, advanced manufacturing and smart cities. Dr. Samad serves as the director of graduate studies for the Master of Science in Management of Technology degree program at TLI.


Mark Sanders

Gemini Chair in Engineering Entrepreneurship

Mark’s passion is working with curious people to become inspired and courageous agents of change.  He previously served as the Deputy Director of the Austin Technology Incubator at the University of Texas at Austin; the longest-running technology incubator in the United States. A successful entrepreneur, he founded a technology-led environmental remediation company which was acquired by a national firm.  Following the sale of his company, he spent time at Berkeley Lab in Silicon Valley commercializing technologies while also supporting UC Berkeley’s Lab to Market program.  

Steven Webster

Steven Webster

Edson W. Spencer Chair in Technology Management

Steven Webster brings 31 years of experience with 3M to TLI’s graduate programs. Teaching primarily innovation classes and leading the Management of Technology minor program, Webster has expertise in new product development and commercialization; technology foresight, planning and development; innovative organization and design and effectiveness; leadership development; global business; Six Sigma, display technology; consumer electronics and communications technology.