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”.

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.

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 at TLI.


Mark Sanders

Donald Osell - Gemini Chair in 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.