Skills Development Leadership Team

Allison HubelAllison Hubel, Ph.D., is Co-PI and MN-REACH Deputy Director spearheading the educational and skills development activities of MN-REACH. Dr. Hubel is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Biopreservation Core Resource (BioCoR), the nations only resource on preservation.  Her research in preservation has been translational and has resulted in numerous publications, several patents and the foundation of a small start-up company, Mesoflow, which is commercializing NIH-funded research in the field of preservation. Dr. Hubel also enjoys creating and implementing professional development courses with multidisciplinary themes and faculty and has been involved in programs for faculty development such as the Big Ten Women’s Workshop.

Carla PavoneCarla Pavone, Ph.D. is the Associate Director of the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship, with responsibility for MIN-Corps. In that capacity, she collaborates across the University of Minnesota to develop and deliver educational programs to accelerate commercialization of technologies based on University of Minnesota research.  Carla has had three careers:  in publishing and tech startups, in financial services (mainly leading internal corporate start-ups and turnarounds) and in academia.  She has taught entrepreneurship, strategy and innovation at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and the Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Carla has a BA in biology from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a PhD in business administration from the University of Minnesota.

Kirk FroggattKirk Froggatt holds the Gemini Chair in Technology Management at the University of Minnesota’s Technological Leadership Institute where he teaches courses in innovation leadership and organization effectiveness. Prior to joining TLI in 2012, Kirk spent 27 years in senior talent management, leadership development and organization effectiveness roles at HP, Silicon Graphics, Yahoo!, Agilent Technologies and Ecolab.  The common theme throughout Kirk’s career has been helping technical professionals become more effective innovation leaders who can build teams to translate technical ideas into customer solutions and business models that generate profitable growth.