NSF Speakers Series: Andrea Belz



The Office of Research is hosting a National Science Foundation Speakers Series, beginning with Andrea Belz’s virtual lecture on Wednesday, April 6. 

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Abstract: “Invention to Impact”

National Science Foundation innovation programs move ideas from the lab to the marketplace and society, thereby strengthening the nation’s economy, health, and security. Learn how to translate fundamental research into broad impact through NSF programs focused on accelerating the transition. We will also discuss the concept of a new NSF directorate for technology, innovation, and partnerships (TIP) included in the fiscal year 2022 president’s budget request for NSF. The proposed TIP directorate builds upon the agency's commitment over seven decades to serve as a beacon of U.S. innovation, advancing the frontiers of research and education across all fields of science and engineering.


Belz joined the National Science Foundation (NSF) in May 2019 and has promoted America's Seed Fund powered by the NSF, the NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps™), partnerships for innovation, and Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC). Previously, Belz served as vice dean for technology innovation and entrepreneurship at in the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering, as well as entrepreneur-in-residence (technology) of industrial and systems engineering. She was previously a visiting professor of engineering and applied sciences at the California Institute of Technology. From 2014 to 2019, Belz was the founding director of Innovation Node-Los Angeles, a regional hub for the NSF I-Corps program. She has worked with many university startups and investors, most recently representing a major angel investing group on the board of a Caltech spinoff laser manufacturer until its acquisition in 2018. For nearly 20 years Belz has advised universities, corporations, and other organizations on commercialization opportunities as managing member of the Belz Consulting Group. Her recent research has focused on technology ventures, from startups through publicly funded launch programs to private funding. She has authored or co-authored dozens of refereed articles, peer-reviewed conference presentations, and proceedings on technical topics and innovation, and she authored a book on product development. Belz earned her bachelor's degree at the University of Maryland at College Park and doctoral degree at the Caltech, both in physics; she earned her master's degree in finance at Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business.

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