The staff, faculty and fellows who bring CIMS programs and services to life share a passion for understanding how successful innovation happens and then making that information accessible. Their diverse, front-line experience in both industry and academia as well as their eagerness to collaborate with universities, researchers, and industrial partners around the globe help distinguish CIMS from other organizations focused on innovation studies.

Alden S. Bean

Founder and Executive Director Emeritus

Dr. Alden S. Bean was the Executive Director of CIMS from 1984 to 2008. He founded the organization in 1984 at Lehigh University, where he had a long and distinguished career as a researcher and a Kenan professor. Prior to his Lehigh appointment, Dr. Bean spent 10 years with the National Science Foundation, and also served on the faculties of the University of Cincinnati, the State University of New York at Albany and Northwestern University.

Dr. Bean served on the National Technological University's Curriculum Committee and helped design the master's degree programs in MoT for both NTU and Lehigh University. He holds a Ph.D. in organization theory from Northwestern University. Contact: abean27@cox.net or 757-565-7717

Michelle L. Grainger

Managing Director Center for Innovation Management Studies (CIMS) NC State University Poole College of Management

Michelle L. Grainger has been with the Center for Innovation Management Studies at NC State’s Poole College of Management since 2000. She brings a wealth of organizational and communication skills to the Managing Director's role and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of CIMS. Ms. Grainger’s work includes planning workshops and twice-yearly sponsors meeting, as well as serving as CIMS’ primary liaison with its researchers and corporate sponsors.

A native of Cary, NC, who has traveled extensively, Ms. Grainger holds a B.S. in business management and a B.A. in communications from N.C. State University.

Paul Mugge

Executive Director, Center for Innovation Management Studies (CIMS) Innovation Professor NC State University, Poole College of Management

Mr. Paul Mugge is an Innovation Professor and Executive Director for Center of Innovation Management Studies at NC State University. He spent more than 35 years developing products and services for IBM. His past experience working in the product development field taught him that the way products are developed is more than “Good Engineering.” Innovation is the result of informed, cross-disciplinary teams working toward a common purpose and supported with world class processes and tools. Mugge spearheaded the task force that created the ThinkPad personal computer in 1992. He received the IBM Chairman’s Award from Lou V. Gerstner for the re-engineering of its hardware and software business.

At IBM, Mr. Mugge was part of a team that developed the industry’s first capability to simulate, test and manufacture VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration) circuit, and also served on the design team that pioneered IBM’s first self-diagnosing, self-healing computing system. Mr. Mugge received the IBM Innovation Achievement Award for the overall design and program management of the company’s first rack-mounted, “supermini-mainframe,” the IBM 9370.