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

Lynda Aiman-Smith

Associate Professor

Dr. Lynda Aiman-Smith received her Ph.D. in organizational behavior and technology management from Purdue University in 1996. Before entering graduate school, she spent 13 years as a manager with a Silicon Valley company. She is currently conducting research on organizational culture in high-tech companies, examining how culture factors relate to recruiting, socialization, performance, and retention

Dr. Aiman-Smith's other research specialties include implementation issues, especially implementing new technology or implementing teams into organizations. Contact: lynda@ncsu.edu

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.

Richard E. Kouri, Ph.D.

Professor of Practice, Entrepreneurship Department of Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Executive Director, BioSciences Management Initiative NC State University, Poole College of Management

Dr. Richard Kouri joined the NC State Poole College of Management in 2006 to guide development of the biosciences management concentration in the college’s NC State Jenkins MBA program. He established the BioScience Management Initiative and, in 2008, the BioSciences Management Industry Advisory Board to provide counsel regarding curriculum development.

Kouri works closely with the Center for Innovation Management Studies (CIMS) and Executive Programs in the Poole College of Management to provide a unique education, outreach and research platform for Jenkins MBA students, other business schools, and bioscience companies.

Previously, Kouri was the Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He also has held academic positions at the University of Connecticut, Yale University and the University of Maryland. Kouri has co-founded 11 companies in the biotechnology space. He received his bachelor’s degree in microbiology from The Ohio State University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in radiation biology from the University of Tennessee. He was a fellow at Hoffman-LaRoche Pharmaceuticals, and is the author of 103 publications, 62 abstracts, and four books, and holds six patents.

Stephen Markham, Ph. D.

Associate Professor

Dr. Steve Markham was the first director of CIMS, serving from 2000 to 2005. He is currently an advisor to the Technology Commercialization Clinic. Before joining CIMS, Dr. Markham co-founded LipoMed, Inc., a biomedical company that uses NMR spectroscopy for lipoprotein analysis. He was also instrumental in the founding of LIPSinc, an animation software company that uses digital signal processing to automate lip synchronization, and Kyma, a material science company; all three firms are in Raleigh.

Dr. Markham's research focuses on the roles individuals play in developing and implementing high technology. He has an MBA from the University of California-Irvine, and his doctorate from Purdue University is in organizational behavior and human resource management. Contact: stephen_markham@ncsu.edu or 919-515-5592.