Foster Center for Student Innovation

Faculty

Margo Lukens

Margo Lukens

Co-Director of Academic Programs
Innovation Engineering Faculty, All INV Courses

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  • Phone: 207.581.1401

Margo Lukens is associate professor of English and director of academic programs in Innovation Engineering at the University of Maine. Since 2005 Professor Lukens has been working on the development of the groundbreaking INV curriculum, and shaping the programs available to UMaine students. Professor Lukens, former chair of the University of Maine Department of English, also co-directs the University’s Foster Center for Student Innovation, helping students from all major fields and specializations become innovators and entrepreneurs. Since 2010 she has overseen the training of faculty in the University of Maine System (and beyond) in the teaching of Innovation Engineering® courses.

Her work has included producing and directing Native American plays on campus and in the region, and generally working to make things real whenever possible. She is a founding member of the Radcliffe Pitches, the Orono Community Theatre, the Stillwater Community Arts organization, and the band Velma: “the love child of Ella Fitzgerald and Lyle Lovett.”


 
Renee Kelly

Renee Kelly

Co-Director of Programs, Operations and Outreach
Adjunct Faculty INV 401, 510 & 511

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Renee Kelly is director of economic development initiatives for the University of Maine. Her duties include serving as a liaison to the state’s economic development community and identifying opportunities for the University to partner with state, regional and local organizations to improve Maine’s economy. She also co-directs the Foster Center for Student Innovation, which helps students become innovators and entrepreneurs, and leads the development of the Center’s groundbreaking Innovation Engineering® programs for students and businesses. In addition, she teaches advanced courses in the innovation engineering program and regularly consults with businesses to help them innovate new products, services, processes and business models. She also serves on the boards of several economic development and service organizations, including serving the state as a trustee for the Maine Rural Development Authority and a member of the State Workforce Investment Board.


 
Angela Marcolini

Angela Marcolini

Innovation Engineering Outreach Coordinator
Adjunct Faculty, INV 180 & 282

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  • Phone: 207.581.1429

Angela Marcolini is the Innovation Engineering Outreach Coordinator at the University of Maine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation. She has been active in creating Innovation Engineering course curricula and programming at both the K-12 and postsecondary levels. Her current projects include providing support to institutions that are licensing the Innovation Engineering curriculum as well as collaborating with local schools and organizations to develop meaningful educational experiences in both physical and virtual environments.  Angela received a bachelor's in English from Coastal Carolina University and went on to earn a master's in English and a graduate certificate in Innovation Engineering from the University of Maine.  Angela is also the current chair the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce’s Building Bridges steering committee.


 

James BeaupreJames Beaupré, Ph.D.
Innovation Engineer
Adjunct Faculty INV 392

(207) 581-1345
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James is the University of Maine’s Innovation Engineer, the first such engineer world wide.  Currently, in addition to creating, communicating and commercialize meaningfully unique ideas for the University of Maine, he instructs courses in Innovation Engineering and Chemical Engineering. His scientific background is in paper making processes specifically in water removal and is a patented inventor in the field. James has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maine (2007) and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maine (2012).