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Andrea Belz

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Entrepreneur in Residence (Technology) and Professor of Engineering Practice and Industrial and Systems Engineering Practice


  • Doctoral Degree, Physics, California Institute of Technology
  • Master's Degree, Finance, Pepperdine University
  • Bachelor's Degree, Physics, University of Maryland College Park


Andrea Belz, an expert in transforming innovation into profit, serves as the Vice Dean, Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship, at USC Viterbi. She is the Director of Innovation Node-Los Angeles, one of the national centers of the National Science Foundation's Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program. Previously she held faculty appointments at USC at the Viterbi School of Engineering, the Iovine and Young Academy at the Roski School of Design, and the Marshall School of Business, as well as serving as Visiting Professor of Engineering at the California Institute of Technology.
Through her consulting practice, Dr. Belz has accelerated spinup efforts at some of the world's most innovative organizations, including Avery Dennison, BP, Caltech, Occidental Petroleum, Raytheon, and UCLA. She consulted as a systems engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory for ten years, developing technology roadmaps for solar system exploration. She serves on the Board of Directors of Caltech spinoff Ondax and as Managing Director of the intellectual property strategy consultancy Kinetic Intelligence. She holds a PhD in experimental nuclear physics from the California Institute of Technology and a BS in physics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Research Summary

** We are looking for great post-doctoral candidates! If you have a PhD in systems engineering, economics, or technology management and are looking for exciting projects, email viterbi-innovation@usc.edu! **

Dr. Belz's research program, Management of INnovation: Entrepreneurial Research and Venture Analysis (MINERVA), tracks technology ventures from early emergence through publicly funded launch programs (including I-Corps and the Small Business Innovation Research program) and on to private funding. The MINERVA projects are:

Accelerating Commercialization of Collegiate Engineering and Science Survey (ACCESS)

Startup Progress in Formation and Financing after I-Corps (SPIFFI)

SBIR: Commercialization, Invention, and Financing Innovation (SCIFI)

ENtrepreneurial COnfidence and UNderstanding TEchnology Readiness (ENCOUNTER)

Portfolio of Real Options of SBIRs for Probabilistic Estimate of Returns (PROSPER)

Financing Online of UNiversity Technology And INnovative Startups (FOUNTAINS)

She has also worked extensively in developing innovation education and assessment programs through Project PALISADES (Promote, Accelerate, and Launch Innovation in the Security, Aerospace, and DEfense Sectors). Partners of Project PALISADES include:

- Air Force Research Laboratory
- Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- Department of Defense MD5 - National Security Technology Accelerator
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- National Science Foundation
- Northrop Grumman Corporation
- Raytheon Vision Systems
- SPIE (formerly Society of Photoinstrumentation Engineers)

  • Deans Office

  • OHE 200
  • Olin Hall of Engineering
  • 3650 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 1450

Contact Information
  • (213) 821-0829
  • abelz@usc.edu


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