The Skandalaris Center team is committed to inspiring and developing Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship at Washington University in St. Louis.

Managing Director, Assistant Vice Provost for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

II ("two") joined the Skandalaris Center after spending the past seven years leading Villanova University's Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship efforts. II is no stranger to WashU—he was part of the Skandalaris Center team from 2007-2011 before heading east.  
Dogukan Adiguzel

Industrial Engineer

Dogukan Adiguzel is an Industrial Engineer at Skandalaris Center. He graduated from Bogazici University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering. He was a business management exchange student at Washington University Olin Business School in 2014. At the Skandalaris Center, he utilizes his knowledge in accounting, product development, and analysis to help develop, a financial modeling and education tool for startups and prospective entrepreneurs. He co-founded a mobile applications and web services startup in 2016. In this free time, he enjoys taking photos from all around the world.

Database Analyst

Woonchan Cho is a data analyst at Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He joined Washington University Olin Business School in 2015 and earned an MBA degree in 2017. Before devoting his work full-time to the Center, He worked as a software developer and technology project manager in financial institutions for 7 years. Utilizing knowledge in finance, software development and big data, he is implementing a financial modeling and education tool to help early-stage and prospective entrepreneurs to establish the financial projections for their companies.

Ascend Grant Manager

Natasha supports the Center's Diversity and Inclusion efforts by leading our Ascend planning grant from the JP Morgan Foundation which is focused on support systems for women and people of color active in the entrepreneurial space. Natasha is concurrently the Vice President of Professional Services & Resources, Inc., a family-owned business which was incorporated in 1987. She also serves as President of PSRI Technologies, LLC which she founded in 2001. Natasha has a PhD in Management and Sustainable Systems with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship from Case Western Reserve University and holds the distinction of being a Fellow for the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit.  Her research interests include: race, gender and faith-based entrepreneurship.

Assistant Director of LEAP and Research Innovation

Tom Krenning is a registered patent agent and project manager for various members of the St. Louis Innovation Community (BioGenerator, Euclises Pharmaceuticals, KaloCyte) and now focuses on engendering a culture of innovation and execution of product development with Washington University faculty through Skandalaris’ LEAP educational & translational program. Tom worked as a synthetic chemist for the Center for World Health and Medicine and has their Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry from Saint Louis University.

Entrepreneur Fellow

Che-Pei (Pat) Kung obtained his PhD degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying tumorigenic mechanisms mediated by Epstein-Barr virus. After graduation, Pat first worked at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia, where he identified genetic variations in the tumor suppressor protein p53 that regulate the development of both cancers and diabetes. He is now a TL1 postdoctoral research scholar at Washington University School of Medicine, conducting translational research to develop novel therapeutic approaches in hard-to-treat breast cancers. He is also an entrepreneur fellow at the Skandalaris Center, assisting with applications for SBIR/STTR small business grant mechanisms from the Washington University community.

Office Coordinator

Erin graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. She started work at Washington University in St. Louis in August 2013 and joined the Skandalaris Center in March 2018. Erin brings with her experience in event management, administrative coordinating, and an appreciation for creativity and innovation from an entrepreneurial perspective. In her free time, Erin enjoys spending time with her family and dog Remy, traveling, exploring new restaurants, and reading.
James Sorrell

Assistant Director of Venture Development

James Sorrell is an Assistant Director with the Skandalaris Center primarily focused on assisting young entrepreneurs navigate the world of creating and running startups. His primary focuses are consumer software, hardware, and biotechnology. James has co-founded several startups, including Pro-Arc Diagnostics, a local biotech company that developed a blood-based diagnostic. Previously, he was a consultant and officer with The BALSA Group and a lab coordinator at the Washington University School of Medicine, focusing on traumatic brain injury and subarachnoid hemorrhage. James writes about entrepreneurship on Medium, and in his free time he is an amateur iOS developer and avid baker.

Assistant Director of Programs

Jessica graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 2006 earning a bachelor of arts degree in Communications. She joined the Skandalaris Center in 2014 after five years with the WUSTL Career Center. She earned a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Washington University in 2013. Jessica brings the skills and experience she gained from advising students in the Career Center to the Skandalaris Center to work with students and campus colleagues interested in entrepreneurship. She directs the Center's diversity and inclusion initiatives, plans and executes 3 major annual programs, recruits mentors & manages logistics for the Hatchery Class, advises students on getting involved with the Skandalaris Center, and tracks data for the Princeton Review survey on entrepreneurship. She also manages the student assistants and is a 4-year advisor for Arts & Sciences students. When not working, Jessica enjoys traveling, reading, practicing yoga, and hiking.