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August 29, 2002

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Rick LeFaivre

Rick LeFaivre has been named Executive Director of the William J. von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement (von Liebig Center) at the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering. LeFaivre brings more than 30 years of experience in computer technology R&D, executive management, and entrepreneurism, most recently as co-founder of San Diego-based IdeaEdge Ventures.

Established in 2001, the mission of the von Liebig Center is to foster commercialization of UCSD Jacobs School research and to prepare engineering students for the entrepreneurial workplace.

“We are truly pleased that Rick has accepted this position and are confident that his engineering background and entrepreneurial vision will enable the von Liebig Center to efficiently transfer innovative discoveries for the benefit of society,” said Frieder Seible, interim dean of the Jacobs School.

LeFaivre joins the professional staff of the von Liebig Center including Abi Barrow, managing director; Joseph Bear, deputy director and Jack Savidge, deputy director.

“I am extremely excited about working with the von Liebig Center team and the faculty of the Jacobs School to build a world-class resource focused on the commercialization of advanced technology,” said LeFaivre. “The technologies under development in the Jacobs School and its associated research institutes, and the entrepreneurial spirit of the San Diego region, create a unique and very exciting opportunity.”

LeFaivre received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Wisconsin, and was a faculty member in Rutgers’ computer science department where he conducted research on artificial intelligence and advanced programming technology.

Subsequent to his academic career, LeFaivre spent 11 years as director of Computing and Visual Systems Research at Tektronix. In 1989 he moved to Silicon Valley, spending the next 10 years as an R&D executive at several high-technology firms, including Sun Microsystems (director of Windows and Graphics Systems), Silicon Graphics Computer Systems (vice president of engineering for Network Systems), Borland International (senior vice president of R&D and CTO), and Apple Computer, where he spent five years as director and then vice president of Apple's renowned Advanced Technology Group. His responsibilities have included overseeing international R&D centers in France, Germany, Belgium, Singapore, Japan and Australia.

Recently, LeFaivre helped incubate new ventures in the San Diego area, initially with Gateway, and then as a founder of IdeaEdge Ventures, a venture development firm focused on the mobile Internet industry. He has served on a number of industry and academic advisory boards, including the Council of Chief Technology Officers of the Computer Systems Policy Project, the Information Technology Industry Council, the Software Patent Institute (founder), the Computer Science Research Network, and the IEEE Technical Committee on Machine Intelligence and Pattern Analysis. He has been invited to speak at numerous conferences, written extensively about technology trends and developments and has testified before the Congress of the United States on matters of technology policy.

To learn more about the von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement, go to

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