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Technology Leader Named Executive Director of von Liebig Center

Rick LeFaivre

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

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

Subsequently, LeFaivre spent 11 years as director of Computing and Visual Systems Research at Tektronix. In 1989 he moved to Silicon Valley and was an R&D executive at high-technology firms including Sun Microsystems, Silicon Graphics Computer Systems, and Borland International. He spent five years as director and then vice president of Apple’s renowned Advanced Technology Group. LeFaivre joins Abi Barrow, managing director, in leading the von Liebig Center.