Silicon Valley Program Faculty and Staff

Darren Filson 

Darren Filson, Ph.D.

ECON 65/165 CM: Innovation Management / Industrial Organization (Spring 2017; Fall 2017)
ECON 98/198 CM: Independent Study on Organizing for Innovation / Innovation Management (Spring 2017; Fall 2017)
INT 030 CM: Internship (Spring 2017; Fall 2017)

Professor Filson is the Academic Director of the Silicon Valley Program and Professor of Economics at Claremont McKenna College. In addition to “Industrial Organization,” he has taught courses in the application of behavioral game theory, the economics of innovation, managerial economics, mathematical economics, sociological economics, and statistics, among many graduate-level courses in economics, game theory, and the application of these disciplines to life sciences. 

Professor Filson earned his B.A. with double honors in economics and political studies from the University of Saskatchewan, and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Rochester. A member of the CMC faculty since 2007, he also serves as the Director of Graduate Programs for the Robert A. Day School of Economics and Finance.

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Ron Riggio

SVP 100 CM: Special Topics in Silicon Valley - Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley (Spring 2017; Fall 2017)

Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D. is the Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology at Claremont McKenna College. He also co-teaches the new Leadership course in Silicon Valley with Professor Conger and Adjunct Professor Thompson. Dr. Riggio’s research interests center on charismatic and transformational leadership, nonverbal and verbal communication skills, and the development of leadership potential across the lifespan. He has published nearly two-dozen authored or edited books and more than 150 articles and book chapters. He has also served as a consultant to dozens of organizations, large and small, across the business, education, and non-profit sectors. He is the co-editor, along with Georgia Sorenson, of the Routledge/Taylor & Francis book series: Leadership: Research and Practice.

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​Mariam Salloum

ECON 128 CM: Data Science (Fall 2017)

Mariam Salloum is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Claremont McKenna College (CMC). Her area of research is on data integration, specifically of topics related to record linkage, data fusion, and source selection.
Before joining CMC, Salloum was a Visiting Professor at Boston College (2015-2016). She has worked in industry as a Data Scientist at YP.com (2015 - 2012) and as a Member of Technical Staff at Northrop Grumman (2012-2011 & 2008-2005). Salloum received her Ph.D. from the Dept. of Computer and Science Engineering at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). While at UCR, she was a member of the Database Lab, working with Prof. Vassilis Tsotras. The title of her thesis is "Query Answering in Integrated Systems." She received her Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Cal Poly Pomona.


Scott Sherman

SVP 100 CM: Special Topics in Silicon Valley - Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley (Spring 2017; Fall 2017)

Scott Sherman is an expert on the most effective ways that people succeed in their attempts to make an impact – whether working for public health, the environment, or economic prosperity. He is currently writing a book summarizing his research, How We Win: The Science of Making the World a Better Place. Over the last decade, Sherman has taught courses on social entrepreneurship and social innovation at numerous universities, including Yale, Princeton, and Penn. In 2005, Sherman co-founded an award-winning social enterprise, the Transformative Action Institute (TAI). The mission of TAI is to train the next generation of social entrepreneurs, innovators, and change makers for the 21st century.That year, he won the international Echoing Green competition, which recognized him as one of the world’s “best emerging social entrepreneurs.” Sherman has also won awards from Ashoka U for excellence and innovation in teaching social entrepreneurship. In 2016, his social enterprise was part of the inaugural class inducated into Ashoka U’s Hall of Fame. His curricula and workshops have been used at more than 50 campuses across the United States from Harvard and Penn to Stanford and UCLA. His programs have also been used in dozens of nations around the world from Europe to Latin America, and from Africa to Asia. Sherman earned his undergraduate and law degrees from U.C. Berkeley, as well as his Ph.D. in environmental studies from the University of Michigan.
 

Janet Kiholm Smith 

ECON 199 CM: New Venture Development (Fall 2017)

Janet Kiholm Smith is the Von Tobel Professor of Economics at Claremont McKenna College and Director of the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. She received a Ph.D. in economics from UCLA, and has been on the faculties of Arizona State University, University of Southern California, and Oberlin College. At CMC, she has served as Chair of the Department of Economics, Director of the Financial Economics Institute, and the founding Dean of the Robert Day School. She is coauthor of Entrepreneurial Finance: Strategy, Valuation and Deal Structure (Stanford U Press), with translations into Japanese and Chinese. She is the author of numerous journal articles on topics ranging from IPO pricing to corporate philanthropy, including publications The Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial & Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Legal Studies, Journal of Law, Economics & Organization, Journal of Industrial Economics, Journal of Banking and Finance. Current research interests are in the areas of new venture finance, investment behavior of not-for-profit institutions, and behavioral aspects of risk-taking. She teaches courses on entrepreneurial finance, strategy, and a practicum on new venture development

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Sara Thompson

SVP 100 CM: Special Topics in Silicon Valley - Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley (Spring 2017; Fall 2017)

With 17 years of facilitation experience for college and high school programs, Sara Thompson, Ph.D. serves as Director of Leadership Programs and an instructor for two leadership courses. Sara is at the forefront of KLI’s efforts on campus by leading and facilitating core offerings such as the Sophomore Leadership Experience, Team Retreat, Unscripted: Your CMC Narrative, and the Women’s Leadership Workshop. In addition, Sara partners with key groups on campus such as athletics, dean of students, and resident assistants throughout the year to work with students in the contexts that matter to them most, to overcome obstacles, and to develop their leadership potential. In LEAD 10, Dr. Thompson provides students with a solid foundation on how leadership is defined, viewed, and studied by reviewing conceptualizations and theories of leaders and leadership. She also co-teaches Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley with Professors Riggio and Conger. Most recently, Dr. Thompson co-edited with Rebecca Reichard, “Leader Developmental Readiness: Pursuit of Leadership Excellence” (2016). Sara’s role at KLI allows her to do what she does best, help students build self-confidence and see their leadership potential.

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Angela Vossmeyer​


ECON 128 CM: Data Science (Fall 2017)

Angeles Vossmeyer is an assistant professor of the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance. She joined the RDS department in 2015 after receiving her Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Irvine. Her research interests include: econometrics, Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC), and banking.

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Andrew Ceperley

Silicon Valley Program Director

Andrew Ceperley joined Claremont McKenna College as its second Director of the Silicon Valley Program in February 2016.  A long time higher education practitioner dedicated to the professional outcomes of the college educated, Andy has worked with students, faculty, alumni, and employers to strengthen the connection between classroom learning and workplace readiness. Prior to joining the CMC community, Andy served as Interim Associate Provost and Consultant for Career and Professional Development at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.  Other roles include Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Director of the Career Services Center at UC San Diego; Associate Dean and Director of Santa Clara University’s Career Center; and leadership roles at UT-Austin and the University of Virginia.  Andy was also retained by the University of Melbourne in Australia to lead a campus-wide project on the re-establishment of the institution’s decentralized career initiatives.  Currently, he serves as a consultant for the University of Michigan’s William Davidson Institute, an organization focused largely on capacity-building employability projects for developing nations.  Andy has consulted with many schools throughout the country, including the University of Arizona, the University of Pennsylvania, Michigan Tech, and Occidental College.  Andy is active as a speaker, writer, and member of NACE, the National Association of Colleges and Employers.  He served on the NACE Board for six years, and in 2012-13 Andy was the first to serve as NACE President from a campus outside the United States.  Originally from Philadelphia, Andy earned a BS in Business Administration from the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech and an MA in Communication from the University of Virginia.

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Nereida Moussa

Silicon Valley Program Coordinator

Nereida Moussa serves as Program Coordinator for the Silicon Valley Program, working with the Director, students, CMC staff on campus and professional community to organize the Program’s initiatives and prepare students for their arrival. Additionally, she organizes the annual Evans ITAB Networking Trip to Silicon Valley each January. Nereida worked at the College Board’s San Jose regional office as Assistant Director, Professional Development and Operations. She held other positions at the College Board, as well as at Cisco. Nereida earned a professional certificate in event and meeting planning from San Francisco State, and a B.A. in theatre arts with an English concentration from San Jose State.

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