Faculty Director

Manel Camps is Professor in Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology with a research program focused on the evolution of new biochemical activities, both at the level of single proteins (DNA repair and antibiotic resistance genes) and of bacterial genomes (plasmids, toxin-antitoxins).

Dr. Camps' training includes a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine degree (Autonomous University of Barcelona, 1993), a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology, working under John Boothroyd’s supervision (Stanford University, 2001), and six years of postdoctoral training with Dr. Lawrence A. Loeb at the University of Washington. He joined the Department of Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology at UCSC in 2007.

In 2014, Dr. Camps became Provost of Crown College, where he oversaw the development of a new educational program in I&E with the generous support of Crown alumni and of the UC Santa Cruz Foundation. This program includes service-learning opportunities, established through a partnership with GetVirtual, co-founded by Crown’s instructor Nada Miljkovic and entrepreneur Toby Corey. In July 2021, he was appointed Kapany Director of CIED. He looks forward to working with stakeholders on campus to build a dynamic and sustainable entrepreneurship community on campus that improves the diversity and volume of career development pathways available for UCSC students.

Having been a first-generation college student himself growing up in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Barcelona, Dr. Camps is acutely aware of the key role that university education plays for helping provide the social capital and support network necessary for involvement in entrepreneurship. Therefore, another key goal of his tenure as Director is supporting robust and inclusive innovation and entrepreneurship training programs for UCSC students.

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Program Manager

Nada Miljkovic is a UCSC Crown College Instructor developing many of the Crown I&E classes as well as the Lean Startup Bootcamp. She is CEO and co-founder of GetVirtual and founder of Artist on Art, LLC. She is also the Director of several nonprofits and has several radio shows. She comes to teaching after a career in project management.

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Entrepreneur in Residence

Andrea Carafa serves as Director of the Blackstone Launchpad powered by Techstars and as Rachel Carson College Lecturer at UCSC, and is a QB3 member. He was named a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and member of the Fast Company Impact Council, among others. He founded a consumer tech startup and a sustainability innovation venture, and conducted research and lectured about innovation at Stanford, CERN, Bocconi, and more.


Entrepreneur in Residence

Peter Koht joins CIED after a career that focused on the digital delivery of local government services. He was the founder of a successful govtech firm that went public in 2019. Prior to that he worked on broadband, parking and permitting policy for local government. Long ago, he graduated from UCSC with a dual major in music and history. 



Entrepreneur in Residence

Mothusi Pahl is the Vice President of Business Development at Modern Electron, a sustainable heat and power technology company that helps building owners and homeowners save money, reduce carbon emissions, and increase resiliency during power outages. His background spans entrepreneurship, advanced technology, industrial operations, and investment banking.

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