Dr. Nina Polok Executive Director


Nina Polok is the Program Executive for the Bachelor of Innovation™ at UCCS. Nina is uniquely qualified to take on this role. She has most recently worked at Agilent Technologies as the Business HR Manager for a global business unit, responsible for driving cross-functional and cross-organizational collaboration across 2000 people in 25 countries. Prior to joining Agilent, Nina was a visiting associate professor in the College of Business at the UCCS, with a reputation for her ability to show students how conceptual information relates to actual business experience across 16 different courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She also led the startup phase of the distance MBA in the College. Prior industry experience in high tech companies and small businesses plus consulting in leadership and organization development round out Nina’s extensive experience. Nina holds a BS degree in Aerospace Engineering, an MBA in Information Systems, and a PhD in Strategy, Organization, and Management with emphasis in Organizational Change and Development.

Dr. Terrance E. Boult Co-director in College of Engineering

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Dr. Terrance E. Boult is the visionary behind the Bachelor of Innovation as well as the El Pomar Endowed Chair of Innovation and Security and a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Dr. Boult runs the Vision and Security Technology Lab (VAST lab), which conducts student-assisted research projects in Security including surveillance, biometrics, sensor networks, and distributed steganalaysis and general projects in computer vision. Dr. Boult works closely with The El Pomar Instititue for Innovation and Commercialization, assisting creative individuals and organizations in transforming innovative ideas into economic opportunity.

Dr. Boult is also a serial entrepreneur being part of  three companies  that developed technology and produced at least 7 million in revenue each, as well as multiple other entrepreneurial  learning experiences. With over 200 papers, 13 patents, and 4 patents-pending, Dr. Boult brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Bachelor of Innovation. He designed and has taught each course in the BI core — and could end up in just about any course where he is needed.

Dr. Greg Stock  Co-Director in College of Business

Gregory Sstocktock is currently Associate Professor in the College of Business at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS), where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in technology and operations management. He is also Co-Director of the Bachelor of Innovation program. He received his BSE and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Duke University and his PhD degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina. Prior to beginning his academic career, he held design and development engineering positions in a variety of high-technology industries, including computer graphics, data communications, and wireless telecommunications. He has also served on the faculties of the University of Hartford, Arizona State University West, Hofstra University, and Northern Illinois University. In addition, he has served as visiting professor in the MBA program at the China-Europe International Business School.

Dr. Stock’s research interests include technology management, new product development, healthcare operations, and supply chain management. His work has been published in the Journal of Product Innovation Management, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of High Technology Management Research, Technovation, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, Quality Management Journal, and Production and Inventory Management Journal. Dr. Stock is a member of the Product Development and Management Association, the Academy of Management, the Decision Sciences Institute, the Production and Operations Management Society, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Dr. Lissanna Follari Co-director in College of Education

Follari pic - Copy - CopyDr. Lissanna Follari has been working with and for young children and families for 23 years, beginning as a teacher of infants through the elementary grades, and most recently as an ECE teacher educator for the past 14 years. Her work focuses on innovative approaches to inclusive early care and education. She actively participates with numerous community agencies and schools advocating for high quality practices in ECE. She has authored two books: Foundations and Best Practices in ECE and Valuing Diversity in Early Childhood. She current serves as faculty and Director of the Bachelor of Innovation in Inclusive Early Childhood Education at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.


Glen Whitehead, D.M.A: Co-director in College of Letters Arts & Science and Director and Associate Professor Trumpet / Composition / Improvisation / Interdisciplinary Art

Glen Whitehead is a new music trumpet artist, improviser and sound artist working in classical, jazz, and contemporary music settings, electro-acoustic composition, and interdisciplinary projects across the arts. His professional background spans a wide body of work over two decades as principal trumpet in professional orchestras, professional brass quintets, jazz ensembles, free improvisation and electronic music groups, and as an electric bassist, vocalist, lyricist and song-writer in the progressive rock world. He is the Director of Music and Associate Professor at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) and won the Innovations in Teaching with Technology award at UCCS and the Big Idea Award with Peak FreQuency in 2016 from the Pikes Peak Arts Council. He is the Artistic Director of the Peak FreQuency Creative Arts, Director of Performance of the environmental arts organization, EcoSono (http://www.ecosono.org), and he holds the Principal Trumpet chair in the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs.


Colleen Stiles: Co-director for Strategic Alliances and Partnerships

colleenColleen Stiles currently serves as an Instructor at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs in the Bachelor of Innovation™(BI) Degree Program. Colleen teaches Innovation Core classes: Introduction to Entrepreneurism, The Innovation Process, and upper division teams courses. In addition, Colleen serves as the Co-Director of BI Strategic Alliances. Colleen is a doctoral candidate in the UCCS Educational Leadership program. Ms. Stiles brings real world experiences into her classroom.

She is past principal of Quoin Consulting, a firm specializing in philanthropy and business strategy. With more than 25 years experience in leading corporations through change and new technology market expansion, Ms. Stiles has built a reputation on her unique, all-out-massive action approach to business development and implementation. Her expertise in forming strategic alliances and partnerships has proven to be a strategic tool in helping companies and organizations build capacity while ensuring scalability and sustainable expansion. Stiles has also built and sold three companies.

Colleen is a social entrepreneur at heart. She has worked internationally on NGO sustainability and capacity building issues. Working with corporations, family foundations, and non-profits, Ms. Stiles has received acclaim for her work in increasing the accountability of United Way of America and other prominent not-for-profit organizations. A past CEO of two United Ways and an international non-profit, Colleen is a Kellogg National Leadership Fellow and a past board member of the Kellogg Fellow Leadership Alliance.
A past Vice President of Institutional Advancement for the College of St. Benedict and guest lecturer, Ms. Stiles has served as faculty for St. Cloud State University graduate program in Human Relations, undergraduate faculty for business and communication, interpersonal communication. She has also served on the faculty of Wake Forest University in Communication and Rhetoric.

Dr. Rory Lewis: BI Faculty and Computer Science

rory lewis 2015Dr. Rory Lewis is an Assistant Professor with the Bachelor of Innovation at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado Denver’s Anschutz Medical Campus. In addition to teaching, Dr. Lewis has written several books on computer programming.

For the past five years, Dr. Lewis has worked under the guidance of Dr. Zbigniew Raś in Knowledge Discovery and Music Information Retrieval (MIR). In Law, he worked as an associate VLSI legal litigation analyst on the AMD vs. Intel case at both Fulbright & Jaworski in Austin and Skjerven Morrill in San Francisco. Dr. Lewis teaches students in Computer Science and in the Business Innovation Program.

Dr. Lewis also holds a Jurist Doctorate in Law and a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University.

Dr. Tim Chamillard: BI GDD Faculty and Computer Science

timDr. Chamillard attended Georgia Institute of Technology where he received his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering in 1987, and graduated with highest honors. He then went to the University of Southern California and the University of Massachusetts where he received his Master of Science in Computer Engineering and his Ph.D. in Computer Science, in 1990 and 1996, respectively. He taught at the Air Force Academy for 10 years before joining the Computer Science Department at UCCS in 2003. Dr. Chamillard has done Project Management and Consulting work for the Defense Contract Management Agency at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and for the Air Force Satellite Control Network at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California.

Dr. Chamillard’s primary research area is computer science education in two major areas: student performance prediction techniques and the relationship between student learning styles and student performance. In the software engineering area, he is examining a number of different topics, including software metrics, dependency analysis, and software process improvement.

Dr.  Jonathan Ventura: BI and Computer Science

jventura_smallDr. Ventura is a native of the central coast of California and earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from UCSB, as well. Before joining the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, he was a postdoctoral researcher with the Institute for Computer Graphics and Vision at Graz University of Technology in Austria. He has also worked as a research intern at the Adobe Advanced Technologies Lab in San Jose, CA. He has presented his work at several top international conferences and journals, including IEEE CVPR, ECCV, ACM SIGGRAPH, IEEE ISMAR, and IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. Joint work with his colleagues has twice been awarded the best paper prize from IEEE ISMAR, the premier international augmented reality conference.

Dana Wortman: BI GDD  and Computer Science

Dandanaa Wortman is an Instructor in the Game Design and Development program within the Bachelor of Innovation™ at UCCS.  Before coming to UCCS, Ms. Wortman served as Department Chair over Web Design and Interactive Media, Game Art and Design, and Visual and Game Programming at The Art Institute of Washington in Arlington, Virginia.  Prior to serving as chair, she taught Computer Science at Frostburg State University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Within industry, Ms. Wortman has worked with Microsoft, The Motley Fool, Digital System Resources, and General Electric – Fanuc (GE-Fanuc).  While at Microsoft, Ms. Wortman worked as a PC game tester, a Software Design Engineer in Test for the VC++ compiler, and as the Student Representative at the University of Virginia while she completed her Master’s degree. Ms. Wortman holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science from the University of Virginia and is completing her PhD Dissertation at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County also in Computer Science under the supervision of Dr. Penny Rheingans.  Her dissertation is entitled “Visualizing Sequential Patterns in Large Datasets Using Levels of Abstraction” and involves identifying and visualizing sequential patterns within student performance data over time.

Angus Chassels: Entrepreneur In Residence

angus-chasselsInstructor in INOV1010, and ENTP1000 and  Entrepreneur in Residence.  As (EiR) I actively work with members of the University of Colorado (UCCS) community, including students, faculty, staff, and alumni. I assist these constituents in developing proposed business ideas, solidifying business strategy, identifying market positions, securing intellectual property, and obtaining funding. I mentor and support Business Administration, Computer Science, Computer Science Security, Electrical Engineering and Game Design and Development students in the Bachelor of Innovation program. I assist student startups, particularly those in the early stages of development and those seeking to commercialize their own or University technology. In addition, I work extensively with aspiring UCCS entrepreneurs to move potential ventures from the idea phase to prototype or startup, and help UCCS inventors create businesses around their ideas and technologies. I also bring notable speakers to campus, network students with additional mentors outside UCCS and directly support placing recent graduates into the hottest start-ups and most exciting established companies.

Dr. Jenifer Robertson: Instructor of Innovation

headshot-3Dr. Jenifer Robertson is an Instructor in the Bachelor of Innovation™ (BI) at UCCS.  Over the last 30+ years, Dr. Robertson has built a successful career in Information Technology and is especially skilled at leading executives, technologists, and delivery organizations to get projects off the drawing board and into the marketplace.  She strongly believes in delivering the value in the vision and has led countless technology and process implementations for clients in Transportation, Education, Telecommunications, Entertainment, and Manufacturing.  In her work on Solutioning teams, Dr. Robertson has managed proposals ranging from $50,000 software implementations to $50M Data Center modernization programs.  Prior to joining UCCS, Dr. Robertson was a Senior Program Manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise where her responsibilities included Agile Coaching and Program Leadership; turnaround management in HPE’s Critical Situations team; management of technology teams in the US, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, and India; North American software services leadership for an $18B international telecommunications client; and organization leadership of 300 technical and support staff.  As a consultant, Dr. Robertson guided education technology implementations including a grade 6-8 math tutoring platform and an industry-leading internet-based enrollment, attendance, and financial management platform for K-8 before-and-after school programs in 400 public school locations nationwide.  In addition to several years as an independent consultant and small business owner, Dr. Robertson is also a veteran of the late 1990s dot-com boom, when she was a key contributor in a CTI/IVR technology start-up.

Dr. Robertson is Project Management Professional (PMP) and ScrumMaster (CSM) certified and is a recipient of Hewlett Packard’s 2012 Most Valuable Player Award, given to the top 1% of HP employees.  She received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Research, and Policy from the University of Colorado in 2015 and holds an MS in Industrial Engineering, Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MA in Communication Theory from Wichita State University, and a BS in Computer Science and Information Systems from Friends University.