Michele Migliuolo

Assistant Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship, Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Entrepreneurship
Palumbo Donahue School of Business

915 Rockwell Hall
Phone: 412.396.2539



Michele Migliuolo, an advisor, coach, and investor to pre-seed and seed-stage startups, has co-founded five high technology companies in the semiconductor, medical device, and energy sectors. Michele received a Doctorate in Physics from the University of Rome (Italy), and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the University of Rochester. He has decades' experience as an executive in manufacturing and sales of scientific capital equipment and analytical instruments. He has launched foreign products in the United States including mass spectrometers, and imaging chemical microscopes and has launched American products abroad, including thin film deposition systems and surface analysis systems. His expertise is with worldwide customers ranging from academic-government research laboratories, to medical device, semiconductor, superconductor, data storage, electro-optic, microscopy, and analytical chemistry industries.

Michele is a Professor and Director of the Center for Excellence in Entrepreneurship at Duquesne University's Palumbo Donahue School of Business. Michele is active in the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem, taking Duquesne University students to events hosted by Blue Tree Allied Angels, Innovation Works, The Innovation Institute, The Swartz Center, Ascender and others. Michele continues to coach and mentor startup CEO's both on a personal level and through his role as an Executive in Residence at LifeX, Pittsburgh's newest Life Sciences Accelerator. Through is network, Michele brings internship and other technology-based employment opportunities to our students on a regular basis.

In economic development roles, Michele was an Executive in Residence at TechGROWTH Ohio, Innovation Works, and the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse.

In the private sector, prior to co-founding in 2008 NeuroInterventions, an ischemic stroke therapy company, he was Senior Director and Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President of Research at Seagate Technology's Research Center. Earlier, he was Vice President of FireFly Power Technologies, now Powercast. In previous entrepreneurial endeavors, Michele was founder, President and CEO of Verimetra Inc., a bioMEMS company; President of XACTIX, Inc., a manufacturer of MEMS process equipment, and Founder and President of MSR Technologies, Inc. which successfully flew the first MEMS experiment on the Space Shuttle. Prior to these positions, Dr. Migliuolo was VP of Sales and Marketing for E.A. Fischione Instruments, and held various management positions with Kurt J. Lesker Company including VP of Technology and Analytical Division Business Director.

Michele is fluent in multiple languages, and is a member of the APS, the ASMS, and the IEEE, and has published over eighty papers, including patents, refereed publications, contributed proceedings, and invited presentations.