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Michele Migliuolo , Ph.D.
Director of the Center for Excellence in Entrepreneurship
Palumbo-Donahue School of Business
Contact Information
915 Rockwell Hall
Pittsburgh, PA, 15282
Phone: 412.396.2539 Fax: 412.396.4764

Michele Migliuolo, a multi-decade advisor, coach, and investor to technology startups, is an entrepreneur who 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. Recently Michele was an Executive in Residence at TechGROWTH Ohio, a Venture Development Organization funded in part by the State of Ohio's Third Frontier Fund, and Commercialization Alliance Manager at Innovation Works, the seventh most active seed stage investor in the United States, where he managed the relationships between member organizations to provide world-class commercialization expertise and take the lead on accelerating technology transfer of federal research performed at the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).

In a previous endeavor, Michele was Director at Blue Water Growth, a Pittsburgh, Shanghai, and Beijing-based consulting firm focused on cross-border merger and acquisition, financing, and distribution research, guidance, negotiation and execution between firms in the United States and the Far East, with particular emphasis on China and India.

Prior to co-founding in 2008 NeuroInterventions, an ischemic stroke therapy company, he joined the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse in 2006 as Executive in Residence after serving as 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.