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Corporate Programs at UC Santa Barbara provides corporations with strategic access to faculty, students, planning for heightened corporate visibility, and other key tools for success between industry and the university.

Before arriving at UCSB in 1999, Leslie spent a decade working in the biotech industry in corporate research, product development, and management. She has an extensive background in developing university-industry partnerships as well as in university education and curriculum development. She worked both within the sciences as an adjunct professor, in engineering as an academic coordinator, as an Assistant Dean of Development who emphasized corporate relations, and as the Manager of the Technology Management Program before becoming the Director of Corporate Business Development. Leslie Edwards has a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from UC Davis and a BS in Pharmacology from UC Santa Barbara.

Leslie Edwards, Ph.D
Director of Corporate Business Development

Chris has a broad background in engineering as well as high technology business development and sales. He has been involved in forming collaborative strategic relationships for over 20 years. He started his career at Boeing and Hughes Aircraft as an electrical engineer as part of a VLSI/ASIC design team. He also spent time in applications engineering, business development and sales for a number of companies in the embedded computing, electronic design automation (EDA) and in the silicon intellectual property (SIP) space; including: Synopsys, ARM, Green Hills Software, Denali Software and Kilopass. Chris received an Electronic Engineering degree from Cal Poly, SLO and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Chris Russo
Associate Director of Corporate Business Development



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