Our Founders

Dr. David GoldbergDr. David Goldberg , iFoundry Co-Founder

Based in Michigan, Dave is a leadership coach to students, faculty, and administrators in higher education as well as technology execuitves and professionals around the world. Prior to co-founding the Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education (iFoundry), Dave was the Jerry S. Dobrovolny Distinguished Professor in Entrepreneurial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was known for his pathbreaking research in genetic algorithms and evolutionary computation and for his role in co-founding ShareThis, Inc. Dave holds BSE, MSE, and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University. His first book, Genetic Algorithms in Search, Optimization & Machine Learning is among the most cited computer science references on Google Scholar. He’s also authored The Design of Innovation, The Entrepreneurial Engineer, Philosophy and Engineering: An Emerging Agenda, and A Whole New Engineer: The Coming Revolution in Engineering Education.


Dr. Andreas CangellarisDr. Andreas Cangellaris, iFoundry Co-Founder

Andreas is the Dean of the College of Engineering, at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he continues to work towards sharing “our enthusiasm about the importance of education and engineering innovation with everyone.” He has spent over twenty years in academia, first at the University of Arizona, and then at the University of Illinois. But for Cangellaris, being an educator goes beyond the classroom. In 2001, he received the ECE Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award, and in the 2012 he received the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) Distinguished Educator Award. He has presented numerous short courses and tutorials at symposia and conferences to bring the cutting-edge research developed at Illinois on methodologies and tools for the computer-aided design of high-frequency electromagnetic devices and circuits to the individuals who are working in the field.