Melissa Appleyard joined the faculty of Portland State University’s School of Business Administration in 2003. She is one of the first Ames Professors in the Management of Innovation and Technology program. Her research focuses on how knowledge creation and diffusion catalyze economic growth and business longevity in technology-intensive industries. Over the past decade, in affiliation with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Competitive Semiconductor Manufacturing Center at U.C. Berkeley, she has concentrated on the global semiconductor industry’s ability to achieve perpetual innovation in design, process integration, and manufacturing. Prof. Appleyard’s work has been published in leading academic journals such as the California Management Review, Industrial Relations, the Journal of Product Innovation Management, and the Strategic Management Journal. She has worked with a variety of business organizations on research projects and has written or supervised over fifteen business cases for MBA and executive courses. She holds the B.A. in Economics/International Area Studies from UCLA and the Ph.D. in Economics from U.C. Berkeley.
"Over the last four years, I have been active in implementing the Lab2Market program (funded by the National Science Foundation), which has educational programs and venture mentoring as its cornerstones. Lab2Market has enhanced the innovation system around the region by linking together entrepreneurial PSU students, staff, and faculty with private sector leaders including venture capitalists, attorneys, and economic development officials. The student projects coming out of these interactions have proven to be very exciting and have greatly assisted university-based startups in reaching the marketplace. This sort of engagement distinguishes PSU in terms of contributing to the economic vitality of the region." - Melissa Appleyard, Ph.D.