Jon Fjeld, a tech entrepreneur in the Triangle, has been named the executive director for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Fjeld was named to the post on Tuesday. Fuqua describes the program as an “initiative to build one of the world’s premier programs in entrepreneurship and innovation”.

The program was announced earlier this fall. Wesley Cohen, a professor of business administration at Duke, was recently named as the faculty director of the program.

“The opportunity now exists to integrate academic research and practical application of entrepreneurial principles,” said Fjeld. He adds that Duke’s location, near the Research Triangle Park, provides a strong advantage for the center to align with progressive, local companies. “We plan to reach out to the business community to help further our educational and research methods.”

Fjeld, a former professor of philosophy at Duke before becoming an entrepreneur, worked several years at IBM. His most recent position was vice president of engineering at Algin technology. He had also worked for Raindrop Geomagic as chief executive officer and at NetEdge Systems, which was sold in 1997.

“This is a significant opportunity for Fuqua and for Duke,” said Douglas Breeden, dean of the Fuqua School of Business. “For Jon and Wes to lead this effort will mean an unprecedented integration of practical experience and academic research in the field of entrepreneurship that will allow us to strengthen our educational program and distinguish this from other entrepreneurship centers.”

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