Eric Stein is founder of e3garden and an associate professor at Penn State. He is a leader, strategist, entrepreneur, educator, jazz musician and author of Fostering Creativity in Self and the Organization: Your Professional Edge and Designing Creative Power Teams and Organizations, both published by Business Expert Press.
Green Ventures: Eric has immersed himself in controlled environment agriculture (CEA) since 2011 from both an applied and research perspective. His experience includes starting and operating a micro-farm, e3garden, as well as conducting research on the energy efficiency of indoor greenhouses and hydroponic growing methods. He is committed to making e3garden a sustainable triple bottom line enterprise and has received grants from the USDA for the design of energy efficient indoor growing structures that off-set energy use with solar power. He is currently partnering with Phillips to evaluate the impact of LED designs on production.
Community and Business: He served as a Councilman in the Borough of Media, PA (2009-2013) and was President Pro Tem. His primary roles were as liaison to the business community and the EAC (Environmental Advisory Council), Chair of the Information Technology Committee, and as a member of Finance and Community Design committees. He runs his own management consulting practice (Barisoft LLC) that focusses on innovation.
Teaching and Research: Dr. Stein has worked over twenty years as an Associate Professor of Management Science and Information Systems at the Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate and Professional Studies. His areas of research and expertise include knowledge management, business design, creativity and innovation, business ethics, and high tech venture development. He served as the director of the New Ventures and Entrepreneurial Studies MBA concentration for several years. He has published in several management journals and conferences. Articles of general interest on business, energy and technology have appeared in the Delaware County Times (PA). He teaches classes on entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, creativity, corporate innovation, leadership and general management.
Education: Dr. Stein has a Ph.D. in Managerial Science from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Physics from Amherst College.