Rodney s. Ridley

Executive Director, Wilkes University

Dr. Rodney S. Ridley, Sr. is the Executive Director & Distinguished Professor of the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Wilkes University.

The Center is dedicated to teaching and implementing the principles of free enterprise and entrepreneurship.  Under his leadership, it has expanded its mission to include creating and running the businesses of the future. He is the founding Director of the Wilkes Business Incubator, the Technology Transfer Office, the Industry & Community Outreach Office, and a Micro-Grant Fund. He also teaches courses in both Business and Engineering.

Prior to his current position, he was Chair/Director & Associate Professor in the ABET accredited Engineering & Physics Division at Wilkes University.  Prior to joining Wilkes, he was the Engineering Director at Velox Semiconductor, Vice-President of Technology at Data Friendly Inc, and Principal Engineer & Key Technologist at Fairchild Semiconductor.

He actively consults in intellectual property management, semiconductors, nanotechnology, and entrepreneurship.  He holds 27 US patents as well as authoring more than 35 journal and conference articles.  He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Science and a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, both from Penn State University. He also received a B.S. degree in Physics from Lincoln University (PA). 

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