Staff

Sue Carter, director  

Sue CarterSue Carter served as a board member and interim chair of the Center for Entrepreneurship (C4E) at UC Santa Cruz from 2011 to 2013 and was elected chair of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development (CIED) in 2015. She holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics from Kalamazoo College. She has worked as a research staff member at several companies, including General Motors, UpJohn (now Pfeizer), AT&T/Lucent Bell Laboratories (Murray Hill) and IBM Almaden Research Center. As a graduate student at the University of Chicago, she also worked at ARCH Development to help license IP coming out of Argonne National Laboratory.  

Over the last decade, Carter has served as the chief technical advisor and/or scientific founder at four start-up companies, including Add-vision (sold in 2011), Solexant (now Siva Power), Soliculture and IRIS Science Academy (both founded in 2012). From 2009 to 2012, Carter also served as a scientific advisor to Nitto Denko and Integrated Biometrics. Carter holds six patents and one patent-pending.  

With more than 100 publications, Carter's research focuses on thin film optoelectronic technologies, biosensors, solar energy, and agriculture technologies. She was the recipient of the 1996 Packard Fellowship, and she has served as a board member of the UC Energy Institute and the California Solar Collaborative, and as the elected chair for the American Physical Society Group on Energy Research and Applications. In 2014, she also served as one of two campus representatives at the UC President’s workshops on Entrepreneurship and Carbon Neutrality. In 2017, she was invested as the Narinder Kapany Professor in Entrepreneurship, a position endowed by Professor Emeritus Narinder Kapany.

In addition to directing CIED, Carter is currently a professor of physics and associate dean of the Division of Graduate Studies at UC Santa Cruz. In the latter position, Sue heads professional development programming for graduate students.

Nathan Westrup, senior director of development 

nathan-westrup-172x229.jpgAs senior director of development for both the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development and the Division of Graduate Studies, Nathan is passionate about optimizing relationships between alumni and student entrepreneurs and the local and regional community. He believes that building networks between alumni, the Central Coast startup community, and Silicon Valley can have powerful results for UC Santa Cruz, the private sector, and the public at large.

Nathan comes with over ten years of international business development, fundraising, and marketing experience. He has worked closely with the University of Melbourne’s Accelerator program (MAP), the NASDAQ Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Wharton School’s interdisciplinary initiatives. At the dinner table you will hear him talking about his love of investing, surfing, books, and new technology. He is an undergraduate alumnus of UC Santa Cruz and completed his MBA at the Melbourne Business School of the University of Melbourne.

Sonya Newlyn, program assistant

CIED Special Program Assistant Sonya Newlyn

Sonya Newlyn served as program assistant to the Center for Entrepreneurship (C4E) from February 5 to June 10, 2015, and in that role organized the third annual Business Design Showcase. She resumed her assistant position with the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development on August 3, 2015. Newlyn holds an MA in English literature from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a B.A. in English Literature and minor in anthropology from Emory University. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, she was also sole proprietor and wedding planner for Perfect Weddings in Santa Cruz.

In addition to assisting with CIED programming, Sonya also serves as administrative assistant for professional development under Sue Carter for the Division of Graduate Studies.