Professor Down is Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Portland where he is currently leading an effort to develop a graduate level program aimed at commercializing technology, especially medical school research. This initiative leverages his teaching and research interests that blend strategy, finance and entrepreneurship in technology environments. Other recent projects include a study of the venture funding environment in Oregon; an examination of how firms achieve the right balance of strategic flexibility; and a comprehensive look at the effectiveness of university commercialization of technology efforts. Prior to joining UP, Jon was Director of the Austin Entrepreneurship Program at Oregon State University where he led the opening of Weatherford Hall, the largest residential entrepreneurship college in the country. Past management roles include stints at Westinghouse Electric Company, Precision Castparts Corp. and with early stage companies.