Denise McKenzie is an instructor with the National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps program, training university teams from across the US on translating their research into viable startups. She also works with founders and teaches the lean startup methodology at Innovation-Node Los Angeles (IN-LA). IN-LA is a collaboration with USC, Caltech, and UCLA. In addition, she works with entrepreneurs at Arizona State University and several accelerators.
Denise has twenty years of experience as a patent litigator. Her practice focused on helping tech companies protect their ideas and inventions from theft by competitors. She also worked as an electrical engineer at a major aerospace company where she developed mathematical models of missile navigation systems.
Denise received a bachelors of science degree in Mathematics and Systems Science from UCLA; a masters of science degree in Electrical Engineering and Juris Doctorate from USC.