Hesamโ€™s pixel photo

๐Ÿ‘‹ Hi, I’m Hesam.

Updated Dec 21 2022

30 second bio:

  • Nearly two decades of experience teaching university courses and workshops. I’ve taught courses in management information systems, entrepreneurship, industrial design, and engineering.
  • Former DJ during my years studying in grad school. I was (and continue to be) obsessed with the art of DJ’ing and crafting memorable experiences.
  • I’m a former software startup founder.
  • Currently, I build and launch new courses and programs as part of my work at the Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Lilie) at Rice University.

What I’ve done:

  • In 2016, I helped start the Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Rice University. I’m currently the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Programs.
  • Previously, in 2013, I founded the University of Houston’s startup accelerator and technology entrepreneurship program, RED Labs.
  • I’ve had the chance to build study abroad courses in Peru, Brazil, France, and (next summer) the Netherlands.

What I’m interested in:

  • I dabble in email based courses. I have written ones on how to find good problems to solve (titled The Search for Good Ideas) and how to craft a demo day style pitch (titled How to Deliver a Winning Startup Pitch). Both were written for Rice University students.
  • I’m currently experimenting with chatbots.
  • I am curious about longevity, fasting, and metabolic health. I do a five day water fast quarterly and regularly test my reactions to foods with a continuous glucose monitor.

On this site, you’ll find:

  • short essays on higher ed, pedagogical innovation, and entrepreneurship
  • an overview of past courses and workshops I’ve created

Twitter: @Hesam E-mail: on this page