MENTOR | IWF Texas
Cristal Glangchai, Ph.D., is a scientist, entrepreneur, and mentor with a passion for teaching and engaging girls in technology and entrepreneurship. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the TODAY Show, NPR’s The TakeAway, and Mashable. She is the Founder/CEO of VentureLab, an academy that develops project-based technology entrepreneurship programs that prepare K-12 students with 21st century skills. Dr. Glangchai’s innovative curriculum boasts 60% female participation, with three student companies having raised $240K in funding. Previously, she was the director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Trinity University. Prior to joining Trinity, Dr. Glangchai managed the Idea to Product Program at UT Austin, and was the founder of NANOTaxi, a drug-delivery company that developed disease-responsive nanoparticles to target tumor tissues. She holds a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from UT Austin, as well as doctoral certificates in Cellular and Molecular Imaging for Diagnostics and Therapeutics, and in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. She holds an M.S. in biomedical engineering, a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.A. in the Plan II Honors Program from UT Austin.