Menlo College Welcomes Bruce Paton, Lisa Mendelman and Evan Lau to Academic Affairs

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Three Prominent Academics Join Menlo College in Atherton, California

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Bruce Paton, Lisa Mendelman and Evan Lau

Bruce Paton will join Menlo College as Dean of Business and Academic Affairs at Menlo College as of July 1, 2016. He is currently the interim Dean of the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College. Before joining Mills College, he served at San Francisco State University as Faculty Director of Graduate Programs for the College of Business, and Chair of the Management Department. Paton teaches courses on business in society, sustainable business, business and poverty, and creativity and innovation.

Paton currently serves as Chair of the Sunnyvale Sustainability Commission, and as a member of the editorial boards for Business Strategy and Environment, and Academy of Management Learning and Education. He has worked on manufacturing education and environmental management projects at Hewlett-Packard; served as Director of Admissions for Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business; chaired the board of directors for Sustainable Silicon Valley, chaired the Fisher International MBA Program at Monterey Institute of International Studies, and served on the executive team of Rolltronics Corporation, a Silicon Valley startup. He earned a BA in Environmental Science from Wesleyan University, an MBA from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Lisa Mendelman will be an assistant professor in English for Menlo College beginning fall 2016. She was previously a lecturer of English at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she earned her PhD. She also earned a BA in English with Interdisciplinary Honors in Feminist Studies and an MA in English from Stanford University. Her research and teaching focuses on constructions of gender and race, and their affect and interplay in American literature and science since 1865.

Evan Lau will be an associate professor in Biology beginning fall 2016. He is currently an assistant professor at West Liberty University. He received his BS and MS in Biology from University of Illinois, and his PhD in Botany from University of Wisconsin. He was previously a postdoctoral fellow at NASA-Ames Research Center and Harvard University. In his research, he investigates the ecology and diversity of microbes in a wide range of environments using Next-Generation multiplex sequencing to obtain metagenomic data in the construction of microbial gene libraries.

About Menlo College: Menlo College was established in 1927 in Atherton, California as a small, private, non-profit school that focuses on business education with a strong liberal arts emphasis. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley thirty minutes south of San Francisco, Menlo has been named among the "Best Colleges in the West" by The Princeton Review seven years running and a U.S. News "Best Regional College" for the last five years.

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