Dr. Samantha Lankford – Director of the Center for Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurial Studies (CETES); Southwest Advisor for the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (SBDC), SBA
Dr. Samantha Lankford brings over 17 years of management, consulting, and leadership experience in university, corporate, and small business environments. She specializes in Entrepreneurism and Leadership Development. Dr. Lankford assumed the position of Director of Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurial Studies at Cameron University in February of 2017. Dr. Lankford began her career as a college professor, teaching a broad range of courses. She developed an ambitious new curriculum in entrepreneurship and business writing at UNC-Chapel Hill, Penn State, and for Yale’s summer programming. Thereafter, Dr. Lankford acted as Director of Innovation at Mercer University, Georgia’s oldest private university. At Mercer, Dr. Lankford built and launched an innovation center to house a newly developed startup incubation program to stimulate economic development in Middle Georgia. Dr. Lankford also draws upon a wealth of global and cross-industry business experience, including having worked at Google and in executive development. She runs her own consulting company and has coached clients, worked, and traveled extensively around the world. Dr. Lankford has a PhD and is finishing her MBA.
The CULE-IT Team – Cameron University Lawton Entrepreneurial Innovation Team
The Cameron University and Lawton Entrepreneurial Innovation Team (CULE-IT), thanks to a generous grant from the McMahon Foundation, has sponsored two (2) recent Cameron University graduates as CULE-IT Specialists to stimulate innovative, startup activity in Lawton during a year-long paid internship.Their responsibilities include simulating Lawton’s economy, engaging in a real world, high-impact, and trending technological project under the guidance of Cameron’s Center for Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurial Studies (CETES). They are tasked to find the “Next Big Thing” in Lawton, OK.
John Cunningham – CULE-IT Specialist
John Cunningham graduated from Cameron University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Multimedia and Instructional Design. John is also an aspiring entrepreneur who knows a great deal about computers, and has even had his own Web Hosting and design business. John is a lovely father of 3 beautiful daughters. Two of them are following their fathers footsteps as they are currently enrolled in classes here at Cameron University. John has lived in Lawton most of my life. One of John’s favorite activities is to play golf and to travel with his family and friends. He also loves to take road trips on his motorcycle whenever the weather is nice.
Deepika Paudel – CULE-IT Specialist
Deepika Paudel is an aspiring entrepreneur who joined Cameron University as CULE-IT Specialist in July 2018. Deepika is an international student from Nepal who graduated from Cameron University with a Master’s in Business Administration in May 2018. She is also a member of Delta Mu Delta- International Honor Society in Business. She is a certified yoga instructor who loves to cook, read, and travel.
Prasanna Sharma Timalsina – Student Business Researcher, Web Administrator, and Tech Consultant at the Center for Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurial Studies (CETES) and for the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
Prasanna Sharma Timalsina is responsible for editing the content of CETES website, designing and maintaining websites for various clients, and graphical design work. He works with business clients, conducting research, data analysis, market research, as well as computer programming, developing websites and mobile applications, VR/AR, AI, database management, and related technologies for small businesses in Southwest Oklahoma. Prasanna is currently enrolled in Cameron University pursing his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. He acts as secretary for the Cameron University Nepalese Association. In his spare time, he listens to music and he also loves traveling.