University of Southern California

Andrea Belz
Senior Lecturer and Entrepreneur-in-Residence (Technology)

USC Marshall School of Business
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0808

PhD, California Institute of Technology; MBA, Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business; BS, University of Maryland at College Park


Andrea Belz is an expert in transforming innovation into profit. Dr. Belz serves on the board of Caltech spinoff Ondax and has accelerated spinup efforts at some of the world’s most innovative organizations, including Occidental Petroleum, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech, and UCLA. The author of “The McGraw-Hill 36-Hour Course: Product Development,” Dr. Belz works closely with university spinoffs, venture funds, and private equity groups. Dr. Belz’s interviews on the role of innovation in the economy have been quoted by top media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, the LA Business Journal, NBC, and CNN.


Belz, A. P., Beauchamp, P., Conley, C., Stabekis, P., Barengoltz, J., Sandford, S., Dworkin, J., Errigo, T., Getty, S., Glavin, D., Zolensky, M., Anderson, M., Bayer, T., Blakkolb, B., Buxbaum, K., Cutts, J., Hansen, P., Lin, Y., Mattingly, R., Newlin, L., Pappalardo, R., Spry, A., Zimmerman, W., Wessen, R., Gershman, R., and Manger, T. (2012) "Assesment of Planetary Protection and Contamination Control Technologies for Future Planetary Science Missions," NASA JPL (JPL D-72356), 50.
Belz, A. P. (2011) "Board Issues You Can't Ignore," Corporate Compliance Insights.
Belz, A. P. (2011) "Models for Technology Transfer in the Aerospace Industry," IEEE Aerospace Conference.
Belz, A. P. (2011) "Getting Manufacturing off the Ground," Los Angeles Business Journal.
Belz, A. P. (2010) "The McGraw-Hill 36-Hour Course: Product Development," McGraw-Hill 240.
Belz, A. P. (2010) "Innovation When Cash is Tight," American Management Association.
Belz, A. P. (2010) "Conservative and Transparent Risk Management in 2010," Corporate Compliance Insights.
Belz, A. P. (2010) "Challenges in Technology Infusion: Adapting Best Practices from the Private Sector,," IEEE Aerospace Conference.
Belz, A. P. (2010) "Overstimulated and Underwhelmed," Industry Today.
Finster, K., Small, R., Belz, A. P., Mahoney, J., Perel, J., and Gong, J. (2009) "Applications of Electrostatic Spray Techniques to Surface Cleaning," Solid State Processing.
Cutts, J., Balint, T., Belz, A. P., and Peterson, C. (2007) "Overview of NASA's 2006 SSE Strategic Roadmap," 2007 IEEE Aerospace Conference.
Balint, T., Belz, A. P., and Cutts, J. (2007) "Overview of High Priority Technologies for Solar System Exploration," 2007 IEEE Aerospace Conference.
Belz, A. P., Cutts, J., Barengoltz, J., Beaty, D., Beauchamp, P., Buxbaum, K., Gershman, R., Kohlhase, C., Kolawa, E., Koukol, R., Muirhead, B., Palluconi, F., Peterson, C., Terrile, R., and Stabekis, P. (2005) "Planetary Protection and Contamination Control Technologies for Future Space Science Missions," NASA JPL, JPL D-31974, 85.
Gilbert, B., Frazer, B. H., Belz, A. P., Conrad, P. G., Nealson, K. H., Haskel, D., Lang, J. C., Srajer, G., and De Stasio, G. (2003) "Multiple Scattering Calculations of Bonding and X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy of Manganese Oxides," J. Physical Chemistry A, 106 (16).
Belz, A. P., Nealson, K., and McKee, B. (2002) "Breathing Metals as a Way of Life: Geobiology in Action," Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek, 81 (1-4), 215-222.
Belz, A. P., Ahn, C., and Nealson, K. (2002) "Environmental Controls of Biological Manganese Oxidation," American Geophysical Union (Fall meeting, 2002), B22A-0128.
Belz, A. P., Ahn, C., and Nealson, K. (2002) "Microanalysis of Biologically Transformed Manganese Oxides," Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 46, Part C (AB.007).
Brinton, K., Belz, A. P., and McDonald, G. (2001) "Amino Acid Racemization on Mars," Abs. Pap. ACS, 211 (GEOC-17).
Korsch, W., Carr, R. W., Belz, A. P., McKeown, R. D., Li, Y., Pitt, M. L., DeSchepper, D., Kramer, L. H., Milner, R. G., Pate, S. F., and Shin, T. (1997) "Temperature Dependence of ^3He Polarization in Aluminum Storage Cells," Nuclear Instruments and Methods, A389 (389).