Dr. Adriaens is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy in the Ross School of Business, where he is affiliated with the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies. He is past-President of the Association of Environmental Science and Engineering Professors, a member-by-eminence of the American Academy of Environmental Engineering (AAEE), and Member of the Belgian Royal Academy of Applied Sciences, where he was recognized for bridging engineering and business entrepreneurship in academia and practice. Most recently, he was awarded a Finnish Distinguished Professorship, focused on portfolio financing models for CleanTech.
Following a 20-year career in in technology development (environmental sensing, green buildings) and validation, his current work focuses on CleanTech innovation and entrepreneurship. Specific interests include business water risk models (VaR, Water Beta™), reverse innovation strategies for new mobility strategies, and portfolio investing in cleantech clusters. He teaches courses on Business Models, Entrepreneurial Business Fundamentals, CleanTech Venture Assessment, and Sustainability Finance. He is co-developer of the KeyStone Compact™, a data-driven analytical and strategic positioning tool for that has been used by more than 500 global early and later stage companies in a wide range of investment domains (CleanTech, BioTech, ITC, space sciences), and is under consideration for adoption by Deloitte, and a range of economic development organizations in the US, Europe and Asia.
Professionally, he founded Global CleanTech LLC, an executive education firm, is co-founder of Water Risk Analytics™, a big data and software analytics financial technology firm addressing market needs in the financial services industry. He is Director at KeyStone Compact™ (www.keystonecompact.com), and co-Founder/Head Judge of the Global CleanTech Custer Association (GCCA), focused on open innovation and economic development by screening, repositioning and connecting best in class Cleantech clusters and companies (www.globalcleantech.org). With 56 clusters in the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Europe, representing nearly 10,000 companies, and $3.5 bn. under management, the GCCA catalyzes global value system development. Lastly, he serves as advisor to the Frankel and Wolverine Venture
Funds, and is Director at the Watershed Capital Group, a boutique investment bank focused on impact investment. For more information, see www.linkedin.com/in/peteradriaens/.