Associate Dean, New Education Initiatives
Clinical Professor of Law
Faculty Fellow, Center for Law, Science & Innovation
Eric Menkhus is leading the College of Law’s efforts in new initiatives, including expanding online learning and online programs, as Director of New Program Development. He took on this new role in Fall 2012.
As Director of the Innovation Advancement Program, he worked with students from across ASU – the College of Law, W.P. Carey School of Business, Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Barrett, The Honors College – to provide essential services to technology start-up companies and entrepreneurs with ties to Arizona.
In addition to his teaching at the College of Law, Professor Menkhus speaks on a wide array of topics to a broad spectrum of audiences, including guest lecturing in engineering and business courses on legal topics such as business-entity formation and intellectual property protection. He has also taught the Essentials of Law for Managers course in the W.P. Carey Evening MBA Program and has been invited to multiple conferences and panel discussions associated with the Ewing M. Kauffman Foundation - the nation’s preeminent charitable foundation - focused on entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial education. Additionally, Professor Menkhus has been chosen by the Arizona Commerce Authority as a judge for the Arizona Innovation Challenge, as a panelist for Arizona Innovation Challenge winners’ presentations, and as an IP expert for the PIII Playbook SBIR training program.
When not teaching or lecturing, Professor Menkhus also gets involved with startup companies. He has been involved with GlyEco Inc. - a public, Arizona-based, green chemistry company in the glycol recycling industry – since 2006 (and was a founder of the predecessor company that eventually became GlyEco Inc. and is currently working on an early stage software startup, Liger Sports LLC, in the fantasy sports market.
Professor Menkhus joined the College’s full time faculty in 2006, but has managed the law school’s Technology Ventures Clinic, now the Innovation Advancement Program, since 2004. Previously, he worked as an Industrial Engineer and Manager, Quality and Productivity of Global New Accounts at American Express, was a founding member of a web-design firm, and also worked in the real-estate industry.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, juris doctorate, and master of business administration, all from Arizona State University.