Babs Carryer – Director

Babs Carryer is the director of the Big Idea Center at the University of Pittsburgh’s Innovation Institute. Her role encompasses programs to encourage and support innovation and entrepreneurship across campus for all students from freshmen to post-docs and from all disciplines. She teaches the Benchtop to Bedside and idea2Impact technology commercialization courses as well as some undergrad entrepreneurship courses at Pitt. Babs co-founded LaunchCyte, an early venture firm with a portfolio of five companies that have commercialized university technologies. Babs holds a Masters in Public Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a BA from Mills College. She is a published author of a startup murder mystery novel, “HD66: Search for a Cure or a Killer?” and a short textbook on entrepreneurship, “Startup Briefs, the ultimate no-holds-barred guide to startastartup.”


Jessica Malandro – Student Program Coordinator

Jess currently serves as Student Program Coordinator for the Big Idea Center at Pitt’s Innovation Institute.  She assists in the organization and execution of events for students through the Big Idea Center as well as the Innovation Living Learning Community.


Tiffany Bicek – Student Program Administrator

Tiffany currently serves as Student Program Administrator for the Big Idea Center. She holds a BS degree in Marketing Management from Grove City College. She assists Jess with the organization and execution of Big Idea Center events and competitions as well as manages the Big Idea Center’s social media (@pittbigidea), website, and blog.








Babs, Jess, and Tiffany are joined at the Big Idea Center by a team of entrepreneurs in residence (EIR) that hold office hours and participate in Big Idea Center programs and competitions. Learn more about EIRs for student programs here.