Eric W. Stein, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Center of Excellence
Eric W. Stein, Ph.D is a leader, a consultant for public and private enterprises, an innovator, an author, and an educator. His areas of passion, expertise and consulting include: Indoor Agriculture and Creativity, Innovation, and New Ventures.
Dr. Stein co-founded the Center and serves as its Executive Director. He is an Associate Professor of Management Science and Information System in the Management Division of the Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Education.
Growing food indoors employing advances in lighting, automation and information management is a emerging multi-million dollar industry. Dr. Stein has served as a consultant to municipalities and business interested in setting up indoor farms. He authored a two-hundred page report on the dynamics of this industry and the feasibility of setting up a Center of Excellence for Indoor Agriculture. Dr. Stein has spoken on indoor farming at conferences including Indoor Ag-Con, FreshTech, to the City of Philadelphia, as well as run workshops for the USDA on indoor farming.
Dr. Stein designed and operates an indoor vertical farm in Media, PA to conduct applied research on the economics of indoor farms. His farm, e3garden, specializes in lettuces grown from organic seed, herbs such as basil, and microgreens. The farm collects data on operating costs including energy for heating, cooling and lighting as well as labor, supplies, etc. Produce from the farm is sold at local farmer’s markets, to area restaurants, and to consumers directly through a CSA. e3garden employs interns from local colleges and universities.
Creativity and Innovation
Dr. Stein’s expertise as a faculty member and consultant include fostering creativity, motivating innovation and starting new ventures. His work includes ways to measure creative behaviors using his Creative Strengths Survey, which is available at ideasmethod.com.
His books, written especially for leaders, managers and professionals include Fostering Creativity in Self and The Organization: Your Professional Edge and Designing Creative High Power Teams and Organizations.
Center of Excellence for Indoor Agriculture
The Center of Excellence for Indoor Agriculture brings 21st century farmers, entrepreneurs, technologists, suppliers, communities, universities, and government together in partnership to promote innovation in the sustainable production of fresh food.
Indoor Farming Info
My goal is to lead and build a community of practice (CoP) for indoor agriculture.
Membership in the Center of Excellence and COE Marketplace
People who are willing to participate in the development of a Community of Practice for Indoor Agriculture.
Group brainstorming and planning
Academic Research Projects
Analysis, Planning and Design of Indoor Vertical farms