Erik Sand is the Director of Strategic Relationships at University of Central Florida’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA) where he is focused developing and leveraging partnerships to find grant, project, and employment opportunities for the program outside the traditional game and entertainment industry. Erik has held senior roles in both startups and Fortune 50 in various sales, consulting, advanced technology development organizations. He has more than 30 years of leadership experience in the application of software technology in multiple industries. Erik holds both B.S. and M.S. degrees in engineering as well as an MBA, all from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.