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UIDP26 Speaker List

UIDP26 features more than 75 speakers from Fortune 50 companies, acclaimed universities and research institutions, economic development leaders and more. More are being added as the conference gets closer; check back to see the latest!

Elizabeth Adams, UIDP

Elizabeth Adams is currently an Associate with the UIDP, consulting on range of research-related topics including public-private partnerships, the management of federal funding, operations management and compliance. Her nearly 20 years of experience in sponsored programs management across three major research universities (University of Chicago, Northwestern University and the University of Virginia) provides her a wide frame of reference for understanding university-based and collaborative research. Elizabeth has worked at the center, department, school and central administration levels of university management. Most recently, she oversaw preaward, contracts, postaward and information functions as Assistant Vice President for Research Administration at UVA.

Charles Adelsheim, Varian Medical Systems

Charles’ responsibilities at Varian Medical Systems center on negotiating sponsored research agreements and license agreements with universities, CROs, and hospitals worldwide. He also handles incoming invention disclosures and a variety of contract and legal issues related to Varian’s diverse interactions with universities, CROs, and hospitals. He is a licensed patent attorney with 7+ years of experience prosecuting patents. Charles have a background in chemistry and engineering, and now oncology as well. He has experience with the vagaries of working within a university system, and experience in the private sector, and aim to continue to bridge the gap between these two sometimes disparate worlds.

Gaylene Anderson, Boehringer Ingelheim

As Boehringer Ingelheim’s Director for Contracts and Alliance Management, Gaylene is focused on providing contract negotiation support for agreements with US institutions, and partnering with university colleagues to manage strategic alliance programs. Prior to joining BI, Gaylene served as the Director in charge of the Cleveland Clinic and the University of Notre Dame’s Global Alliance Commercialization Program, where she was responsible for commercializing new intellectual property in the form of licensing deals, negotiating sponsored research opportunities, and spinning out new start-up companies.

Tony Boccanfuso, UIDP

Since July 2007, Tony has provided strategic leadership to the UIDP including its successful graduation from the National Academies in 2015.  His insights on strategic university-industry matters are regularly sought by academic, government and private sector organizations. Tony is married to Dr. Laura Boccanfuso, who founded Van Robotics; along with their three children, they reside in Columbia, SC.

Elaine Brock, UIDP

Elaine is a Project Manager for the UIDP, managing the Contract Accords and Master Agreements projects, both of which develop practical guidance and materials to help parties negotiating collaborative research agreements. She is President & Senior Partner at Contracts, Compliance, and Conflict of Interest Authority, LLC, where she provides advice and counsel to universities and small business on research administration issues.

Elizabeth Bruce, Microsoft

Elizabeth Bruce is University Lead in the Technology and Civic Engagement group at Microsoft where she focuses on strengthening strategic engagement with key universities. Her expertise is in identifying emerging technologies and developing industry-university partnerships to accelerate innovation and bridge the gap between research and impact.  Prior to joining Microsoft, Elizabeth spent over a decade at MIT working with faculty, researchers, and students, to lead research initiatives and develop strategic partnerships with industry in big data, privacy, cloud computing, health, manufacturing, and communications.

Coleen Burrus, Princeton University

Coleen Burrus is the Director of Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations for Princeton University’s Office of the Dean for Research. She has more than 25 years of experience spanning the higher education, non-profit, and government sectors. Prior to joining Princeton in 2015, she was the Senior Director of Corporate Engagement at Northwestern University, and the Director of Foundation and Government Relations at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy Studies.

Pablo Debenedetti, Princeton University

Pablo Debenedetti is the Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science and Dean for Research at Princeton University. He is renowned for theoretical and computational work in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. Debenedetti’s honors include the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Young Investigator Award (1987), the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (1989), a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (1991), the Professional Progress (1997), Walker (2008) and Institute Lecture (2013) Awards from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the John M. Prausnitz Award in Applied Chemical Thermodynamics (2001), the Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical and Experimental Chemistry of Liquids from the American Chemical Society (2008), and the Guggenheim Medal from the Institution of Chemical Engineers (2017).

Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski, Elsevier

Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski, PhD, is the VP for Strategic Alliances in Global Academic Relations at Elsevier where she is focused on how insight from data and analytics guide strategic planning for the research enterprise. Her engagement emphasizes important issues for research/research training, such as: research analytics/metrics, economic development, early career researcher development, scholarly communication/open access, and expertise discovery/collaboration. Falk-Krzesinski serves as a Board-alternate for ORCID and on the External Scientific Panel for the NIH’s BEST Program. Prior to joining Elsevier, she had been a faculty member in arts & sciences and medicine at Northwestern University where she led initiatives related to research development, grantsmanship, and team science.

Brad Fenwick, Elsevier

Brad Fenwick is a Professor of Pathobiology and Microbiology. He holds a doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Masters of Pathology from Kansas State University and Ph.D. in Comparative Pathology from UC Davis. He completed a residency at UC Davis and is board certified in Microbiology and qualified in Pathology. Fenwick has received numerous awards and recognitions for his research, holds several patents, founded a biotechnology company, and consults globally with companies, universities, and governments.  He is a Fellow with the American Council on Education, a Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a science advisor with the U.S. State Department where his portfolio included Food Security, Higher Education, and Science, Technology, and Innovation.

Angie Florentine, UDIP

Angie is the UIDP Membership Services Coordinator. She ensures that all UIDP members receive the maximum return on their membership investment by leading membership communications including news, benefits and services offered by the UIDP as well as connecting members with other opportunities that arise within the U-I environment. Angie has joined the UIDP team after earning her Bachelors from the University of Pittsburgh specializing in Business administration with a focus in Marketing and Operations Management.

Dennis Fortner, Northrop Grumman

Dennis Fortner is currently the Director of Corporate Relations at Carnegie Mellon University based in Pittsburgh. Here he engages with multiple Corporate entities that have interest to work with the individual schools with the University, the National Engineering Robotics Center or CMU offices handling Philanthropic Fundraising or Advancement. Prior to this he was a Senior Manager of Intellectual Property and Strategic Technology Agreements working for the Advanced Concepts & Technologies Division of Northrop Grumman with reporting responsibilities to the Corporate Director of Technology for Northrop Grumman. In this position he was aligned with both the company’s Technology and Intellectual Asset Management organizations. He had held this/similar positions for the past 14 years which entails seeking, capturing and acquiring rights to key Intellectual Property for Northrop Grumman while working with a number of technology sources such as Gov’t R&D, Universities, Labs and the Small Businesses community. He has initiated or been engaged in the development of many of the current Strategic University and Collaborative Partnerships of interest to the company. Prior to Northrop Grumman he worked for the British Technology Group (BTG) a VC/patent aggregator in the Intellectual Property business with the responsibility to seek out and acquire novel technologies to then advance select portfolios as new solutions for pre-selected large businesses. Prior to this he has held positions with two mid size companies in the Aerospace & Defense Industries with roles of New Ventures Manager, IR&D Business Development and Engineering. He holds a Bachelor of Technology (BT) from New York Institute of Technology and an MS in Technology Management from New York University.

Alex Gao, Samsung

Senior director of Samsung Research America, responsible for strategy for establishing models, principles and practices for successful R&D in Silicon Valley, evangelizing vision-driven initiatives that focus on software services creation, user experiences design, product concept innovation, and computer science research.

Cary Gooding, Cisco

Cary is the Academic Engagement Manager for the Cisco Research & Open Innovation Group. In this role she oversees all strategic university partnerships and develops engagement plans by region, research domain, and talent pool across international research and academic institution.

Robert Hardy, Council on Governmental Relations

Robert B. Hardy is Director of Contracts and Intellectual Property Management at the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR; (, an association of 190 research universities and several affiliated hospitals and research institutes. COGR focuses on the impact of government policies and regulations on university research. Mr. Hardy has lead COGR responsibility for university issues pertaining to federal contracting and technology transfer policies and regulations. Prior to coming to COGR in April 2001, Mr. Hardy was with the National Science Foundation (NSF) for over 30 years, serving in a variety of capacities. Mr. Hardy holds a B.A. degree from Gettysburg College and J.D. from Catholic University, and is a member of the Bars of Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Rick Jacubinas, Solvay

Rick’s responsibilities include leading communication and coordinating engagement between the Corporate and GBU R&I teams and North American universities, government entities, and consortia and harmonizing activity in the zone with global external affairs activity.

Barry Johnson, NSF

Barry W. Johnson is the Division Director for the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) in the Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Prior to joining NSF he was the Senior Associate Dean in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia. He continues to hold the L. A. Lacy Distinguished Professorship at the University of Virginia. In 1998 he was a founder of Privaris, Inc. While on leave from the University of Virginia from 2002 to 2006 he served as Chairman, President, and CEO of Privaris. Prior to joining the University of Virginia he worked as a research engineer for Harris Corporation in their Government Aerospace Systems Division. He is the author of two books, nine book chapters and more than 150 journal and conference articles. He is also an inventor on 34 issued patents and more than 30 applications currently pending.

Pramod Khargonekar, University of California, Irvine

Khargonekar was Chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from 1997 to 2001 and also held the position of Claude E. Shannon Professor of Engineering Science at The University of Michigan. From 2001 to 2009, he was Dean of the College of Engineering and was Eckis Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida till 2016. He also served briefly as Deputy Director of Technology at ARPA-E, U. S. Department of Energy in 2012-13. He was appointed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to serve as Assistant Director for the Directorate of Engineering (ENG) in March 2013, a position he held till June 2016. In this position, Khargonekar led the ENG Directorate with an annual budget of more than $910 million. In June 2016, he assumed his current position as Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California, Irvine.

Daniel Kramer, The Ohio State University

Daniel Kramer has 27 years of experience in multiple facets of business development, project management, and operations management for R&D and academic focused organizations.  He is presently Associate Vice President of the Industrial Liaison Office (ILO) for The Ohio State University’s Office of Research. The ILO fosters private sector relationships by promoting OSU students, faculty, capabilities, and assets; champions adoption of university culture, policies, and processes that facilitate B2B engagement; and increases the visibility and effectiveness of university touch-points through which the breadth of OSU offerings may be explored.

Brad Lukanic, CannonDesign

Brad is the firm’s lead strategist delineating why CannonDesign is an industry leader, championing our established values and progressing an innovative culture. His unique perspectives channel CannonDesign’s creativity and expertise. He inspires and evolves thought leadership across the firm. He encourages listening – to clients, within the industry, to each other – to hear what’s truly needed, instead of what we want to progress in a silo. He believes we must constantly invest in our future and not merely be relevant, but drive and lead with impactful design solutions. An accomplished designer, award-winning architect and published author, Brad also leads the firm’s education practice.

Goran Matijasevic, UC Irvine

Goran Matijasevic is Executive Director of the UCI Chief Executive Roundtable and Senior Assistant Vice Chancellor, Alumni and Constituent Relations. In these roles, he oversees and advances research collaborations and strategic initiatives associated with Roundtable and Alumni Association programs. Prior to his position at the Roundtable, he was director of research development at The Henry Samueli School of Engineering. Prior to UCI, he worked in research development manager positions at two electronic start-ups. Goran served as the 2013 elected President of the University Industry Demonstration Partnership.

John McLaughlin, University of Michigan

John McLaughlin is the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for the University of Michigan College of Engineering. He joined the College in 2014 after serving at the University’s Business Engagement Center as Associate Director of Corporate Relations. Prior to his tenure at the Business Engagement Center, John resided in Boston, Massachusetts where he worked most recently in a business development and operations management role at Elysium Digital, a consulting firm that assists law firms and technology companies around the world with technical analysis in patent, trade secret, and computer forensics litigation. John began his career in Boston as a project manager at Pitney Bowes and served as National Operations Manager at Jumpstart for Young Children prior to attending business school. John is an Ann Arbor native and received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan an M.B.A. from Boston College.

Mary Jo Meyer, Givaudan

Mary Jo Meyer is Director, Intellectual Property Management, in the Flavors Division at Givaudan, the global leader in the fragrance and flavor industry. She has over 20 years of experience in the management of intellectual property, and has developed intellectual property strategies in business-to-business and business-to-consumer environments. Currently, Mary Jo leads programs in intellectual property management and technology intelligence, and contributes expertise to collaborative innovation initiatives in the Flavors Global Science & Technology Team. Mary Jo has a B.S. in Chemistry from Carroll University and is a USPTO registered patent agent.

Anne O’Donnell, UC San Diego

Anne is the Executive Director for Corporate Research Partnerships at the Jacobs School of Engineering, UC San Diego where she is responsible for building the Dean’s Agile Centers of Excellence–multidisciplinary faculty teams focused on technologies that are highly relevant to industry. Anne has worked to launch five such centers since fall 2014: Wearable Sensors, Extreme Events, Visual Computing, Sustainable Power and Energy, and the fifth in Analytics in Cell Editing. An alumna of Harvard University, Anne earned a Master’s in Public Policy and a Master’s in Theology and a BA from Mount Holyoke College. Anne is married and a mother of five great kids ages 12-25.

Chris Ramming, VMWare

Chris Ramming is a technology strategist and research manager with a passion for working at the intersection of theory and practice. He recently joined VMware Inc. as senior director of research & innovation, with responsibility for an incubator program (XLR8) that explores disruptive technologies to generate new lines of business for the company. Chris is also the incoming chair of DARPA’s Information Science and Technology (ISAT) study group, which helps DARPA identify and understand emerging technological disruptions. During his much-enjoyed career he has been privileged to work with several leading research organizations including Intel Labs, DARPA, AT&T Research, and Bell Labs.

Barclay Satterfield, Eastman Chemical Company

Barclay Satterfield is the external innovation site leader for Eastman Chemical Company. She manages an office on the NC State University Centennial Campus that supports the execution of two multi-year research partnerships with NC State and with UNC. In this role, Barclay’s team members connect industry and university researchers to drive collaborative engagement. Prior to joining Eastman in 2013, Barclay performed life cycle assessment studies as a consultant and was a Science Policy Fellow in the American Chemical Society’s Office of Public Affairs. Barclay earned her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Yale University.

Mark Schmidt, Deere & Company

Dr. Mark Schmidt is the Manager of Science and Technology Policy for Deere & Company. This role includes responsibility for global university relations. He joined Deere in 1999 and holds thirteen patents. He has held roles in R&D and innovation management as well as strategy and public policy. Mark holds leadership roles with the Conservation Technology Information Center, North Carolina Arboretum, and North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative. He also is an Eagle Scout. Schmidt holds Bachelor of Science degrees in landscape architecture and agronomy from Purdue University, a Master of Science in agronomy from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in crop science from the University of Illinois. He lives in Raleigh, NC, with his wife and four-year old son.

Ida Shum, Samsung

Ida joined the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology’s Open Innovation Group as a Senior Manager of Business Development in 2013. She leads the efforts to acquire intellectual property assets, scout technologies for future products, and develop partnerships with startups, universities and federal labs. Ida’s career began as a patent attorney where she transitioned to licensing and commercialization. She previously worked at Idaho National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory creating technology partnerships with industry, private entities, non-profits and academia.

JoAnn Winson, IBM

JoAnn leads IBM’s University Partnership Executive Program where 300+ IBM senior executives establish strategic relationships with universities worldwide. She is also the focal for other worldwide IBM initiatives with universities, particularly skills development for lifelong learning. JoAnn works to understand the technological, fiscal, and social forces re-shaping universities, their multiple missions (learning, research, engagement), and opportunities for the future.  She shares best practices with IBM Executives who lead interactions with over 300 universities worldwide, across the spectrum of IBM’s collaboration with universities.