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UIDP29 Speaker List

UIDP29 will be co-hosted by The Ohio State University and Ohio University. UIDP29 is the premier forum for university-industry collaboration. Learn more about U-I relations from more than 50 contributors, and enjoy after-hours events.

James L. Moore III, The Ohio State University

Dr. James L. Moore III is the vice provost for Diversity and Inclusion and chief diversity officer at The Ohio State University. Dr. Moore is also the first executive director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male and the inaugural Education and Human Ecology Distinguished Professor of Urban Education. From 2015 to 2017, he served as a program director for Broadening Participation in Engineering in the Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation in Alexandria, Virginia, and, from 2011 to 2015, he was an associate provost for Diversity and Inclusion at The Ohio State University.

Mary Juhas, The Ohio State University

Mary Juhas is associate vice president in the Office of Research at the Ohio State University. In this role, she develops programs that expand pathways to research leadership. As leader of Ohio State ADVANCE, Juhas directs “REACH for Commercialization™”, a cohort-based program for women innovators. Juhas is a Fellow of ASM International and former ABET board member. She currently serves on the Advisory Committee of the Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation. Her scholarly research is focused on microstructure/property relationships in structural metallic systems. Juhas held engineering research and leadership positions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and EWI.

Wayne Embree, Rev1 Ventures, Inc.

Wayne is an experienced seed-stage investor with a track record of fueling startups with guidance and venture capital. He’s been involved in over 200 investments, including sitting on over 50 boards and taking more than 60 businesses through exits. Throughout his career, he has maintained his passion and enthusiasm for helping entrepreneurs change the world. Wayne has a BS in Natural Sciences from Western Oregon and an MS in Urban Planning from the University of Oregon.

Austin Kozman, PepsiCo

Dr. Austin Kozman is an R&D Director at PepsiCo working in the PepsiCo Technology Ventures team. The PepsiCo Technology Venture (PTV) team is charged with identifying, researching, and developing emerging novel technologies for our food and beverage business. The ultimate goal of PTV is to locate “development ready” technologies and business propositions that are robust enough to perform successfully at a pilot scale where internal R&D teams can further explore potential applications that can impact our portfolio of beverages (Pepsi, Tropicana, Gatorade, etc.) and/or foods (Lays, Doritos, Quaker, etc.); therefore enabling complete adoption and integration into PepsiCo. PTV is most interested in the areas of agro/crop science, ingredients, processing, packaging, products, and novel business models that influence our core business; but also explore any area that impacts our business: e.g. sensors, analytical equipment, point of sale equipment, distribution/fleet, etc. Austin has worked as a thermal engineer for over 25 years. Austin received his B.S.M.E. from the University of Texas at Austin and his Master of Engineering and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington. Austin has three issued US patents and six currently pending (3 issued UK patents). In 1999 Austin was selected as the Young Engineer of the Year by the North Texas Electronic Packaging Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). In 2010, Austin was elevated to Fellow Status in ASME. Austin is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas.

Daniel Duncan, Nebraska Innovation Campus

Daniel J. Duncan is the executive director of Nebraska Innovation Campus. Dan began his tenure with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 1987 and has worked in numerous roles including director of the University of Nebraska Agricultural Research and Development Center, assistant director of the Nebraska Agricultural Experiment Station, and assistant dean and director of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Agricultural Research Division. In 2011, he moved into his current position as executive director of the Nebraska Innovation Campus Development Corporation. Dan is the current president of the Association of University Research Parks (AURP) and the Nebraska Diplomats.

Elizabeth Adams, Princeton University

Elizabeth H. Adams is currently the Director of the Office of Research and Project Administration at Princeton University. Previously, she was an Associate with the UIDP (University Industry Demonstration Partnership), 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 (spanning preaward, contracts, postaward and information functions) across four major research universities (University of Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Virginia and Princeton University) provides her a wide frame of reference for managing and advising on university-based and cross-sector research. Elizabeth has worked at the center, department, school and central university administration levels.

Gretchen Baier, The Dow Chemical Company

Gretchen Baier is currently Associate R&D Director of External Technology at The Dow Chemical Company, responsible for collaborations with universities, research institutes, government agencies, and federal laboratories around the world.  Currently, Gretchen chairs the Advisory Board of the Critical Materials Institute, a DOE Innovation Hub and is a member of the Project Committee for UIDP. Her previous roles in Dow have been as a technical leader in Ventures and New Business Development and as a chemical engineer in the Process Optimization group and the Process Separations Skill Center. She has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, a B.S. from M.I.T. and is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Kevin Byrne, The University Financing Foundation (TUFF)

Mr. Byrne is currently the President of The University Financing Foundation (TUFF), a national 501(c)(3) private operating foundation whose mission is to assist institutions of education and research in obtaining facilities and equipment at below market cost. He previously served as the President of the Association of University Research Parks (AURP) in both 2012 and 2014.  He was appointed by Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle to the Georgia Public Private Partnership Guidelines commission. He also serves on two Brookings Institution advisory committees – the Innovation District initiative and the Bass Placemaking initiative. Mr. Byrne is a 1991 Honors graduate from Furman University, where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees. He majored in Accounting and was awarded the Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award in 1991, the highest honor given by the faculty to a student in the Economics and Business Administration department.  He later earned his MBA, with Honors, from the Wharton School of Business.

Brad Fenwick, Elsevier

Dr. Fenwick is a Professor of Pathobiology and Microbiology.  He has received numerous awards and recognition for his research and leadership, 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, Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Distinguished Fellow with National Academies of Practice, and a Jefferson Fellow and Science Advisor with the U.S. Department of State.  He has held numerous senior administrative positions, including Graduate Dean, Vice President for Research, President for Intellectual Properties, Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement, and Chief Scientist for the USDA. As Senior Vice President with Elsevier, he is charged with forging non-commercial partnerships and productive collaborations with and between universities, research centers, industry, governments, and funding bodies to enhance higher education and academic research productivity and success.

Chris Hewitt, BASF

Hewitt has more than 28 years of experience working as the interface between chemical technology and business initiatives.  He was appointed Science Relations Manager, North America for BASF in mid-2014 and has responsibility for BASF’s relationships with universities in North America. Prior to this he was BASF’s Global Business Manager for the Inorganic Intermediates business.   Prior to joining BASF, Hewitt held a number of leadership roles at Sigma-Aldrich, including Director of Business Development for Chemistry and Vice President, Marketing and R&D. At Sigma-Aldrich, he led a successful team to improve external collaborations and the impact on their R&D initiatives. He earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from Durham University in United Kingdom and is a Chartered Chemist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Ed Krause, Ford Motor Co.

Mr. Krause is currently Global Manager, External Alliances, Research & Advanced Engineering at Ford Motor Co. In this capacity he is responsible for developing and executing Ford’s global university collaboration strategy to create competitive advantage for Ford. Mr. Krause has responsibility for Ford’s collaborative university research programs including strategic alliances with University of Michigan, Stanford, MIT, RWTH Aachen and alliances with other first tier universities around the world. He is also responsible for the University Research Program (URP) that has funded work at over 120 universities worldwide. He oversees a rapidly growing collaborative university research portfolio with university partnerships in the North America, Continental Europe, UK, China and Australia. Mr. Krause is also responsible for the government contracts team within Ford’s Research and Advanced Engineering operation and Ford’s privately and publicly funded work with National Laboratories. Additionally, he oversees the Ford-Boeing Strategic Alliance and other corporate R&D based interactions. Mr. Krause joined Ford Motor Company in 1999.

Carolyn Stephens, UCI Applied Innovation

Prior to joining UCI Applied Innovation in January of 2015, Dr. Stephens was Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor at The George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics and Assistant Director at the Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics at Chapman University. Prior to that she was Associate Professor and Department Chair, Business & Management, at Vanguard University. Dr. Stephens’ business experience includes executive marketing and general management positions in multiple publicly traded high-tech firms, as well as founder of a high-tech start-up. She received her Ph.D. from Claremont, M.B.A. from Pepperdine University, and B.A., Economics, University of Southern California, as well as Certificates: Management of Research, Development and Technology Based Innovation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Strategy, Leadership and Corporate Management, Claremont Graduate University.

Jay Walsh, Northwestern University

Jay Walsh is the Vice President for Research and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University. He holds appointments as Chair of the UIDP Board of Directors and member of the Board of Governors at Argonne National Lab, the MxD Board of Directors and the MIT Corporation Sponsored Research Committee.

Michael “Mike” Deis, Ohio University

Accomplished AF Senior Executive Service leader offering 35+ years of experience in organizational and technical leadership. Extensive expertise in laboratory science and technology, test and evaluation, systems engineering, electronic warfare and command, control, computer and cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance technologies. Supported many major AF weapons systems programs in one or more of the acquisition phases: test and evaluation, research and development, acquisition and sustainment. He also retired from the AF Reserves in 1998 with 23 years of service, active duty, Ohio ANG and AF Reserves. Expertise gained over 28 years civil service, 10 years industry, 23 years military and two years academia.

Sepi Hejazi Moghadam, Google

Dr. Sepi Hejazi Moghadam, Head of Special Projects, University Relations at Google. He incubates programs that improve the experience and outcomes for underrepresented students in computer science at the graduate level. His projects have focused on establishing a deeper understanding of underrepresented groups who choose computer science and the barriers preventing those that do not. He has a PhD in Political Science and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Masters in Policy Analysis and Evaluation from Stanford University.

Susan Basso, The Ohio State University

Susan Basso, Senior Vice President for Talent, Culture and Human Resources, The Ohio State University, provides leadership across all human resources organizations and fosters strategic collaboration that drives organizational effectiveness in support of the universities mission and vision. Prior to joining Ohio State, Susan served as Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Pennsylvania State University. She has held leadership roles in several professional organizations and was named the CUPA-HR “Emerging Leader” in 2007. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ursinus College and a master’s degree in Human Resources Administration from the University of Scranton.

Corrine Burger, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Corrine is a Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPMC) and serves as the Chief Control Manager, responsible for overseeing operational risk for the firm’s Consumer & Community Banking and Asset & Wealth Management businesses. In addition to her role in controls, Corrine also serves as the Columbus Strategic Hub Location Leader and represents the 20,000 employees in Central Ohio. For the past 15 years, Corrine has held senior roles in the consumer business including Controller of JPMC’s retail division for nine years. Early in her career, Corrine served as an Audit Manager with Deloitte in their Phoenix, AZ, office as a Certified Public Accountant. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University. Corrine is currently a member of the Columbus 2020 Board of Directors and serves on the Columbus State Community College Board of Trustees. Corrine lives in Dublin, OH, with her husband and has four children.

Morley Stone, The Ohio State University

Morley Stone serves at the senior vice president for research at The Ohio State University, where he is responsible for the overall strategic planning and infrastructure support for the university’s $864 million annual basic and applied research program. An international leader in human performance and biomimetics, he most recently served as chief technology officer at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Stone brings more than 25 years of experience in research and development to this position. He holds a BS in biological sciences from Wright State University and a PhD in biochemistry from Carnegie Mellon University.

Christian Lampasso, The Ohio State University

As an undergraduate student at The Ohio State University, Christian developed and founded the OnRamp program through the Center for Innovation Strategies. Upon graduation in Dec 2018, Christian received a full-time role at the University to continue expansion of the student driven innovation program.

Angela Bretz, Nationwide

Angela oversees the development, implementation and operation of all corporate diversity and inclusion strategic programs, procedures and policies to maintain a culture of inclusion and strong external diversity partnerships and brand. A career Nationwider, Angela has demonstrated strong leadership, a deep background in strategic planning, project management and claims with extensive knowledge of P&C operations. Angela has been an active participant and strong proponent of diversity and inclusion efforts over the years. She most recently served as the associate vice president for property and casualty staff administration with previous leadership positions including associate vice president for the Midwest Claim Zone and associate vice president for claims strategy. Angela is also active in the community and currently serves on the Steering Committee for the United Way of Delaware County – Women’s Leadership Network and the Risk Management and Insurance Board of Advisors at Franklin University. Angela has a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership and a MBA, both from Franklin University.

Mike Jackson, Northeastern University

Mike Jackson is Associate Dean of Professional Programs at Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies. Dr. Jackson manages the college’s partnerships with community colleges, non-profits, and industry partners. In addition, he works with undergraduate curriculum development, university governance, licensure, and regional accreditation. Dr. Jackson is an academic and faculty affairs professional, with nearly 20 years of experience working at the collegiate level as a professor and administrator. Earlier in his career, he was an Associate Professor of English at St. Bonaventure University. Prior to joining Northeastern in 2012, Dr. Jackson worked at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Tom Brinkley, Elon University

Tom Brinkley is the Executive Director of Corporate and Employer Relations. He has responsibility for directing the Student Professional Development Center, which houses career services, corporate and employer relations, and on-campus student employment at Elon. Tom joined Elon in December 2011 after more than 30 years in corporate human resources, management consulting, and higher education. Tom was most recently a Partner with an international executive search firm, and managed over 150 search assignments for senior level positions at client organizations. He has also served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Oakwood Homes Corporation in Greensboro, NC, and Director of Executive Education and MBA Career Services at Wake Forest University. After beginning his career as an English teacher in Durham County, Tom joined FMI Corporation in Raleigh, NC, and then served in a variety of roles in recruiting and human resources for RJR Nabisco in Winston-Salem. Tom works closely with academic deans, faculty, alumni and advisory boards to develop and execute a strategic plan for the Student Professional Development Center, with the goal of developing and growing the number and quality of career opportunities for Elon students who are seeking internships, full-time employment or graduate school admission. He is dedicated to the development of a world class career coaching and career advising organization at Elon, bringing years of corporate experience to higher education. Education/Training Wake Forest University, MBA UNC – Chapel Hill, AB English.

Benjamin Ward, Cleveland State University

Tom Brinkley is the Executive Director of Corporate and Employer Relations. He has responsibility for directing the Student Professional Development Center, which houses career services, corporate and employer relations, and on-campus student employment at Elon. Tom joined Elon in December 2011 after more than 30 years in corporate human resources, management consulting, and higher education. Tom was most recently a Partner with an international executive search firm, and managed over 150 search assignments for senior level positions at client organizations. He has also served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Oakwood Homes Corporation in Greensboro, NC, and Director of Executive Education and MBA Career Services at Wake Forest University. After beginning his career as an English teacher in Durham County, Tom joined FMI Corporation in Raleigh, NC, and then served in a variety of roles in recruiting and human resources for RJR Nabisco in Winston-Salem. Tom works closely with academic deans, faculty, alumni and advisory boards to develop and execute a strategic plan for the Student Professional Development Center, with the goal of developing and growing the number and quality of career opportunities for Elon students who are seeking internships, full-time employment or graduate school admission. He is dedicated to the development of a world class career coaching and career advising organization at Elon, bringing years of corporate experience to higher education. Education/Training Wake Forest University, MBA UNC – Chapel Hill, AB English.

Kristy Baker, The Ohio State University

Kristy Baker has 22 years of university research administration experience. She is Director of the Office for Business & Industry Contracts at The Ohio State University, leading a team of seven Program Officers responsible for the management of industry funded basic, applied and clinical research. Kristy and her team handle pre- and post-award aspects from proposal submission, contract development and negotiation, and research risk assessment to monitoring fiscal and compliance performance.

Jack Kraszewski, Cleveland State University

Jack Kraszewski is the Director of the Technology Transfer Office for Cleveland State University. Mr. Kraszewski is responsible for managing the patent process and also leads the licensing and commercialization efforts for CSU. He is a registered patent attorney with the USPTO and an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio. He successfully applied to the Ohio Third Frontier Technology Validation Start-up Fund for a joint proposal with Kent State University and received $1.4M of funding to establish The TeCK Fund. The TeCK Fund is awarded to CSU or KSU faculty to validate a technology to achieve the next step in the commercialization process.

Paul Moses, Purdue Research Foundation

Paul Moses is Director of the Purdue Research Parks. In his role, Moses leads both operations and business and economic development for all five Purdue Research Parks across the state of Indiana. This includes the parks’ high-tech incubation program, which is spread out across 8 Purdue Technology Centers. Among other specialties, the parks’ portfolio of more than 350 client companies includes those working in the defense, information technology, digital agriculture, medical device manufacturing, information technology, aerospace and large-scale additive manufacturing with composites. A certified lean launch educator, incubator manager and angel investor, Moses also serves on the board of managers for Poly Group, a high-tech startup commercializing an anti-microbial co-polymer licensed by Purdue. He serves on the board of directors for Greater Lafayette Commerce, the regional economic development organization for the region surrounding Purdue and is past president of the Louisville Venture Club.

David Doty, Colorado State University

David Doty is the Associate Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs at Colorado State University. Prior to joining Colorado State University in 2011, David spent 19 years at Ohio State University where he served dual roles as the Director of Engineering Research Services as well as the Associate Director of the Engineering Experiment Station. David’s primary areas of expertise are federal, foundation and industry contract negotiation, export controls, intellectual property, federal regulations and financial audits.

Jennifer Gresham, Work for Humanity

Jennifer Gresham is the founder of Work for Humanity, a nonprofit dedicated to helping workers develop the self-confidence, independence, and technical skill to teach themselves nearly anything and demonstrate their capacity for more valuable and meaningful work. She is a Ph.D. scientist, Air Force veteran, sought after career and business coach, and successful entrepreneur. She formerly served as the Assistant Chief Scientist of the Human Performance Wing of the Air Force Research Laboratory, helping to guide a $100M research portfolio spanning the fields of biology, psychology, and technology.

Pamela Valentine, Ohio University

Pamela “Mo” Valentine is the Assistant Vice President for Research at Ohio University. She received her B.A. and M.P.A. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Ms. Valentine began her career in Research Administration in 1995 at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. She has also had the pleasure of working for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the University of Memphis. During her over twenty-year career, Ms. Valentine has worked as an administrator in research systems, post-award, IRB, and pre-award. She has been a member of NCURA since 2002 and has served in various capacities, including Region III Treasurer, program committee member, and presenter.

Areeb Ahmed, The Ohio State University

Areeb Ahmed is a third-year finance major with a minor in computer science and comparative politics at the Ohio State University. His focus is providing creative solutions that have a lifetime of positive impacts on the financial technology industry. He is tremendously passionate about his work in innovation and hopes to provide the proper financial tools and skill sets to those in need.

Paul Reeder, The Ohio State University

As the Executive Director of the Center for Innovation Strategies, Paul’s mission is to partner with key university stakeholders to establish a unified, overarching innovation collaboration strategy that maximizes value creation for Ohio State. In his previous position as Director of Operations and Collaboration Strategy in the Office of Research, Industry Liaison Office and Director of the Ideation Lab in the Technology Commercialization Office. Before joining Ohio State in 2012, Paul founded Design Axis, a consulting firm specializing in product development and strategic innovation. Previously Paul founded Zura Sports, a manufacturer of consumer products, acquired in 2008 by AquaSphere.

Wynn Wiksell, The J.M. Smucker Company

Wynn has held roles in the Innovation, Technology, Quality and R&D sectors throughout his career. He has participated in the launch and/or oversight of many of the disruptor packages and products of the last 2 decades: Smucker’s Snackers, Go-Gurt tubes, Betty Crocker Bowl Appetite, Pop Secret Microwavable Popcorn, Yoplait Chocolate Whips, Cheerios Flavor Extensions, 8th Continent Soymilk, Green Giant Steamers, Pillsbury Poppin Fresh Dough, JiF Power-Ups, Old El-Paso Taco Shells, and Pillsbury Decorating Icing bags. Wynn currently participates in the R&D innovation for Sahale snacks, R.W. Knudsen juices, Santa Cruz juices and peanut butters, and TruRoots quick cook and grains brands.

Joan Smith, Honda R&D Americas

Experienced Director of Innovation with a demonstrated history of working in the automotive industry. Skilled in Operations Management, Root Cause Analysis, Continuous Improvement, Product Development, and Engineering. 99P Labs is a collaborative innovation space. We bring University faculty and students together with Industry partners to develop digital technologies for the future of mobility and accelerate them into minimum viable products.

Julienne Krennrich, Ames Laboratory

As leader of the Innovation Partnerships Program (IPP) at the Ames Laboratory, Dr. Julienne Krennrich is responsible for the Laboratory’s industry outreach and partnership activity, including contracts. She works collaboratively with the Iowa State University Research Foundation to develop technology commercialization strategies and partners. Additionally, IPP oversees proposal submission processes for the Laboratory and delivers scientific and technical information reporting to the DOE. Dr. Krennrich earned a PhD in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics and an MBA. She has experience cultivating research relationships with industry, including forming and managing industry consortia. She is interested in tech-based economic development and startups.

Jesse Tyson, National Black MBA Association

Tyson graduated from Lane College in 1974 and earned an MBA from The Ohio State University in 1976. Jesse attended the Brookings Institution and the International Institute for Management Development Business School in Switzerland and interned with the US Department of State where he studied in Senegal. His career grew from an early interest in marketing to leading road transportation safety and efficiency operations at Exxon Mobil. Tyson’s acumen for business operations and strategy put him in the position of leading their Global Aviation business based in Brussels. Jesse Tyson is currently the President & CEO of the National Black MBA Association.

Peter Dougherty, Peter William

Peter William Dougherty, AIA, LEED AP, is an architect, urban designer, and founder of Peter William, an interdisciplinary design practice focused on innovation districts and their diverse ingredients. During 2017-18, working together with property owner JBG Smith and with Arlington County, Virginia, Peter was lead architect and design visionary for National Landing, the Washington DC region’s winning proposal in the Amazon HQ2 competition, which drew over 200 entries from across the US and Canada. Peter received his Master of Architecture degree in 2002 from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Jenny Moe, The Procter and Gamble Company

Jenny leads the Corporate Open Innovation Program for R&D in the Americas at the Procter and Gamble Company. Her primary focus is on accelerating innovation through external partnerships that include academia. Jenny has spent the majority of her 26 – year career at Procter and Gamble developing products for the Fabric Care category, focusing on the front end of innovation of formulated products. She led innovation programs ranging from the translation of new garment benefits into technical and consumer models to the development of new materials and fabric care formulations. She led multiple alliance programs for P&G with both the appliance industry in the US and strategic chemical suppliers for the Fabric Care business. Jenny holds a PhD in Organometallic Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Piyush Pandey, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Piyush Pandey is a Managing Director in Deloitte’s Government and Public Services practice and leads cybersecurity programs for Government clients as part of Deloitte’s smart city initiative. He has more than 17 years of experience in leading government transformation initiatives in cyber risk and privacy areas across multitude of programs such as health and human services, transportation, labor, office of innovation and administration. He speaks frequently on cyber risk management and smart cities topics at various forums. He has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and master’s in Business Administration. Piyush is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP).

Alba A. Clivati McIntyre, The Ohio State University

Since joining the Industry Liaison Office at OSU in 2012, Alba has developed the methods and processes used to provide targeted and strategic analyses to the ILO’s internal and external clients. She provides information on company intelligence, competency mapping, benchmarking and more. Alba received her PhD from Ohio State in Agronomy, with a major in Soil Physics and a minor in Statistics. She completed her postdoctoral training at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) on Ohio State’s Wooster campus.

Rena Cotsones, Northern Illinois University

Bringing people together for a common good has been a lifelong passion for Dr. Rena Cotsones. As Associate Vice President of Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development for Northern Illinois University (NIU), Dr. Cotsones works with regional partners to create and implement collaborative approaches to advancing education, economic development and workforce development initiatives in the northern Illinois region. Dr. Cotsones worked with community college and industry leaders to create NIU Engineering @ RVC, a community-based, industry-integrated engineering program in Rockford, Illinois. This collaborative workforce solution has inspired the development of other innovative solutions for the region and won the 2017 Award of Excellence for Talent + Place Development from the University Economic Development Association (UEDA).

Heather Lawrence, Ohio University

Dr. Heather Lawrence is the Associate Dean for Graduate and Professional Programs, Professor of Sports Administration, and Robert H. Freeman Professor of Business in the College of Business at Ohio University. She also serves as NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative for the institution. While previously the Director of the Professional Masters in Sports Administration program, the program earned the #1 Worldwide ranking by SportBusiness for multiple years. Her administrative duties in the College of Business encompass innovation and growth of graduate and professional programs focusing on the student experience. Prior to beginning her academic career, Dr. Lawrence worked in various administrative positions within intercollegiate athletics at Southeastern Louisiana University and the University of Florida.

Matthieu Karamoko, The Ohio State University

Matthieu works to catalyze collaborations between Ohio State researchers and external partners and provide actionable information to help clients make better-informed decisions. He brings a solid scientific background and business acumen to the BIM. Matthieu received his master’s degree in food science from ENSAIA in France and his PhD in molecular biology and biochemistry from Grenoble University in France. He holds an MBA from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.

Jeff Agnoli, The Ohio State University

Jeff Agnoli (BA/MA) is currently responsible for education, funding, and research development in the Office of Research | Proposal Development Office at The Ohio State University. Jeff has more than 30 years of experience in higher education and consulting with both non-profit and for-profit organizations. He primary areas of responsibility include: managing the internal nomination programs for faculty; assisting faculty and staff with the identification of funding opportunities to support their research efforts; managing the nomination process for external scholarly awards and prizes; identifying teams for interdisciplinary research opportunities; and the education and outreach efforts for the Office of the Vice President for Research. Jeff was elected to the NORDP Board of Directors in 2015. He has been a regular presenter at NORDP conferences and preconference workshops and served for two years as NORDP’s treasurer.

Tim Shaw

Timothy A. Shaw is a retired Special Agent with over 21 years in the FBI as an investigator. Tim conducted complex criminal investigation of Columbian Drug Cartels, Organized Criminal Gangs and Terrorism Organizations and spent eight (8) years with the tactical SWAT Team. He also proudly served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. After retirement from the FBI, Tim was the Dean of the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences at Tiffin University and still serves as an Adjunct Professor for the Homeland Security Program for the George Bush School of Business and Public Service at Texas A&M University. After leaving Tiffin University, Tim became the Chief Operating Officer of GlobalFlyte, Inc. GlobalFlyte was formed in Dayton, Ohio to integrate communication technologies developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, with commercially developed mapping, imaging and smart phone technologies. This integration creates a unique robust situational awareness solution for emergency response personnel responding to crisis incidents. He has a Degree from Muskingham College and a J.D. from Ohio Northern University.

Mariam Gorjian, University of Kentucky

Ms. Mariam Gorjian, New Ventures Manager, attended the University of Kentucky and graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. Received M.S. from Eastern Kentucky University in Industrial Technology. Ms. Gorjian worked in industry for aerospace military contractor for 7 years and has a combination of managerial, production, design, prototype testing, and legal contracts experience. Ms. Gorjian manages the Executives-on-Roster (XOR) platform for the University of Kentucky, Office of Technology Commercialization.

Todd A. Cleland, University of Washington

Todd leads the corporate relations team in UW’s central Corporate & Foundation Relations office. Todd and team are focused on supporting and growing UW’s top thirty corporate relationships and on leading strategic projects to enhance corporate engagement. Todd joined UW in 2010, after 20+ years at Hewlett-Packard. During his HP career, he worked in R&D and management roles in its semiconductor and inkjet printing businesses and led new business programs to commercialize HP technologies. Todd’s technical experience includes digital printing, displays, microfabrication, and microfluidics; he is an inventor on 20 issued patents. Todd holds a BSE from Princeton and a PhD from UC Berkeley, both in chemical engineering; he also has an SM/MBA in technology management from MIT’s Sloan School.

Ingrid Guerra-Lopez, Wayne State University

Dr. Ingrid Guerra-López is interim dean of Wayne State University’s Graduate School as well as a professor of Learning Design and Technology. Her area of expertise is in learning and performance systems, with an emphasis on strategic alignment, evaluation, and continuous improvement and has served as a key advisor to major international development organizations such the World Bank and the United States Agency for International Development. Dr. Guerra-López has held key leadership positions in prominent professional organizations in the field, including the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) Board of Directors, Editor-In-Chief of its research journal, Performance Improvement Quarterly, Chair of the ISPI Research Committee, and various other key committees and task forces. In 2017, Dr. Guerra-López was awarded the ISPI Distinguished Service Award, one of ISPI’s most significant honors in recognition for her many contributions to ISPI and the field. She has written eight books, including the award winning Partner for Performance: Strategically Aligning Learning and Development and the best-seller Needs Assessment for Organizational Success, and over 100 other publications in performance measurement and evaluation, needs assessment, and strategic alignment. She has also worked with students, leaders, and organizations in over 35 countries disseminating evidenced-based performance improvement practices. Dr. Guerra-López earned her Ph.D. and Masters in Instructional and Performance Systems and her undergraduate in psychology with honors from the Florida State University. She has been recognized by the Florida State University’s Instructional Systems Design program for her contributions to the field, and received the distinguished Gagne/Briggs Outstanding Alumnus award in 2014.