Annual Summit Agenda

2013 UEDA Annual Summit Agenda

Sponsored by West Virginia University

View the complete 2013 UEDA Annual Summit Program & Conference Guide

Sunday, October 27, 2013

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1:00 – 5:00 PM

Registration Opens and Exhibitor Set-Up

1:00 – 2:00 PM

EAUC Member Meetings

3:30 – 5:00 PM

UEDA Board Meeting

6:00 – 7:30 PM

“Show Your School Colors” Welcome Reception
& New Member Recognition

Show your school spirit to kick off the 2013 UEDA Annual Summit by wearing your school colors, logos, mascots.  Meet new friends and reconnect with others!  Following the reception delegates are encouraged to dine-around town at some of Pittsburgh’s popular eateries.

7:30 PM

Local Dine-Arounds

Monday, October 28, 2013

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7:00 AM

Registration Opens

7:00 – 8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

7:15 – 7:45 AM

Awards of Excellence Informational Session

8:00 – 8:45 AM

Welcome Message:
Welcome to Pittsburgh and the 2013 Annual Summit

The City of Bridges, Pittsburgh is recognized as a national model in university-driven economic transformation.  Speakers will set the stage for the sessions, activities and program presentations and provide insights into developments happening in Pennsylvania and the region.

Keynote Presentation

  • Carolyn Boser Newhouse, Deputy Secretary, Office of Innovation and Investment, PA Department of Community and Economic Development

8:45 – 9:45 AM

The University President’s Panel:
Higher Education’s Role in Economic Transformation

Nationally recognized university presidents and chancellors will discuss the evolving role and experiences for higher education in local, regional and national economic development and community transformation.

Panel Moderator: Mary Frances Postupack, UEDA Annual Summit Chair

9:45 – 10:15 AM

Morning Break

Sponsored by The University of Idaho

10:25 AM – 11:45 AM

Awards of Excellence Finalist Presentations (2 Concurrent Sessions)

Sponsorships of these sessions are available. Click here for sponsorship information.

A) Community Connected Campus:
Collaborative Formation and Development of the Bioscience & Technology Business Center at the University of Kansas, University of Kansas / KU Center for Technology Commercialization

Presented by:

  • LaVerne Epp
  • Julie Goonewardene
Incubation and Outreach Program, Wyoming Technology Business Center

Presented by:

  • Jonathon Benson
  • Christine Langley
SkySong, ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center,  Arizona State University

Presented by:

  • Janice Kleinwort
The eFactory: Growing the Local Economy from Idea to Job Creation, Missouri State University

Presented by:

  • Brian Kincaid
  • Allen Kunkel

B) Research and Analysis:
The Value-Chain of Colorado Agriculture, Colorado State University’s Office of Community & Economic Development

Presented by:

  • Gregory Graff
  • Kathay Rennels
The Iowa Business Concierge, University of Northern Iowa/ Regional Business Center Entrepreneurship Outreach

Presented by:

  • Sarah Bey
  • Maureen Collins-Williams
  • Patrick Luensmann
  • Rob Williams
Manufacturing and Logistics Report, Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research

Presented by:

  • Michael Hicks
Primacy of Place™ Initiative, Building Better Communities at Ball State University

Presented by:

  • Dick Heupel

11:45 – 1:15 PM


Sponsored by East Stroudsburg University and The University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service

Keynote Presentation:
The Pittsburgh Experience: How Higher Education and Place-based Planning Accelerated Economic Change

When Tom Murphy was Pittsburgh’s Mayor, the City launched an aggressive strategy to leverage its higher education and place-based assets to fuel and sustain its economic recovery.  At the Urban Land Institute, Tom has been gathering insights on transformational best practices throughout the world.  As Pittsburgh is again about to launch a new vision for the City, Tom will look back and forward on the City’s continued development and the lessons it can share with and learn from others.

Presented by:

  • Hon. Tom MurphySenior Resident Fellow. Urban Land Institute and Former Mayor of Pittsburgh

1:20 – 2:40 PM

Awards of Excellence Finalist Presentations (2 Concurrent Sessions)

Sponsorships of this these sessions are available. Click here for sponsorship information.

A) Leadership and Collaboration:
Research, Engagement, and Capabilities Hub of North Carolina (REACH NC), NC State University & UNC Chapel Hill (Joint application)

Presented by:

  • Sharlini Sankaran, Ph.D., Executive Director, REACH NC
Virginia’s University Based Economic Development Officers, Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development

Presented by:

  • John Provo
Economic Development Leadership Council (EDLC), University of Georgia

Presented by:

  • Tyler Duggins
  • Malcolm McCoy
e2e (Entrepreneur to Entrepreneur), Wyoming Technology Business Center

Presented by:

  • Jonathon Benson
  • Christine Langley

B) Innovation and Entrepreneurship:
Dream Big Grow Here, University of Northern Iowa/ Regional Business Center Entrepreneurship Outreach
Entrepreneurial Fellows Center, University of Pittsburgh, Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence

Presented by:

  • Dione Cahillane
  • Ann Dugan
Innovation Café©, Penn State College of Medicine

Presented by:

  • Dr. Keith MarmerAssociate Dean for Research Innovation and Director of the Office of Technology Development, Penn State College of Medicine
Research Commercialization Program, Innovation Works

Presented by:

  • Cole Wolfson

2:45 – 4:05 PM

Awards of Excellence Finalist Presentations (1 Session)

Sponsorship of this session is available. Click here for sponsorship information.

A) Talent Development:
Lehigh’s Master of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship (MTE), Lehigh University

Presented by:

  • Michael S. Lehman
  • John Ochs
Beta Alpha Psi Mentor Program, Washington State University

Presented by:

  • Sue Gill
  • Devin Ossman
  • Nori Pearson
  • Liz Steere
  • Chris Wang
Operation Reentry North Carolina: Tools for Advanced Manufacturing for Veterans, East Carolina University

Presented by:

  • Ruthann Cage
  • Ted Morris
  • Carl Rees
UMD Teen Enterprise, University of Minnesota-Duluth, Center for Economic Development

Presented by:

  • Elaine Hansen
  • Sandi Larson

4:05 – 5:05 PM

Panel Presentation: The Changing Face of Innovation in University-Based Economic Development

The United States is continuing to experience major demographic shifts. The escalation in racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity is challenging many traditional economic development paradigms including the role of higher education in innovation and economic development. This plenary session will present strategies that challenge traditional views on university-based economic development. Panelist will share innovative ideas and best practices that address community revitalization, global competitiveness, and the role of the knowledge economy in the 21st century.

  • Hon. Tom Murphy, Senior Resident Fellow. Urban Land Institute and Former Mayor of Pittsburgh
  • Jonathan Holifield, VP of Inclusion Competitiveness, Nortech
  • Lamont Hames, Chief Development Officer, UNCF Special Programs and Chief of Staff OSDU, NASA Headquarters
  • Christine Lovejoy, Enterprise Architect, Microsoft Corporation

5:15 – 7:30 PM

Self-Guided Tours of Heinz History Center

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Networking Reception

The Heinz History Center will play host to the evening UEDA networking reception. Delegates can socialize while strolling through exhibits that tell the story of Pittsburgh’s rich industrial past,

7:40 PM

Keynote Presentation – Innovation Ecosystems

9:00 PM

Local Dine-Arounds

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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7:30 – 8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 9:00 AM

Panel Discussion: New Definitions for Economic Development: The Public Sector Role and Metrics for Success

Despite the attention and significant public resources devoted to promoting innovation and entrepreneurship, there has been little agreement about how to measure outcomes and progress towards achieving the larger objectives of increasing economic development. Under a grant from EDA, the University of North Carolina and the George Washington University have been collaborating to develop new measures of performance based upon a new framework for economic development policy in order to assess capacity building outcomes and their relationship to realized economic growth outcomes. At the foundation of these metrics is a definition of economic development and a logic model that advances our understanding of economic development, differentiating it from economic growth. Speakers will discuss the implications of the definition of economic development including the role of government as a provider of infrastructure and capacity-building systems that are beyond the ability of the market to provide. Speakers will also explore how universities might increase their engagement to advance economic development through the new, exciting framework.

  • Tom Guevara, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional Affairs, Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce (moderator)
  • Arthur Boni, John R. Thorne Distinguished Career Professor of Entrepreneurship, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Maryann Feldman, Principal Investigator and Heninger Distinguished Professor, Department of Public Policy, University of North Carolina
  • Andrew Reamer, Research Professor, GW Institute of Public Policy, George Washington University
  • Bob Starzynski, Innovation Works, Inc.

9:05 – 10:05 AM

Concurrent Sessions:

A) The Explosion of Innovation and Entrepreneurship on Campuses

Entrepreneurship is exploding on campuses across the country. Entrepreneurship centers are the go-to source for access to information and resources about entrepreneurship. How can universities meet the increased demand of their constituents? How are universities engaging with economic development organizations? This panel will explore those questions and more.

  • Babs Carryer, Entrepeneur, NewVenturist blogger, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at CMU and Pitt (moderator)
  • Mike Lehman, Professor of Practice, Lehigh University
  • Jack Mason, Director of Entrepreneurial Studies, Duquesne University
  • Dave Mawhinney, Director of the New Center for Entrepreneurship, CMU
  • Paul Petrovich, Assistant Director of Technology Commercialization, University of Pittsburgh

B) Embracing a Rural Identity: How a Public, Land-grant University Encourages and Supports an Innovative Culture

Often success stories focus on urban environments and the numerous assets available to connect the university and the community. But what about the hundreds of universities in rural environments? West Virginia University (WVU) is the public, land-grant institution of the rural state of West Virginia and is committed to improving its local, regional, and statewide economic development outreach. This panel will discuss WVU’s vision, implementation strategy and impact while embracing an innovative culture.

  • Lindsay Emery, Business Development Manager, West Virginia University (moderator)
  • Dr. Eugene Cilento, Dean of Stalter College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, West Virginia University
  • Michael Green, Retired Business/Technology Executive
  • Dr. Fred King, Vice President for Research, West Virginia University

C) University Spin Outs: Lessons Learned from the Front Lines of Technology Commercialization and Company Formation

Creating new companies based on university research is the most sought after form of direct university-driven economic development. Yet it is much easier said and more often discussed than done. This panel will bring together representatives from university-based spin out companies who will share their experience (good and bad) and long-term operational plans.

  • Paul Scerri, Carnegie Mellon University (moderator)
  • Eric Beckman, Codirector, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
  • Priya NarasimhanProfessor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Lisa Weiland, President, Renerge, Inc.

10:05 – 10:35 AM

Morning Break

Sponsored by Lehigh University

10:35 – 11:35 AM

Concurrent Sessions:

A) Turning Town/Gown Into Economic Prosperity

A strong Town/Gown relationship can be hard enough to maintain let along expand and flourish. This panel will feature city and university experts who will look how small joint projects started 30 years ago have led city and regional efforts to grow the local jobs base and provide new investment back into the local economy.

  • Christopher Reese, Director of Community Relations, California State University, Fullerton (moderator)
  • Nicole Bernard, Economic Development Manager, City of Fullerton
  • Rebecca Spexarth, Director of Economic Development, Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization
  • Julie Throckmorton-Meunier, Foundation & Corporate Relations Officer, Washington Jefferson College

B) Building a University Innovation Ecosystem to Spark Regional Revitalization: Lessons from Carnegie Mellon

Carnegie Mellon University’s experience in evolving a university innovation ecosystem has greatly contributed to the transformation of the regional economy. Building upon the Pittsburgh experience, the presentation will highlight innovative strategies for engaging frontline faculty, venture and economic development partners to accelerate the development of university spin-offs.

  • Tim McNulty, Carnegie Mellon University (moderator)
  • Lenore Blum, Founding Director of Project Olympus, Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science, Co-Director CIE, Carnegie Mellon University
  • David Mawhinney, Executive Director, Don Jones Center for Entrepreneurship; Managing Director, Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund; Director, i6 Agile Innovation System; Assistant Teaching Professor, Tepper School of Business; Co-Director, CIE, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Bob Wooldridge, Director, Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation (CTTEC), Carnegie Mellon University

C) Industry and University Collaboration: Partnership Perspectives from Fortune 500 Companies

Research and development experts from Fortune 500 companies will share their thoughts, ideas, challenges, successes and failures in interacting with universities and Federal labs. The discussion will focus on ways to develop new ideas of better collaboration.

  • Razi Imam, Founder & CEO, 113 Industries (moderator)
  • Arthur Boni, John R. Thorne Distinguished Career Professor of Entrepreneurship, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Mario Greco, Growth & Market Strategy, Alcoa Inc.
  • Dr. Irene Spitsberg, Senior Manager Innovation Ventures, Kennametal Corporation
  • James A. Thompson-Colón, Ph.D, Bayer MaterialScience

11:35 AM – 1:00 PM


Keynote Presentation

  • Michele G. Wheatly, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, West Virginia University

1:05 – 2:05 PM

Concurrent Sessions:

Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development

A) Creating Economic Development through Online Learning

Employing talent, research and technology commercialization and providing resources for growth has now been augmented by the addition of the virtual world. This panel will explore how schools are adapting, developing and utilizing online learning as a tool to reach more students and create a richer worldwide platform.

  • Ian R. Tebbett, Professor and Director Forensic Science, University of Florida (moderator)
  • Dr. Joel Hartman, Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer, University of Central Florida
  • Mike Pearce, CEO Innovative Education & System VP Information Technology, CIO, University of South Florida

B) Economic Development Funding Strategies for University Ventures

As investment vehicles and strategies evolve, so must university-funding strategies. These strategies include crowd-funding, venture philanthropy and university venture capital funds, in addition to traditional state and federal economic development funding. This panel will focus on how to analyze which strategies are appropriate for your institution, how to select partners and how to navigate the policies and processes that are required to succeed.

  • Keith Marmer, Associate Dean for Research Innovation, Director of Office of Technology Development, Penn State University (moderator)
  • Peter Linder,  Office of Technology Transfer, Pennsylvania State University
  • Steve Wood, CEO Cowboy Technologies, Oklahoma State University

C) Lean Models for University Commercialization

For most universities, extensive tech transfer and commercialization offices simply don’t make economic sense. Plus university tech transfer operations are under increasing pressures from several different and divergent audiences. Fortunately, there are less expensive ways to achieve the desired end results of commercializing university knowledge. In this session we’ll have a chance to examine successful models that draw on external partners, extensive volunteer advisor networks, collaborative community/student engagement — and often drawing on other people’s money to finance much of the heavy lifting.

  • Mark Skinner, Director, Regional Innovation Acceleration Network (moderator)
  • Eric Gricus, Program Manager & Client Development, Innovation Center of the Rockies
  • Michael Matesic, Chief Executive Officer, Idea Foundry

2:05 – 2:35 PM

Afternoon Break

Sponsored by the Joint Economic Development Initiative of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh

2:40 – 3:40 PM

Concurrent Sessions:

Supported by The National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership

A) The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII): A Case Study in Regional Collaboration and Federal Grant Challenges

In 2012, a proposal to establish the National Additive Manufacturing Institute (NAMII) in the Tech-Belt region (Cleveland-Youngstown-Pittsburgh-Morgantown) was awarded a $30 million federal challenge grant. The proposal process brought together industry, research labs, economic developers and higher education. The panel will discuss that collaborative experience, what worked, what fell short, and operations post the grant award.

  • Gary Fedder, Associate Dean for Research, Carnegie Mellon University (moderator)
  • Lisa Camp, Associate Dean, Strategic Initiatives, Case School of Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
  • Bob Kolarik, The Timken Company
  • Ralph ResnickPresident and Executive Director, NCDMM and Founding Director, National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII)

B)  Higher Education Institutions as Anchor Institutions in Smaller Communities and Rural Regions

Higher educational institutions (HEIs) are now viewed as anchor institutions in many cities, place-based institutions with the capacity to help local and regional economic growth and engage in community-based revitalization strategies.  Colleges and universities in smaller cities, towns and rural areas also play anchor roles in their communities and can be as important a driver of economic and community impact as large HEIs in metropolitan regions.  This panel will discuss and compare the role of colleges and universities as anchor institutions in both urban and rural areas.  While university-community partnerships are extensive in rural areas through many means, including extension services, less attention has been paid to their role in community and economic partnerships as anchor institutions.  University-community partnerships and collaborations have become increasingly important in community and economic development across U.S., in both urban and nonmetropolitan areas.

  • Sabina Deitrick, PhD, Director of Urban and Regional Analysis Program, University of Pittsburgh (moderator)
  • Susan Fisher, Economic Impact Analyst, Fourth Economy Consulting
  • Ed Morrison, Regional Economic Development Advisor, Purdue University

3:45 – 4:45 PM

Concurrent Sessions:

A) Panel Presentation: Manufacturing Extension and “Pulling” Technology into the Marketplace

NIST’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership centers are working with universities, federal labs, and other partners to accelerate the use of technology among manufacturing clients.  One of MEP’s key tools is Technology-Driven Market Intelligence (TDMI), which guides the collection and analysis of market information about a specific technology and its potential opportunities for commercial success, either as a product or a process.   This approach has benefits for companies and for state officials: it enables companies to understand market opportunities when adopting  technology which can then lead to increased sales and company growth; States can better understand the existing market for a technology that — when adopted by existing or new clusters of companies in that State — can lead to economic growth.  This panel will describe the process, the roles of partners, and showcase ways MEP that companies and states are benefitting from the process.

  • Dave Cranmer, NIST Extension Partnership (moderator)
  • Tom Culver, Senior Innovation Advisor, Research Triangle Institute (RTI)
  • Dion Jackson, Associate for USC Center for Economic Development in the Price School of Public Policy, USC
  • Gene Russell, President & CEO, Corporation for Manufacturing Excellence (Manex)

B)  Energy Trends and Workforce Opportunities Report

Strong growth in the global demand for electric power is projected for the next half-century and beyond.  This growth will provide great opportunities for Western Pennsylvania (WPA) companies that are leaders in the chain of industries that generate, transmit and distribute electric power. While great opportunities await these companies, they are all preparing for the impact of workforce and technology development neglect that was dominant in their industries in the 1980s and 1990s.  Representatives of these industries have indicated that up to half of their engineering workforce will be eligible for retirement within the next decade.

  • Don Shields, Executive Director for Center for Energy, Director of Corporate Relations, Co-Director of Swanson Institute for Technical Excellence, University of Pittsburgh (moderator)
  • Laura S. Fisher, Senior Vice President, Workplace and Special Projects, Allegheny Conference on Community Development
  • Kate Jackson, CTO, Westinghouse
  • James McCaffrey, Senior VP, CONSOL Energy

6:00 – 8:00 PM

UEDA Annual Awards Banquet

Awards Presentation

Keynote Presentation – TBA

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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7:30 – 8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30 AM

UEDA Business Meeting

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

UEDA Board Meeting (Public)

12:00 PM


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