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Annual Summit Speaker Bios



Victor W. Hwang

Monday Evening Keynote Address – Innovation Ecosystems
CEO, Co-founder and Managing Director of T2 Venture Creation

Victor W. Hwang is CEO, co-founder and Managing Director of T2 Venture Creation, a Silicon Valley firm that builds startup companies and designs the ecosystems that foster entrepreneurial innovation. T2VC mentors and invests in innovative companies with breakthrough technologies. But unlike any other firm of its kind, T2VC also leverages the practical know-how of company-building to design innovation ecosystems around the world. This expertise includes capital formation, innovation policy, and entrepreneurial development for partners such as the World Bank, USAID, and numerous governments and corporations. Mr. Hwang’s complete bio is available here.




Dr. Eric J. Beckman

Codirector, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
George M. Bevier Professor of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh

Eric Beckman received his Ph.D. in polymer science and engineering from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1988. After postdoctoral research at Battelle’s Pacific Northwest Laboratory in 1987-88, Dr. Beckman assumed his faculty position at the University of Pittsburgh (1989). Dr. Beckman was promoted to associate professor in 1994, and full professor in 1997. Dr. Beckman received a Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation in 1992, and the Presidential Green Chemistry Award in 2002. Dr. Beckman previously served as Associate Dean for Research for the School of Engineering (1999-2001) and Chairman of Chemical Engineering (2000-2005). Dr. Beckman’s research group examines the use of molecular design to solve problems in green engineering and in the design of materials for use in tissue engineering. In 2003, with support from the Heinz Endowments, the Bevier estate, and John Mascaro, Dr. Beckman created the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, a school of engineering institute that examines the design of more sustainable infrastructure. In 2005, Dr. Beckman co-founded Cohera Medical Inc. (with Michael Buckley) to commercialize surgical adhesive technology developed at the University. Dr. Beckman took an entrepreneurial leave of absence from the University in 2007-2009 to help move the products to market; the company currently has 35 employees in Pittsburgh and Germany and has two products currently undergoing clinical trials.




Nicole Bernard

Economic Development Manager, City of Fullerton

Nicole has been with the City of Fullerton since 2008. In her current role as Economic Development Manager she reports directly to the City Manager and is responsible for facilitating the growth and success of the business community. She plays an active role in the community development process by leading the City’s Economic Development Action Team (EDAT), a group focused on limiting development processing delays to enable businesses to open faster and easier. Nicole also provides local leadership for recruiting and retaining businesses by partnering with local universities, chambers of commerce, realtors, brokers, and business advocates to provide a welcoming and easy to access government process. Prior to joining Fullerton, Nicole was project manager with TRG Land, Inc., a land planning firm specializing in master planned project design and entitlement processing. Nicole has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Cal State Fullerton, is a registered planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and holds a real estate license with the California Department of Real Estate.




Lenore Blum

Founding Director of Project Olympus, Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

Lenore Blum (PhD, MIT) is Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon and Founding Director of Project Olympus. Project Olympus is a good example of her determination to make a real difference in the academic community and the world beyond. Olympus has two main aims: to bridge the gap between cutting-edge university research/innovation and economy-promoting commercialization for the benefit of our communities and to creating a climate, culture and community to enable talent and ideas to grow in the region. Lenore is internationally recognized for her work in increasing the participation of girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. At Carnegie Mellon she founded the Women@SCS program. In 2004 she received the US Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. In 2009 she received the Carnegie Science Catalyst Award recognizing her work with Project Olympus targeting high-tech talent to promote economic growth in the Pittsburgh region and for increasing the participation of women in computer science.




Lisa Camp

Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, Case School of Engineering, Case Western Reserve University

Lisa Camp joined Case Western Reserve University in 2009 and is currently the Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives in the Case School of Engineering. In this capacity, she provides strategic research development, leadership, and change management through CSE, helping the School thrive in a changing research environment by working at the intersection of funding trends, societal needs, and faculty interests. Prior to joining CWRU, Lisa served in leadership positions at Cleveland State University, operated her own grant development consulting company, and worked at a Washington, DC firm helping faculty from small liberal arts colleges understand how to engage with Federal grant agencies and large national foundations. For over 20 years, Lisa has worked with a variety of institutions of higher education throughout the country to help faculty and administrators position ideas for both internal and external support. Lisa has presented at numerous national conferences on topics such as “Strategy and Organizational Development in Research Development” and “High Stakes Proposals: Working with Industry, Higher Education, and Non-Profit Organizations on $5M+ Proposals”. She also is a co-author on a book entitled, “The End of Academic Freedom: The Coming Obliteration of the Core Purpose of the University.”




Babs Carryer

Entrepeneur, NewVenturist Blogger, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh

Babs Carryer is a serial entrepreneur, writer and educator. She blogs about entrepreneurship on New Venturist. Babs has taught entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) for 15 years. Babs was embedded entrepreneur for CMU’s Project Olympus and innovation advisor for CMU’s Institute for Social Innovation. At the University of Pittsburgh, Babs teaches the Benchtop to Bedside technology commercialization course. She was director of training and faculty development at the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA). Babs is President of Carryer Consulting and co-founder of LaunchCyte, with a portfolio of companies. Babs has a Masters in Public Management (MPM) from Heinz College at CMU and a BA from Mills College in CA.




Dr. Eugene V. Cilento

Dean of Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, West Virginia University

Eugene V. Cilento is the Glen H. Hiner Dean of the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University. Cilento has been a faculty member in the WVU Department of Chemical Engineering since 1979 and served as department chairman from 1988-99. Beginning in July 2000, he served as Interim Dean. Cilento was appointed Dean of the College in July 2001. Since his appointment, he has marked the revitalization and renewal of the College’s infrastructure as the highest priority. A native of New York City, he has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. He also has his masters and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Cincinnati.




Thomas R. Culver

Senior Innovation Advisor- RTI International

Mr. Culver has worked for RTI International, a leading global non-profit research institute, for over 13 years advising on innovation and technology commercialization. Mr. Culver has developed, organized, and taught nationwide workshops on Technology Scouting and Market Intelligence processes and has delivered Open Innovation solutions to Fortune 100 companies, universities, large government, and small business clients. He routinely provides technology scouting, licensing, technical and market opportunity assessments, and strategic advising services across many technology and consumer sectors. He has helped clients successfully license technologies, develop several multi-million dollar investment partnerships, and find enabling technologies for globally launched commercial products.




Sabina Deitrick

Program Director, Urban and Regional Analysis, University of Pittsburgh

Sabina Deitrick is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and Director of Urban and Regional Analysis program at the University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR) at the University of Pittsburgh. She is co-founder of the Pittsburgh Neighborhood and Community Information System, a property data base of community and built environment data and information in Southwest Pennsylvania. She received her BA in economics and MA in regional science from the University of Pennsylvania and PhD in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley.




Lindsay Emery

Business Development Manager, West Virginia University

Ms. Emery has served as LIINC’s program manager since its inception in September 2011. She presented when LIINC was awarded the UEDA Awards of Excellence at the 2012 Annual Summit. Through LIINC, Ms. Emery initiates and coordinates partnerships between faculty researchers, graduate students, and the private sector. Areas of focus include bioscience and biomedical research, energy and environmental research, and security and intelligence research. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she graduated from Duke University in 2010, receiving graduating honors with highest distinction in the linguistics department. Lindsay is currently pursuing a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications.




Gary K. Fedder

Associate Dean for Research, Director of the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems,
Howard M. Wilkoff Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Gary K. Fedder is the Associate Dean for Research in the college of engineering, the Director of the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems, and the Howard M. Wilkoff Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and of The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He earned his B.S./M.S. from MIT, and Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley. His personal research lies in microelectromechanical systems. From 2011 to 2012, Professor Fedder served as a technical co-lead in the U.S. Advanced Manufacturing Partnership where he worked with industry, academia and government to generate recommendations that motivated the launch of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.




Laura S. Fisher

Senior Vice President, Workplace and Special Projects,
Allegheny Conference on Community Development

Laura Fisher serves as a member of the senior management team of the Allegheny Conference, and is responsible for directing one of its five core strategic initiatives, the Workplace program. Workplace, led by a CEO steering committee, is focused on broad issues of talent attraction and retention, education and related public policy. As part of her work in energy workforce, Fisher led development and implementation of the ShaleNET program, the first-ever multi-state initiative to create common education and training protocols across multiple states for workers in the natural gas industry. She played a leading role working with industry and educators in developing two successful competitive federal proposals which awarded $20M to the ShaleNET program. She also led the development of an occupational analysis across all energy sectors and the related manufacturing supply chain, examining future talent supply and demand issues, identifying high-demand occupations that form the basis of additional industry-led curricular and workforce programs. As part of this work she has formed a partnership with the Federal National Energy Technology Laboratory to begin to examine the impacts of innovation on workforce, and how systems can best build academic and technical programs to meet future needs.




Susan Fisher

Economic Impact Analyst, Fourth Economy Consulting

Susan Fisher is an Economic Impact Analyst with Fourth Economy where she completes economic and social impact research. Before joining Fourth Economy she was a Senior Project Director at Tripp Umbach Inc. for 16 years. Susan applies her expertise in linear cash flow analysis and her extensive experience conducting complex quantitative and qualitative research, analysis and reporting to health care and higher education projects. Her clients have included Pennsylvania State University, Saint Louis University, Mayo Clinic, Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Ohio Medical Colleges and Teaching Hospitals, and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Susan has a BA from University of Pittsburgh and is currently completing her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from University of Illinois.




Mario Greco

Marketing Director — Ground Transportation, MST
Growth & Market Strategy

Mario Greco is the Director of the Ground Transportation Market Sector Team in the Growth and Market Strategy organization. Together with his team, he is responsible for providing customer and market transparency, developing and maintaining the forecasts for automotive and commercial transportation market segments used for BU planning, and support execution of Key Account plans while seeking to maximize cross-BU growth opportunities through business development activities. Prior to rejoining Alcoa in 2010, Mario was VP of Advanced Development at Industrial Origami Inc. (IOI,) a Silicon Valley start-up, where he led commercial strategy and product development programs. He’s held several roles in the automotive industry including Manager of Product Portfolio Integration at FIAT Group Automobile; Lead Development Engineer for the Design Concept Car Team for the BMW Group; and Program Manager at Porsche Engineering Services, in Troy, MI.




Michael I. Green

Retired Business/Technology Executive

Michael Green is an advisor, investor and board member for several privately-held technology companies. He is a Board member of the West Virginia High Technology Council Foundation, Western Pennsylvania’s Innovation Works and the West Virginia State Board of Education. He began his career in 1969 as a mathematician, cryptanalyst and software developer at the National Security Agency. In 1979, he began his career in the private sector and worked in a variety of sales, marketing and executive roles for several high-tech companies. Mr. Green holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Boston University and a master’s degree in numerical science from Johns Hopkins University.




Eric Gricus

Program Manager and Client Development, Innovation Center of the Rockies

Eric’s entrepreneurial career started as the neighborhood kid that mowed lawns. This evolved into a painting company which successfully operated in Rhode Island, Crested Butte and Boulder, getting him through college. Eric co-founded and developed a company which sold alternative energy products online, primarily fuel cells and hydrogen storage products. After this experience, Eric joined the team at a small resort where he quickly became a member of the management team that turned the financial performance around and restored the culture of the business.




Thomas Guevara

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional Affairs,
U.S. Economic Development Administration

Thomas Guevara in his capacity as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional Affairs directs and supervises the activities of the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Office of Regional Affairs, including the Performance and National Programs Division and all six EDA Regional Offices. EDA’s Regional Offices are responsible for program delivery of investments that fulfill the agency’s mission of leading the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. Mr. Guevara brings over 21 years of management experience in financial advisory services, public-private partnership finance, and local economic development consulting.




Dr. Joel L. Hartman

Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer, University of Central Florida

Joel L. Hartman is Vice Provost for Information Technologies and Resources at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. As the university’s CIO, he has overall responsibility for library, computing, networking, telecommunications, media services, and distributed learning activities. Hartman was employed by Bradley University from 1967 to 1995, holding several information technology management positions, including CIO. Hartman graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Journalism and Communications, and received his doctorate from the University of Central Florida.




Johnathan M. Holifield, Esq.

Vice President of Inclusive Competitiveness, NorTech and
Co-founder, The America21 Project

Johnathan M. Holifield, Esq. is Vice President of Inclusive Competitiveness at NorTech, the regional innovation-based economic development organization serving Northeast Ohio. In this intrapreneurial role, he is responsible for leveraging and accelerating existing efforts within the Northeast Ohio region and leading new strategic initiatives to increase economic inclusion and competitiveness. His focus is building public/private partnerships to further infuse inclusion into the region’s innovation-based economic competitiveness strategies and outcomes. He is founding executive director of CincyTech USA – Cincinnati’s Voice of Technology and Innovation – and has held executive leadership positions with Cincinnati USA Chamber of Commerce, Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Cleveland Urban League and was a member of the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL. He has also served on several governing boards, including Bio/Start Bio/Medical Start-Up Center, Greater Cincinnati Venture Association, The University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute and The Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Mr. Holifield holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from West Virginia University, where he was elected football team captain, a master’s degree in Educational Foundations and law degree from University of Cincinnati, and is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.




Razi Imam

Founder & CEO, 113 Industries

Razi Imam is an accomplished award winning innovator, entrepreneur, and author. He has experience and knowledge of successfully innovating products and services, launching them in competitive markets, and building world-class high-performance teams. He has recently founded 113 Industries that focuses on helping companies shift their innovation strategy from being internally focused to adopting an Open Design-Driven Innovation model. 113 Industries drives the successful commercialization and adoption of discoveries coming out of research universities, federal labs, and research driven enterprises by mid market and Fortune 500 companies looking to introduce new products. In recognition of his entrepreneurial success, Carnegie Science Foundation has presented Razi with their prestigious award honoring Innovation in Science and Technology. Imam’s career spans working in Fortune 500 companies to being part of three successful startups. He has successfully launched and re-launched companies by defining their product and market strategies, repositioning them in the face of economic downturn, defining new product categories, and establishing them as the leader in their space.




Dion Jackson

Associate for USC Center for Economic Development in the Price School of Public Policy

Dion Jackson serves as an Associate of the USC Center for Economic Development in addition to maintaining a private consulting business, providing technical assistance and information to individuals and organizations. She has researched eco-industrial parks, brownfields redevelopment, and workforce development as tools for economic development. Technical assistance projects include the Green Valley Initiative Sustainable Economic Development Strategic Plan and the Rosecrans East Corridor Workforce Development Strategy. Ms. Jackson received her Master of Business Administration degree in Finance, a Master of Real Estate Development and a Master of Planning degree in Economic Development from the University of Southern California.




Dr. Kathryn J. Jackson

Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Westinghouse Electric Company

Dr. Kathryn J. Jackson is currently senior vice president and chief technology officer at Westinghouse Electric Company, responsible for leading the company’s research and development activities. She also leads the company’s environmental sustainability initiatives aimed at minimizing the impact of global business activities on the environment. Previously Dr. Jackson held the position of vice president of Strategy, Research and Technology at Westinghouse, responsible for the development of technology-based growth strategies. Dr. Jackson joined Westinghouse from Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), where she was the executive vice president of River System Operations and Environment and the corporate environmental officer. In her 17 years with TVA, she was responsible for the management of the 6,000 megawatt hydropower system, flood control, navigation, dam safety, public lands management, environmental services, and research and development activities. Formerly, Dr. Jackson worked for Alcoa Corporation as a technology forecaster and was a post-doctoral fellow at the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Jackson serves on the board of directors for ISO New England, Inc., responsible for operating New England’s bulk power system and wholesale electricity market and managing the region’s comprehensive planning processes. Dr. Jackson is also an advisor to Carnegie Mellon University’s Engineering School and the Complex Engineered Systems program, and is on the advisory board of the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center. Previously she served on the board of directors of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), as well as its Governance & Nominating and Executive committees.




Dr. Fred King

Vice President for Research, West Virginia University

Dr. Fred L. King is the Vice President for Research at West Virginia University where he guides campus-wide efforts to support and grow the research enterprise across a diverse spectrum of specialties through a range of support activities from the administration of key grant awards to programs and processes that assist faculty in seeking and securing grant funding for research. From 1998 to 2012, he served as the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University. Dr. King earned a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Virginia and a B.S. in chemistry from James Madison University. In addition to performing his administrative duties at the University, Dr. King continues to maintain an active research program in the fundamental characterization and analytical development of optical spectroscopy and mass spectrometry techniques.




Robert V. Kolarik

Program Manager – External Funding, The Timken Company

Robert V. Kolarik II is currently program manager – external funding in the technology organization of The Timken Company. Since 2003, Bob has had responsibility for contract administration of funded research & development projects. He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, receiving BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Ceramic Engineering. Dr. Kolarik began his career with the Company in 1981 at Timken Research and has worked in the areas of steel process and product development. Bob previously had been the project manager – process technology in the Company’s Steel Group. His assignments has included program management responsibility for two projects: Laser Ultrasonic Wall Gauge System (LUT) and Controlled Thermo-Mechanical Processing (CTMP) of steel seamless mechanical tubing done with partial funding grants from the U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. Kolarik also served as the past chair of the strategic planning for R&D advisory group to the American Iron & Steel Institute’s Committee on Manufacturing Technology. That group identified technology projects for which industry collaboration could be leveraged to secure government funding.




Michael S. Lehman, MD, MBA

Professor of Practice, Lehigh University

Michael S. Lehman is a Professor of Practice at Lehigh University, serving on the team that launched a new Master’s of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship. The faculty appointment also includes roles with Lehigh’s Baker Institute for Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Lehman brings a unique perspective to academic entrepreneurship, with experience as Director of PantherlabWorks and Student Entrepreneurship at the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, and as founding Director of the Juniata College Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Lehman holds a B.S. from Juniata College, an M.D. from the Penn State College of Medicine, and an M.B.A. from the University of Leeds (UK).




Peter Linder

Chairman Emeritus, Mid-Atlantic Angel Group

Peter Linder is past member of the board of directors of Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania. He is chairman emeritus of Mid-Atlantic Angel Group Fund, a member-managed angel fund investing in start-up companies. He also served as chairman of LORE, one of the oldest angel investment groups in the nation, and chair of the Angel Capital Education Foundation. He is a member of the Valuation Committee of Edison Venture Fund. Linder was founding president of ETHIX, a managed-care company. He also founded American Interactive, a company specializing in hospital laboratory data processing systems. He has been a member of the board of governing trustees of The Jackson Laboratory. Linder graduated from Penn State in 1961 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.




Christine Lovejoy

Enterprise Architect, Microsoft Corporation

Christine Lovejoy is a highly qualified enterprise architect with over 20 years of experience. She has delivered successful programs of change with many customers across many industries including Healthcare, Finance, Retail and Manufacturing industries over 11 years with Microsoft Services. Christine has an excellent track record of strategy development, business transformation and technology delivery, both domestically and internationally. She has had the lead on the development and alignment of Information Technology strategy with overall Business strategy, and the subsequent technology roadmap development and execution to get to future state architectures that deliver against business goals. This involved significant engagement with senior management and responsibilities critical to the realization of strategic initiatives. Christine has extensive experience creating solutions across Windows and Open Systems through her time at IBM, Alcoa and Carnegie Mellon University.




Keith Marmer

Associate Dean for Research Innovation and Director of the Office of Technology Development, Penn State College of Medicine

Dr. Keith Marmer serves as Associate Dean for Research Innovation and Director of the Office of Technology Development at Penn State College of Medicine where he is responsible for the identification, protection, and commercialization of innovative technologies. As an entrepreneur, Keith was founder and CEO of PhysioMetrics. He led the company to raise multiple rounds of investment funding, was awarded People’s Choice for Outstanding Company at the New Jersey Technology Council Venture Conference and received three patents. Keith has successfully launched four companies. Keith received his MBA and his Masters and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from University of the Sciences.




Jack Mason

Director of Entrepreneurial Studies, Duquesne University

Jack Mason is the Director of Entrepreneurial Studies at Duquesne University. He is an executive, consultant, researcher, and educator with more than 40 years of technical and management experience. Dr. Mason has startup, turn-around, organizational restructuring, and performance improvement experience as a line executive and consultant. He founded several businesses, both standalone and within larger businesses. He led the turnaround of a 350-person, $50 million public company. He has a BS from the U.S. Naval Academy, an MS in management from the Sloan School, and an ScD in engineering from MIT. As a Sloan Fellow, he studied and conducted research in France, Germany, Japan, and the US.




David Mawhinney

Co-Director, Carnegie Mellon Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Executive Director, Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship; Managing Director, Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund; Assistant Teaching Professor, Tepper School of Business

Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon, Dave was co-founder, Chairman and CEO of mSpoke, an internet content and advertising recommendation engine, was acquired in 2010 by LinkedIn, the world’s leading professional social networking site.  In 2006, Morgan Stanley’s MSCI/Barra business unit acquired mSpoke’s first business line, a quantitative investment recommendation engine. Prior to mSpoke, Dave was a General Partner of PNC Technology Investors. Earlier in his career, he co-founded three successful startup ventures, including Premier Health Exchange (acquired by Medibuy), Hawk Medical (acquired by McKesson), and Industry.Net (merged with AT&T Business Network to form Nets, Inc.). Mr. Mawhinney holds an MBA with Distinction from Carnegie Mellon University and a B. S. in Physics, Summa Cum Laude, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.




Michael Matesic

Chief Executive Officer, Idea Foundry

Michael M. Matesic, President & CEO of Idea Foundry, Inc., is a seasoned business executive experienced in working with businesses at a variety of stages. Over the last 10 years at Idea Foundry he has invested in and participated in the development of over 100 technology start-ups, creating jobs in the region. Previously, Mr. Matesic was Chief Executive Officer for two start-up companies and Chief Financial Officer for MetalSite, Inc., participating in the rapid growth of the company and public registration process. While at MetalSite, Mr. Matesic led the startup of the company’s subsidiary, ScrapSite.




James J. McCaffrey

Senior Vice President Energy Marketing, CONSOL Energy Inc.

Jim holds the position of senior vice president energy marketing for CONSOL Energy Inc., with responsibility for all domestic coal, gas and water sales. Prior to that, he was senior vice president sales for CONSOL Energy Sales Company. He previously jointly held the positions of vice president materials & supply chain management and senior vice president CNX Land Resources. His responsibilities in those roles included land management, purchasing functions and Fairmont Supply Company. He had held the position of vice president marketing services from 2003 to 2005. He also has experience as vice president/general manager in the coal operations group, responsible for various CONSOL mines. Jim joined CONSOL in 1976 as a coal miner, and advanced progressively through operating and management positions at the Bailey and Enlow Fork mines, culminating in being promoted to mine superintendent at the Enlow Fork mine and subsequently at Mine 84. Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and a master’s degree in Business from the University of Pittsburgh Katz Business School. He has been named a distinguished alumnus of the University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering.




Carter McClure

Manager, East Stroudsburg University Business Accelerator

Carter McClure is the Manager of the East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania Business Accelerator Program. He has an MBA from Hampton University and is a certified information systems consultant. For twelve years, Carter managed financial analysis for companies including: Motorola, Caremark Rx, and Citibank of Chicago. After leaving the corporate sector, Carter pursued an entrepreneurial endeavor in server risk mitigation. Carter has managed incubator operations in Tennessee and has served on numerous boards supporting Regional Economic Development. In his current capacity, Carter was recently appointed to lead a task force to encourage Innovation and Entrepreneurship at East Stroudsburg University.




Tim McNulty

Associate Vice President of Government Relations, Carnegie Mellon University

Tim McNulty is Associate Vice President of Government Relations at Carnegie Mellon University. In this role he supports Carnegie Mellon faculty by enhancing collaboration with federal, state and local government partners. McNulty joined Carnegie Mellon in January 2003 after 8 years in service with Governors Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker. This included serving in the Department of Community and Economic Development as Executive Deputy Secretary and Acting Secretary and in the Governor’s Office as Deputy Chief of Staff for Technology Initiatives. Prior to joining the Commonwealth McNulty directed the Pittsburgh regional revitalization initiative. Before coming to Pittsburgh he was the executive director of the Council of Great Lakes Governors and director of a regional consortium at Argonne National Laboratory. A resident of Pittsburgh, McNulty holds a bachelors degree from Indiana University and a Masters of Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago.




Ed Morrison

Regional Economic Development Advisor
Purdue Center for Regional Development

Mr. Morrison is Regional Economic Development Advisor for the Purdue Center for Regional Development. He is also a member of the faculty of the Purdue College of Technology, where he is engaged in innovation policy. As a part of this work, he has led a team to develop a new strategy discipline, Strategic Doing. This discipline enables civic leaders to form complex collaborations quickly, guide them toward measurable outcomes and adjust along the way. Purdue offers a certification in Strategic Doing and is anchoring a national network of colleges and universities to support the discipline.




Tom Murphy

ULI Canizaro/Klingbeil Families Chair for Urban Development

Tom Murphy has been a senior resident fellow at the Urban Land Institute since 2006. A former mayor of Pittsburgh, he joins four other senior resident fellows who specialize in housing, finance, retail, and sustainable development. His extensive experience in urban revitalization—what drives investment, what ensures long-lasting commitment—has been a key addition to the senior resident fellows’ areas of expertise. Since January 2006, Murphy has served as ULI’s Gulf Coast liaison, helping coordinate with the leadership of New Orleans and the public there rebuilding recommendations made by a ULI Advisory Services panel held shortly after Hurricane Katrina. He also worked on rebuilding strategies with leaders in the Gulf Coast areas of Mississippi and Alabama in the wake of Katrina. Murphy served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay from 1970 to 1972. He is a 1993 graduate of the New Mayors Program offered by Harvard University’s Kennedy School. He holds a master of science degree in urban studies from Hunter College and a bachelor of science degree in biology and chemistry from John Carroll University. He is an honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects; a board member of Harmony Development Inc. of New Orleans; president of the board of the Wild Waterways Conservancy of Pennsylvania; and a board member of Mountain Lake Inc. of Virginia.




Priya Narasimhan

Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering,
Carnegie Mellon University

Priya Narasimhan’s research interests lie in the fields of dependable distributed systems, fault-tolerance, embedded systems, mobile systems and sports technology. She serves as the academic lead of the Intel Science and Technology Center in Embedded Computing (ISTC-EC) that comprises Carnegie Mellon, Penn State, UIUC, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, UC Berkeley and Georgia Tech. Priya Narasimhan is the CEO and Founder of YinzCam, Inc., a Carnegie Mellon spin-off company focused on mobile live streaming and scalable video technologies to provide the ultimate mobile fan experience to 55+ professional sports teams/venues.




Carolyn Boser Newhouse

Deputy Secretary, Office of Innovation and Investment
PA Department of Community and Economic Development

Carolyn Boser Newhouse has more than 20 years of demonstrated entrepreneurial and business expertise in multiple private sector arenas. She is founder and co-founder of multiple companies, encompassing wired and wireless communications, engineering, supply chain automation, retail business and commercial real estate. As Deputy Secretary for I&I, Carolyn Newhouse is responsible for more than 70 economic development programs, representing nearly 75 percent of DCED’s total budget of $237 million. Carolyn’s deputate employs a low administrative overhead equal to only 0.28 percent of the project funds approved; and under the Corbett Administration, I&I’s monitoring division has restored more than $5.36 million in funds back to the commonwealth. Carolyn earned her undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh and is a graduate of the Entrepreneur Leadership and Advanced Entrepreneur Leadership programs at the University of Buffalo.




Mark A. Nordenberg

Chancellor, University of Pittsburgh and Distinguished Service Professor of Law

Mark Nordenberg joined the University in 1977 as a faculty member in the School of Law. Earlier in his career, Chancellor Nordenberg served as Dean of the School of Law and as Interim Provost of the University. In 1994, he was elevated to the special faculty rank of Distinguished Service Professor. In 1995, he was elected Interim Chancellor by the University’s Board of Trustees, and in 1996, following a national search, he was elected Chancellor. During his tenure, Chancellor Nordenberg has led Pitt through one of the most impressive periods of progress in its 226-year history as the University achieved new levels of quality and impact on virtually every front. Undergraduate applications have increased dramatically, and the academic credentials of enrolled undergraduates have soared. Pitt also ranks among the top five American universities in terms of total federal science and engineering research development support.




Rich Overmoyer

CEO, Fourth Economy Consulting and
Executive Director, UEDA

Rich Overmoyer is the Executive Director of UEDA and President & CEO of Fourth Economy Consulting. Rich and his team have been supporting the growth of the UEDA and working with the organization’s members to create value. Fourth Economy is a national economic development strategy firm that is pioneering new approaches and models of sustainable development. They focus on the relationships between universities, businesses, and communities to define new structures for shared benefit. Rich utilizes his year’s of experience in government and the private sector to help clients develop strategies that are implementation-ready. He holds a BA in Political Science and a MA in Public Policy from the University of Pittsburgh.




Mike Pearce

CEO Innovative Education & System Vice President Information Technology, CIO, University of South Florida

Michael Pearce currently serves as the CEO Innovative Education & System VP Information Technology, CIO for the University of South Florida System. The University of South Florida is among the nation’s top 63 public research universities and one of Florida’s top three research universities. In his role at USF, Michael oversees both the system wide information technology organization in addition to University College which has responsibility for the University’s strategic efforts to ensure student success and program innovation by leading USF distance learning development in collaboration with other University academic colleges, through market-based programs, full cost recovery, and funded models – growing continuing education, compliance and test preparation, conferencing, consulting, workplace-based education, metro initiatives, pre-college, adult completion, and certificate programs in support of life-long learning.




Paul Petrovich

Assistant Director of Technology Commercialization, University of Pittsburgh

Paul’s responsibilities include providing educational and advisory services to the entrepreneurial faculty and students at the University of Pittsburgh to create start-up companies utilizing their technology discoveries. He is a recipient of the prestigious national Tibbetts Award recognizing his services connecting technology innovators with SBIR funding for product development. He has served on several committees, including Chair of the Pennsylvania Innovation Partnership Funding Committee and is currently the Secretary Treasurer of the Pittsburgh Chapter – Product Development Management Association. He has a B.S. in Business Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is a member of the AICPA and PICPA.




Mary Frances Postupack

Vice President for Economic Development and Research Support, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

Mary Frances Postupack is the Vice President for Economic Development and Research Support at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. She manages the ESU division of Research and Economic Development (RED) which includes an award-winning Business Accelerator Program, the Office of Workforce Development, Entrepreneurial Leadership Center, and the Office of Sponsored Projects and Research which secured in excess of $38 million from FY02-11. Mary Frances has over 20 years of experience in the areas of education, business, community and economic development. She received a BS from the Pennsylvania State University, M.Ed. from East Stroudsburg University, and Corporate Entrepreneurship Certification from Lehigh University. She is a certified Stephen Covey Trainer and was recognized as one of the top 25 women in business in NE PA by the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal.




Christopher J. Reese

Director of Community Relations, California State University, Fullerton

Chris Reese has served as Director of Community Relations for Cal State Fullerton since 2009. Chris serves as the campus liaison for local and regional governments, businesses, non-profit, and community organizations. Chris serves as the lead representative for the campus for all areas of town/gown relationships, external economic development projects, and business outreach coordination. Prior to his work with CSUF, Chris served as Executive Vice President for Iger & Associates, a government interface firm representing clients for land use and local government policy changes and as Senior Field Representative to California State Assemblywoman Lynn Daucher. Chris has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Cal State Fullerton.




Ralph Resnick

President and Executive Director, NCDMM
Founding Director, National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII)

Mr. Resnick joined NCDMM in September 2008 as Vice President, Chief Technology Officer with over 35 years of manufacturing experience. He assumed President & Executive Director in May 2011 and led the NCDMM to winning the competitive National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) contract. Prior to joining NCDMM, Mr. Resnick served as Chief Technology Officer for both The Ex One Corporation and Extrude Hone where he helped establish Extrude Hone and Ex One as leaders in advanced manufacturing. He holds several patents in manufacturing processes and metrology. Mr. Resnick serves on the Boards of: Louisiana Center for Manufacturing Sciences (LCMS); NIST Smart Machining Consortium; Navy Metalworking Center’s (NMC) Industry Advisory Board; MTConnect® Institute; DoD’s JDMTP Metals Subpanel; and the prestigious International Institution for Production Engineering Research (CIRP). Mr. Resnick was recently elected to the Board of Directors of SME and is a Fellow and the Chairman of SME’s International Awards and Recognition Committee. In 2010, Mr. Resnick received the NAMRI/SME “Outstanding Lifetime Service Award.”




Paul Scerri

Associate Research Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Paul Scerri is an Associate Research Professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute where his research looks at large teams of software agents and robots doing complex tasks in the field. Over the last 15 years, he has built robotic teams ranging from soccer playing robots to unmanned air vehicles for managing cattle. Originally from Australia, he did his Phd in Sweden before moving to the US in 2001. Platypus uses teams of small robotic boats to collect water quality information from ponds, lakes, creeks and rivers. The very low cost of the boats dramatically changes the cost of collecting water information, opening up new possibilities in industries such as environmental protection, education and farming. After only one year Platypus boats have been used in Australia, Qatar, China and the US.




Don Shields

Executive Director, Center for Energy
Director of Corporate Relations
Co-Director, Swanson Institute for Technical Excellence

Don Shields is the executive director of the Center for Energy at the University of Pittsburgh. He also serves as director of corporate relations for Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering and co-director of the University’s Swanson Institute for Technical Excellence. He is primarily responsible for establishing partnerships between the school and its corporate constituencies to invest directly in the school through sponsored research projects and philanthropy and to collaborate with the university in the pursuit and performance of government funded research grants. Prior to joining the University of Pittsburgh in 2005, Shields was the director of development for the College of Engineering at Carnegie-Mellon University. Shields has 10 years of experience in the environmental engineering field, most recently as a project manager at Michael Baker Corporation, prior to joining Carnegie-Mellon in 1996. Shields led teams of engineers, geologists, and environmental scientists conducting environmental investigations at a wide variety of superfund sites, military installations, and industrial facilities. He received a BS in geosciences/biogeology from Pennsylvania State University, a MS in geology from the University of Nebraska, and a Master of Public Management (MPM) from Carnegie-Mellon. He is a Registered Professional Geologist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Since 2001, he has served on the Board of Directors for Construction Junction, a non-profit organization that promotes conservation through the reuse of building materials. At Construction Junction he is a past-vice president of the Board and is currently the chairman of the Fundraising Campaign Committee.




Chuck Shoopman

Assistant Vice President, Institute for Public Service (IPS), University of Tennessee

Chuck Shoopman is Assistant Vice President of the University of Tennessee’s Institute for Public Service (IPS). The Institute is composed of five outreach organizations that connect people and solutions to improve the efficiency and performance of businesses and governments across Tennessee. Chuck leads the organization’s efforts to help business and government leaders improve job retention, promote job growth and build stronger communities. Before rejoining UT in 2004, Shoopman worked over ten years with the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) Economic Development organization. While at TVA he served in a variety of leadership roles, including Acting Vice President of Economic Development. Program responsibilities ranged from managing the organization’s revolving loan programs and small business assistance efforts to international industrial development activities.




Mark Skinner

Vice President, SSTI and Director of the Regional Innovation Acceleration Network (RIAN)

Mark Skinner is founding Director of the Regional Innovation Acceleration Network (RIAN), a federally-funded project striving to make public-private investments in innovation-based growth more efficient while achieving greater impact. Applying systems thinking to regional development strategies, RIAN is working to establish a national network of existing and emerging nonprofit Venture Development Organizations for peer-to-peer sharing of information, best/common practices and collaborative investment and entrepreneurship opportunities. Mark is also Vice President of the State Science & Technology Institute. Working with SSTI since 1998, Mark is a lead developer for SSTI’s annual conference content and served as the editor of the SSTI Weekly Digest. He was the principal author or a co-author on a number of publications, including A Resource Guide for Technology-based Economic Development and State and Federal Perspectives on the SBIR Program. Mr. Skinner received his B.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from Miami University (Oxford, OH).




Rebecca Spexarth

Director for Economic Development, Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization

Rebecca is the Director of Economic Development at the Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization, where she leads the organization’s partnership with Knowledge-Based Economic Development, LLC in Manhattan, KS. Ms. Spexarth focuses on recruiting or expanding businesses to the region that have a research-based relationship with Kansas State University. Prior to joining the Institute for Commercialization, she worked in marketing, sales, and corporate retail planning. Ms. Spexarth received her Bachelors degree in Marketing, Spanish, and Leadership Studies at Kansas State University.




Dr. Irene Spitsberg

Senior Manager Innovation Ventures, Kennametal Corporation

Forward-thinking Global Innovation, Technology and New Business Development Leader who leverages deep and broad technical and business development expertise to unlock opportunities, drive commercial success and spur multimillion to multibillion-dollar growth within highly specialized industries. From concept through launch, builds, connects, engages and motivates multicultural, cross-functional teams to create market-leading products and solutions. Respected for integrity, ability to articulate direction, and proven expertise for innovation, organizational practices, fostering collaboration and building consensus among strategic partners, and internal and external stakeholders.




Bob Starzynski

Director of Business Development,
Innovation Works, Inc.

Bob Starzynski serves as Director of Business Development for Innovation Works. In this role, Bob manages all fundraising efforts for the organization, fosters partnerships and alliances within the local and national economic and community development sectors, advocates for effective economic development policy in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C., and builds collaborative relationships with national agencies, local and national foundations, and the corporate community. Bob has been with Innovation Works since 2001, having served in a variety of capacities, including most recently as Director of Grant Programs. In that capacity, he provided strategic business assistance to more than 75 companies per year and won two national and international economic development excellence awards for his efforts.




Dr. Subra Suresh

President, Carnegie Mellon University

Subra Suresh became the ninth president of Carnegie Mellon University on July 1, 2013. Before joining Carnegie Mellon, Dr. Suresh served as director of the U.S. National Science Foundation; among his many accomplishments in that role was co-founding the Global Research Council, a forum for leaders of major science research funding agencies from around the world. He also promoted U.S. economic development through, among other initiatives, the NSF’s iCorps program for technology commercialization. Dr. Suresh was dean of the School of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is a distinguished materials scientist, and his work on cellular nanomechanical processes and human disease states has shaped new fields at the intersection of engineering and biology. Dr. Suresh has received numerous awards and honors, including election to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Most recently, he received the 2013 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science.




Dr. Ian R. Tebbett

Professor and Director Forensic Science, University of Florida

Ian Tebbett is a professor and director of online programs in the College of Pharmacy, University of Florida. Dr. Tebbett’s primary responsibility is with the UF Forensic Science program which he developed in 2000. Over the course of the last twelve years, he has built this program into the largest Forensic Science program in the world with around 3000 enrollments/year and students from 50 countries. Dr. Tebbett has received numerous awards for online education and was recently named as the president and CEO of the American Distance Education Consortium. Dr. Tebbett has worked as a consultant for many international and national law enforcement agencies and his research interests include novel approaches to education and training of Forensic Science. He has over 100 scientific publications and has acted as a principal or investigator on over $25 million in grant funding. Tebbett graduated with a degree in pharmacy from the University of London, and a PhD in forensic toxicology from Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland. He has been employed by the University of Florida since 1993.




Julie Throckmorton-Meunier

Foundation and Corporate Relations Officer, Washington & Jefferson College

Julie Throckmorton-Meunier is the Foundation and Corporate Relations Officer for Washington & Jefferson College, where she is responsible for planning, implementing, and directing the College’s comprehensive program of foundation, corporate, and governmental support. She works closely with all members of the development staff as well as members of the College faculty, administration, alumni, and volunteers. She also works with the local community on college/community initiatives that aid in building positive relationships amongst the two. From 2000-2010, Throckmorton-Meunier was a Folklife Consultant and then Cultural Resources Specialist in the Cultural Conservation Division at the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, whose mission is to promote and interpret the cultural, natural, historical, and economic resources of an eight-county region in western Pennsylvania. At Rivers of Steel, Throckmorton-Meunier provided technical assistance to tradition-bearers and folk-cultural organizations. Major accomplishments included work on the Routes to Roots Driving Guide of folk-cultural and industrial heritage sites in western Pennsylvania; Tradition-Bearers: Voices from the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, a 13-part radio series; the Shaped by Steel: Traditional Music and Stories from Southwestern Pennsylvania audio CD; and the teacher-training course Hidden in Plain Sight: Traditional Folk Arts of Our Region and How to Teach Them in Your Classroom. Throckmorton-Meunier received her bachelor’s degree in music education from Westminster College, and her master’s degree in music history from West Virginia University.




Lisa Mauck Weiland

President, Renerge, Inc.

Lisa Weiland (2003 ME PhD, Georgia Tech), has over 15 years of experimental experience in adaptive structures. She is the recipient of a 2009 NSF CAREER Award and the 2011 ASME Gary Anderson Early Achievement Award, granted annually to one person in their ascendancy for notable contributions to the field of adaptive structures, where her work has been covered internationally. Lisa Weiland founded Renerge, Inc. in June 2011 based on the adaptive structures device concept developed in her University of Pittsburgh laboratory, and in anticipation of the corresponding patent filing. She began an entrepreneurial leave of absence in September 2012 in order to serve as Renerge’s president, and thereby focus on advancing the REED technology to market.




Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D

President, East Stroudsburg University

Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D. was appointed as the 13th president of ESU in April 2012 by the Board of Governors for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and assumed her role as the first female president of ESU in July 2012. Dr. Welsh earned both her undergraduate degree in physical sciences and master’s degree in anatomy from Colorado State University, and her doctoral degree in anatomy from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She has published numerous articles in academic journals, has presented at a number of national conferences, and has been involved with a variety of community organizations, She is serving the local and regional communities in multiple capacities including: the Northampton Community College Monroe Campus Advisory Board, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Universities (NEPACU), Women’s Resources of Monroe County board, and the Buck Hill-Skytop Musical Festival board. As president of East Stroudsburg University, Dr. Welsh is also a member of the Marine Science Consortium (MSC) board of directors, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce.




Michele G. Wheatly

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, West Virginia University

As the Provost of West Virginia University, Dr. Michele G. Wheatly is the Chief Academic Officer responsible for the administration of all academic policies, programs, facilities, and budgetary matters except for programs reporting through the Chancellor of the Health Sciences Center. A major initiative of her first year as Provost was leading the university-wide strategic planning process with Chancellor Chris Colenda. The plan was endorsed in early 2011 by the WVU Board of Governors. Dr. Wheatly now works closely with the Office of Strategic Planning—which she helped found—and with the university’s full academic administration to align hiring priorities, student recruitment strategies, and campus programming decisions with the goals of the WVU strategic plan. She also chairs the University Planning committee that prioritizes funding decisions at the University.




Dr. Julie E. Wollman

President, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Julie E. Wollman became the 17th President of Edinboro University in June 2012, bringing to Edinboro a successful background in teaching, research, and administration. The first woman to be named president of Edinboro University, she came to Edinboro from Wheelock College in Boston, Mass., where she served as Vice President for Academic Affairs. Prior to that position, she served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Worcester State University, and Dean of Education and Human Development at Rhode Island College. Immediately upon becoming President, Dr. Wollman initiated a university-wide planning process that produced updated Mission, Values and Vision statements and new long-range goals for the University, all centered on a renewed commitment to uncompromising excellence and student success. She also has become active in the community, accepting appointment to the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership Board of Directors, the Hamot Health Foundation Board of Corporators, the United Way Erie Board of Directors, and she chairs the United Way’s Volunteer Engagement Cabinet, among other roles that represent the University’s responsiveness to the evolving needs of the broader community. Most recently, she accepted an invitation from state Sen. Sean Wiley to join his Senatorial Advisory Committee on Post Secondary Education.




Steve Wood

CEO, Cowboy Technologies, Oklahoma State University

Steven Wood is currently serving as CEO of Cowboy Technologies, LLC “CT”. CT is a university technology early seed stage investment fund. CT is owned by Oklahoma State University, but funded by private, not public money. Mr. Wood is responsible for identifying technology research across all colleges and campuses at OSU, engaging the faculty to develop appropriate business models for the commercialization of the research, mentoring the faculty into the entrepreneurial process, securing capital for launched technology entities and aligning resources for the CT mission. Mr. Wood also instructed graduate level classes in Entrepreneurship for Scientists and Engineers. Mr. Wood has mentored NFS I-Corp teams, is an inventor and holder of numerous U.S. and International patents.

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