Speakers and Moderators

Daniel Duncan, President, AURP; Executive Director, Nebraska Innovation Campus, University of NebraskaDaniel J. Duncan

Dan Duncan is the executive director of Nebraska Innovation Campus. He began his tenure with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1987 when he accepted the positions of operations manager at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff, NE. In 1991, he was named director of the University of Nebraska Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead, Nebraska followed by being named assistant director of the Nebraska Agricultural Experiment Station, then in 2008, he accepted the position of assistant dean and director of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Agricultural Research Division. In 2011, Dan moved into his current position as executive director of the Nebraska Innovation Campus Development Corporation.

Dan was born on a diversified farm and ranch in Sioux County, Nebraska. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics-Agribusiness, and Bachelor of Science Degrees in Animal Science and Agronomy all from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a LEAD VII Fellow and member of the Nebraska Hall of Ag Achievement and the Agricultural Builders of Nebraska.

Mason Ailstock, Immediate Past President, AURP; Senior Principal, HR&A Advisors

With more than 15 years’ experience working with education institutions, governments and private industry, Mason Ailstock has a proven track record of converging real estate, academia and business activities to advance communities of innovation. Prior to joining HR&A, Mason served as Vice President of Operations at The University Financing Foundation (TUFF), a private operating foundation created to provide research facilities and equipment to non-profit educational organizations.

Prior to joining TUFF, Mason served as Chief Operating Officer of the 7,000-acre (2,833-hectare) Research Triangle Park (RTP). Prior to his leadership at RTP, Mason served as the Real Estate and Global Partner Manager at Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research. Mason played key roles in the master plan execution and real estate transactions of the 250-acre (101-hectare) research campus, accounting for $250,000,000 USD in investments, over 500,000 sqft of LEED Certified multi-tenant, research and academic space. In 2016 Mason was awarded the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship where he traveled to Sweden and Saudi Arabia researching the development of university-anchored innovation districts.

Mason is the Past President and current Board Member of the Association of University Research Parks (AURP), Co-Chairman of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) University Development and Innovation Council, a member of the Atlanta ULI Center for Leadership, and the Global Eisenhower Fellowships Network.

Jonathon Bates, Executive Director, Real Estate Administration & Research Park, University of Utah Research Park

Jonathon Bates is the Executive Director for Real Estate Administration for the University of Utah with responsibility for the development of strategic initiatives to manage the University's real estate transactions. With responsibility for supporting the academic institution, as well as the University Health system, Jonathon is actively involved in leading real estate transactional work including management of a lease portfolio representing over 1.5 million square feet and close to $35M in annual obligations. Additionally, Jonathon oversees a property management and operations team that currently manages sixteen properties totaling over one million square feet of office, lab and clinical space. Jonathon also acts as director for the University of Utah Research Park and has goals to update the Park's Master Plan, Mobility Plan and Architectural Guide with a focus towards further development, densification and, most importantly, increasing the financial contribution that the Park continues to make for the University of Utah and the State of Utah. The University of Utah Research Park encompasses 320 acres and is currently home to over 51 private companies and 81 University entities totaling over 14,000 employees located in over 4 million square feet of space with another 400,000 square feet under construction or in final design. Jonathon has an Executive MBA from the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah.

Laura Weisskopf Bleill, Director, Communications & External Engagement, University of Illinois Research Park

Laura Weisskopf Bleill manages the community building portfolio of the Research Park at Illinois. She develops strategy behind the Research Park's events and programming; communications, branding and marketing efforts; and directs the Research Park's efforts to grow and retain its workforce. She also works with the entrepreneurial ecosystem across campus, and has been part of the core National Science Foundation I-Corps at Illinois team. In 2018 she served as an adjunct instructor for the NSF I-Corps national program cohort in Indianapolis. She is the co-PI and co-founder of the AWARE entrepreneurship inclusion effort funded by NSF, which has now has been replicated at other universities. She has a master's and bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University. An entrepreneur herself, Laura is CEO of a hyperlocal digital magazine in Champaign-Urbana.

Harry Brislin, IV, Director, USA Properties; University of South Alabama Technology and Research Park

Harry Brislin, IV serves as Executive Director of Real Estate Services and Asset Management at the University of South Alabama. In his position, Harry is tasked with the direction of the USA Technology and Research Park and USA Properties, a fully licensed real estate division of USA with the oversight of all University and University Health real estate.

Prior to joining USA in 2015, Harry began his career with regionally recognized real estate corporation, The Mitchell Company, where he served as Broker and Vice President of Commercial Sales, Leasing, and Development. He has been active in all facets of the real estate industry along the Gulf Coast including residential construction and development, commercial sales and leasing, retail and office property management and development, and national tenant representation.

As a native Mobilian, Harry received his B.A. and MBA from the University of South Alabama. He is an active member of a multitude of business and community organizations such as the Gulf Coast Technology Council, the USA Center for Real Estate and Economic Development, the Melton Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Camp Rap-A-Hope, a Mobile based children’s oncology summer camp. Most recently Harry was recognized as one of Mobile Bay’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2019.

Lisa Carnahan, Associate Director for IT Standards, Information Technologies Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Lisa Carnahan is a computer scientist serving as the Associate Director for IT Standardization in the Information Technology Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (ITL/NIST). She is responsible for helping develop laboratory programmatic standards and conformity assessment strategies, understanding potential standards opportunities in emerging technologies, and promoting the benefits of conformity assessment and standards adoption and use in the federal government and industry. She currently serves as the NIST lead on conformity assessment aspects of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and Privacy Framework efforts. She consults to the Directors of the US HHS Health Information Technology Certification Program and the US HHS National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory. She is the Convener of the US Interagency International Cybersecurity Standardization Working Group. With her NIST colleague Amy Phelps, she recently completed updates to NIST’s key documents for understanding and applying conformity assessment concepts in the federal government.

Brian Darmody, JD, Chief Executive Officer, Association of University Research Parks (AURP)

Brian Darmody was announced AURP CEO in February 2019. In this new role Brian will lead AURP into new initiatives including expanding membership, international partnerships and funding in order to build out additional member benefits.  Over the course of the year, Brian will be winding down his activities at UMD where he currently serves as Associate Vice President (AVP) of Corporate Engagement at the University of Maryland (UMD). At UMD, Brian  is responsible for developing the overall university strategy for corporate relationships, as well as the development of projects and policies to support these initiatives centrally and through the colleges and schools on campus of the University of Maryland.

Previously, he was the University’s AVP for Corporate and Foundation Relations in the Division of University Relations, AVP for Research and Economic Development, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Technology Development, Director of State and Federal Relations in the President’s Office and has served in the university’s legal counsel office. He serves on national and state boards, including: Fraunhofer USA, the Maryland Economic Development Association, and the Maryland Tech Council. 

He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore and he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Keisha Demps, Partnership Developer, NC State University Centennial Campus

Keisha is part of the partnership team with a focus on the Business Incubator. Her duties include developing and managing outreach, and engagement of current and prospective businesses while fostering opportunities for collaboration with faculty. Keisha obtained her bachelors degree from the University of Arizona. Little known fact - she spent two years as a professional athlete and trained as an alternate for the 2000 Olympics.

Kate Engel, Director of Communication and Culture, Nebraska Innovation Campus

In her current position at Nebraska Innovation Campus (NIC), Kate Engel is responsible for developing and implementing programs for NIC aimed at creating a culture that encourages collaboration and partnerships between NIC, the university and the community. NIC programs are focused on creating opportunities for people with different skill sets to meet and socialize – a critical aspect in developing a culture at NIC that embraces and sparks innovation. Kate grew up on a farm near Red Oak, IA and is a Nebraska Wesleyan University graduate and earned a MA in Management from Doane University. Kate is currently working on a PhD in human sciences with a specialization in leadership studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Laura Frerichs, Director, University of Illinois Research Park and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Economic Development

Laura Frerichs is responsible for managing startup company oversight of the University of Illinois Research Park, and supporting the University’s economic development efforts. There are 90 companies located in the Research Park, which is a development including 200 acres on the campus of the University of Illinois. She developed innovative entrepreneur support programs including the Entrepreneur-in- Residence program, I-Start launch program, Student Shared Services, SBIR and Industrial Design assistance. Frerichs led recruitment of new research and innovation centers in the Research Park for large publicly traded firms including: Abbott, Abbvie, John Deere, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Dow Chemical, Grainger, Riverbed, Citrix, ADM, Raytheon, Yahoo, and other publicly traded firms. She has also been instrumental in leading more than 100 event offerings annually for clients including technical training, entrepreneur education, and networking activities. Under her leadership the Research at the University was named AURP Outstanding Research Park of the Year in 2011, by Inc. Magazine as one of the top 3 College Town Incubators in 2013, and by Forbes in 2010 as one of 10 Incubators Changing the World. Champaign-Urbana has emerged as one of the top 20 cities for venture capital per capita, with 3.4 the national average invested for early stage firms.

Peter Gold, Esq, Principal, The Gold Group, LLC; Vice Chair, Global Interdependence Center

Peter A. Gold, Esq., formed TheGoldGroup, LLC, a consultancy to universities, colleges, businesses, not-for-profits and others. The Firm visions and advances initiatives centered on identifying and leveraging resources and assets, and accelerating innovation to marketplace through creation of value driven public-private partnerships and other means.

Gold was a founder and the first CEO of Rutgers-Camden Technology Campus, a mixed use business Incubator for new businesses and entrepreneurs located in Camden, NJ – one of America’s poorest cities. In two short years, Gold’s team created an environment that supported 35 newly created businesses, 120 jobs with a payroll in excess of $6 million, and private sector and venture investments of in excess of $6 million.

Gold’s was a senior partner, member of the Board and a business lawyer at Blank Rome, LLP – one of American’s largest law and government relations firms. He served as Associate Provost of Economic Initiatives and Senior Associate Dean at the School of Business of Rutgers University-Camden, and is a former member of the Board of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

Lev Gonick, Chief Information Officer, Arizona State University

Lev Gonick is an educator, technologist, and smart city architect. He has been teaching, working, and living on the Net for more than 25 years.

Currently, Lev is the Chief Information Officer at Arizona State University. He leads the ASU University Technology Office that provides technology services to all students, faculty, and staff. He is also cofounder of DigitalC, previously OneCommunity, the award-winning non-profit organization enabling and celebrating innovation, collaboration, and productivity through next-generation broadband networks, big open data solutions, and IoT for public benefit. From 2001 to 2013, Lev was CIO at Case Western Reserve University. He and his colleagues were internationally recognized for technology innovations in community engagement, learning spaces, next-generation network projects, and organizational development.

Marc Hoit, Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, North Carolina State University

In 2008 Dr. Marc Hoit became NC State’s first vice chancellor for information technology and Chief Information Officer. Over the past eight years he has led the development of a campus wide IT strategic plan and an IT governance structure. Dr. Hoit is a professor in NC State’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering. Prior to joining NC State he was a faculty member holding numerous administrative positions during his 24 years at the University of Florida.

Dr. Hoit was the co-principal investigator working with researchers from UNC-Chapel Hill and SAS for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to develop an early warning system for health-security concerns. He was also the Principal Investigator for the development of DIGGS, an international-standard XML schema for transferring transportation information, which is now an American Society of Civil Engineering Geo-Institute standard. While at Florida, he co-developed the FB-Multipier software used by all major bridge design firms and allows coupled bridge and foundation analysis using non-linear dynamic soil structure interaction modeling with an easy to use interface.

He is chair of the IT Committee for the Southeastern Universities Research Association and was recently an Educause board member. He is a Fellow of both The American Society of Civil Engineers and The Structural Engineering Institute. He earned his Bachelor of Science from Purdue University and his Masters and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley

Jackie Kerby Moore, Executive Director, Sandia Science & Technology Park

Jackie Kerby Moore is the Executive Director of the Sandia Science & Technology Park and has been since its inception in 1998.  This 350-acre technology community is affiliated with Sandia National Laboratories.  The Park serves as home for more than 40 companies and organizations employing over 2000 people, while total investment in the Park exceeds $385 million.  In recognition of its success, the Sandia Science & Technology Park received the Outstanding Research Park of the Year Award from the Association of University Research Parks (AURP) in 2008.  Jackie also leads Sandia Labs Technology-Based Economic Development Programs.

In related activities, Jackie is a past president of the Board of Directors for AURP, an international association.  She chaired AURP’s first Washington Summit and led the effort to get the first Science Park legislation introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House.  Jackie serves on the Board of Directors for Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University and the Santa Fe Business Incubator.  In 2010, she received the Career Achievement Award from the AURP.

Jackie has been recognized as one of New Mexico’s Power Brokers, was honored for Who’s Who in Technology in New Mexico, and has appeared on the cover of New Mexico Woman Magazine.  Jackie has been featured on CNBC Television and has been a frequent participant on local Radio Shows in New Mexico.  In addition, she regularly speaks on the topic of Research Parks at conferences and events throughout the world, including in China, Taiwan, Finland, France, Spain, Canada, Mexico, and Ireland. 

Charlie Knuth, Head of Market Research, Scoop Technologies

Charlie Knuth leads strategic research initiatives at Scoop, the largest carpooling solution in the United States, partnering with some of the world's most forward-thinking organizations like LinkedIn, T-Mobile, and Workday to offer convenient, reliable, and safe carpooling to their workforces. As Head of Market Research, Charlie primarily investigates the short- and long-term impact the commute is having on us as individuals, the organizations we work for, and the communities we live in.

Prior to joining Scoop in 2018, Charles spent over a decade in a progression of roles within CEB/The Corporate Executive Board’s Human Resources Practice, which was subsequently acquired by Gartner in 2017. While there, he consulted F100 CHROs and their teams on designing and measuring employee programs to support key business initiatives such as revenue growth, performance improvement, cost optimization. Notable projects include the redesign of partner-level succession management for a large consulting firm, evaluating the effectiveness of global talent acquisition processes and teams for an e-commerce company, and change management for HR M&A of multinational manufacturers.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting & Finance) from the University of New Hampshire.

Cameron McCoy, PhD, Association Vice President, Economic Engagement, Office of Economic Engagement, Lehigh University

As the Assistant Vice President of Corporate and Foundation Relations and Career Services at Lehigh University, Cameron McCoy is responsible for developing and executing an integrated strategic plan for the Lehigh University’s economic engagement functions, including corporate relations, foundation relations, career services, federal agency – industry – Lehigh relation, research park development assessment, and some elements of technology transfer and economic development.

Prior to joining Lehigh in June 2014, he served as the Executive Director of the Corporate Engagement office (CEO) at the University of Oklahoma (OU) where he was responsible for developing and executing an integrated strategic plan for the award winning University Research Campus (URC), coordinating research enterprise activities with industry partners, developing and expanding the engagement pipeline, and growing external partnerships with Oklahoma’s economic development organizations. He was also responsible for all marketing and public relations activates related to University Economic Development efforts, which include the CEO, Office of Technology Development (OTD) and the University’s student focused Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth (CCEW).

McCoy holds undergraduate degrees from Washington State University in architectural studies, history and social studies, with minors in military science and leadership studies. He earned a MA in leadership at University of Oklahoma. He earned his PhD with a focus on economics and educational administration.

Sam Medile, Founder, Off Campus Parking

An accomplished entrepreneur, Sam has over 30 years of business experience in the hospitality, tourism, and parking industries. He owned and operated several restaurants, simultaneously ran a tourism firm in Annapolis, Town Crier Pedicabs, and co-founded Towne Park, a valet parking company. Over the next 30 years, Towne Park became the nation's premier provider of hotel and hospital parking services with ~$250M annual revenue and ~12,000 employees, in more than 45 cities.

Sam is passionate about being a University of Maryland Alum, a Terp; giving back; and mentoring entrepreneurs as a Dingman Angel. He also donates to The George and Anna Manis Legacy Lacrosse Scholarship fund. He mastered the art of "the deal," meeting the needs of all stakeholders. Relationships, team building, and creating framed marketing concepts that translate into improved financial results are his forte.

Seeing the need for a better way to park, Sam founded Off Campus Parking. OCP generates new revenue streams for owners by maximizing underutilized space. In turn, increasing the value of their properties, while maintaining tenant happiness. Sam is the father of three children and married to his wife and business partner, Gemma. She manages the Medile corporate housing venture and Loft Corporate Rentals, which are executive-furnished, short-term stay properties in six cities around the country. 

Heather Metcalf, PhD, Chief Research Officer, Association of Women in Science

Heather Metcalf, PhD, is Chief Research Officer for AWIS, where she is project lead for their STEM to Market and ADVANCE Resource and Coordination (ARC) Network initiatives. She has undergraduate degrees in applied mathematics and computer science (Clarion University of Pennsylvania), master’s degrees in computer science (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and gender studies (University of Arizona), and a doctorate in higher education, science and technology policy (University of Arizona). She utilizes her unique interdisciplinary background to engage in research, policy, and programmatic efforts related to inclusive organizational cultures; individual and organizational change; and career pathways and experiences in STEM fields across all sectors, including entrepreneurship. Dr. Metcalf holds a patent on training materials for effective search and hiring processes and is the lead investigator on projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Kapor Center, the Small Business Administration, and the University of Illinois. She has appeared on a variety of media channels, including: Public Radio International, The Atlantic, The Guardian, National Public Radio, Inside Higher Ed, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Scientific American, Nature, Forbes, and more to share her expertise.

James O'Brien, Senior Vice President, University Affairs and Chief of Staff, Arizona State University

James O’Brien serves as Senior Vice President of University Affairs and Chief of Staff to President Michael Crow of Arizona State University. He is responsible for implementing complicated strategic and tactical objectives of the Office of the President. He also works across the institution to identify, facilitate and coordinate opportunities and initiatives which involve multiple units within and affiliated with the institution. This includes advancing opportunities and initiatives with university public affairs, state and federal policy affairs, global engagement, corporate relations, and university athletics. Jim is an attorney who previously worked as corporate counsel to several publicly traded companies as well as in private practice. He has also worked in public affairs at the state and federal levels. He received a B.A. from Iowa State University and a J.D. from Drake University.

Frank Reid, III, Executive Vice President, Kolbe Corporation

Frank Reid is a veteran Human Resources leader with Fortune 500 experience. He has extensive speaking and consulting expertise in the areas of talent management, organizational design and diversity and inclusion. He spent more than two decades in leadership roles in human resources in the insurance, financial services, information services and software industries. As Executive Vice President, Frank is responsible for managing Kolbe Corp’s business development efforts with large corporate accounts.

Throughout his career, Frank has gained extensive experience building highly effective teams, developing talent and promoting consistent business practices across such organizations as Elsevier Corporation, Ceridian Corporation and Thomson Reuters Corporation. He has a bachelor degree in economics from Morehouse College in Atlanta. As a Director on the Board of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Frank is actively engaged with the Arizona business community.

Wellington "Duke" Reiter, Senior Advisor to the President, Arizona State University

Duke Reiter’s portfolio features complex, multi-stakeholder projects involving university/city collaboration, sustainable urbanism, higher education, and healthcare.

Over the past twenty years, Reiter has played numerous roles: academic administrator, faculty member, architect, urban designer, community leader, and public artist. In the course of his career, he has established a track record of highly effective partnerships with public office holders, the business community, non-profit groups, professional organizations, and private sector developers. A student of higher education and economic development, Reiter is particularly interested in the symbiotic relationships between major US metro areas and the colleges and universities embedded within them. Mr. Reiter was a key player in the conceptualization and creation of the award-winning Downtown Phoenix Campus for ASU. He is presently a national Trustee of the Urban Land Institute and chair of ULI's University Development and Innovation Council.

Ben Robinson, MBA, Director of Activation Services, Collaborative Real Estate

Ben serves as the Director of Activation Services at Collaborative Real Estate (Collab), responsible for leading a team that fosters the exchange of ideas and information at Tech Square through the curation of an active community environment. Prior to joining Collab, Ben’s professional career has included service as an Infantry Officer in the US Army and positions in operations & logistics, finance, and corporate strategy & innovation at Shell Oil Company, Facebook, and Delta Air Lines, respectively. Ben holds a BA in History and German from Davidson College, NC and an MBA from Rice University, TX. 

Martha Schoonmaker, CEcD, Executive  Director of Pinkney Innovation Complex for Science and Technology (PIC MC) Martha Schoonmaker

Martha Schoonmaker is the Executive Director for the Pinkney Innovation Complex for Science and Technology (PIC MC) Foundation, the entity that develops, manages and markets the Germantown campus on behalf of Montgomery College.  PIC MC is an integrated academic, business and research campus and is the only community college with a hospital, Holy Cross Germantown Hospital, located as the anchor resident partner. Martha manages contracts, leases and partnerships with existing resident tenant partners, including Holy Cross Germantown Hospital, is responsible for the development of corporate partnerships that expand internship, learning and career opportunities for students within PIC MC. 

Laura Lynn Smith, Division Vice President/General Manager, ADP

Laura Lynn Smith is the Division Vice President and General Manager for ADP’s Tempe, AZ location. She is responsible for the engagement and productivity of teams in this office, along with providing opportunities for career growth and development and community outreach. Under her leadership, strong partnerships have been created to make a difference in the Greater Phoenix area, including those with educational institutions, veteran support groups, children’s support centers, LGBTQ community groups and a number of diversity organizations.

Laura Lynn joined ADP in 1994 and has over 25 years of experience in leadership, sales, implementation, talent management and business operations. She holds a Bachelors of Business degree from Loyola Marymount University, a Masters Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a Senior Professional Human Resources certification. Laura Lynn relocated to Arizona in 2017 from Southern California with her husband and two children. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling with her family and watching her children play competitive soccer and baseball.

Rich Stanley, Senior Vice President and University Planner, Arizona State University

Richard H. Stanley was appointed as Senior Vice President and University Planner in February of 2004. In this new position, working with the existing academic and administrative units, he coordinates the interaction of program, facility, and financial planning activities across Arizona State University’s four campuses. The focus of the work is medium-term and long-term planning to implement the vision of the New American University. He is a member of the ASU Executive Committee. He is also one of five members of the University Budget Committee which coordinates budget planning for ASU.

Prior to joining ASU, Rich spent twenty-four years at New York University, most recently as Executive Vice Provost. During his tenure at NYU he had planning responsibilities in the areas of space and facilities, academic budgeting, enrollment management, and faculty resources and support. He also had operational responsibility for admissions and financial aid and for information technology services. Earlier in his career, he held positions in internal auditing and in the publishing industry. Rich earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Yale University.

Carol Stewart, Associate Vice President, Tech Parks Arizona, University of Arizona; President, Campus Research Corporation

Carol Stewart is responsible for the UA Tech Park at Rita Road and the UA Tech Park at the Bridges and serves as president of the Campus Research Corporation. She is also president of the UA Center for Innovation, a technology business incubator serving the University of Arizona and Tucson community. Carol is an experienced research park leader with a more than 30-year career serving the academic/not-for-profit sector, as well as the high-tech industry.

Previously, she was the chief executive officer for the Association of University Research Parks (AURP) and helped to expand the organization’s international credibility by showcasing best practices to research parks across the globe. She also directed the David Johnston Research + Technology Park at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Canada, where she spearheaded the development of the park, advancing the park to over the one-million-square-foot milestone. Carol is the Co-Founder and Immediate Past-President of AURP Canada (the association's Canadian chapter) and has been an active board member of AURP since 2010.

Peter Temes, PhD, Founder & President, Institute for Innovation in Large Organizations (ILO)

Dr. Peter S. Temes, founder and president of the ILO Institute. Peter began his career as a full-time member of the Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and went on to found Enterprise Interactive, a consulting and research firm. Peter has led research initiatives for Goldman Sachs, ExxonMobil, Microsoft, Disney, EY, Pfizer, GM’s autonomous vehicles group and many other companies in the technology, finance and consumer marketing sectors. Peter has also served as Dean and Campus Chief Executive for Northeastern University, President of the Antioch New England Graduate School and President of the Great Books Foundation,. He is the author and editor of several books, including Teaching Leadership, The Just War, and Against School Reform. Peter holds a Ph.D. and three master’s degrees from Columbia University.

David Tyndall, Principal, Gateway Development Services

David Tyndall is co-founder of Gateway Development, the original developer and current majority, for-profit owner of the initial phases of Tech Square. He is also lead principal in the Gateway management division involved in everything from marketing to maintenance at Tech Square and co-founded the company that provides community activation and maintains the virtual Tech Square community organization.

Graduating from Georgia Tech with a BS in Building Construction, David worked in construction project management before attending Emory Law School. A 1988 honor graduate and law review managing editor, he was recognized as Emory’s most outstanding real estate law graduate and practiced both construction and real estate law before founding Gateway in 1998. Alone and in partnerships with others, David has developed, managed and consulted on research and innovation districts with multiple universities. He is also personally involved with several start-up companies, is a sponsor of university research and is an active venture investor.

James Barr von Oehsen, PhD, Associate Vice President, Advanced Research Computing, Rutgers University

Dr. James Barr von Oehsen is the Rutgers University Associate Vice President of the Office of Advanced Research Computing (OARC). Dr. von Oehsen is responsible for providing strategic leadership in advancing Rutgers University’s research and scholarly achievements through next generation computing, networking, and data science infrastructure. Prior to joining Rutgers, he was employed by Clemson University Computing and Information Technology (CCIT) as the Executive Director of the Cyberinfrastructure Technology Integration (CITI) group. Dr. von Oehsen has extensive experience working with diverse campus research communities throughout the nation as well as within the US industry sector. His interests are in high performance computing, high throughput computing, data science, deep learning, cybersecurity, smart cities, internet of things, mathematical modeling, parallel programming, commercial and campus cloud, and hardware architectures. In 2018 he received the NJEdge Technology Innovation Award for his work involving the convergence of software defined networking, research computing, tiered storage, commercial cloud, and federation of services. He is also a founding member of the Eastern Regional Network, a consortium of universities, regional network providers, and research centers with a vision to simplify multi-campus collaborations and partnerships that advance the frontiers of research, pedagogy, and innovation.