Non-Affiliated Experts

Individuals not affiliated with ITIF who have participated in ITIF events or co-authored an ITIF publication.

Heidi Jacobus

Heidi Jacobus
CEO
Cybernet Systems Corporation

Heidi Jacobus is the founder and CEO of Cybernet Systems Coporation of Ann Arbor, Michigan. She earned her B.S. degree at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, her M.S. degree in Computer Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana, and completed the coursework portion for the Ph.D. (Familiarly known as "ABD" or All but Dissertation.) 

Lloyd Hackel

Lloyd Hackel
VP
Metal Improvement Company, Curtiss-Wright

Dr. Lloyd Hackel is currently Vice President for Advanced Technologies of Curtiss-Wright Corporation’s Metal Improvement Company. This appointment followed a 28 year career at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where he last headed the Laboratory’s Program for Laser Science and Technology directing the development of high power lasers and applications for government and industry. He is a co-inventor of the laser system and leader of the peening technology development that is now very successfully employed by in the commercial application of laser peening. Read more »

Dr. Paul Sanberg

Dr. Paul Sanberg
President, National Academy of Inventors
Senior VP, Research and Innovation at the University of South Florida

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Pearl Huang

Pearl Huang
Vice President
Discovery Partnerships in Academia, GlaxoSmithKline

Lisa Kuuttila

Lisa Kuuttila
CEO
Science and Technology Corporation at University of New Mexico

Ms. Kuuttila joined STC.UNM (STC), the University of New Mexico’s technology-transfer program, as President  & CEO in 2003. She works with the STC.UNM Board of Directors in developing strategies for implementing STC's vision to play a vital role in New Mexico's economic development and to be a leader in technology commercialization. Under her leadership, STC.UNM is substantially growing its program using the Rainforest model to develop an innovation ecosystem in New Mexico. Read more »

Diane Palmintera

Diane Palmintera
President
Innovation Associates

Diane Palmintera is founder and President of Innovation Associates. For more than 30 years she has been a national leader in innovation-based economic development, and is best known for leveraging universities and federal laboratories to stimulate regional economic competitiveness.  Read more »

Karen Zaderej

Karen Zaderej
CEO & President
AxoGen

Ms. Zaderej has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of AxoGen, Inc. since September 2011. Karen has served as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the board of directors of AxoGen Corporation since May 2010. Karen joined AxoGen in May 2006 and served as Vice President of Marketing and Sales from May 2006 to October 2007 and as Chief Operating Officer from October 2007 to May 2010. Read more »

Jane Muir

Jane Muir
President-Elect
Association of University Technology Managers

Jane Muir’s career spans three decades with a broad range of professional experiences with of marketing, sales, management, and technology transfer. She spent the first decade of her career in the private sector at several international corporations.  For the past 20 years she has held leadership roles in technology transfer at the University of Florida first in the College of Engineering as the Marketing Director for the NASA Southeast Regional Technology Transfer Center, and for the past 12 years at the Office of Technology Licensing. Read more »

Joe Allen

Joe Allen
Former President
National Technology Transfer Center

Joe Allen has been involved in crafting successful policies widely copied around the world promoting public/private sector commercialization partnerships. He created the consulting firm Joseph Allen and Associates in 2008 to further these efforts. Read more »

Jordan Misra

Jordan Misra
Policy Intern
Center for Data Innovation

Jordan Misra is a policy intern with the Center for Data Innovation. She is student of international development, economics, and statistics and is entering her senior year at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has worked with after-school programs in DC Public Schools as a tutor and an AmeriCorps VISTA member and recently interned at the Census Bureau through the Joint Program for Survey Methodology’s Junior Fellows Program. Jordan’s research interests include education reform, community development, international development policy, and statistics.

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