Speakers by Session

Session One – Economic Impact of University Innovation


Executive Director, FLorida Engineering eXperiment Station (FLEXStation),
University of Florida

Erik Sander is Executive Director of the FLorida Engineering eXperiment Station (FLEXStation) at the University of Florida. Sander joined Florida's faculty in 1995 as Director of the University Center in the College of Engineering. He has also held positions as Associate Director for the Engineering Research Center and the Florida Energy Systems Consortium, and Director of Industry Programs, all fostering industrial collaboration, entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. He was a Principal for Cenetec Ventures and grew several start-up companies in areas ranging from real estate development to technology deployment.


Associate Vice Chancellor and Vice Provost for Economic Development, University of Missouri

Steve Wyatt is Associate Vice Chancellor and Vice Provost for Economic Development at the University of Missouri. Wyatt's responsibilities focus on MU's economic development agenda, which includes: supporting the state's businesses and enterprises, community development and promoting MU's economic impact. Prior to his current appointment, he served as MU's Associate Dean for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, and Statewide Business Development Program Director for the University of Missouri's College of Engineering and University Extension. Wyatt was responsible for technical assistance programs worth nearly $10 million that generated $1 billion in annual impact. He earned his MBA and J.D. from Missouri.


Associate Vice President and Director of Research
Partnerships, University of Tennessee System

Dr. Stacey Patterson is Associate Vice President for Research at the University of Tennessee and Vice President of the UT Research Foundation (UTRF). Dr. Patterson is responsible for management and oversight of several state-wide initiatives focused on improving research infrastructure and expanding the university's role and impact on economic development in Tennessee. She oversees the multi-campus office of UTRF that is responsible for the commercialization of a diverse technology portfolio and the development of strategic partnerships. Dr. Patterson has secured extramural funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, the United States Army, the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, and she has been a contributor on seven U.S. patents.


Director, Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky, University of Kentucky

Dr. Alison Davis is Director of the Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK). She is responsible for building relationships across the UK campus and Commonwealth to promote a stronger sense of community and an improved economic base. Dr. Davis is also responsible for growing her own individual extension program in Kentucky. Her programming is dedicated to advancing economic development and improving rural healthcare systems. Her rural economic development program utilizes workshops, trainings and educational materials to highlight the importance of community engagement, infrastructure development, regionalism and the impact of changing public policy in rural communities.


Assistant Vice Chancellor, Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization,
Vanderbilt University

Alan Bentley is Assistant Vice Chancellor of the Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization at Vanderbilt University. Bentley is responsible for all aspects of the university's technology protection and commercialization related to inventions made by members of the Vanderbilt community. He has been a registered U.S. Patent Agent since 1999, and is a Certified Licensing Professional. Bentley is active in several licensing professional societies and serves on a number of corporate and community boards. Prior to arriving in Nashville, he served as Director of Commercialization for Cleveland Clinic Innovations, the organization's corporate venturing wing, where he was responsible for the organization's licensing operations.

Keynote Address, Sunday, September 20, 2015

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2002 MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellow and 2011 United States Artists Ford Fellow in Dance

Liz Lerman is a choreographer, performer, writer and educator, and the recipient of numerous honors, including a 2002 MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship and a 2011 United States Artists Ford Fellowship in Dance. She founded the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in 1976 and cultivated the company's unique, multi-generational ensemble into a leading force in contemporary dance. She was an artist-in-residence and visiting lecturer at Harvard University in 2011, and in 2013 she curated Wesleyan University's symposium, "Innovations: Intersection of Art and Science," which brought together artists and scientists from across North America. Her collection of essays, Hiking the Horizontal: Field Notes from a Choreographer, was published in 2011 and was released in paperback in May 2014. Her most current work is Healing Wars, an investigation of the impact of war on medicine, returning soldiers and society. Healing Wars premiered at Arena Stage in June 2014."

Session Two – Building Partnerships in Creativity


Dean, College of Music and Dramatic Arts, Louisiana State University

Dr. Todd Queen is Dean of the College of Music and Dramatic Arts at Louisiana State University. Prior to his current appointment, he served as a Professor of Voice and Chair of the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance in the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University. His unique combination of teaching, directing and performing experience has allowed him to travel the world as a teacher, stage director and singer. In 2012, Dr. Queen was the catalyst in forming the Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Arts Advocacy and the Public Institute for the Arts (LEAP) at Colorado State, an interdisciplinary academic unit that houses both an undergraduate minor and graduate program in Arts Leadership and Administration.


Professor of Business Administration,
University of South Carolina

Dr. Sherry Thatcher is a Professor of Business Administration and Moore Business Partnership Foundation Fellow at the University of South Carolina. Her research revolves around teams as they relate to diversity, faultlines, identity, creativity, conflict and computer-mediated communication. Dr. Thatcher has authored numerous scholarly publications in these areas, including articles in the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal and Journal of Management. Her research has been funded by both private and public organizations, including the National Science Foundation. She is currently an Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Review and has served on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management and Small Group Research.


Director, School of Architecture,
University of Kentucky

David Biagi is Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Kentucky, the first individual to serve in this role at UK. Prior to coming to Lexington, Biagi spent several years in New York City at Eisenman Architects and Gwathmey Siegel Architects. In 1996, he was named to the Copper Hewitt Museum's "40 Under 40" list, a distinction given every ten years. He has received an Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Collaborative Practice Award (2005), a Commonwealth Collaborative Award and a National Association of Development Organizations Innovation Award (2012).


Dean, College of the Arts, University of Florida

Lucinda Lavelli is Dean of the College of the Arts at the University of Florida. Lavelli has positioned the college to be a partner in incorporating creativity across the university curriculum and campus through a number of initiatives, including Creative Campus and SEA (Science, Engineering and the Arts) Change. She has also helped strengthen the college's interdisciplinary centers and institutes, including the Center for Arts in Medicine and the Digital Worlds Institute. Before coming to Florida, Lavelli was the first Provost and Vice Chancellor for Arts and Academics at the North Carolina School of the Arts. She was the founding institutional member of the Arts Alliance for Research Universities (a2ru) and is past president of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans and the Florida Higher Education Arts Network.


Director, Center for Applied Theatre and Drama Research, University of Missouri

Dr. Suzanne Burgoyne is Director of the Center for Applied Theatre and Drama Research at the University of Missouri. Pursuing research in theatre techniques as pedagogy for other fields, Dr. Burgoyne was a Fulbright Fellow, a Kellogg National Fellow (leadership training and interdisciplinary research) and a Carnegie Scholar (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning). A faculty development leave from 2010-2011 gave her the opportunity to design a new course in creativity for the non-arts major, and she conducted a study of student learning. She participated in a 2015 Salzburg Global Seminar on creativity and neuroscience, and Dr. Burgoyne's latest book, Thinking Through Script Analysis (2012), embeds explicit learning of critical, analytical and creative thinking into the disciplinary techniques.

Graduate School Q&A Discussion


Assistant Dean, Graduate School,
Vanderbilt University

Dr. Don Brunson is Assistant Dean of the Graduate School at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Brunson is also the Director of the Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education Program. In these roles, he is responsible for leading recruitment and retention efforts for under-represented minority Ph.D. students in all fields and women Ph.D. students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Dr. Brunson also serves as advisor to the Organization of Black Graduate and Professional Students and co-representative to the National Association of Multi-Cultural Engineering Program Advocates.


Associate Dean, Graduate School,
University of Tennessee

Dr. Ernest Brothers is Associate Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Brothers is an advocate of recruiting, retaining and graduating more under-represented students with graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. He serves as a Co-Principal Investigator for the Program for Excellence and Equity in Research (PEER), a National Institutes of Health training grant to graduate underrepresented minorities with doctorates in biomedical and behavioral science fields. Dr. Brothers also serves as Associate Director for Diversity Enhancement for the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, and is an adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science.


Dean, Graduate School,
Mississippi State University

Dr. Lori Mann Bruce is Dean of the Graduate School at Mississippi State University. As Dean, Dr. Bruce is responsible for providing leadership and academic oversight for the approximately 3,500 graduate students enrolled in more than 160 graduate programs. Prior to her current position, she served as a Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI on more than 20 funded research grants and contracts, totaling approximately $20 million from federal agencies. Her research has resulted in more than 130 refereed publications. Dr. Bruce's research in remote sensing for agricultural and environmental applications has been presented to audiences across the U.S. and 15 countries.


Assistant Dean, Graduate School,
University of Alabama

Dr. Andrew Goodliffe is Assistant Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Alabama. Dr. Goodliffe is responsible for graduate recruitment, admissions, fellowships and support programs. During his time as Assistant Dean, the graduate school has seen significant changes in admissions and recruitment policies. Dr. Goodliffe also serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences. As a geophysicist, he has worked around the world on geophysical projects including active volcanoes, continental rifting, seafloor mapping and geological carbon sequestration.


Dean, Graduate School, University of Mississippi

Dr. John Kiss is Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Mississippi. His academic appointments include Professor of Biology and Research Professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Kiss has been an instructor in 17 different courses ranging from introductory biology for first year students to advanced graduate courses. His research focuses on the gravitational and space biology of plants, and to date, he has published 101 peer-reviewed papers. He has also served on review panels for several domestic and international agencies including the National Science Foundation and NASA, for whom he chaired the plant space biology peer-review panel in 2014.

Keynote Address, Monday, September 21, 2015


Acting Division Director, Engineering Education and Centers, National Science Foundation

Dr. Don Millard is a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education within the Directorate for Education & Human Resources at the National Science Foundation. He is involved in the Advanced Technology Education (ATE) program, the Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program, the Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program, among others. Dr. Millard's research interests include engineering education, electronics design, electronics manufacturing, electronic media development, information technology, electrical testing methodologies, and non-destructive inspection and evaluation. He holds a patent for the development of a laser-induced, plasma-based Non-Contact Electrical Pathway and has received such awards as the Best Paper Award of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) and the Premier Award for Excellence in Engineering Education Courseware.

Session Three – Innovation in Education


Dean, School of Education,
University of Mississippi

Dr. David Rock is Dean of the School of Education at the University of Mississippi. Dr. Rock has taught mathematics in Florida and Mississippi at the middle and high school levels. He served as coordinator of Secondary Education at Ole Miss, Chair of the Department of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and Dean of the College of Education and Health Professions at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA. Dr. Rock has conducted numerous educational seminars at national and international conferences in which his goal is always to increase interest and enthusiasm for the teaching and learning of mathematics. He has published several articles and co-authored 16 books, including Scratch Your Brain Where It Itches (2001, 2006, 2008) and Teaching Secondary Mathematics (2013).


Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas

Dr. Ralph Henry is the Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Henry's research focuses on protein targeting, protein production technologies and development of protein therapies to treat methamphetamine addiction. He has worked with researchers from the university's Center for Protein Structure and Function, the Institute for Nano Science and Engineering and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Dr. Henry is a Co-Founder and Vice President of Biopharmaceutics at InterveXion Therapeutics where his efforts support interactions with the Food and Drug Administration, manufacturing and testing of InterveXion's protein therapies and oversight of these therapies in human clinical trials. Patents from his work support InterveXion and one other Arkansas-based start-up company.


Assistant Professor, Engineering and Public Health, University of Georgia

Dr. Melissa Hallow is an Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia with a joint appointment in the College of Engineering and the College of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Prior to joining UGA, Dr. Hallow worked for five years in pharmacometric modeling and simulation at Novartis Pharmaceuticals. She received her B.S. in 2002 and Ph.D. in 2007, both in Mechanical Engineering, from the Georgia Tech. Dr. Hallow's research involves using mathematical models of cardiovascular and metabolic physiology to better understand disease mechanisms and physiological determinants of variable response to therapies, and as a basis for model-based, personalized mobile health tools aimed at improving treatment adherence.


Head, Jazz Studies, University of Florida

Scott Wilson is Head of Jazz Studies at the University of Florida. Before joining the faculty at Florida, he served as Musical Director for Universal Studios Japan, staff composer for Grand Link World in Qingdao, China, and was a featured trumpet soloist for Tokyo Disney Sea, Universal Studios Japan and Universal Studios Orlando. Wilson's nationally published online platforms include Jazz Fundamentals 1, Jazz Fundamentals 2, Jazz Aural Skills and Jazz History. He was a former Artistic Director for the famed Crescent Super Band (Downbeat Award winners 2006-2012) and his jazz texts, The Ultimate Jazz Tool Kit and Ultimate Music Workbook, are accompanied by 35 instructional videos, 70 jazz worksheets, online flash cards and an online interactive platform.


Associate Dean, International Programs,
Texas A&M University

Dr. Paulo Lima-Filho is Associate Dean for International Programs in the College of Science at Texas A&M University. As Associate Dean, he oversees international operations, including facilitating agreements between the college and foreign institutions, coordinating dual-degree program development and spearheading educational initiatives and global learning opportunities for students and faculty. Dr. Lima-Filho also directs undergraduate programs and coordinates the largest teaching service operation at Texas A&M. His research interests include algebraic geometry, topology and interactive instructional applications. Dr. Lima-Filho earned his B.S. and M.A. at the University Federal de Pernambuco and his Ph.D. at the University of New York at Stony Brook.

Breakout Session One
Best Practices in Use of Technology in the Classroom


Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Georgia

Dr. C. Edward Watson is Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Georgia. Dr. Watson leads university efforts associated with faculty development, learning technologies, media and production services, classroom support and learning spaces, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. At UGA, he teaches courses on college teaching and is a Fellow in the Institute for Higher Education. Dr. Watson is also Executive Editor of the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and is the founding Executive Editor of the International Journal of ePortfolio.


Director, Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching, University of Kentucky

Dr. Kathi Kern is Director of the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching at the University of Kentucky. In 2008, she was the co-winner of the National Technology Leadership Initiative Award in Social Studies for a research project on digital storytelling and history instruction. Dr. Kern has won multiple university-wide teaching awards and from 2009-10 served as the Stanley Kelley Jr., Visiting Associate Professor for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University. Dr. Kern has authored several grants funded through the Teaching American History Grant program with awards totaling nearly $4 million. She is also the author of Mrs. Stanton's Bible (Cornell University Press, 2001).


Founding Director, Teaching and Learning Center, University of Tennessee

Dr. David Schumann is Founding Director of the Teaching and Learning Center at the University of Tennessee. Prior to his retirement, Dr. Schumann held the William J. Taylor Professorship of Business in the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management. As an applied psychologist, his research has been published in numerous scientific journals in advertising, communications, consumer psychology, marketing, social psychology and teaching and learning in higher education. He is the former President of the Society for Consumer Psychology and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.


Associate Professor, Information Systems, Louisiana State University

Dr. Andrew Schwarz is an Associate Professor in the Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department at Louisiana State University. Prior to joining LSU, Dr. Schwarz worked in the market research industry for technology clients such as SAP, Baan and HP, as well as other Fortune 500 firms. As a professional within the market research industry, he crafted research aimed at developing advertising campaigns for both new and established products and built models to forecast future trends in the credit card, food and beverage industries. During the last 12 years at LSU, Dr. Schwarz has focused on teaching in the MBA program and helping students learn about the role of information technology within organizations.


Associate Extension Professor,
Mississippi State University

Michael Seymour is an Associate Extension Professor and the Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Mississippi State University. Seymour teaches landscape history, community planning and design studios. He is a licensed landscape architect and has prior professional experience as the director of an arts district and a project manager in private practice. Seymour has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards and is a Grisham Master Teacher. He also serves as a Faculty Associate with Mississippi State's Center for Teaching and Learning, where he helps to provide training and professional development for faculty.

Best Practices in Teaching Creativity


Chair, Department of Interior Design,
University of Florida

Dr. Margaret Portillo is Chair of the Department of Interior Design at the University of Florida. Dr. Portillo's research explores design thinking, creativity and pedagogy. She is a Fellow of the Interior Design Educators Council and has also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Interior Design. For the launch of Florida's Innovation Academy (IA), Dr. Portillo co-developed the paired courses--Creativity in Context and Creativity Practicum--required for IA students, representing more than 30 majors. She also regularly offers undergraduate and graduate courses on creativity and innovation.


Professor of Art, Mississippi State University

Brent Funderburk is a Professor of Art at Mississippi State University. Funderburk has exhibited his mixed media work in 30 one-person exhibitions across the United States and more than 70 regional, national and international competitive shows, and has lectured widely at conferences, museums and universities. Chosen as the official artist of the 2010 International Ballet Competition, Funderburk received the John Grisham Teaching Excellence Award, the Burlington Northern Faculty Excellence Award and the Coley-Lee State Pride Teaching Award at Mississippi State. In 2015, he was awarded the Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award and was named a W.L. Giles Distinguished Professor, two of the university's highest honors.


Instructor, Art And Art History,
University of Alabama

Dr. Jamey Grimes is an Instructor of Art and Art History at the University of Alabama. Dr. Grimes teaches courses in 2D and 3D design, drawing, sculpture and 3D design engineering. His artwork has appeared in exhibits across the country. In 2009, his sculpture Throughfall was permanently installed at Pinnacle Bank in Nashville. Dr. Grimes is a 2012-13 Alabama State Council on the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship recipient and was awarded the 2014 Visual Arts Educator of the Year by the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa. He also teaches drawing courses through Auburn University's Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project.


Dean, Fay Jones School of Architecture, University of Arkansas

Peter MacKeith is Dean of the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas. Twice recognized by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture for creative achievement in architecture education, MacKeith has held academic and administrative appointments in schools of architecture and design at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Virginia, the Helsinki University of Technology and Yale University. He instructs in design principles, architectural history and theory and design studio. MacKeith's research and publications focus on the architecture of the Nordic nations.

Best Practices in Teaching Entrepreneurship


Coordinator, Allen Angel Capital Education Program, University of Missouri

Dr. W.D. Allen is Coordinator of the Allen Angel Capital Education Program (AACE) at the University of Missouri. The AACE is a cross-level, cross-disciplinary, student-led investment fund taking positions in regional start-up endeavors, both on and off campus. Students in the program represent a cross section of the entire campus. Bionuclear engineering, agriculture, law, education, journalism, psychology, medicine, and traditional business majors are represented. Dr. Allen guides the students through all aspects of angel investing, including generating deal flow, screening, due diligence, negotiating, closing and monitoring. The fund intends to be evergreen with real dollar proceeds returned to the corpus of the fund.


Director, Faber Entrepreneurship Center, University of South Carolina

Dr. Dirk Brown is Director of the Faber Entrepreneurship Center at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Brown is a seasoned executive with a strong track record of developing, marketing and licensing disruptive, proprietary technologies. He is the founding CEO of Pandoodle Corporation, a digital media technology company with offices in California, New York and South Carolina. Dr. Brown holds more than 25 patents, has written more than 30 papers and journal articles, and is an active member in a number of professional societies. He is also a faculty member in both the Darla Moore School of Business and the College of Engineering and Computing at South Carolina.


Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Auburn University

Jim Corman is an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Auburn University. Corman received his B.S. in Finance from Auburn and his MBA from the University of Texas. He has been a serial entrepreneur for 40 years and during that time, four of his companies sold to publicly traded companies. Corman also serves as managing partner of the AIM Group in Auburn, the largest angel investor network in the southeast with 225 members in six chapters. He is the Founder and President of the Corman Foundation. The Corman Foundation is a private foundation that exists to issue grants to Christian ministries and charities. Corman also teaches entrepreneurship at Auburn.


Executive Director, Innovation Park,
Louisiana State University

Charles D'Agostino is Executive Director of LSU Innovation Park and the Louisiana Business and Technology Center (LBTC) at Louisiana State University. D'Agostino has been actively involved in entrepreneurship, economic development and small business issues for the last 25 years. In 1974, he established the Technology Transfer office at the NASA National Space Technologies Laboratories, which is now Stennis. Under the LBTC, D'Agostino directs the Small Business Incubator, LBTC Soft Landing International Program, LSU Rural Entrepreneurship and Business Disaster programs and the Louisiana Technology Transfer office. The LBTC is a high-tech business incubator at the LSU Innovation Park, a 200+ acre research park which D'Agostino is charged to develop and manage.


Executive Director, FLorida Engineering eXperiment Station (FLEXStation),
University of Florida

Erik Sander is Executive Director of the FLorida Engineering eXperiment Station (FLEXStation) at the University of Florida. Sander joined Florida's faculty in 1995 as Director of the University Center in the College of Engineering. He has also held positions as Associate Director for the Engineering Research Center and the Florida Energy Systems Consortium, and Director of Industry Programs, all fostering industrial collaboration, entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. He was a Principal for Cenetec Ventures and grew several start-up companies in areas ranging from real estate development to technology deployment.

Session Four – Building Innovation Partnerships Across Disciplines


Dean, College of Architecture, Art and Design, Mississippi State University

Jim West is Dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design at Mississippi State University. West oversaw the addition of the Department of Art and the Interior Design Program to the college in 2004 and the creation of a studio-based Building Construction Science Program – the only one of its kind in the nation – in 2007. He is a registered architect, member of the American Institute of Architects, Director of the American Institute of Architects-Mississippi Chapter, and has served as President of the Architecture and Construction Alliance from 2011-2015. West has taught and worked in administration in higher education since 1982, teaching architectural and interior design studios, materials, design detailing and high performance construction practices.


Academic Director, Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Florida

Dr. Michael Morris is Academic Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Florida. He has built top-ranked entrepreneurship programs at three universities and is a pioneer in curricular innovation and experiential learning. His outreach efforts have facilitated the launch of numerous ventures and he has consulted to major companies around the world. Dr. Morris has published 11 books and 130 peer-reviewed scholarly articles. He is Co-Editor of Prentice-Hall's Entrepreneurship Series and former President of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Morris was selected by Fortune Small Business as a top entrepreneurship professor in the U.S., and is the recipient of the Leavey Award from the Freedoms Foundation.


Associate Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship, University of Arkansas

Dr. Carol Reeves is Associate Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Reeves has mentored more than 70 interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate business plan teams who have won more than $2.4 million, started 18 high-growth businesses and raised more than $40 million to build their businesses. She hosts a successful four-campus, interdisciplinary faculty commercialization retreat that has led to businesses, interdisciplinary research and grants. Dr. Reeves has won numerous national, state and university awards. She was named one of the "10 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs" by Fortune magazine in 2011 and received an SEC Faculty Achievement Award in 2014.


Director, Research Initiative in Cancer,
Auburn University

Dr. Bruce Smith is Director of Auburn University's Research Initiative in Cancer (AURIC). The program seeks to enhance and expand cancer research at Auburn and to build collaborations and research partnerships throughout the region and country. Dr. Smith's research focuses on genetic and cell-based therapies of cancer and muscular dystrophies, and the translation of these therapies into a clinical setting. As a Professor of Pathobiology at Auburn's College of Veterinary Medicine, he teaches genetics and molecular biology. Dr. Smith received his V.M.D. in veterinary medicine and Ph.D. in genetics from the University of Pennsylvania.


Associate Professor of International Business, University of South Carolina

Dr. Gerald McDermott is an Associate Professor of International Business at the University of South Carolina. Dr. McDermott specializes in international business and institutional analysis, particularly on issues of governance, innovation and corporate strategy in emerging countries. His work in Latin America examined conditions under which societies build new innovative capacities that enable their industries to compete in global markets. Dr. McDermott's first book, Embedded Politics: Industrial Networks and Institutional Change in Post-Communism (University of Michigan Press, 2002), was a finalist for the American Political Science Association's 2003 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for the Best Book on government, politics and international affairs.

SEC Provosts Panel – Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Examples of Campus-Level Initiatives


Interim Executive Vice President and Provost,
Louisiana State University

Dr. Richard Koubek is Interim Executive Vice President and Provost at Louisiana State University. Dr. Koubek served as Dean of the College of Engineering at LSU for six years prior to taking his current position. Before coming to Baton Rouge, he was Professor and Head for the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State University where he also held the Peter and Angel Dal Pezzo Department Head Chair. Formerly, Dr. Koubek held the posts of Professor and Chair for the Department of Biomedical, Industrial and Human Factors Engineering, and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies for the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Wright State University. He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in industrial engineering from Purdue University.


Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Auburn University

Dr. Tim Boosinger is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Auburn University. Dr. Boosinger oversees the academic programming of 12 colleges and is responsible for fostering the advancement of the university's strategic plan. He also serves as Chair of the Enrollment Management Council and the Efficiency Task Force. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Boosinger served as Dean of Auburn's College of Veterinary Medicine from 1995-2011. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1976 and Ph.D. in Pathology in 1983, both from Purdue University. Dr. Boosinger received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Purdue's School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004.


Provost and Executive Vice President,
Mississippi State University

Dr. Jerry Gilbert is Provost and Executive Vice President at Mississippi State University. As Provost, Dr. Gilbert has advanced international education and research, student success, the university's strategic plan, and improvements in campus infrastructure. Prior to his current role, he served as Interim Dean of Engineering, Associate Provost and Department Head of Agricultural and Biological Engineering where he is a tenured professor. Dr. Gilbert has held previous appointments in mechanical engineering at North Carolina State University and in orthopedic surgery at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He is a Fellow in the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and a Fellow in the Institute of Biological Engineering.


Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Georgia

Dr. Pamela Whitten is Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Georgia. During her tenure, Dr. Whitten has worked with President Jere Morehead to spearhead a number of enhancements to the learning environment, including increasing the number of academic advisers, hiring new faculty in fields that are of emerging statewide and global significance and expanding experiential learning opportunities for students. In addition to her role as Provost, she holds tenured faculty appointments jointly in three departments: Telecommunications, Health Policy and Management, and Communication Studies.

Breakout Session Two
Best Practices in Research Partnerships


Director, Center For Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky

Dr. Rodney Andrews is Director of the Center for Applied Energy Research at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Andrews' research interests include technologies for utilization of coal and biomass resources, with particular focus on the development of high-value carbon materials. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at UK, with a joint appointment in Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Andrews has directed major multi-university and industry-academic collaborative projects. He has published more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and three book chapters. He has also been granted six patents. In 2014, the U.S. Secretary of Energy appointed him to the National Coal Council.


Vice Chancellor For Research,
University of Mississippi

Dr. Alice Clark is Vice Chancellor for Research and Sponsored Programs at the University of Mississippi. She is a Frederick A.P. Barnard Distinguished Professor of Pharmacognosy and previously served as Director of the UM National Center for Natural Products Research. Dr. Clark received continuous peer-reviewed National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding from 1984 to 2014 to conduct research related to the discovery and development of new drugs for opportunistic infections. She has served on multiple expert panels for the NIH and has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.


Assistant Agency Director, Commercialization And Entrepreneurship, Texas A&M University

Dr. Duncan Maitland is Assistant Agency Director of Commercialization and Entrepreneurship at Texas A&M University. Dr. Maitland has worked as an engineer in aerospace, national defense and biomedical applications since 1985. After receiving his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University, he worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for 13 years before joining Texas A&M in 2008. His research focuses on novel treatments of cardiovascular disease with a focus on stroke. He has more than 70 archival publications, 19 issued patents and more than 100 lectures.


Director, Radio Frequency Identification Lab, Auburn University

Justin Patton is Director of Auburn University's Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Lab, a research institute focusing on the business case and technical implementation of RFID and other emerging technologies in retail, supply chain and manufacturing. The RFID Lab is a unique private/academic partnership between retailers, brand owners, technology vendors, standards organizations and faculty. Patton has participated in most of the seminal business case research for RFID in the United States for retailers including Walmart, JC Penney, Dillard's and Bloomingdales, and is currently researching upstream supply chain benefits of RFID and optimization of RFID implementation in retail stores.


Associate Dean, School of Law,
University of Georgia

Usha Rodrigues is Associate Dean for the School of Law at the University of Georgia. Rodrigues teaches contracts, business ethics, business associations and entrepreneurship. Before joining academia, Rodrigues practiced with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, and clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Her work has appeared in the Virginia, Illinois, Minnesota, Fordham and Emory law reviews and in the Journal of Corporate Finance. Rodrigues earned a B.A. from Georgetown University, an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin, and her J.D. from the University of Virginia, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.

Best Practices in Interdisciplinary Design


Director, Center For Remote Healthcare Technology, Texas A&M University

Dr. Gerard Coté is Director of the Center for Remote Healthcare Technology at Texas A&M University. Dr. Coté's research focuses on the development of macro-scale to nano-scale biomedical sensing systems using lasers, optics and electronics. He is the co-author of more than 300 publications, proceedings, patents and abstracts. Dr. Coté's work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and private industry. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the International Society for Optics and Photonics.


Professor of Graphic Design,
Louisiana State University

Lynne Baggett is a Professor of Graphic Design at Louisiana State University. Prior to coming to Baton Rouge, Baggett spent five years in London as a graphic designer after receiving her degree from the University of Derby, United Kingdom. She has received several accolades for her research on the subject of incised letterforms and her typographically inspired artwork has been widely exhibited. Baggett's research papers have been accepted for publication and presented at national and international professional meetings. Since 2013, she has been faculty advisor of the Graphic Design Student Association, a student run design office that creates design projects for various clients on and off campus.

Dr. Zhongyang Cheng

Deputy Director of the Detection and Food
Safety Center, Auburn University

Dr. Cheng is also a professor of materials engineering. His research interests are in functional materials, such as dielectric polymer, ceramics and composites; piezo/ferro-electric ceramics and crystals; magnetostrictive alloy; and electroactive polymers (i.e. artificial muscles) and their applications in actuators, transducers and sensors, especially the biosensors for food safety. Dr. Cheng holds three U.S. patents on new functional materials and two U.S. patents on biosensors. He has published nearly 200 articles and chaired/organized nine major international conferences/symposiums on the smart/functional materials and biosensors.


Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities, University of Georgia

Dr. Scott Nesbit is an Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Georgia. Dr. Nesbit's work explores the intersection between digital tools and humanistic questions, particularly questions touching on the history and spaces of the American South. He has led digital history projects such as Visualizing Emancipation, which used a wide array of textual sources, ranging from military correspondence to runaway slave advertisements found in southern newspapers, to map out various events of the American Civil War. Dr. Nesbit earned his Ph.D. in History from the University of Virginia in 2013.


Co-Director, Creative Campus Program, University of Alabama

Dr. Rachel Raimist is Co-Director of the Creative Campus Program, a faculty-led, student centered interdisciplinary arts organization at the University of Alabama. Dr. Raimist is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has aired on HBO, VH1, PBS and the BBC. She has screened at film festivals including SXSW, Women in the Director’s Chair, Slamdance and The Los Angeles Film Festival. Dr. Raimist has received grants from Women In Film, The Minnesota States Arts Board, Independent Feature Project and earned a Faculty Fellowship from the Emmy Foundation’s Television Academy. She currently serves as a juror for The Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, SHOUT Film Festival and the BEA Festival of Media Arts.

Best Practices in Arts and STEM/STEAM


Head, Department of Visualization,
Texas A&M University

Tim McLaughlin is Department Head and an Associate Professor in the Department of Visualization at Texas A&M University. As Head of the department, McLaughlin oversees the Bachelor of Science in Visualization, Master of Science in Visualization and the Master of Fine Arts in Visualization degree programs. He is active in a variety of research and outreach activities that involve blending art and science in STEM education. McLaughlin's undergraduate teaching area involves collaborative student projects that include computer animation production techniques and visual storytelling. His graduate teaching and research work focuses on developing animation systems for character articulation and deformation.


Director, Humanities, University of Arkansas

Dr. David Fredrick is Director of Humanities at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Fredrick's current research explores the intersection between art history, heritage visualization and video game design. During the past five years, he has received more than $700,000 of internal and external support for the development of game-based interactive curricula and research. Dr. Fredrick also leads the Tesseract Studio for Immersive Environments and Game Design. Tesseract projects include game-centered courses and modules, interactive architectural models and an award-winning interactive museum application. In 2004, Dr. Fredrick received the national Excellence in Teaching award from the American Philological Association.


Executive Director, Innovation Initiatives, University of Alabama

Dr. Rob Morgan is Executive Director of Innovation Initiatives at the University of Alabama. Dr. Morgan directs the university's STEM Path to the MBA program, an innovative approach to merging technology and business education. His research interests are in the areas of innovation and marketing strategy. Dr. Morgan's research has been published in a variety of journals, including the Journal of Marketing, the Academy of Management Journal and the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science. He also serves as a Professor of Marketing in the Culverhouse College of Commerce at Alabama.


Associate Professor, Middle/Secondary Mathematics Education, University of Kentucky

Dr. Margaret Mohr-Schroeder is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Mohr-Schroeder is also co-chair of STEM PLUS (Producing Leaders of Urban/Rural Schools). She started her career as a junior high, high school, community college and college mathematics instructor. Since her arrival at Kentucky, Dr. Mohr-Schroeder has been involved in more than $15 million in National Science Foundation funding, expanding STEM education through various initiatives.

Keynote Address, Tuesday, September 22, 2015


President, University-Industry Demonstration
Partnership, National Academies

Dr. Tony Boccanfuso is President of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership, a membership organization and "do-tank" comprised of leading innovation companies and research universities. Dr. Boccanfuso recently led the group's successful graduation from the National Academies and continues to champion the Partnership's singular focus on improving collaborations between the sectors. In recognition of his experience and insights in this arena, he is regularly asked to speak, both domestically and internationally, and has published several reference sources on industry-academic engagement. Dr. Boccanfuso holds a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of South Carolina and earned his B.S. in Chemistry and Political Science from Furman University. He also holds an appointment in the Provost's Office at the University of South Carolina and regularly consults for government agencies, non-profit organizations and private firms, and is Vice-Chair of the MedStar Health Research Institute.

Session Five – Building Partnerships with Industry and the Community


Professor of Sustainability,
University of Arkansas

Dr. Jonathan Johnson is a Professor of Sustainability at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Johnson's research, which has appeared in numerous journals, focuses on corporate governance, social networks within and between firms and corporate sustainability. He teaches strategy, organization theory, sustainability and ethics. Dr. Johnson became a member of the Teaching Academy at Arkansas in 2001. He has led Arkansas's recent sustainability initiatives, including establishing the Applied Sustainability Center in July 2007 and co-founding the Sustainability Consortium in July 2009. Dr. Johnson earned his MBA from Arkansas and his Ph.D. from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.


Director, Technology Management,
University of Mississippi

Dr. Walter Chambliss is Director of Technology Management, Professor of Pharmaceutics, and Research Professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Mississippi. Dr. Chambliss is responsible for intellectual property management and business development. He received a B.S. in Pharmacy in 1977, a M.S. in Pharmaceutics in 1980 and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics in 1982 from Ole Miss. Dr. Chambliss worked for 17 years in research and development (R&D) in the pharmaceutical industry at G.D. Searle, Bristol-Myers and Schering-Plough, where he was Vice President of R&D for the HealthCare Products Division before joining the university in 1999.


Assistant Dean, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, University of Missouri

Steven Devlin is Assistant Dean of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at the University of Missouri. Devlin is also the MU Extension Business Development Program (BDP) Director. In his role with the BDP, he leads a $10.4 million statewide program that includes the Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Centers (MO SBTDC); Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (MO PTAC); Economic Development Administration University Center (UCIE); Environmental Assistance Center (EAC); and the Workforce Development Program. Devlin is nearing the completion of his Ph.D. at Iowa State University in industrial education and technology. He is a U.S. Army veteran and former member of both the Missouri and Iowa Army National Guards.


Research Director, Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation,
University of Tennessee

Dr. Rhonda Reger is Research Director at the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Reger's current research focuses on the assessment of strategies to foster high growth and technology entrepreneurship. Her work on sociological impediments to emerging alternative energy has been presented at national and international conferences. Most of Dr. Reger's current work applies a cognitive perspective to better understand how to overcome barriers that have limited some regions of the country from creating vibrant technology entrepreneurship ecosystems in spite of enjoying an ample supply of inventors. Her award-winning research has appeared in numerous top tier journals, including the Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal and Academy of Management Review.


Director, Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, Mississippi State University

Dr. Clay Walden is Director of the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS) at Mississippi State University. Dr. Walden directs an engineering outreach center focused on delivering solutions to advanced manufacturers. Since joining CAVS, he has managed more than $10 million in externally funded contracts and has been responsible for projects with more than $5.8 billion dollars in economic impact and 3,300 jobs either created or saved. Under Dr. Walden's leadership, CAVS Extension has been recognized by the Southern Growth Policies Board, University Economic Development Association and Innovate Mississippi. Dr. Walden earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Mississippi State.