Board Of Directors

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Dr. Arthur (Rich) Baker

CTO, PaR Systems

Chairman of the Board

Formerly of MTS Systems Corporation, serving as Chief Technology Officer and Senior Test VP. Previous to MTS, Rich was VP of Technology at Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials, former Rodel, Inc. from 1999-2005. Rich earned his doctorate at Cornell University in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics.

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Dr. Steven L. Crouch

Dean, College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota

Vice Chairman of the Board

Born in Los Angeles, Steven L. Crouch grew up in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, graduating from its public high school in 1961. He received bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in mineral engineering from the University of Minnesota (in 1966, 1967, and 1970, respectively). He began his career as a research officer with the Mining Research Laboratory of the Chamber of Mines of South Africa in 1968. In 1970 he joined the University of Minnesota faculty as an assistant professor in what is now the Department of Civil Engineering. From 1987 to 1997 he served as head of that department and in 1997 became the college's associate dean for finance and planning. Since being named dean in 2005, he has focused his efforts in four broad, interdisciplinary areas—nanotechnology, medical device technology, digital technology, and renewable energy/environment. He also is deeply committed to providing students a quality education to prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers who will help us solve some of society’s most pressing problems.
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Mark Gogins

Technology Development Consultant. BS Physics, University of Minnesota
Treasurer of the Board

Mark has 30 years of experience developing new nanomaterials and manufacturing processes, including scaling up processes from the lab to full industrial scale. Early in his career he worked for a Fortune 500 company, more recently he has worked with a variety of organizations including startups. He worked extensively on polymeric nanofibers, carbon nanotube materials, air and liquid filtration, adsorptive materials, government contract research (SBIR), intellectual property for new ventures, commercial joint development efforts, and acquisitions. He holds 36 US patents.
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Pat Dillon

MBA, Director, MNSBIR, Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA)

Ms. Dillon is a passionate advocate for technology innovation and entrepreneurship that support state and national goals.  In her role at MEDA, she delivers technology commercialization services to enable clients to research, develop and commercialize world-class technologies for domestic and international markets by leveraging the annual $2.5B federal Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Programs to support innovation and commercialization of cutting-edge technologies.

Ms. Dillon retired from the University of Wisconsin – Extension in June 2013.  She was previously employed by Minnesota Project Innovation for 13 years assisting numerous high tech firms to win government research funding.  Ms.Dillon is a Commander in the United States Navy Reserves with more than 35 years of service and is an Operation Enduring Freedom combat veteran having served one year in Afghanistan.
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Dr. Vicki H. Grassian

F. Wendell Miller Professor of Chemistry, University of Iowa

Vicki H. Grassian is currently the F. Wendell Miller Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and holds appointments in the Departments of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and Occupational and Environmental Health. In 2006, she was appointed Founding Director of the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute at the University of Iowa by the Vice President for Research. She also currently directs the Nanotoxicology Core within the Environmental Health Sciences Research Center in the College of Public Health. Professor Grassian’s research is on the chemistry and impacts of particles from nanometer to micrometer scales.  In particular, her research is focused on environmental and health aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology, surface chemistry of environmental interfaces, heterogeneous atmospheric chemistry and the climate and health impacts of atmospheric aerosols. She has published over 240 peer-reviewed publications and 16 book chapters. She has edited three books including Nanoscience and Nanotechnology: Environmental and Health Impacts published in 2008 by John Wiley and Sons.  In 2003, Professor Grassian received a National Science Foundation Creativity Award and in 2005, she was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  More recently, she was named a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Chemistry and the American Vacuum Society in 2010 and, in 2011, became a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

At the University of Iowa, Professor Grassian has mentored over one hundred students in her laboratory including twenty-one students who have received their PhDs under her guidance. Two of her Ph.D. students received distinguished dissertation awards from the Graduate College.  She has mentored and worked with nearly thirty postdoctoral and visiting scientists. Many of her students have gone on to develop research programs in academic institutions and national laboratories. She has advanced a number of curriculum initiatives.  Because of these initiatives and her excellence in mentoring and scholarship, she has been the recipient of a number of awards and honors. These include a Faculty Scholar Award, a Distinguished Achievement Award, a James Van Allen Natural Sciences Faculty Fellowship, Regents Award for Faculty Excellence, and the Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor Award.
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Dr. Gary J. Hanus

Dr. Gary J. Hanus is Senior Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer of Phoenix Solutions Co (Minneapolis, Minnesota USA), largest supplier of plasma heating equipment world-wide.  He has served in the capacity of Program Manager, Project Leader and Task Leader for all technology projects at Phoenix over the last 20 years.  He has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University and a Master’s of Science Degree in Aeronautics, Astronautics and Engineering Sciences and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.  Prior to Phoenix Solutions he held various R&D positions at Clarkson University, The Trane Company and Borg Warner Corporation.   Dr. Hanus holds the patent at Phoenix Solutions Co. for a unique transfer/non-transfer, convertible plasma torch design that is the basis for Phoenix’s line of plasma heating systems.  These systems have served commercial customers world-wide as well as US domestic markets including Government projects for the Departments of Defense and Energy.  He has also directed implementation of commercial plasma melting, conversion, and waste destruction systems that include: MSW incinerator ash, low and intermediate-level nuclear waste, PCB-contaminated wastes, biomass gasification, strategic metals/steel processing and synthesis of nanometric materials.
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Dr. Jon Kellar

Professor of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Dr. Jon Kellar is the Douglas Fuerstenau Professor of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Dr. Kellar has been on the School of Mines faculty for 23 years and his research interests include Security Printing, Ink Formulation, Digital Fabrication,  and Nanocomposites.
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Eric Little

Patent Attorney, Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner

Eric Little has extensive engineering experience and translates highly technical concepts into easily understood language and practical action. A critical thinker with excellent client management skills, Eric creates innovative devices and develops IP strategies to protect them. Eric is an attorney at the Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner firm in Minneapolis and is the principal technical advisor to 7-Sigma, Incorporated, a Minneapolis manufacturer of innovative polymer solutions and precision metal components.  He is part of a 7-Sigma team to develop and characterize an innovative 'sensing' polymer material and associated applications. 
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Sean Solberg

Patent Attorney, Davis Brown Law Firm

Sean Solberg is a patent attorney at Davis Brown Law Firm.  Sean lives in Emmetsburg, IA and also spends time each month in the firm’s Des Moines office.  Prior to joining Davis Brown, Sean spent 12 years at two AmLaw 100 firms in Minneapolis.  Sean has clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies, along with several universities.  Much of his work is focused on medical device, biotech, and agricultural technologies.


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