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Ms. Pat Dillon
MBA, Principal, Dillion & Associates
Ms. Dillon is a passionate advocate for technology innovation and entrepreneurship that support state and national goals.  Her private consulting firm delivers technology commercialization consulting services to enable clients to research, develop and commercialize world-class technologies for domestic and international markets by leveraging the federal Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Programs.  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 a Operation Enduring Freedom combat veteran having served one year in Afghanistan.
Mark Gogins
Technology Development Consultant. BS Physics, University of Minnesota
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.
Russ Lidberg
Russ Lidberg presently serves as the Director of the Center for Microscopic Imaging and Analysis at St. Cloud State University (SCSU).  He has also served as an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Chemistry and Physics at SCSU for the last 9 years where his efforts have been to develop programs in material science and nanotechnology and to engage students in advanced technology-based projects.  Russ is cofounder, in collaboration with NanoVox, of the SCSU-based Annual Academic and Industry Nanotechnology Conference.  His research efforts are centered on the optical and electrical properties of materials focusing on organic electronic materials.  Russ has spent over 30 years in academic and industrial fields of science and engineering, including positions at Lockheed Environmental Systems and Technologies Co. and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  He has received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville and an M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas.  Russ is presently completing his Ph.D. dissertation in Chemical Physics at the University of Minnesota. 
James Marti
James Marti is Associate Program Director for the Minnesota Nano Center at the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining the MNC, Dr. Marti conducted research on nanoparticles for academic and government labs, and served as R&D director for several small companies with a nanotechnology product focus.  A physicist by training, his primary scientific interest has been the physics and chemistry of small scale particles and particle dispersions.  In his present role, Dr. Marti seeks to link industrial research labs with University researchers to promote wider use of the University’s considerable R&D resources.  
 
Dr. Jon J McCarthy
Dr. McCarthy is currently the Director of Shared Instrument Facilities in the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In this position he manages budgets, staff, instrumentation acquisition and planning for Materials Science Center, the Nanofabrication Center and the Polymer Characterization Laboratory. He is also Co-Director of Advanced Materials Industrial Consortium associated with the Nanoscience and Engineering Center and Materials Research and Engineering Center in the College. His research interests lie in the characterization of nanomaterials and potential environmental and health effects of these materials, and building open source software tools for remote access to instrumentation.
Prior to joining the University, Dr. McCarthy held various positions in the instrumentation industry with Tracor Northern, Inc. and ThermoFisher Scientific from Senior Scientist to President of Thermo NORAN, Kevex Spectrace and Kevex X-Ray. Dr. McCarthy has been President of the Microbeam Analysis Society and received the MAS Service award in 1999.  He received his Ph.D. in experimental Physics from Iowa State University, is the holder of 10 US Patents, and has published over 45 scientific papers.
Patrick Ryan
Patrick Ryan is a veteran technology and engineering executive working in the nanotechnology field.  Currently, he serves as COO of Nanocopoeia, Inc., in St. Paul, MN where he is leading a development effort in scale-up of an advanced bio-nanoparticle technology with applications to the pharmaceutical and med-tech markets.   Prior to joining Nanocopoeia he worked for over 25 years in the computer storage industry, with Seagate Technology, where as Vice President for Advanced R&D he led an effort in next-generation non-volatile solid state memories. Prior to that, he served as Chief Technologist in Seagate’s thin-film component division.  Mr. Ryan’s technical experience spans a wide range of technical concentrations including micro-magnetics, wafer processing, thin-film technology, sensors, MEMS, and solid state, non-volatile (spintronic) memory technologies.  His management experience has ranged from research and development to operations where he has managed several large, successful teams in delivery of leading-edge technology under significant time-to-market constraints.      

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