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CLS 2016 Speakers



Vladimir Ban, CEO, PD-LD, Inc.

Commercialization of Technology/Business Development:  Customers: The Importance of Market Validation and Sales Channels

Biography: Vladimir Ban graduated from the University of Zagreb, Croatia. In 1969 he received a PH.D. degree in material science from Pennsylvania State University. He started his career at the RCA Laboratories , where he specialized in epitaxial growth of silicon and III-V materials.  In 1984 Ban co-founded Epitaxx Inc., a company for manufacturing components, such as detectors and emitters for fiber optic networks. In 1993, he founded PD-LD Inc., a company for manufacturing fiber-optic components and laser modules for a variety of applications. Ban has published over 80 papers and has received more than 40 US patents.

 Keith Blakely, chairman and CEO, The InVentures Group, Inc. and OnCore Golf Technology, Inc.

Commercialization of Technology/Business DevelopmentBuilding a Team Capable of Executing a Commercialization Business Plan

Biography: Keith Blakely is a two-time winner of R&D Magazines’ IR-100 award, holds multiple US patents, has appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box, profiled in Figaro magazine, and was named Business Leader of the Year by Small Times Magazine.  He is a serial entrepreneur and started his first company, Advanced Refractory Technologies, Inc. (ART) at the age of 24. He served as ART’s Chairman, President & CEO, overseeing its growth from a 2 person operation to an enterprise with over 325 people, three international joint ventures and three domestic facilities – in Buffalo, NY, Santa Clara, CA, and Amesbury, MA. During his tenure, he established strategic and commercial relationships with General Motors, Motorola, Ericsson, Bekaert, Mitsubishi, Westinghouse, Siemens, McDermott International, United Defense, and many others major international corporations. The company was recognized as a worldwide leader in advanced materials and components when it was acquired by a subsidiary of Tyco International in June, 2001. 

In 2002, Blakely started NanoDynamics, Inc., a leader in the commercialization of nanomaterials and nanotechnology-enabled components and systems. He served as its CEO until 2009, raised over $60 million, and oversaw the development and launch of disruptive products for the energy, environmental, and infrastructure markets. He also established Epik Energy Solutions, LLC a $10 million joint venture with the venture arm of Shell Oil. 
Blakely now provides executive leadership to several companies that are clients and investments of The InVentures Group, Inc., a venture investment and strategic advisory firm focused on delivering technology assessments, strategic business planning, and technology commercialization assistance to organizations on a global basis. InVentures has brought expertise and capital to game-changing companies in water purification (R3 Fusion), natural resources (Li3 Energy, Renew Rare Earths), advanced materials (Ceno Technologies, Nuenz, Graphene Technologies, Haydale Ltd.), medical and biotechnology (Advanced Home Telehealth, Medical Acoustics, HealtheSignals), software and financial technology (CrowdBouncer), and consumer products (OnCore Golf).  

Marvin Bolt, curator of science and technology, Corning Museum of Glass

A New Device for a New Era: An Early Telescopic View of Innovation

Biography: Since 2013, Marvin Bolt has served as the first curator of science and technology at the Corning Museum of Glass. The National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities support his investigations of the world’s oldest surviving telescopes from 1608 through the 1750s. This research, started in his role as Curator of the History of Astronomy at Chicago’s Adler Planetarium, has taken him to dozens of museums and private collections throughout Europe and the United States, as well as to China. An extended European research trip in the summer of 2015 to the Netherlands, Germany, England, Switzerland, Italy, and Sweden uncovered a few surprises that we’re still trying to figure out.


Everton H. Callum, SPHR, Human Resource manager, Corporate Research & European Labs Science & Technology Division, Corning Inc.

Business Climate OverviewHow Will Changing Demographics Impact Our Business?

Biography: Everton Callum joined Corning in July 2011 as human resources manager in the science &technology division where he is responsible for leading all human resource generalist activities for a number of groups in the global research organization including characterization and services, optics & surface technologies, modeling and simulation, process research and the global research centers in China, Russia, Taiwan and India.


Prior to joining Corning, Everton worked at Microsoft Corporation at their headquarters in Redmond, WA, where he held the positions of diversity program manager for the platforms & services division followed by human resources manager for the SharePoint group in the office division. Prior to Microsoft, he worked at Portmore Community College in Jamaica as a senior lecturer in human resources management and industrial relations.


Everton holds a bachelor’s degree in management studies and a graduate diploma in education from the University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica, and a master’s degree in human resources and industrial relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also obtained the qualification of senior professional in human resources from the Human Resources Certification Institute.

Dana Goski, director, research & development, Allied Mineral Products

Panel Discussion – Demographics: panel member

Biography: Dana Goski is director of research at Allied Mineral Products, Inc., a global monolithic refractory producer headquartered in Columbus, OH. Originally from Canada, Dana finished her MSc in the Department of Chemistry at Dalhousie University under joint supervision from National Research Council Canada ceramic laboratory. She went on to complete her PhD in the Faculty of Engineering, Department of Mining and Metallurgy (now Materials Engineering) at TUNS (now Dalhousie University) and joined Allied Mineral Products in 1996.


Goski has enthusiastically served ACerS as both a participant and chairperson for committees including membership, nominating, meetings, the former Central Ohio section, Refractory Ceramics Divison, and Jeppson award.   She is the 2014-2015 chairperson for the ACerS Meetings Committee, a member of the Refractory Ceramics Division, and a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society. She serves on the North American executive committee for the Unified International Technical Conference on Refractories (UNITECR), and was the technical programming chair for the highly successful UNITECR 2013 and a co-editor for the ACerS-Wiley meeting publication.  Goski is a co-inventor on a number of US and international ceramic patents.  

David Gunderson, global business development director, Advance Ceramics Platform, 3M

Commercialization of Technology/Business Development: Business Acquisition Strategy 

Biography: David Gunderson holds the position of 3M Global Business Director for Advanced Materials Division- Advanced Ceramics Platform, as well as President of Ceradyne Inc. His 3M career spans 28 years with various global business management roles driving marketing, sales and customer engagement, product development, business development as well as mergers and acquisitions.  He has also held the positions of Global Business Director/COO and President of -3M Automotive Aftermarket Division at Meguiar’s Inc.


In addition, Gunderson’s career at 3M includes significant Six Sigma experience including a Master Black Belt during which he coached and developed several black belts in the 3M Aerospace & Marine Division. He has received various awards at 3M including several Golden Step Awards, Division Team Awards, and the Circle of Technical Excellence awards.


Gunderson holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University, as well as an MBA in business administration with a marketing emphasis from the University of Minnesota.   


Susan Helper, special advisor to the undersecretary for economic affairs of the US Department of Commerce; former chief economist, US Department of Commerce; Carlton Professor of Economics at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University
Business Climate Overview: Overview of Global Economy and Supply Chain Economics

Biography: Susan Helper received her PhD in economics from Harvard and her B.A. from Oberlin College in economics, government and spanish. She served as senior economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisors in 2012-2013. Helper has been a visiting scholar at University of Oxford, the University of California (Berkeley), Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  Her research focuses on the globalization of supply chains, and on how U.S. manufacturing might be revitalized.  

David Johnson

David W. Johnson, Jr., editor, Journal of the American Ceramic Society

Panel Discussion – Demographics and Business Development: moderator

Biography:  David W. Johnson Jr. is retired from Agere Systems where he served as director of the applied materials research department. He is currently an adjunct professor and senior adviser at Stevens Institute of Technology and an editor of the Journal of The American Ceramic Society. He earned a B.S. in ceramic technology and a Ph.D. in ceramic science from the Pennsylvania State University. He is an ACerS Fellow, a past chair and member of the Electronics Division, a member of the Basic Science and Glass & Optical Materials divisions and the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers. Johnson served as president of ACerS in 1994-95 and is the recipient of numerous ACerS awards, including Distinguished Life Membership

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Timothy Major, supply management director of science & technology, Emerging Innovations Group, Corning Inc.

Manufacturing Challenges and Opportunities: Supply Chain for Innovation

Biography: Timothy Major is a member of Global Supply Management function since 1994, and has been with Corning, Inc for 24 years. He is responsible for leading supply chain and supply management teams that support Corning’s global technology and innovation groups. 


Prior to working at Corning, he worked at The Carborundum Company, in the fibers division (now Unifrax) in sales and marketing roles. 


He is a member of the Institute for supply management (ISM), a certified professional in supply management since 2010, and was a certified purchasing manager (C.P.M.) from 1998-2012.


Major received his B.S. in ceramic engineering from Alfred University in 1989.


Mike Murray, chief technology officer, Morgan Advanced Materials

Creating an Innovative Manufacturing CompanyBusiness Innovation

Biography: Prior to his appointment as chief technology officer, Mike Murray held a number of senior positions within Morgan Advanced Materials across the ceramics, carbon and composites-based technologies. He represents Morgan Advanced Materials as a member of a number of materials advisory boards to the UK Technology Strategy Board and peer strategy reviews of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.


John Nottingham, principal of Nottingham Spirk, Cleveland Clinic Board of Trustees, CWRU technology commercialization visiting committee, boards of Global Center for Health Innovation, Great Lakes Biomimicry, Cleveland Institute of Art and University Circle Inc., as well as several private equity company boards of directors

Business Climate Overview: Vertical Innovation Process for Product and Business Development

Biography: The Nottingham Spirk “Vertical Innovation” process has helped client / partner companies earn over $50 billion in combined sales. The NS innovation team has co-created such award winning innovations as SpinBrush, the largest selling powered toothbrush line; Swiffer SweeperVac; Scott’s Snap Spreader System; dozens of Dirt Devil / Hoover products; Sherwin-Williams Twist & Pour, named one of the Top 10 Package Innovations of the Decade; MTD Troy-Bilt FLEX, the first modular outdoor power equipment system; CardioInsight EC Vue, the first non-invasive electrocardiographic mapping system (a technology originally created at Case Western Reserve University and acquired by Medtronic); ViewRay, the first MRI guided radiation therapy device; and HeathSpot, the world’s first retail telemedicine / medical device system.


Nottingham Spirk has been featured on the Today Show, CNN, NBC Nightly News, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, Japan Forbes, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, New York Times, Wired and Fast Company.

Matthew O’Connell, industrialization leader, Ceramic Matrix Composites, GE Aviation – Supply Chain Division, Composites Value Stream

Manufacturing Challenges and OpportunitiesScaling up for the Production of CMCs for Gas Turbine Engines

Biography: Matthew O’Connell received his B.S. in glass & ceramic engineering from Alfred University in 1996 and a M.S. in 1998. Matt joined Turbine Airfoil Coating and Repair, a joint venture of Siemens and Chromalloy, in 2001 as a repair development engineer, and worked his way to engineering manager for the group.

He joined GE Energy Services in 2004, as a special process engineer, responsible for welding and diffusion coatings. He then became the manager of the Industrial Gas Turbine Airfoils Component Repair team, working closely with Design, and owning the requirements for airfoil component repairs & processes. In 2009 he took over the Energy Repair Development Center, in Greenville, as part of the cross business Repair Technology Center of Excellence. Over the next three years he established a global footprint for repair development, adding centers in New York, Poland, and Turkey, with presence in Saudi Arabia and India. This brought the repair development process closer to the customer, focused on regional repair needs, with an agile approach to technology implementation.

In 2012 he joined GE Aviation as the manufacturing sciences leader, as part of the advanced components and manufacturing sciences team. The key areas of focus were additive manufacturing, core and casting technologies and ceramic matrix composite technology maturation. Matt then moved to GE Aviation in 2014, to run the CMC Industrialization team. As part of the composites value stream, Matt is responsible for the CMC SC network to ensure the delivery of components and scaling the manufacturing processes & footprint to meet the business commitments.

Bill Payne, Angel Investor

Commercialization of Technology/Business Development: Financing the Venture

Biography: Bill Payne is an active angel investor, board member, educator, and advisor to entrepreneurs. He assisted in founding four angel groups: the Frontier Angel Fund (2005), Tech Coast Angels (San Diego – 2000), Vegas Valley Angels (2003) and Aztec Venture Network (1999).


He has developed seminars for angels and entrepreneurs and taught over 100 workshops and seminars on angel investing in six countries. He has contributed to the ceramics industry through his service to the American Ceramic Society, National Institute of Ceramic Engineers, and the Ceramic Foundation. He has served on a number of university advisory board and has served as Entrepreneur in Residence at universities, bringing his knowledge of investing and start-up companies to college students. In 1971 he co-founded Solid State Dielectrics, Inc. to manufacture dielectric powders for the multilayer ceramic capacitor business. He sold the company to DuPont in 1982; the business is now integrated into Ferro Corporation with revenues estimated at $20 million annually.


For three decades, he has successfully founded or invested in over 50 start-up companies, including: Solid State Dielectrics, Inc. in 1971 (an electronic materials company he founded and sold to E. I. DuPont in 1982), Novacap, Inc. in 1980 (a $100 million manufacturer of ceramic capacitors now operating as a stand-alone unit within Dover Companies), Vista Staffing Solutions, Inc. in 1990 (a private $60 million company providing temporary placement of physicians), and Email Publishing in 1996 (a venture-funded company merged into DoubleClick, Inc. – DCLK: Nasdaq).


From 1995 to 2007 in his role with as an Entrepreneur in Residence with the Kauffman Foundation (Kansas City), he worked on educational programs for entrepreneurs and their investors, including www.eVenturing.com and the Power of Angel Investing seminar series. He has also been actively engaged in the formation and startup of the Angel Capital Education Foundation and the Angel Capital Association.


Payne served as president of The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) in 1989. He was named a Fellow of ACerS in 1980 and Distinguished Life Member (ACerS highest award) in 2000. He was awarded the Schwartzwalder-PACE Award as outstanding young ceramic engineer in 1978 and served as president of National Institute of Ceramic Engineers in 1979. He served as president of the United States Advanced Ceramics Association (USACA), a US trade organization promoting sophisticated ceramic products, in 1986.


Payne’s honors include the John F. McMahon Award from Alfred University (1990). He was awarded the prestigious 2009 Hans Severiens Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Angel Investing.  Payne served as the 2010 BNZ University of Auckland Entrepreneur-in-Residence in New Zealand from February through June 2010, his fourth visit to New Zealand.  In November 2010, Bill was named the 2010 New Zealand Arch Angel, the highest Kiwi angel award.


Payne graduated with BS and MS degrees in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Illinois, where he has served on the Dean’s Board of Visitors of the College of Engineering. The University of Illinois College of Engineering honored Payne (BS Cer ’63, MS Cer ’64) as one of its Distinguished Alumni at an awards ceremony in April, 2016. All together, he has over 120 years of Board service for private companies and not-for-profit organizations. He currently serves as advisor to several start-up companies. His eBook, the Definitive Guide to Raising Money from Angels is available on his website at www.billpayne.com



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