T-Summit 2014: Speakers

John Beck

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John Beck is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations (SHRLR) at Michigan State University. He joined the faculty of the School in September of 1991. Though he also works with students in the SHRLR master’s program (occasionally teaching courses on “Negotiation and Conflict Resolution” and “Organizational Development and Workplace Change”), John primarily teaches in the School’s division of Labor, Employment and Workplace Education. He has taught various courses on workplace innovation and worked with a number of joint labor/management efforts at workplace transformation. These joint efforts have fostered a wide range of workplace changes including improved communications and relationships, the implementation of team work systems and/or alternative compensation strategies, and the design of flattened input and decision making models. For nearly his entire career at MSU, John has been used as an internal university consultant providing strategic planning and organizational transformation help for MSU administrative units and academic departments.

George Blumenthal

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George Blumenthal is the Chancellor of the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has held several key leadership roles in the University of California system, including chair of the UC Academic Senate, faculty representative to the UC Regents, and department chair of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Blumenthal serves widely on many governing boards in science, technology, and education. He is a member of the UC Planning Committee for Doctoral and Professional Education, the UC Presidential Task Force for Post-Employment Benefits, and chairman of the Joint Graduate Board of the UC and California State University systems. He co-chairs the Monterey Bay Educational Consortium, and is the chairman of the California Association for Research in Astronomy’s W. M. Keck Observatory. He is a member of the California Council on Science and Technology, the Bay Area Science and Technology Consortium, and UC President's Board on Science and Innovation. He is chairman of University Associates–Silicon Valley LLC and the Silicon Valley Higher Education Roundtable, and a board member of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and Joint Venture Silicon Valley. He is a co-author of the astronomy texts 21st Century Astronomy and Understanding Our Universe. Blumenthal earned his Bachelor of Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of California, San Diego.

Anthony Boccanfuso

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Anthony Boccanfuso is the Executive Director of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP) at the National Academies. He is a leading expert on high value, high return university-industry partnerships who works with other thought leaders from the academic and corporate communities to advance these collaborations and promote the Nation’s economic competitiveness. In his current role, he spearheads the development of a series of initiatives to catalyze partnerships and reduce barriers to University-Industry collaborations. He also serves as a consultant for government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private firms and is Vice-Chair of the MedStar Health Research Institute. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Political Science from Furman University and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of South Carolina.

Tim Brown

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Tim Brown is CEO and president of IDEO. He frequently speaks about the value of design thinking and innovation to business people and designers around the world. He participates in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and his talks Serious Play and Change by Design appear on TED.com. An industrial designer by training, Tim has earned numerous design awards and has exhibited work at the Axis Gallery in Tokyo, the Design Museum in London, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He takes special interest in the convergence of technology and the arts, as well as the ways in which design can be used to promote the well-being of people living in emerging economies. Brown advises senior executives and boards of Fortune 100 companies and has led strategic client relationships with such organizations as the Mayo Clinic, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, and Steelcase. He is a board member of the Mayo Innovation Advisory Council and the Advisory Council of Acumen Fund, a nonprofit global venture fund focused on improving the lives of the poor. Additionally, he writes for the Harvard Business Review, The Economist, and other prominent publications. His book, Change by Design, on how design thinking transforms organizations was released by Harper Business.

Andy Chan

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Andy Chan oversees The Office of Personal and Career Development (OPCD) at Wake Forest University as Vice President for Personal and Career Development. The OPCD creates a supportive career community designed to teach, advise and equip students to successfully navigate their path from college to career and includes the Career and Professional Development, the Mentoring Resource Center, the Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship, Leadership Development, and the Family Business Center. He was previously the assistant dean and director of the MBA Career Management Center at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Before joining Stanford, Chan served as president and CEO of eProNet, an online recruiting and career network based on exclusive relationships with university alumni associations. Earlier, he was president and CEO of MindSteps, a corporate education software start-up. He has extensive executive leadership, career coaching, and business experience in venture-backed start-ups, The Learning Company, The Clorox Company and Bain & Company. He earned his Bachelor of Arts and MBA from Stanford University.

Barbara Chow

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Barbara Chow, education program director with the Hewlett Foundation, previously served as policy director for the House Budget Committee. She also worked as the executive director of the National Geographic Education Foundation and vice president for education and children’s programs at National Geographic. Chow served in the Clinton administration as a special assistant to the President for legislative affairs, acting as White House liaison to Congress on economic, budget, and appropriation matters, and then in the Office of Management and Budget, where she was the program associate director for education, income maintenance, and labor. She also served as the deputy director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. She worked on the staff of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee and the Senate Democratic Policy Committee specializing in energy and natural resource issues and as a manager of federal budget policy at Price Waterhouse. She has served as chair of Grantmakers for Education, an ex-officio board member of the National Environmental Education Foundation, and a member of the steering committee of the Geography Education National Implementation Plan. Chow earned a bachelor’s degree in government from Pomona College and a Master of Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

Nick Donofrio

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Nicholas M. Donofrio is the retired Executive Vice President, Innovation & Technology at IBM and a champion for innovation across IBM and its global ecosystems. Donofrio joined IBM in 1967 and spent the early part of his career in integrated circuit and chip development as a designer of logic and memory chips. He held numerous technical management positions and, later, executive positions in several of IBM's product divisions. He has led many of IBM's major development and manufacturing teams -- from semiconductor and storage technologies, to microprocessors and personal computers, to IBM's entire family of servers. Donofrio earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Science in the same discipline from Syracuse University. He has spoken and written about the importance of T-shaped professionals for over a decade.

Doug Estry

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Doug Estry serves as the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Michigan State University. He oversees initiatives that support and enhance the undergraduate experience, provides direction to a number of University-wide programs that serve undergraduate students, and coordinates the development and implementation of academic policies and procedures related to undergraduate education. In his 31 years at Michigan State University, he has served as faculty in the Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics (BLD) Program and held several administrative positions in that program. As the Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs in the College of Natural Science, he focused on issues relevant to undergraduate and graduate recruitment and retention and issues of teaching and learning in science and mathematics, student engagement, and learning outcomes assessment. He also facilitated the development of a new model for undergraduate biological science education and worked closely with the MSU Teachers for a New Era project and the Mathematics and Science Partnership grant (Promoting Rigorous Outcomes in Mathematics and Science Education, PROM/SE) funded by the National Science Foundation.

Katharine Frase

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Katharine Frase, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, IBM Public Sector, provides thought leadership for IBM and its customers on innovation and strategic transformation specific to government, education, life sciences, healthcare, and cities, driving the creation of new solutions. Prior to this role, she was Vice President, Industry Solutions Research, working across IBM Research on behalf of IBM clients to create transformational industry-focused solutions, including the application of IBM Watson technologies to business applications and the realization of Smarter Planet solutions. Earlier roles included technical and business strategy for IBM’s software business, corporate assignments on technology assessment and strategy, and roles in IBM Microelectronics in the management of process development, design/modeling methodology and production of chip carriers, assemblies, and test. She was elected as a member of the (U.S.) National Academy of Engineering. She received an A.B. in Chemistry from Bryn Mawr College and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology and sits on numerous external committees and boards.

Phil Gardner

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Phil Gardner, Director of the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University, has been with MSU for 28 years in a number of positions. His major areas of research include the transition from college to work, early socialization and career progression in the workplace, workforce readiness, and other areas related to college student studies. MSU’s nationally recognized annual college labor market study is done under his direction each fall. He served as senior editor of the Journal of Cooperative Education and Internships and was a Fulbright specialist to New Zealand on work-integrated learning. Gardner earned a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Whitman College and a Ph.D. in Resource & Development Economics/Public Policy from Michigan State University.

Michael Gorman

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Michael Gorman is a Professor in the Department of Science, Technology & Society at the University of Virginia, where he teaches courses on ethics, invention, psychology of science, and communication. He worked for two years as a Program Director in the Science, Technology & Society program at the National Science Foundation and is President of the International Society for Psychology of Science and Technology. His research interests include experimental simulations of science, described in Simulating Science (Indiana University Press) and cognition, invention, and ethics, described in Transforming Nature (Kluwer Academic Press). With support from the NSF, he conducted a multi-year cognitive study of the invention of the telephone whose results appeared in Social Studies of Science and Thinking and Reasoning. NSF supported his work with Patricia Werhane on case studies that combined ethics, invention and design, described in Ethical and Environmental Challenges to Engineering (Prentice-Hall). NSF also supported work that led to his edited volumes on Scientific and Technological Thinking (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates), and Trading Zones and Interactional Expertise: Creating New Kinds of Collaboration (MIT Press). His current research is in the kind of interdisciplinary trading zones that will be needed for scientists, engineers, and other stakeholders to collaborate on the development of new technologies. He earned a master’s and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of New Hampshire.

Morten Hansen

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Morten Hansen is a management professor at the University of California, Berkeley (School of Information). Previously he was a professor at the Harvard Business School and at INSEAD, France, where he retains a part-time role. Hansen was a Fulbright scholar at Stanford University and received the Jaedicke award for outstanding academic performance. He also has been a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in London, Stockholm, and San Francisco, and is a frequent keynote speaker. His research has been published in Administrative Science Quarterly, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, Harvard Business Review, and Sloan Management Review. Hansen’s most recent book, Great by Choice, is co-authored with Jim Collins. He speaks and consults for large companies throughout the world. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

Paul J. LeBlanc

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Paul LeBlanc, prior to serving as President of Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), was president at Marlboro College (VT). Under his direction, SNHU has more than doubled in size and is the largest provider of online higher education in New England. Fast Company magazine named SNHU (the only university included ) #12 on the “World’s Fifty Most Innovative Companies” list. SNHU was recognized by the Gates Foundation as a “Beating the Odds” school for its innovative programming to increase graduation rates and productivity; continues to be on The Chronicle’s list of “Best Colleges to Work For”; earned a Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement classification; and moved from Tier 3 to Tier 1 for regional universities in the U.S. News and World Report ranking. He has been asked to speak on innovation, online learning, and higher education reform by the New England Board of Higher Education, the Lumina Foundation, Rhode Island’s Board of Higher Education, Harvard’s Schools of Business and Education, IBM, and the CTO Forum. He won a New England Higher Education Excellence Award and was named one of “New Hampshire’s Most Influential People” by New Hampshire Business Review. LeBlanc is on the boards and steering committees of the Council of Adult and Experiential Learning, New Hampshire College and University Council, the New Hampshire Campus Compact, the Gates Foundation Data Metrics Project, and the Open Study Advisory Board. He is a past Commissioner for the NEASC Commission on Higher Education.

Mike Medici

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Mike Medici leads SmithGroupJJR’s Learning practice and continues to build on more than 25 years of experience in architectural management and design, actively involved in several of the firm’s key projects. His portfolio comprises a number of the nation’s leading technology centers and research laboratories, including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Energy Systems Integration Facility in Golden, Colorado, and the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. He is active in Arizona State University’s School of Architecture and leads the firm’s local scholarship offerings.

Richard K. Miller

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Richard Miller, before being appointed President and first employee of Olin College of Engineering, served as Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa. He was a member of the Engineering faculty at USC in Los Angeles and UCSB in Santa Barbara. With a background in applied mechanics and current interests in innovation in higher education, he is the author of more than 100 reviewed journal articles and other technical publications. He is a recipient of the Bernard M. Gordon Prize from the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education. A member of the NAE, he received the Marlowe Award for creative and distinguished administrative leadership from the American Society for Engineering Education. Miller served as Chair of the Engineering Advisory Committee of the U.S. National Science Foundation and has served on advisory boards and committees for Harvard University, Stanford University, the NAE, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He has also served as a consultant to the World Bank in the establishment of new universities. A frequent speaker on engineering education, he received a Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award from the University of California at Davis, where he earned his Bachelor of Science. He earned his Master of Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology.

Susan Puglia

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Susan Puglia is Vice President, Global University Programs and Vice Chair, IBM Academy of Technology. She provides direction to the IBM Academy of Technology (AoT) members and the Academy Leadership Team (ALT) members who dedicate time to leading strategic technical projects and activities. In her University Relations role, Puglia leads an extended team who work across the IBM enterprise to build relationships of mutual value with targeted universities in areas of collaborative research, skills readiness, recruiting, revenue generation, community responsibility and regional economic development. This role leverages her 30+ years of experience leading technical organizations in product development, technical sales, and Information Technology.

Prior to this role, Puglia held a variety of executive positions in product development in IBM’s Systems and Technology Group and Software Group. As Vice President for Systems Architecture, Design, and Development, she led the development and delivery of IBM’s virtualization solutions and user technologies. She also gained IT experience in IBM’s CIO organization when she set the direction for IBM’s information technology, established IBM’s global IT infrastructure and applications’ standards and architecture, and managed the worldwide deployment of these technologies. Earlier in her IBM career, Puglia held a variety of technical and management positions in mainframe hardware and software development and marketing. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science and Math and a MBA in International Business and Finance from New York University. She serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Rochester Institute of Technology.

Linda Sanford

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Linda Sanford, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Transformation, leads the strategy for IBM’s internal transformation to become the premier globally integrated, smarter enterprise. In this role, Sanford is responsible for driving the company’s ongoing reinvention spanning technology, operations and culture. She is responsible for executing organizational change to enable growth, productivity and innovation. Sanford is a member of the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame and the National Academy of Engineering. She has been named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Business by Fortune Magazine, one of the Top Ten Innovators in the Technology Industry by Information Week Magazine, one of the Ten Most Influential Women in Technology by Working Woman Magazine, and one of the Top 15 Women in Business by PINK Magazine. Sanford co-authored “Let Go To Grow: Escaping the Commodity Trap” a book that details how successful enterprises are pursuing strategies to drive long-term growth and innovation. Sanford serves on the Board of Directors of The Business Council of New York State, Inc., the Partnership for New York City and ITT Industries. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for The State University of New York, St. John’s University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the New York Hall of Science. She is co-chair of the New York in the World Advisory Board. A graduate of St. John’s University, Sanford earned a Master of Science in Operations Research from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and was awarded an honorary doctorate in commercial science from St. John’s University.

Richard Schoephoerster

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Richard Schoephoerster is the Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), where he has grown the student population by 25% and doubled annual research expenditures. Previously, he spent 17 years at Florida International University (FIU), where he served in a variety of roles including the Director of the Cardiovascular Engineering Center, Director of the Biomedical Engineering Institute, and the founding chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department. He has established several academia/industry partnership programs, including the FIU Biomedical Engineering Partnership Program and the Structural and Printed Emerging-Technologies Center, a partnership with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and the University of Texas system. Schoephoerster researches biofluid mechanics and cardiovascular devices, with a major focus on cardiac applications. He has over 100 journal publications and presentations of his research and has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, the National Research Council, and the biomedical industry. He has served on numerous committees for the American Heart Association, the Florida Biomedical Research Advisory Council, the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Early Career Award Panel, and the NSF Biomedical Engineering CAREER Panel. Schoephoerster received his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering and his Master of Science and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iowa.

Lou Anna K. Simon

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Lou Anna K. Simon, President of Michigan State University, leads the university’s work to advance the common good in Michigan and around the world. She has held a variety of administrative roles, including assistant provost for general academic administration, associate provost, and provost and vice president for academic affairs at MSU. As president, Simon has engaged Michigan State University in a strategic and transformative journey to adapt the principles of the land-grant tradition to 21st-century challenges. She has expanded MSU’s reach in the state and around the world by focusing the university’s strengths on solutions that enhance and protect quality of life: clean and affordable energy, access to education, safe and plentiful food, and health care. Simon’s key initiatives, particularly in economic development and international engagement, reflect her commitment to applying knowledge to benefit society and further the global common good. Simon is a member of the American Council on Education and the Council on Competitiveness. She serves as chair of the National Security Higher Education Advisory Board. Simon also serves as chair of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s executive committee, the association’s overarching governing panel. Simon’s resolute commitment to advancing Michigan’s economic future has been a hallmark of her presidency. She serves on the board of directors of Business Leaders for Michigan and the Detroit Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. In the area of international engagement, Simon is a member of the executive committee of the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa. Research at Michigan State University reflects Simon’s commitment to advancing knowledge and discovery to improve quality of life. Under her leadership, MSU has expanded its research in biofuels and green energy, medicine and medical technology, physics and rare isotopes, safe water, and agriculture to address world hunger. With the support of external funding now exceeding $500 million annually, Simon is helping ensure that Michigan State University makes a significant positive difference locally and globally.

Jim Spohrer

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Jim Spohrer is an IBM Innovation Champion and Director of IBM University Programs. He works to align IBM and universities globally for innovation amplification. Previously, Spohrer helped to found IBM’s first Service Research group, the global Service Science community, and was founding CTO of IBM’s Venture Capital Relations Group in Silicon Valley. While at Apple Computer, he was awarded Apple’s Distinguished Engineer Scientist and Technology title for his work on next generation learning platforms. Jim has a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Computer Science/Artificial Intelligence from Yale. His current research priorities include applying service science to study nested, networked holistic service systems, such as cities and universities. He has more than 90 publications and nine patents.

Jeffrey Welser

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Jeff Welser is the Vice President of IBM Research – Almaden and oversees scientists and engineers performing exploratory and applied research at the home of the relational database and world’s first hard disk drive. Today the lab specializes in areas including Watson technologies, storage systems, data management and analytics, nanotechnology, materials science, Web 2.0 technologies and IBM Smarter Planet projects, such as healthcare informatics, water desalination and electric car batteries. Previously, Welser was the Director of Strategy and Program Development for the Accelerated Discovery Lab and simultaneously the Director of Almaden Services Research, managing a portfolio of research into improved business processes, software and technology to enable IBM's Global Business and Technology Services organizations. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Welser holds 21 US Patents and has published over 75 technical papers and presentations. He is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, an IEEE Fellow, a member of the American Physical Society, and has served on numerous Federal agency and Congressional panels on advanced semiconductor technology.