2014 Board of Directors and Officers

Paul Sanberg

Paul R. Sanberg, President

senior Vice President for Research & Innovation
Executive Director, Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair
Distinguished University Professor
University of South Florida

Paul R. Sanberg, Ph.D., D.Sc. is founder and president of the National Academy of Inventors. He is is Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation, Distinguished University Professor, and Executive Director of the Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair at the University of South Florida, and founder and president of the National Academy of Inventors. He trained at York University, the University of British Columbia, the Australian National University and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, among others. He has held academic positions at Ohio University, the University of Cincinnati, and Brown University. He is an inventor on approximately 100 health-related patents. His work has been instrumental in translating new pharmaceutical and cellular therapeutics to clinical trials and commercialization for Tourette syndrome, stroke, ALS, Alzheimer's, Huntington's, and Parkinson's disease and he has significant biotech and pharmaceutical industry experience in these areas. He is the co-founder of Saneron CCEL Therapeutics, Inc. and Natura Therapeutics, in Tampa, and Stem Cells, Inc., in Palo Alto, California. He is the author of more than 600 scientific publications and is considered a highly cited scientist, with more than 20,000 citations to his published work. He serves on editorial boards for more than 30 scientific journals and has received numerous scientific awards. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, and serves on the evaluation committee of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.


George Newkome

George R. Newkome, Vice President

vice president for research
dean of the graduate school
Professor of Polymer Science and Chemistry
the University of akron

Professor George R. Newkome received his B.S. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Kent State University. After a post doctorate at Princeton University, he joined LSU where he became a full professor in 1978, and then LSU Distinguished Research Master in 1982. In 1986, he went to USF as their Vice President for Research and professor of chemistry then in 1992 was named Distinguished Research Professor. In 2001, he went to The University of Akron as their Vice President for Research, Dean, Graduate School; the Oelschlager Professor of Science and Technology; and professor, departments of Polymer Science and Chemistry. Currently, he is also President & CEO of the University of Akron Research Foundation, the Akron Innovation Campus, and on the board of directors for 14 corporations. He has published over 450 scientific papers, has 45 patents, and edited/written over 15 scientific books/monographs.


Howard J. Federoff

Howard J. Federoff, Vice President

Executive Vice President for Health Sciences and Executive Dean
Georgetown University Medical Center
Georgetown University

Howard J. Federoff, M.D., Ph.D., received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Following clinical training in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology and a post-doctoral fellowship in molecular neurobiology at Harvard Medical School's Massachusetts General Hospital he joined the faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In 1995 he joined the University of Rochester faculty. During his tenure at Rochester, Howard founded the Division of Molecular Medicine and Gene Therapy, the Center for Aging and Development and also served as Senior Associate Dean for Basic Research. In 2007 Howard joined the Georgetown University Medical Centers as Executive Vice President of Health Sciences and Executive Dean for the School of Medicine. His research is on novel treatments for neurodegenerative diseases. He serves on four editorial boards, two foundation boards, has chaired NIH Study Sections, was a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of NIDCR, was a member of the SMA NINDS Scientific Advisory Committee and was Chair of the NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee. He has published numerous papers, chapters and editorials. Howard has received a number of awards including the Arthur Kornberg Research Award, the Society for Neuroscience Grass Lectureship, the Abreu Memorial Lectureship, induction into Alpha Omega Alpha, and the Bernard Sandberg Award. Dr. Federoff has co-founded two biotechnology start-up companies and has been awarded numerous patents. He and his wife Wendy Solovay, an immigration attorney, reside in the metro DC region. Their two daughters, Allison and Monica, are pursuing graduate studies in law and medicine.


Nasser Arshadi

Nasser Arshadi, Secretary

Vice Provost for Research
Professor of Finance
University of Missouri-St. Louis

Nasser Arshadi is vice provost for research and professor of finance at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He received his Ph.D. in financial economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has published extensively in top economics and finance journals on capital markets and the microeconomics of corporations with an emphasis on assessing and managing risk. He has published two books on financial intermediation (Prentice Hall) and insider trading (Kluwar Academic Publishing). He served as an economist and policy analyst at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, DC, and as a consultant to the American Bankers Association (Washington, DC), Treasury Management Association (Washington, DC), Securities Industry Automation Corporation (NYC), Deutsche Financial Services (St. Louis), and Commerce Bancshares (St. Louis). He serves on several boards.


Sudeep Sarkar

Sudeep Sarkar, Treasurer

associate vice president for research & innovation
professor for computer science and engineering
University of South Florida

Dr. Sudeep Sarkar is associate vice president for research and innovation and professor of computer science and engineering at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Dr. Sarkar received his B.Tech. degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering, on a University Presidential Fellowship, from The Ohio State University. He is the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 1994, the USF Teaching Incentive Program Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence in 1997, the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1998, and the Theodore and Venette Askounes-Ashford Distinguished Scholar Award in 2004. He has served on the editorial boards for the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, the Pattern Analysis and Applications Journal, the Pattern Recognition Journal and the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics. He is a charter member of the National Academy of Inventors. Dr. Sarkar's research interests include perceptual organization in single images and multiple image sequences, biometrics, gait recognition, color-texture analysis, and performance evaluation of vision systems. He has co-authored one book and co-edited another book on perceptual organization.


Rathindra N. Bose

Rathindra N. Bose

Vice Chancellor for Research and Technology Transfer
University of Houston System

Rathindra N. Bose received his Ph.D. degree in chemistry from Georgetown University, Washington D.C., in 1982. Currently, he is serving as the Vice Chancellor and Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer at the University of Houston System and University of Houston. He holds faculty appointments in the departments of Chemistry, Biology and Biochemistry, and Pharmacological & Pharmaceutical Sciences. Among Dr. Bose's achievements include the discovery of a new class of anticancer agents, Phosphaplatins, that exhibits superior efficacy with reduced toxicity in preclinical experiments compared to existing platinum anticancer drugs. Dr. Bose has served with distinction as a faculty member and has received a distinguished scholar award and four outstanding/distinguished teaching awards. Additionally he has published extensively in his own field as well as interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary areas that extend to cancer biology and materials science. Dr. Bose has also served as a reviewer for many funding agencies and international journals, and served as a member on editorial boards of journals. He is currently serving as the chair of the Science Advisory Board of Phosplatin Therapeutics, and is a board member of BioHouston, Southern Universities Research Association, and the Gulf Coast Regional Center of Innovation and Commercialization.


Eric R. Fossum

Eric R. Fossum

Professor of Engineering
National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee
National Academy of Engineering
Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth

Eric R. Fossum, Ph.D., is Professor at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth and Faculty Coordinator of the Ph.D. Innovation Program. While at JPL/Caltech, he invented the CMOS image sensor used in billions of camera phones, webcams, DSLRs, swallowable pill cameras, dental x-ray sensors, and many other applications. He co-founded Photobit to further develop and commercialize the technology which was eventually acquired by Micron. He holds over 140 U.S. patents and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the Space Technology Hall of Fame. He has published over 260 papers, is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, an IEEE Fellow, and received the IEEE Andrew Grove Award and the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal. He is a founder and Past-President of the International Image Sensor Society.


Arlene A. Garrison

Arlene A. Garrison

Vice President for University Partnerships
Oak Ridge Associated Universities

Dr. Arlene Garrison is vice president, university partnerships at Oak Ridge Associated Universities, responsible for enhancing ORAU's scientific research opportunities and expanding partnerships with universities, national laboratories and private industry. Garrison brings more than 35 years of experience in science and education to ORAU's university partnership and research programs. Prior to joining ORAU, she served as a program director for the National Science Foundation.

Garrison has a doctorate in analytical chemistry and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee. Active in community and scientific organizations, Garrison currently serves on the National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for the Small Business Innovation Research program, the board of the Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair, and is a member of the American Chemical Society. In recognition of her volunteer work in science outreach to pre-college students, Dr. Garrison was selected as a torch bearer for the 1996 Olympic Games.


Arlene A. Garrison

Mory Gharib

Vice Provost for Research
California Institute of Technology

Mory Gharib, Ph.D., is Vice Provost for Research and Hans W. Liepmann Professor of Aeronautics and Bioinspired Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, specializing in hydro and aerodynamics, biological flows, bio-inspired medical devices, and advanced flow visualization techniques. He co-founded Bioengineering Option at Caltech. He holds more than 50 U.S. patents in areas of biomedical devices and imaging technology. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, AAAS, and five other professional societies. He has received five new technology recognition awards from NASA in the fields of advanced laser imaging and nanotechnology. He was recipient of the R&D 100 Award for the design of a 3D imaging system in 2008.


Arthur Molella

Arthur Molella

Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Director
Smithsonian Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention & Innovation

Dr. Arthur Molella is the Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Director of the Smithsonian Institution's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History. He is the Center's founding director. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in the history of science from Cornell University. In 2005, he was awarded a Doctor of Science, honoris causa, from Westminster University, U.K. At the National Museum of American History, he has also served variously as Curator of Electricity, Chairman of the Dept. History of Science and Technology, and Assistant Director for History. He is also Senior Lecturer in the Dept. History of Science and Technology, the Johns Hopkins University. He was head curator of the Smithsonian's Science in American Life exhibition and co-curator of the international exhibition, Nobel Voices, a celebration of the centenary of the Nobel Prize. With colleagues at Westminster and Johns Hopkins Universities, he is co-sponsor of the International Eco-city Initiative. He has published and lectured widely on the relations between science, technology and culture. His publications include Inventing for the Environment (ed. with Joyce Bedi, MIT, 2003) and Invented Edens: Techno-Cities of the 20th Century (with Robert Kargon, MIT, 2008). Dr. Molella served on the selection committee for the National Inventors Hall of Fame, including special Blue Ribbon panels for historical inductees. In addition to the National Academy of Inventors, he currently sits on the boards of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and of the MIT Museum.


Vinit Nijhawan

Vinit Nijhawan

Managing Director, Office of Technology Development
Boston University


Vinit Nijhawan is Managing Director, Office of Technology Development, and Director of Enterprise Programs at ITEC (Institute of Technology, Entrepreneurship & Commercialization) at Boston University. Vinit also teaches MBA courses on Entrepreneurship at BU. Vinit has over 30 years experience building five startups: as CEO of three, five were acquired. Vinit was Venture Partner at Key Venture Partners and over two years sourced over 200 deals and made one investment that was acquired for $430M. Vinit is an advisor and board member to several technology startups and was a Mass High Tech All-Star in 2005. Vinit has participated in over 150 panel discussions and paper presentations, and is a Board Member of MTDC, an early stage, quasi-public Massachusetts venture capital firm. Vinit earned a B.A.Sc in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.


John Weete

John D. Weete

Executive Director, Auburn Research and Technology Foundation
Assistant Vice President for Technology Transfer and Commercialization
Auburn University

John D. Weete, Ph.D. is currently the Executive Director of the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation (ARTF) and Assistant Vice President for Technology Transfer and Commercialization at Auburn University. For the non-profit ARTF, he oversees development and operations of the Auburn Research Park and the Auburn Business Incubator and, for AU he is responsible for managing the intellectual property portfolio. Previously, Dr. Weete served as the Vice President for Research and Economic Development at West Virginia University and President of the West Virginia University Research Corporation from 1998 to 2007. As Vice President, he provided the institution-wide leadership for strategic planning for the research enterprise and growing the institution’s research programs, including university-centers and institutes. As President of the WVU Research Corporation, he oversaw budget, personnel, and activities of the WVU Research Office relating to federal compliance, technology transfer, economic development, and sponsored programs.. He also served as the liaison between the university and West Virginia federal congressional delegation in Washington, D.C. He also served on several corporate boards in West Virginia and Texas. Prior to going to West Virginia University, Dr. Weete served on the faculty and as an administrator at Auburn University from 1973 to 1998. He was a Professor in the Department of Botany and Microbiology and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Science and Mathematics. He was an Alumni Professor, and currently has professor and associate dean emeritus status. During his tenure at Auburn University, he held invited and visiting professorships at universities in Canada, Switzerland and France. He authored two books and has authored or co-authored numerous book chapters and other scientific publications in the field of plant and fungal biochemistry. He has several U.S. and international patents.