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ORAU Welcomes Seven New Directors to its Board

Elections announced at 70th annual meeting of ORAU’s Council of Sponsoring Institutions

March 19, 2015

Oak Ridge, Tenn.—Recently, at the 70th Annual Meeting of its Council of Sponsoring Institutions, ORAU announced the election of seven new members to its Board of Directors. The board provides policy and fiduciary oversight of ORAU operations for its membership. Newly elected board members are:

  • Bruce E. Gnade, Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas
  • Dennis M. Kenneally, Maj. Gen. (ret.), Southwest Defense Alliance
  • Gina Lee-Glauser, Ph.D., Syracuse University
  • Cordell M. Overby, Sc.D., University of Delaware
  • Juan M. Sanchez, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
  • Ric C. Trotta, National Advisory Council for the Federal Laboratory Consortium
  • Caroline C. Whitacre, Ph.D., The Ohio State University

“These new directors bring strong leadership and experience in diverse fields from defense to research to strategic consulting,” said ORAU President and CEO Andy Page. “Their insights in academe, government and business will be invaluable as we tackle challenges and explore new opportunities for ORAU.”

Bruce E. Gnade, Ph.D.

Bruce GnadeDr. Gnade is currently vice president for research at UT Dallas and a distinguished professor in microelectronics for the university, where he leads a large research group studying applications of flexible electronics. Flexible electronics could be embedded in clothing as sensors, provide laptops with roll-out screens for large viewing of maps and web pages, and could be manufactured into large-area flexible, radiation detectors to help secure our nation’s borders.

Dr. Gnade has industrial experience, mainly with Texas Instruments. He also was a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the central research and development organization for the U.S. Department of Defense. He has been a visiting scientist at the University of Maryland at College Park and also served as a guest researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a federal technology agency.

Currently, Dr. Gnade serves on the technical committee for flexible electronics, of the Society for Information Displays International Symposium, and on the United State review panel for the Civilian Research and Development Foundation. He was a member of the Nanotechnology Foundation’s scientific advisory committee for eight years and has served on various boards including the National Academics Board of Assessment of NIST Programs.

Dr. Gnade has authored or co-authored approximately 150 refereed journal papers, 72 U.S. patents and 55 foreign patents. His current research group involves nearly 20 undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

Dennis M. Kenneally, Maj. Gen. (ret.)

Major General (ret.) Dennis M. Kenneally currently serves as the executive director of the Southwest Defense Alliance, a nonprofit coalition of six southwestern states dedicated to protecting America’s defense and industrial base.

He was appointed by California Gov. Jerry Brown to the Governor’s Military Council and serves on the board of directors of Maytag Aircraft Corporation of the Mercury Air Group, Inc., the board of Final Mile Logistics and was a former member of the Advisory Board of KZG Golf. He is a principal in Business Associates International, LLC, an international consulting firm with offices on Wall Street, in St. Louis, Mo, Washington, DC, Sydney, Australia and with headquarters in San Diego, Calif.

Kenneally served as the assistant chief of the Bureau of Automotive Repair and as the executive director of the Board of Parole Hearings. For his work at the Board, he was presented its Distinguished Service Award. Before his appointments, he worked as a contractor for the U.S. Department of Justice, as a consultant to the chief executive officer of Maxim Systems, Inc., a Department of Defense contractor and as chairman of the board of the National Defense Industrial Association of San Diego. He previously served as a member of the State Threat Assessment Advisory Group of the California Emergency Management Agency. He is a former adjunct professor and current lecturer for graduate studies in Homeland Security and Emergency Management at San Diego State University. He is a member of the San Diego Yacht Club, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Advisory Board of the San Diego Military Advisory Council and the Association of Former Intelligence Officers.

He is the former commanding general of the California Army National Guard appointed by former California Gov. Gray Davis. He commanded the largest, most-tasked Army National Guard force in the nation. Kenneally served as the assistant adjutant general and as the director of the office of Homeland Security. As a civilian, he served as vice president of a large, international, multi-service company providing private security and facilities management services with offices in San Diego and Los Angeles. Previously, he owned a business specializing in association management, government and public relations and served as president and chief executive officer of the Center for Technical Services, Inc., which specialized in providing scientific advisory services to governments and private entities.

Awards and honors for Kenneally include: recipient of the Order of California, the Mississippi Magnolia Cross and the District of Columbia’s Distinguished Service Medal. For his diplomatic work on behalf of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, he was honored as a knight of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta with the rank of Knight Commander with Crossed Swords. For his service with intelligence functions, Kenneally received the Knowlton Award and the Medallion for Meritorious Service from the Air Force Intelligence Reserve. He was selected as “Boss of the Year” by the American Businesswomen’s Association of San Diego.

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Gina Lee-Glauser, Ph.D.

Gina Lee-GlauserAs the vice president for research for Syracuse University, Dr. Lee-Glauser oversees central resources that support extramural research activities, including relevant policies. She also oversees the university-wide interdisciplinary, research centers on campus. She has expanded diversity on campus and is a mentor for the Upstate Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP).

Previously, Dr. Lee-Glauser served as associate vice president of research and was director of Syracuse University’s Center for Advanced Systems and Engineering and had overall responsibility of the university’s Office of Technology Transfer and Industrial Development.

Dr. Lee-Glauser is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. She conducted her postdoctoral work at NASA Langley Research Center. Her research interests include structural dynamics and control, active and passive vibration control, learning control and system identification. Dr. Lee-Glauser also serves on the boards of a number of regional business and economic development organizations, including the Central New York Accelerator Advisory Board, Central New York Technology Development Organization and the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems.

Cordell M. Overby, Sc.D.

Cordell Overby Dr. Overby is associate provost for research and regulatory affairs at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware. In this position, he oversees research-related compliance and integrity and a broad spectrum of research-related support that includes research consortia establishment, agreement review and approval, training and audit, and strategic funding opportunity identification. Dr. Overby oversees, and serves as the institutional official for, both the human subject and animal care programs. He is also the empowered official for export controls and has a secondary faculty appointment as professor in the College of Engineering.

Prior to joining the University of Delaware, Dr. Overby had 18 years of industry experience in technical management and design engineering on projects funded by the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy. He has actively participated on the ORAU Council.

Dr. Overby participates in a variety of professional activities including serving on the boards of the Council on Government Relations and the McNair Scholars Program. He has served on a variety of committees for the National Council of University Research Administrators and the National Science Foundation.

Juan M. Sanchez, Ph.D.

Juan Sanchez Dr. Dr. Sanchez is the vice president for research at The University of Texas at Austin and holds a Temple Foundation Endowed Professorship in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Dr. Sanchez is the author and co-author of more than 140 technical publications on a wide range of topics in materials science and engineering. His current research interests are in the electronic, thermodynamic and structural properties of materials including intermetallic compounds, magnetic and non-magnetic alloys, thin films and magnetic multilayers.

Dr. Sanchez serves as a representative to the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable of the National Academies, member of the Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy of AAAS and member of the Advisory Council of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. Dr. Sanchez is past member and chair of the Visiting Committee for Advanced Technology of NIST and a past member of the Board of Visitors of the US Army War College.

Ric C. Trotta

Ric Trotta Ric C. Trotta has extensive, senior-level corporate and management consulting experience in business development, strategic planning and technology management. As president and senior consultant at Trotta Associates, he works with government, industry and academic clients to identify market opportunities develop business plans and facilitate strategic alliances.

Product areas have included: medical devices, advanced transportation, energy, defense systems, security, and food safety and consumer products. Clients have included: The Department of Defense, Army, Navy, Air Force, ITT, Ford, Air Products, Siemens, Raytheon and Philips. In addition, he has directed projects to improve regional economic activity, led efforts to expand commercial industry involvement on defense programs and served as an advisor to government on R&D policy.

Prior to founding Trotta Associates, he was corporate director of development resources for Grumman Corp., where he reported to the Office of the Chairman of the Board and managed all research and development and proposal resources to develop new business for the company’s aerospace, electronics, transportation and data systems divisions.

Since 2001, Mr. Trotta has served as the chair of the Federal Laboratory Consortium National Advisory Council, where he and a diverse team of executives provide guidance to help commercialize technologies developed in federal laboratories.

He attended the University of Virginia, majoring in Electrical Engineering. Trotta received a degree in physics from New York University, an MBA in marketing from Hofstra University, completed the Program for Executives at Carnegie Mellon University, is included in Who’s Who in America and has served on the board of a number of organizations.

Caroline C. Whitacre, Ph.D.

Caroline WhitacreDr. Whitacre has served as vice president for research at the Ohio State University since 2008 and is a professor in the Department of Microbial Infection and Immunity in the College of Medicine. She also holds faculty positions in Pathology, Internal Medicine and Veterinary Biosciences. She oversees a broad, diverse program of research and development that reached $967 million in expenditures in 2013.

Dr. Whitacre has research interests in immune tolerance, central nervous system autoimmune disease, multiple sclerosis, animal models for the study of multiple sclerosis, gender differences in autoimmune disease and neuroendocrine-immune interactions. Her laboratory uses cellular and molecular approaches to devise therapeutic regimens for multiple sclerosis.

Dr. Whitacre is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a leading authority on autoimmune disease. She joined Ohio State in 1981 following postdoctoral training at Northwestern University. She served as associate vice president and vice dean for research in the College of Medicine and chair of the Department of Molecular Virology, Immunity and Medical Genetics. In the community, Caroline currently serves as a member of the Tech Columbus Board, the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) Board and as a board member of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She also serves as the chair of the SciTech Board of Directors for The Ohio State University Research Park.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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