Institute for Advanced Discovery & Innovation
Richard Berman is the associate vice president of strategic initiatives for the University of South Florida (USF) Research & Innovation, visiting social entrepreneurship professor in the Muma College of Business, and a professor in the institute. A recognized global leader in health care education and management, he has consulted for the Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, ...
McKinsey & Company, and the government of Rwanda. He has served as New York State Commissioner of Housing and Economic Development and trustee of the State University of New York, as well as on the Commission on Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Equality of the American Council on Education, the Division III President's Council of NCAA, ProPAC, and the New York State's Commissioner's Advisory Council on Higher Education. He was advisor to the Joint Special Representative of the African Union—United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)—the then-largest peacekeeping operation in the world. As a leader in the field of education, he has served in several capacities, most notably as the tenth president of Manhattanville College and as the Interim Dean of the Patel College of Global Sustainability at USF. Previously, he was the executive vice president of NYU Medical Center and professor of health care management at the NYU School of Medicine. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and has served on the boards of EmblemHealth, Seeds of Peace, and the Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development in Abuja, Nigeria. He received his B.B.A., M.B.A., and M.P.H. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and holds honorary doctorates from Manhattanville College and New York Medical College.
Peter Bridenbaugh is a professor in the institute and was an executive vice president of Alcoa until his retirement in 1998. After receiving a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in metallurgy from Lehigh University and a Ph.D. in materials science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he joined Alcoa in 1968. At Alcoa, he served as the executive vice president and chief technical officer of Alcoa Laboratories, ...
leading all of the R&D, engineering, and health and safety operations. In 1994, he was assigned direct responsibility for Alcoa's automotive market operations as well, where he was instrumental in expanding the use of aluminum in automobiles and integrating Alcoa's technical and commercial initiatives in the automotive market. Bridenbaugh has shared his technical expertise by serving on various corporate and advisory boards, acting as the double subject editor—corrosion and nonferrous metals—for the Encyclopedia of Materials: Science and Technology, and serving on the advisory committee for writing the history of Corning, Inc. He has chaired national conferences for the Federation of Materials Societies and the Industrial Research Institute (IRI). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering; Sigma Xi; the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers; the American Society for Metals (ASM); The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS); the Materials Research Society; and IRI. He is also the recipient of various honors, including the National Materials Advancement Award, Federation of Materials Societies; Hoyt Lecture, American Foundryman's Society; Fellow, ASM International; Zae Jeffries Lecture, ASM; Leadership Award, TMS; Alpha Sigma Mu Lecture, ASM-TMS; Andrew Carnegie Lecture, ASM; Distinguished Lecture on Materials and Society, ASM-TMS; and ASM Honorary Membership.
Robert H. Byrne is a Distinguished University Professor in the College of Marine Science at USF and a professor in the institute. He holds a B.S. degree in physics from the University of Chicago, an M.S. in physics from DePaul University, an M.A. in chemistry from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. He has made important contributions in the field of ...
marine physical chemistry — specifically, investigating the speciation of trace metals in seawater, developing new procedures for characterizing the carbon dioxide (CO2) system in aqueous environments, and designing new instrumentation for measuring nutrients, trace elements, and CO2 system constituents in freshwater and seawater. His field research has included more than 560 days at sea in the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, and Arctic Oceans, and the Gulf of Mexico. He holds 15 U.S. and foreign patents and is one of the four co-founders of Ocean Optics, Inc. He has written more than 220 peer-reviewed publications, serving as first or second author on two-thirds of these. He has also served as a reviewer and editor for various agencies and academic journals, including more than two decades as an associate editor for the journal Geochemica et Cosmochimica Acta. He is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Academy of Inventors.
Harry P. Cain II is a professor in the institute and was the executive vice president of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) until his retirement in 2000. He holds a B.A. in political science from Stanford University, an M.A. in political science from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. in social policy from Brandeis University. He began his career in government service in ...
the (then) Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, becoming assistant director of the National Institute of Mental Health, then director of the policy office for the Assistant Secretary for Health, and then director of the Bureau of Health Planning and Resource Development, where he was responsible for the implementation of the National Health Planning and Resources Development Act of 1973. He later moved on to Blue Cross/Blue Shield, where he served in various leadership positions, including administering the Blue Cross Medicare prime contract and the Blue Cross Blue Shield components of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. Post retirement, he taught at the College of William and Mary in the Graduate School of Business and in their adult education program. He also consulted with the Blues on health care reform from 2008-13. He was elected as a member of the National Academy of Medicine in 1997 for excellence in health services, education, and research. He is the author of numerous papers on health planning, insurance, Medicare, and related health policy topics and has frequently been called to testify before Congress on a wide array of public health issues.
William Cavanaugh III is a professor emeritus in the institute and was the chairman and CEO of Progress Energy until his retirement in 2004. After completing his B.S. in mechanical engineering at Tulane University in 1961, he joined the U.S. Navy and became a nuclear submarine officer. Upon his honorable discharge, he began his long and productive career in the utility industry, holding key executive positions at ...
Arkansas Power & Light, Louisiana Power & Light, and Mississippi Power & Light. His success in guiding these companies led to his taking over Carolina Power & Light, where he served as president and COO and later as CEO and chairman, leading the company to financial success and new levels of efficiency in its operations and power generation. In 2000, he negotiated the purchase of Florida Progress Corporation, merging it with CP&L to become Progress Energy, a Fortune 500 energy company serving over three million customers. After his retirement from Progress Energy, he became chairman of the World Association for Nuclear Operations, where he oversaw the institution of a mandatory peer review process for member organizations, among other initiatives. He was elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2001 for "contributions to excellence in the generation of electricity from nuclear power by establishing and achieving exemplary levels of performance." He has received the William S. Lee Award for Industry Leadership from the Nuclear Energy Institute and the Walter H. Zinn Award from the American Nuclear Society.
Selim Chacour is a professor emeritus in the institute and was the principal founder of American Hydro Corporation, which, under his leadership, became an industry leader in hydro turbine upgrades. In his industry, he is hailed for various improvements to the design of turbine components and for completely revolutionizing runner design by creating computer design programs that obviated the need for physical model testing, the previous standard.
This work had a great impact on hydro plants already in existence, allowing them to upgrade their facilities and improve performance. His turbine runner designs have been used in such iconic structures as the Aswan High Dam in Egypt and the Hoover Dam in the United States. Additionally, his designs have generated concrete improvements in efficiency, resulting in gains in power generation and reductions in costs and environmental impact. Lauded as a visionary, he was elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering "for pioneering three-dimensional finite element computations in mechanical and hydraulic design, leadership in hydro turbine research and development, and business stewardship," highlighting his status as an innovator and as a business leader. He is also the recipient of the National Hydropower Association's Henwood Award, the industry's highest honor, and holds eight U.S. patents for his work. In 2015, he became a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
David M. Eddy is a professor in the institute and a physician, mathematician, and health care analyst who has done seminal work in mathematical modeling of diseases, clinical practice guidelines, and evidence-based medicine. In summarizing his career, the National Academy of Medicine (of which he is a member) emphasized his innovative thinking and practices, noting that "more than 25 years ago, Eddy wrote the seminal paper on ...
the role of guidelines in medical decision-making, the first Markov model applied to clinical problems, and the original criteria for coverage decisions; he was the first to use and publish the term 'evidence-based'." He was a professor at Stanford University and the J. Alexander McMahon Professor at Duke University before he left academia to become an independent researcher and entrepreneur. He founded Archimedes Inc., a health care modeling company, and was chief medical officer until he retired in 2013. The author of five books and more than 100 first-authored papers, including a series of 28 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, his writings span from technical mathematical theories to broad health policy topics. He has received national- and international-level awards in applied mathematics, health technology assessment, health care quality, environmental sciences, and outcomes research, as well as awards from five national and international organizations for lifetime achievement. In 2012, he was ranked the 13th most innovative person in health care by "Health Future 100." In 2015, he became a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
Since 2002, Michael W. Fountain has served as the founding director of USF's Center for Entrepreneurship, which has been ranked by Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top 25 graduate entrepreneurship educational programs in the United States for the past 10 consecutive years. He is a professor in industrial and management systems engineering, psychiatry and behavioral medicine, ...
and pharmacy; the John and Beverley Grant Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship in the Muma College of Business; and a professor in the institute. He holds more than 60 U.S. and foreign patents, which are used in over 150 healthcare and consumer products worldwide. He has served as an entrepreneur-in-residence at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and a founding member of its USF chapter. He is also a Justin Logernecker Fellow of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He has focused the past 35 years on creating, financing, growing, and harvesting biotechnology, medical device, and life sciences companies. He has founded or co-founded 12 new ventures, three of which became publicly traded companies. He has served in a variety of corporate leadership roles, including chief scientific officer, chief executive officer, president, and chairman of the board of directors. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Global Safety Management and UVentures and on the Scientific Advisory Boards of Nuvessl and Dermazone Solutions. He is the author of numerous peer reviewed articles on micro- and nano-drug delivery systems and entrepreneurship theory and practice. He received his Honors B.S. from Samford University, his M.S. and Ph.D. from Auburn University, and his M.B.A. from Bristol University.
Richard D. Gitlin retired from USF in 2019 and is currently a Distinguished University Professor, Emeritus and a professor in the institute. Previously, he was a Distinguished University Professor, State of Florida 21st Century World Class Scholar, the Agere Systems Endowed Chair in Electrical Engineering at USF. He has more than 50 years of leadership in the communications industry and in academia, ...
with a record of significant research contributions that have been sustained and prolific over several decades. At USF his research has had two major themes: (1) the intersection of communications with medicine to advance minimally invasive surgery and other cyber-physical health care systems such as a vectorcardiogram that provides 24/7 diagnostic quality cardiac care information in a compact personal device that can indicate and potentially predict cardiac events, and (2) creating foundational technologies to ensure ultra-reliability, low latency, and other advanced technologies for the emerging 5G wireless and IoT wireless networks, as well as the future 6G wireless networks. Before joining the USF faculty in 2007, Gitlin was at Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies for 32 years, where he was the co-inventor of Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) and a pioneer in the application of advanced spatial signal processing (now known as MIMO) in wireless systems. At his retirement, he was senior vice president for communications and networking research. He also served as CTO for a Silicon Valley startup. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine of Florida (ASEMFL), a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a Bell Laboratories Fellow, a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, co-recipient of the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award and the S.O. Rice Prize, and a member of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. He has co-authored a graduate text on digital communications, published more than 150 papers, and holds 68 U.S. patents.
D. Yogi Goswami is Distinguished University Professor, director of the Clean Energy Research Center at USF, and a professor in the institute. His research focuses on solar energy fundamentals and applications, energy storage, thermodynamics, indoor air quality (IAQ) and HVAC. He is editor-in-chief of Solar Energy and Progress in Solar Energy and author/editor of 22 books and 407 refereed papers.
He also holds 27 U.S. patents, some of which have been commercialized around the world. He is a National Academy of Inventors Charter Fellow and a 2016 inductee of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. He is also a Fellow of AAAS, ASME International, ASHRAE, the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), and the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), as well as a member of the Pan American Academy of Engineering. He has received the ISES' Farrington Daniels Award, ASME's Frank Kreith Energy medal, ASME's John Yellott Award for Solar Energy, the ASES' Charles Greely Abbott award, and more than 50 additional awards from various scientific and engineering professional societies. Most recently he received the Joan Hodges Queneau Palladium medal of the American Association of Engineering Societies and the National Audubon Society for Engineering Achievements for Environmental Conservation. He has served as a governor of ASME-International (2003-2006), president of the ISES (2004-2005), senior vice president of ASME (2000-2003), and president of the International Association for Solar Energy Education (2000-2002).
Donald Keck is a professor in the institute and was the vice president and executive director of research at Corning, Inc. He has a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in physics from Michigan State University (MSU). After graduating from MSU, he took a position at Corning in 1968 working with Robert Maurer. Working collaboratively with Maurer and Peter Schultz over the next two years, he made seminal contributions to fiber optics.
Inventing a series of material and processing concepts, they were able to improve the transparency of fused silica and doped fused silica glasses by nearly 100 orders of magnitude. This enabled optical communications and established optical fiber rather than copper wire as the key communication conduit. Their work, in reality, enabled the Internet. More than 4 billion kilometers of optical fiber based on their inventions encircle the planet. Keck is recognized as a pioneer in optical fiber communications for this work. Continuing at Corning, he became vice president and executive director of research, retiring in 2002. He then helped established the Infotonics Technology Center in Canandaigua, New York. He holds 38 patents and has authored more than 150 papers on optical fibers and related topics. Keck is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He was awarded the National Medal of Technology by President Clinton; inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame; and received the John Tyndall Award from The Optical Society (OSA) and IEEE/Photonics Society; U.S. Department of Commerce American Innovator Award; SPIE Technology Achievement Award; and Laurin Publishing's Distinction in Photonics Award. He received an honorary doctorate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is an honorary member of OSA, and a fellow of the IEEE. He served as editor of the IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology and has generously donated his time to the OSA community.
Dennis K. Killinger is a USF Distinguished University Professor Emeritus in the Department of Physics, past Director of the Lidar Remote Sensing Laboratory, and professor in the institute. Prior to joining USF in 1987, he was a research physicist for 10 years at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He is currently CTO of SenOptics LLC, working on laser communication and lidar for vehicles. He is a Fellow of National Academy of Inventors, Optical Society of America, ...
American Association for the Advancement of Science, and SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics, and has several hundred publications and eight patents (ranging from laser detection of glaucoma of the retina, laser fluorescence measurements of ocean and drinking water purity, to laser telecommunication using reflected lidar beams from clouds). Killinger earned a B.A. from the University of Iowa, M.S. from DePauw University, and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Michigan. Killinger was an early pioneer in the development of new high-resolution tunable lasers and their use in laser radar/Lidar and laser remote sensing of the atmosphere. His group is responsible for some of the major advances in this field, including the first laser remote sensing of atmospheric methane, CO emissions from automobiles, NO, HCl, hydrazine from rocket exhaust, ammonia gas emissions from farm fertilizers, precision measurements of CO2 in the atmosphere, the detection of parts-per-trillion trace plastics (BPA) and organics leached into drinking water, and remote laser-induced-breakdown spectroscopy of explosives. Killinger's lidar technique to measure CO2 in the atmosphere is now used by NASA and NOAA for global measurements of this important greenhouse gas. His group also established at USF the first vehicle traffic laser radar testing laboratory in Florida, and developed and commercialized the HITRAN-PC © software program used world-wide for spectroscopic analysis of lidar and laser beam transmission through the atmosphere.
Richard M. Knapp is a professor in the institute and served as Senior Advisor to the President of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) until December 2009, having stepped down as Executive Vice President of the organization in 2008. During his long and distinguished career, he has been active in all health policy matters in the context of providing hospital and medical services in which medical education ...
can be provided and research can flourish. For many years he served as chairman of the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research Funding, the major coalition supporting increased appropriations for the National Institutes of Health. He is past chairman of the National Association for Biomedical Research and has held the offices of secretary and treasurer in the Federation of Associations of Schools of the Health Professions. He served on the Board of Trustees of the Inova Health System in Fairfax County, Virginia from 1983-2005 and was chairman from 1999-2003. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of West Virginia University Hospitals East in Martinsburg and Charles Town, West Virginia (2009-2016). Before becoming executive vice president of the AAMC, he was senior vice president, director of the Department of Teaching Hospitals, director of the Division of Teaching Hospitals, and director of a teaching hospital project. Previously, he served as an instructor in the University of Iowa’s graduate program in hospital and health administration. He was awarded his Bachelor of Arts degree from Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio in 1963 and received his Ph.D. degree in 1968 from the University of Iowa graduate program in hospital and health administration. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.
Fred Leonberger is a professor in the institute and the Principal of EOvation Advisors, his technology and business advisory firm. He is a widely known photonics industry leader. The LiNbO3 integrated-optic modulator technology he and his colleagues pioneered has been used pervasively for over 20 years for multi-Gb/s data encoding for the fiber optic Internet “super highways”, and for CATV/rf signal transmission and fiber optic gyroscopes.
He has served as a co-founder and/or Board member/advisor for ten photonics companies and the MIT Center for Integrated Photonic Systems. Previously, he served as SVP/CTO of JDS Uniphase (JDSU, now Lumentum), a leading optical components supplier, where he was responsible for strategic technology and was closely involved in the M&A and IP activities of the corporation. He held a similar position at Uniphase prior to its merger with JDS Fitel. He joined Uniphase upon its acquisition of UTP, an optical modulator company he co-founded and served as General Manger. Prior to UTP, he was a research manager at the United Technologies Research Center; his group did pioneering work in optical modulators and fiber Bragg gratings. He was initially with MIT Lincoln Laboratory, first as a staff member and later as a group leader. He has over 160 archival publications/conference presentations and 17 patents on photonic devices and their applications.
He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of IEEE and OSA, and has been awarded the IEEE Photonics Award, the OSA Richardson Medal, and numerous other industry awards. He has served as President of the IEEE Photonics Society, chairman of several IEEE/OSA conferences and associate editor of two photonics journals. He received the B.S.E. degree from the University of Michigan, and the S.M., E.E., and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all in electrical engineering.
Stephen B. Liggett is associate vice president for research at USF Health, vice dean for research at the Morsani College of Medicine, professor of internal medicine and molecular pharmacology and physiology and a professor in the institute. He discovered and characterized receptor polymorphisms. He was the first to discover polymorphisms of the G-protein coupled receptor superfamily, to which more than 50% of all drugs are targeted.
This discovery moved the field of pharmacogenomics from one that concentrated on metabolizing enzymes to one that includes target proteins for determining drug responsiveness. He also developed biotechnical companies related to personalized medicine based on these discoveries. His fundamental studies in humans and genetically altered mice have led to new advances in the areas of heart failure, hypertension, and obstructive lung diseases. He holds 17 U.S. patents and has more than 250 publications. He is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, the National Academy of Inventors, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineering as well as the recipient of the Frontiers in Pharmacology Award from Case Western Reserve University and Excellence in Science Award from Thomas Jefferson University.
Dr. Charles J. Lockwood is Senior Vice President for USF Health, Dean of the Morsani College of Medicine and Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Public Health at the University of South Florida. He serves as an Executive Vice President at Tampa General Hospital. Previously he was Dean at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and chaired Ob/Gyn departments at Yale and New York University, serving as the interim director ...
of the latter’s NCI-designated Cancer Center. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University, magna cum laude with special distinction in the field of developmental biology, received his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Healthcare Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. Lockwood served his Ob/Gyn residency at Pennsylvania Hospital, a Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship at Yale and a post-doctoral research fellowship at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in NYC. His research has been funded by over two decades of federal and foundation support. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed publications (Google H-index of 79; 22,313 citations), 280 editorials, chapters and invited reviews, co-authored 5 monographs and co-edited 6 textbooks, 3 with multiple editions. He has multiple patents and is credited with the leading the research team that discovered fetal fibronectin as a predictor of impending preterm birth and discovering the role of stromal cell tissue factor expression in regulating endometrial hemostasis and menstruation. Lockwood has also served on multiple journal editorial boards and is the long-standing Editor-in-Chief of Contemporary OB/GYN where his editorials have won six national publication awards. He has chaired and/or served on numerous NIH and FDA review panels, been an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, chaired multiple American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) committees, and serves as a medical school accreditation reviewer for LCME. As a clinician he has been annually listed on national and regional Best doctor lists since 1995. He has also served as president of the Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI) and the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society and currently serves on the National Board of the March of Dimes and the Foundation Board of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM). He is a member of the Sigma Xi and Alpha Omega Alpha research and medical honor societies, respectively, been named to national and regional “Best Doctors” lists annually since 1995, and has received multiple research awards including the SRI’s Distinguished Scientist Award, the NICHD Frontiers in Reproduction Beacon Award and the SMFM Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a recipient of the U.S. FDA Advisory Committee Service Award and ACOG’s Public Service Award for his “enduring commitment to women’s health.” He has been elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the U.S. National Academy of Medicine. He maintains an active research lab at USF and is a professor in the institute.
Dean F. Martin is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at USF, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1964, and a professor in the institute. Previously, he was a member of the faculty of the University of Illinois as instructor and assistant professor of inorganic chemistry. He and his wife, Barbara B. Martin, share research interests concerned with the coordination chemistry of natural water systems, including problems ...
of red tide and aquatic weeds. The Martins were editors of the Florida Scientist from 1984-2010. He is the author or co-author of over 450 publications, including six books. He received his B.A. from Grinnell College and his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University. In 1958-59, he was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at University College London. He later received a Career Development Award from the Division of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health, to study the chemistry and chemical environment of algal toxins. In 1970-71, he was a visiting professor of physiology and pharmacology at Duke University Medical Center. He is the recipient of the Grinnell College Alumni Award (1971), Florida Award, the Civic Service Award of the Florida Section, and the F. J. Zimmermann Award in Environmental Science from the Central Wisconsin Section, sponsored by Zimpro Inc. He is also a Lifetime Member and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Academy of Inventors. Dean and Barbara Martin were the co-recipients of the 1994 Medal of the Florida Academy of Sciences, its highest award. He has been active in the American Chemical Society, and he has held several positions in the Aquatic Plant Management Society.
Sumita B. Mitra is a professor in the institute and a Partner at Mitra Chemical Consulting LLC, an independent consulting firm she co-founded. Previously she worked for over 32 years at 3M Company as Corporate Scientist in the 3M Oral Care Division. She led the new materials/products research and development efforts of that business until her retirement.
For over ten years she served as Industrial Director of the Minnesota Dental Research Center of Biomaterials and Biomechanics at the School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota. Dr. Mitra is the creator and inventor of many new materials technologies and the developer of several new product segments for the dental and orthodontic market. Her inventions have been translated into the commercialization of numerous novel and innovative products for oral care. Her expertise is also in the management of innovation and new product/technology commercialization processes. She is the recipient of 100 US patents and their corresponding OUS equivalents and has numerous publications (100+) in the areas of polymer science, nanocomposites and dental materials, including 12 chapters in 9 books. She is an internationally recognized lecturer on these topics and has given numerous presentations and courses in various universities and colleges in 45 countries. Dr. Mitra received her Ph.D. in Organic/Polymer Chemistry from University of Michigan followed by postdoctoral work at Case Western Reserve University in Macromolecular Science. She has received numerous honors and awards among which are: Induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Election to the National Academy of Engineering, Winner of the European Patent Office Inventor Award 2021 in Non-EPO countries, Recognition from the EPO Inventors Award, American Chemical Society Heroes of Chemistry Award, Peyton-Skinner Award for Innovation in Dental Materials and Hollenback Memorial Prize from the Academy of Operative Dentistry. She is a member of the Board of Minnesota Independent Schools and is guest lecturer at University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry. Her passion is in mentoring activities for STEM education at all levels.
Shyam S. Mohapatra is Distinguished Professor, Distinguished USF Health Professor and Director of the Division of Translational Medicine at the University of South Florida Department of Internal Medicine. He also directs the USF Center for Research and Education in Nanobioengineering. He serves as a research career scientist at the James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa and has led the VA colorectal cancer cellgenomics consortium since 2017.
Since 2014, he has served as Associate Dean of Graduate Programs at the USF College of Pharmacy and established a highly innovative Master of Science program in pharmaceutical nanotechnology with additional concentrations in Drug Discovery and Development and Biomedical engineering. His research has brought USF over $30 million in extramural funds, and he has published over 200 papers and holds over 40 U.S. and foreign patents. He is recognized for his many inventions in the field of nanoscale biomedical diagnostics and therapeutics in cancers, asthma, viral infections, and traumatic brain injury. In cancers, his inventions and co-inventions have led to several technology platforms and products for innovative anti-cancer drug discovery, drug development, and personalized cancer treatment. His research has spawned inventions that have spun out companies. He co-founded Transgenex Nanobiotech Inc, a USF spin-out company that focuses on commercializing nanoscale innovations. He is a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors; a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology; American Association of Medical and Biological Engineers; and American Association of Advancement of Science; and is an inaugural inductees of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame.
Vivian W. Pinn, is a professor in the institute and was the inaugural full-time Director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Associate Director of NIH from 1991 until her retirement in 2011. She has since been named as a Senior Scientist Emerita at the NIH Fogarty International Center. Prior to NIH, she was Professor and Chair of Pathology at Howard University College of Medicine—the third woman ...
in the U.S. to serve as a Pathology Chair. She previously held teaching appointments at Harvard Medical School and Tufts University. She has presented her perceptions of women’s health and sex/gender research, health disparities, as well as challenges in biomedical careers to national and international audiences, and has numerous scientific publications or book chapters. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was elected a member of the National Academy of Medicine in 1995. A graduate and former trustee of Wellesley College, she earned her M.D. in 1967 from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She has held many professional leadership positions, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees/Advisors of Thomas Jefferson University and Tufts University School of Medicine. She has received 17 Honorary Degrees of Science, Law and Medicine. She was the first African American woman elected to Modern Healthcare’s Hall of Fame and is also a recipient of the New York Academy of Medicine Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Health Policy. Lectures in women’s health named for her have been established at the NIH, the National Women’s Health Congress, and the NMA. Her oral history is included in the National Library of Medicine’s exhibit on women physicians, Changing the Face of Medicine; in the University of Virginia’s project Explorations in Black Leadership; and in The HistoryMakers collection which is now housed in the Library of Congress.
Victor Poirier is a professor in the institute and former CEO and president of two public companies, Thermedics and Thermo Cardiosystems both of which were traded on the American Stock Exchange. He was also chief Technology Advisor of Thoratec Corp. He is internationally recognized as a pioneer for the design, development and commercialization of first- and second-generation implantable left-ventricular assist systems ...
for treating heart failure. He is a founding fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the International Academy of Artificial Organ Pioneers of the International Center for Medical Technologies, a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is the recipient of the Mediterranean Institute of Cardiology Award (France), the Himet Award, the Barney Clark Award from the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs, was elected by his peers as the national "Engineer of the Year" (Design News, 1992), and received an honorary doctorate of Engineering from the University of South Florida. He was honored twice as a Distinguished Engineering Alumnus of Northeastern University as well as the Hastings Lecturer at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institute of Health as well as receiving many other awards. To document Mr. Poirier's accomplishments, the National Library of Medicine in Washington DC created a documentary video of his lifelong experience as a pioneer in the development of artificial heart technology. A permanent record of this video was deposited at the Smithsonian Institute Archives, the National Library of Medicine and the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. He holds 21 US patents and has published over 110 papers in refereed journals. He is currently exploring ways to teach innovation and innovative thinking practices and was lead author on a publication exploring that topic.
Paul R. Sanberg is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair, USF Morsani College of Medicine and the founder of the Institute. Sanberg was one of the original pioneers in the discovery and use of adult stem cells to repair the brain and nervous system. He helped lead the team who found that stem cells could be safely and ethically obtained from human umbilical cord blood, and ...
developed procedures for intravenous delivery that could penetrate the blood-brain
barrier. His research also revealed brain areas damaged by stroke or neurological
disease were able to be regenerated—a discovery reversing centuries of scientific
understanding. He is a highly cited author, and his more than 700 articles and 14
books have received more than 36,106 citations. He has published 167 U.S. and foreign
patents, a number of which have been licensed, and developed many pharmaceutical and
cellular therapeutics based on his research.
He holds numerous awards for his work, including being named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering; IEEE; Biomedical Engineering Society; Royal Societies of Chemistry, Public Health, Biology and Medicine; American Psychological Association; International Behavioral Neuroscience Society; and American Society for Neural Therapy and Repair. In 2020 he was selected as a Fellow of Sigma Xi and named to the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars. He is also the founder and President of the National Academy of Inventors.
He earned his B.S. degree, with honors, from York University (Canada); his M.S. degree from the University of British Columbia (Canada); and his Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees from the Australian National University.
Sudeep Sarkar is Professor and Chair of Computer Science and Engineering, Associate Vice President for Special Programs at USF, and a professor in the institute. He has more than 25 years of experience conducting and directing fundamental and applied research in computer vision, image processing, and pattern recognition. He developed a new imaging device that can be used to collect data about the physical characteristics of ...
human skin in terms of its color, texture, and elasticity, which is critical in diagnosing diseases such as melanoma. He is also a pioneering leader in the area of gait biometrics, a field that analyzes and catalogs the unique characteristics of the ways in which individuals walk. This development for identity detection has potential uses in security and threat assessment, as well as environmentally-aware electronic devices and smart rooms. He is also a leader in the development of recognition systems to translate videos of sign language into text to facilitate communication between hearing-impaired and hearing individuals. He holds eight U.S. patents, one licensed technology, and has published high-impact journal and conference papers. He received 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 is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and International Association for Pattern Recognition and a charter member and member of the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Inventors.
Steven J. Sasson is a professor in the institute and was a project manager in the Intellectual Property Transactions group at Kodak before retiring in 2009. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, N.Y. He joined Eastman Kodak Company as an electrical engineer in 1973 and began working in the Kodak Apparatus Division applied research laboratory.
He engaged in a number of early digital imaging projects. Among these was the design and construction of the first digital still camera and playback system in 1975. He continued to work throughout the 1980s in the emerging field of digital photography, receiving over 10 key digital imaging patents. In 1989, he led the development of the first prototype megapixel electronic digital camera utilizing DCT compression that stored images to flash memory cards. In the 1990s he developed one of the first photographic quality thermal printing systems, derivatives of which are still in use in self-service imaging kiosks around the world today. He has received numerous recognitions for his work, including his 2011 induction in the National Inventors Hall of Fame, 2009 Economist Magazine Consumer Products Innovation Award, selection as an AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador, and the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation, which he received in 2009 from President Obama.
Lyle H. Schwartz is a professor in the institute and retired director of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. He was formerly professor of materials science and engineering at Northwestern University for 20 years and director of Northwestern's Materials Research Center for five of those years. He then became director of the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), ...
where he served for more than 12 years. After NIST, he moved to the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, where, as director, he had responsibility for the entire basic research program of the Air Force. He has played a significant role in shaping government policies on many materials issues. He was elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering for "leadership in materials research and in coordinating industry and government collaboration in materials engineering." He is a recipient of the Presidential rank of Meritorious Executive of the government's Senior Executive Service, the Gold Medal Award of the Department of Commerce, the National Materials Advancement Award of the Federation of Materials Societies, and the Leadership Award of the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society. His current interests include government policy for R&D, particularly for materials R&D, materials science education (STEM) at K-12 levels, and enhanced public understanding of the roles and importance of technology in society. He is bringing his interests in K-12 education to bear in the Tampa area as part of his commitment to USF and the institute.
Kris Singh is a professor in the institute and the Founder, President and CEO of Holtec International, a multi-national company with its business footprint in 18 countries on five continents. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, and M.S. in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from BIT Sindri (Ranchi University), India.
He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2013 for his seminal impact in the energy sector of mechanical engineering. He received Edison Foundation’s “Thomas Alva Edison Award” in 2015 for ecologically and environmentally impactful inventions. Rutgers University named him “South Jerseyan of the Year – 2016” for his significant beneficial impact on the South Jersey region. He is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (2017) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1987) for numerous contributions to heat exchange technologies; and an inductee of the University City Science Center (Philadelphia) Walk of Fame. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania (since 1974) and Michigan (since 1982), and a member of the American Nuclear Society (1979–present). A widely-published author in scientific journals (>70 technical papers, one textbook, and numerous symposia volumes) and a prolific inventor (121 patents), in recent years he has led Holtec in developing a "walk away safe" small modular reactor to make nuclear energy an economical “green power” alternative. An intrepid entrepreneur and a socially conscious industrialist, he built a $310 million Technology Campus on the Delaware River in Camden, NJ to create much needed employment in one of America’s poorest cities. He is currently an Emeritus member of the University of Pennsylvania’s board of trustees, where he served from 2009–2017, and a member of the university’s Board of Overseers for the School of Engineering and Applied Science (2005–present). In addition, he serves on the board of the Nuclear Energy Institute (1998–present), and the Cooper Health System (2013–present). He is also a director of the Washington, DC-based Atlantic Council, and member of the National Investment Council that advises the President of Ukraine. He chairs the KPS Foundation (2001–present), a charitable Singh family foundation whose signature contribution to the advancement of science is the completion of the “Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology” at the University of Pennsylvania (2013). The KPS Foundation is also active in improving child literacy and public sanitation in India.
Charles Stanish is executive director of the Institute for the Advanced Study of Culture and the Environment at USF and a professor in the institute. He earned his B.A. from Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He has worked extensively in Peru, Bolivia, and Chile, conducting archaeological research on the prehistoric societies of the region. His theoretical work focuses on ...
the roles that trade, war, ritual, and labor organization play in the evolution of human cooperation and complex societies. His primary books include The Evolution of Human Co-operation (2017), Ancient Titicaca: The Evolution of Complex Society in Southern Peru and Northern Bolivia (2003), Ritual and Pilgrimage in the Ancient Andes (with B. Bauer, 2001) and Ancient Andean Political Economy (1992). He also works with a sustainable development group to preserve global cultural heritage through a combination of micro-lending, direct community grants, and tourist infrastructure development. He was a Senior Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, is an External Faculty member of the Santa Fe Institute, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and member of the National Academy of Sciences.
John A. Swanson is the founder of ANSYS, Inc., the global innovator of simulation software and technologies designed to optimize product development processes, and a professor in the institute. He founded ANSYS, Inc. (then Swanson Analysis Systems, Inc.) in 1970 to develop, support and market the ANSYS simulation software program, growing it to the multi-solution successful organization it is today.
Prior to ANSYS, Inc., he was employed at Westinghouse Astronuclear Laboratory as Manager of the Stress Analysis Group. There he developed a series of special purpose simulation codes and foresaw the need for an integrated general-purpose finite-element software code to do complex engineering calculations. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.S. and M.S in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University. He also maintains numerous industry, national and local accreditations and awards including the appointment as a Fellow Member and Pittsburgh Engineer of the Year by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He was named as the Entrepreneur of the Year in High Technology by the Entrepreneurial Services Group of Arthur Young and Venture Magazine. He has also been inducted into the Engineering Hall of Fame at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2004 he was awarded the John Fritz Medal by the American Association of Engineering; he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He currently consults and lectures on renewable energy, with a focus on photovoltaic applications.
James Wynne is a professor in the institute and a senior member of the staff of IBM Research Headquarters. After receiving his Ph.D. in applied physics from Harvard University in 1969, he joined IBM Research, initially working at the Zurich Research Laboratory in Switzerland and moving to the T. J. Watson Research Center in New York in 1971. His research contributions have been in nonlinear optics of ...
semiconductors and insulators, nonlinear spectroscopy of atomic and molecular vapors, laser etching and fluorescence studies of human and animal tissue, and cluster science. He and two IBM colleagues discovered excimer laser surgery in 1981, laying the foundation for LASIK and PRK, techniques for surgically correcting myopia, astigmatism, and hyperopia. For this discovery, he has received many awards, including induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, and the Russ Prize of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). He is a member of the NAE, Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), member of the USF Chapter of the NAI, and a research collaborator with USF faculty. He holds 13 U.S. patents. His current research encompasses the development of novel applications of the excimer laser, especially its use as a "smart scalpel" for removing necrotic lesions of the skin while minimizing collateral damage to underlying and adjacent viable tissue.