Speakers and Moderators

Daniel Duncan, President, AURP; Executive Director, Nebraska Innovation Campus, University of NebraskaDaniel J. Duncan

Dan Duncan is the executive director of Nebraska Innovation Campus. He began his tenure with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1987 when he accepted the positions of operations manager at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff, NE. In 1991, he was named director of the University of Nebraska Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead, Nebraska followed by being named assistant director of the Nebraska Agricultural Experiment Station, then in 2008, he accepted the position of assistant dean and director of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Agricultural Research Division. In 2011, Dan moved into his current position as executive director of the Nebraska Innovation Campus Development Corporation.

Dan was born on a diversified farm and ranch in Sioux County, Nebraska. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics-Agribusiness, and Bachelor of Science Degrees in Animal Science and Agronomy all from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a LEAD VII Fellow and member of the Nebraska Hall of Ag Achievement and the Agricultural Builders of Nebraska.

Mason Ailstock, Immediate Past President, AURP; Senior Principal, HR&A Advisors

With more than 15 years’ experience working with education institutions, governments and private industry, Mason Ailstock has a proven track record of converging real estate, academia and business activities to advance communities of innovation. Prior to joining HR&A, Mason served as Vice President of Operations at The University Financing Foundation (TUFF), a private operating foundation created to provide research facilities and equipment to non-profit educational organizations.

Prior to joining TUFF, Mason served as Chief Operating Officer of the 7,000-acre (2,833-hectare) Research Triangle Park (RTP). Prior to his leadership at RTP, Mason served as the Real Estate and Global Partner Manager at Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research. Mason played key roles in the master plan execution and real estate transactions of the 250-acre (101-hectare) research campus, accounting for $250,000,000 USD in investments, over 500,000 sqft of LEED Certified multi-tenant, research and academic space. In 2016 Mason was awarded the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship where he traveled to Sweden and Saudi Arabia researching the development of university-anchored innovation districts.

Mason is the Past President and current Board Member of the Association of University Research Parks (AURP), Co-Chairman of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) University Development and Innovation Council, a member of the Atlanta ULI Center for Leadership, and the Global Eisenhower Fellowships Network.

Laura Weisskopf Bleill, Director, Communications & External Engagement, University of Illinois Research Park

Laura Weisskopf Bleill manages the community building portfolio of the Research Park at Illinois. She develops strategy behind the Research Park's events and programming; communications, branding and marketing efforts; and directs the Research Park's efforts to grow and retain its workforce. She also works with the entrepreneurial ecosystem across campus, and has been part of the core National Science Foundation I-Corps at Illinois team. In 2018 she served as an adjunct instructor for the NSF I-Corps national program cohort in Indianapolis. She is the co-PI and co-founder of the AWARE entrepreneurship inclusion effort funded by NSF, which has now has been replicated at other universities. She has a master's and bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University. An entrepreneur herself, Bleill is CEO of a hyperlocal digital magazine in Champaign-Urbana.

Harry Brislin, IV, Director, USA Properties; University of South Alabama Technology and Research Park

Chris Camacho, President & Chief Executive Officer, Greater Phoenix Economic Development Council

A proven leader with more than 10 years in executive management roles, Chris Camacho serves as the President & CEO at one of the longest standing public-private partnerships for economic development across the country. He previously served as the organization’s Executive Vice President.

During his tenure, GPEC has led the attraction of more than 322 companies creating 55,617 jobs and $5.6 billion in capital investment. Some of the more notable projects include Apple, Deloitte, Infosys, Creighton Medical School, Silicon Valley Bank, Zenefits, GoDaddy, Yelp, Amazon, Garmin, General Motors and many others. He oversees the domestic and international business development and market strategies while serving as GPEC’s executive leader in community interactions. He has particular expertise in emerging technology, tax policy and international economic development. Since 2008, he has taken an active role in addressing the region’s competitiveness position on cost and taxation.

Prior moving to Arizona, Camacho worked as a research analyst at The Alliance, a regional economic development firm in Greater St. Louis. He is involved in community non-profits including Chicanos Por La Causa, and sits on the boards for the Arizona Business Education Coalition, Year Up, the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Valley of the Sun United Way, as well as the International Economic Development Council and the Economic Innovation Group Policy Council. In 2016 he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to serve on the U.S. Investment Advisory Council, to advise the Secretary on foreign direct investment policies and strategies. Camacho is also an Honorary Commander at Luke Air Force Base and a member of The Thunderbirds.

Stephen Coulston, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, Perkins+Will

Stephen Coulston is a Principal in the Austin office of the award-winning design firm Perkins+Will. With a passion for engaging in the innovation economy, Coulston has spent his 25-year career working at the intersection of the higher education, research, healthcare and government sectors.  As an architect and urban planner with a focus on strategizing, planning and designing the built form, Stephen leads the southwest regional planning practice, contributing to the firm’s national urban design and architecture practice, including research park, academic health, college-town, and innovation district planning, urban design and facility planning.

John Creer, Assistant Vice President for University Real Estate, ASU

John P. Creer is the assistant vice president for Real Estate at Arizona State University. Creer comes to ASU from Coldwell Banker Commercial in Salt Lake City, where he has worked as a commercial real estate broker since August 2011. Creer’s most recent professional accomplishments with Coldwell Banker include brokering transactions with national and regional companies such as UPS, US Bank and Obagi Medical Products, Inc. He is a licensed real estate broker in Utah and is a licensed real estate agent in California. Creer holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting, with an emphasis in corporate and partnership taxation from the University of Utah.

Prior to his Salt Lake City relocation, Creer worked for Grandview Advisors, LLC, Vanir Construction and the Trammell Crow Company on professional service contracts with the Los Angeles (California) Unified School District. One of his notable ventures with his partners at Grandview Advisors was the development of a master planning process and protocol to support a $7 billion, voter-approved capital investment program for 585 public school sites across the Los Angeles area. Earlier in his Los Angeles work, Creer was responsible for the development and execution of a $2.3 billion master plan for 41 new San Fernando Valley K-12 school sites. He managed a $200 million charter school development program and started an asset management division to monetize underutilized real estate owned by the school district through public-private partnerships.

Previously in his career, Creer was chief financial officer for a Los Angeles venture-backed technology transfer company. He formerly served as managing partner of a Salt Lake City commercial development firm and was the chief financial officer of a Salt Lake City technology start-up company. Creer also performed various development, leasing and property management roles for a Salt Lake City commercial and industrial real estate development firm.

Brian Darmody, JD, Chief Executive Officer, Association of University Research Parks (AURP)

Brian Darmody was announced AURP CEO in February 2019. In this new role Brian will lead AURP into new initiatives including expanding membership, international partnerships and funding in order to build out additional member benefits.  Over the course of the year, Brian will be winding down his activities at UMD where he currently serves as Associate Vice President (AVP) of Corporate Engagement at the University of Maryland (UMD). At UMD, Brian  is responsible for developing the overall university strategy for corporate relationships, as well as the development of projects and policies to support these initiatives centrally and through the colleges and schools on campus of the University of Maryland.

Previously, he was the University’s AVP for Corporate and Foundation Relations in the Division of University Relations, AVP for Research and Economic Development, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Technology Development, Director of State and Federal Relations in the President’s Office and has served in the university’s legal counsel office. He serves on national and state boards, including: Fraunhofer USA, the Maryland Economic Development Association, and the Maryland Tech Council. 

He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore and he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Keisha Demps, Partnership Developer, NC State University Centennial Campus

Keisha is part of the partnership team with a focus on the Business Incubator. Her duties include developing and managing outreach, and engagement of current and prospective businesses while fostering opportunities for collaboration with faculty. Keisha obtained her bachelors degree from the University of Arizona. Little known fact - she spent two years as a professional athlete and trained as an alternate for the 2000 Olympics.

Sean Dudley, Assistant Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Research Technology, Arizona State University

Sean Dudley accelerates and enables ASU research through technology development, support and training for faculty and research administration. In addition to leading the information technology activities across the Knowledge Enterprise, the university’s research institutes, and the state of Arizona, Dudley serves as operations director for ASU Research Computing, which provides high-performance computing and related services.

Dudley began his career in information technology in 1998, when he developed and deployed an application-based automated inventorying system that monitored over 500 distributed workstations for the University of Wisconsin. His passion for blending scientific research with IT brought him to Tempe, where he initially worked at the ASU Biodesign Institute in the Center for Evolutionary Functional Genomics. Soon after, he advanced to a role that allowed him to service the entire institute. He then established many technological tools to assist researchers including a secure, large-scale, information system to support data management among 14 research centers, totaling 600 faculty and administrative customers.

In 2008, he transitioned to the central research office at ASU, where he has been advancing the university by designing and deploying technological solutions and services for research administration and faculty. In 2012, Dudley founded the Research Technology Office (RTO), which now includes more than 55 employees operating among 12 functional teams. 

Kate Engel, Director of Communication and Culture, Nebraska Innovation Campus

In her current position at Nebraska Innovation Campus (NIC), Kate Engel is responsible for developing and implementing programs for NIC aimed at creating a culture that encourages collaboration and partnerships between NIC, the university and the community. NIC programs are focused on creating opportunities for people with different skill sets to meet and socialize – a critical aspect in developing a culture at NIC that embraces and sparks innovation.

Kate grew up on a farm near Red Oak, IA and is a Nebraska Wesleyan University graduate and earned a MA in Management from Doane University. Kate is currently working on a PhD in human sciences with a specialization in leadership studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Charley Freericks, Senior Vice President, Catellus Development

Peter Gold, Esq, Principal, The Gold Group, LLC; Vice Chair, Global Interdependence Center

Peter A. Gold, Esq., formed TheGoldGroup, LLC, a consultancy to universities, colleges, businesses, not-for-profits and others. The Firm visions and advances initiatives centered on identifying and leveraging resources and assets, and accelerating innovation to marketplace through creation of value driven public-private partnerships and other means.

Gold was a founder and the first CEO of Rutgers-Camden Technology Campus, a mixed use business Incubator for new businesses and entrepreneurs located in Camden, NJ – one of America’s poorest cities. In two short years, Gold’s team created an environment that supported 35 newly created businesses, 120 jobs with a payroll in excess of $6 million, and private sector and venture investments of in excess of $6 million.

Gold’s was a senior partner, member of the Board and a business lawyer at Blank Rome, LLP – one of American’s largest law and government relations firms. He served as Associate Provost of Economic Initiatives and Senior Associate Dean at the School of Business of Rutgers University-Camden, and is a former member of the Board of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

Todd Hardy, Managing Director, Innovation Zones, Knowledge Enterprise, Arizona State University

As Managing Director, Todd Hardy is responsible for the promotion and development of a portfolio of six “Innovation Zones” that offer a total of over 2 million square feet of developed space and over 700 acres of land on or near ASU academic campuses for location and growth of private industry partners. From incubator space for startups, to high-end occupancy for Fortune 50 companies, the Innovation Zones at ASU are uniquely designed to accommodate the diverse needs of dynamic organizations seeking to tap into the superior strategic and cultural opportunities associated with ASU.

During his ten-year career at Arizona State University, Hardy has been responsible for university initiatives in corporate engagement, economic development and entrepreneurship/innovation. Prior to assuming his current role with ASU, he was Vice President of Assets for University Realty L.L.C., the real estate unit of ASU Enterprise Partners where he was actively involved in the development of SkySong, the ASU-Scottsdale Innovation Center.

Throughout his career, including more than thirty years as corporate counsel to Fortune 500 and NASDAQ firms and co-founder of a number of startup and early stage enterprises, he has been a leader in the formation and operation of innovative enterprises based in a variety of new technologies in telecommunications and education markets. Hardy serves and has served on a variety of Boards that are focused on advanced technologies, community service and economic development in the Greater Phoenix Region, including past and present memberships on the Board of Directors of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), the Arizona Technology Council, Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC), Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (STARS) and the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce.

Hardy received a BS in industrial engineering from Purdue University; a JD from the Washington College of Law at American University; and a MS in real estate development from Columbia University in the City of New York.

Marc Hoit, Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, North Carolina State University

In 2008 Dr. Marc Hoit became NC State’s first vice chancellor for information technology and Chief Information Officer. Over the past eight years he has led the development of a campus wide IT strategic plan and an IT governance structure. Dr. Hoit is a professor in NC State’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering. Prior to joining NC State he was a faculty member holding numerous administrative positions during his 24 years at the University of Florida.

Dr. Hoit was the co-principal investigator working with researchers from UNC-Chapel Hill and SAS for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to develop an early warning system for health-security concerns. He was also the Principal Investigator for the development of DIGGS, an international-standard XML schema for transferring transportation information, which is now an American Society of Civil Engineering Geo-Institute standard. While at Florida, he co-developed the FB-Multipier software used by all major bridge design firms and allows coupled bridge and foundation analysis using non-linear dynamic soil structure interaction modeling with an easy to use interface.

He is chair of the IT Committee for the Southeastern Universities Research Association and was recently an Educause board member. He is a Fellow of both The American Society of Civil Engineers and The Structural Engineering Institute. He earned his Bachelor of Science from Purdue University and his Masters and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley

Jackie Kerby Moore, Executive Director, Sandia Science & Technology Park

Jackie Kerby Moore is the Executive Director of the Sandia Science & Technology Park and has been since its inception in 1998.  This 350-acre technology community is affiliated with Sandia National Laboratories.  The Park serves as home for more than 40 companies and organizations employing over 2000 people, while total investment in the Park exceeds $385 million.  In recognition of its success, the Sandia Science & Technology Park received the Outstanding Research Park of the Year Award from the Association of University Research Parks (AURP) in 2008.  Jackie also leads Sandia Labs Technology-Based Economic Development Programs.

In related activities, Jackie is a past president of the Board of Directors for AURP, an international association.  She chaired AURP’s first Washington Summit and led the effort to get the first Science Park legislation introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House.  Jackie serves on the Board of Directors for Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University and the Santa Fe Business Incubator.  In 2010, she received the Career Achievement Award from the AURP.

Jackie has been recognized as one of New Mexico’s Power Brokers, was honored for Who’s Who in Technology in New Mexico, and has appeared on the cover of New Mexico Woman Magazine.  Jackie has been featured on CNBC Television and has been a frequent participant on local Radio Shows in New Mexico.  In addition, she regularly speaks on the topic of Research Parks at conferences and events throughout the world, including in China, Taiwan, Finland, France, Spain, Canada, Mexico, and Ireland. 

Heidi Kimball, Senior Vice President, Sunbelt Holdings

Heidi Kimball joined Sunbelt Holdings in 1982. She has broad experience in all aspects of real estate development, including entitlements, acquisition/disposition, management, and leasing. Heidi is responsible for Sunbelt’s asset management and brokerage activities, and serves as the firm’s designated broker. She is also currently focused on Sunbelt’s large-scale commercial office development at Marina Heights and has overseen the development, management and marketing of the Arizona State University Research Park since 1993.

Charlie Knuth, Head of Market Research, Scoop Technologies

Charlie Knuth leads strategic research initiatives at Scoop, the largest carpooling solution in the United States, partnering with some of the world's most forward-thinking organizations like LinkedIn, T-Mobile, and Workday to offer convenient, reliable, and safe carpooling to their workforces. As Head of Market Research, Charlie primarily investigates the short- and long-term impact the commute is having on us as individuals, the organizations we work for, and the communities we live in.

Prior to joining Scoop in 2018, Charles spent over a decade in a progression of roles within CEB/The Corporate Executive Board’s Human Resources Practice, which was subsequently acquired by Gartner in 2017. While there, he consulted F100 CHROs and their teams on designing and measuring employee programs to support key business initiatives such as revenue growth, performance improvement, cost optimization. Notable projects include the redesign of partner-level succession management for a large consulting firm, evaluating the effectiveness of global talent acquisition processes and teams for an e-commerce company, and change management for HR M&A of multinational manufacturers.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting & Finance) from the University of New Hampshire.

Christine Mackay, Director, City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Center

Christine Mackay was named Community and Economic Development Director with the city of Phoenix in August 2014. She is responsible for leading the Business Development Team, including the areas of business attraction, business retention and expansion, small business and entrepreneurial efforts, downtown development, international, retail and workforce development. Prior to coming to Phoenix, she was with the city of Chandler for 16 years as a member of the Economic Development Team, with the past six years in the position of Economic Development Director.

During the past five years, she has helped locate or expand more than 150 companies into the Region, brought 22,000 jobs, added nearly 3 million square feet to the industrial/office base and brought more than $6 billion in capital investment in to the community. Some of the larger companies Christine has worked are Bank of America, eBay/PayPal, Marvell Technologies, Wells Fargo, Intel, Freescale, International Rectifiers, Isola, General Motors, Verizon Wireless, Orbital Sciences, Honeywell, Toyota Financial Services, Garmin, Pearson, CDW, Hensley, Air Products, Avnet, EDMC, Qualcomm and Ports America, to name a few.

In 2007, Christine was named the "Economic Developer of the Year, Large Community" by the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED). In 2010, she was named "Leader of the Year in Economic Development–Public Policy" by the Arizona Capital Times, and in 2011 she was named "Industry Leader of the Year – Economic Development" by Arizona Commercial Real Estate and in 2012 she was named "One of the 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona." Christine is a member of the Economic Development Director's Team for Greater Phoenix, which focuses on enhancing the region, and she participates in committees that include Maricopa Association of Government's "Building a Quality Regional Community," the Biosciences Roadmap committee through the Flinn Foundation, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), Commercial Office Real Estate Executives (CoreNet) the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) and the Arizona Business Incubator Association.

Sam Medile, Founder, Off Campus Parking

An accomplished entrepreneur, Sam has over 30 years of business experience in the hospitality, tourism, and parking industries. He owned and operated several restaurants, simultaneously ran a tourism firm in Annapolis, Town Crier Pedicabs, and co-founded Towne Park, a valet parking company. Over the next 30 years, Towne Park became the nation's premier provider of hotel and hospital parking services with ~$250M annual revenue and ~12,000 employees, in more than 45 cities.

Sam is passionate about being a University of Maryland Alum, a Terp; giving back; and mentoring entrepreneurs as a Dingman Angel. He also donates to The George and Anna Manis Legacy Lacrosse Scholarship fund. He mastered the art of "the deal," meeting the needs of all stakeholders. Relationships, team building, and creating framed marketing concepts that translate into improved financial results are his forte.

Seeing the need for a better way to park, Sam founded Off Campus Parking. OCP generates new revenue streams for owners by maximizing underutilized space. In turn, increasing the value of their properties, while maintaining tenant happiness. Sam is the father of three children and married to his wife and business partner, Gemma. She manages the Medile corporate housing venture and Loft Corporate Rentals, which are executive-furnished, short-term stay properties in six cities around the country. 

Heather Metcalf, PhD, Chief Research Officer, Association of Women in Science

Heather Metcalf, PhD, is Chief Research Officer for AWIS, where she leads empirical work on gender and the STEM workforce. She has undergraduate degrees in applied mathematics and computer science (Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 2003) and master’s degrees in computer science (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005) and gender studies (University of Arizona, 2007). Dr. Metcalf earned her doctorate from the UA’s Center for the Study of Higher Education (2011), where she studied science and technology policy. Throughout her career, she has applied her unique, interdisciplinary work to influence cultural, systemic, and policy changes in academic, industry, and public policy spaces and to train researchers and practitioners to build equity into their daily thought and work. Dr. Metcalf has research, policy, and programmatic expertise on myriad topics in STEM, such as: bias; intersectionality; educational and workplace cultures, policies, and practices; leadership; innovation and entrepreneurship; STEM pathways; and more.

Rick Naimark, Vice President for Program Development Planning, ASU

Rick Naimark joined Arizona State University in October 2015 as Associate Vice President for Program Development Planning. Naimark’s primary role at ASU is to lead efforts to expand the University’s educational and research capacity across Arizona and beyond through physical campus development and program partnerships with government and community organizations.

Naimark came to ASU after 29 years with the City of Phoenix, where he most recently served as Deputy City Manager. Over his tenure at the City, he oversaw a variety of departments. He also led efforts to develop the ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus and Phoenix Biomedical Campus. He has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and an undergraduate degree in Public Policy from Stanford University. Naimark is active in the community, serving on various community boards including Hospice of the Valley, The Arizona Science Center, ArtLink, The Friends of Phoenix Public Art, The Arizona Jewish Historical Society, and the Phoenix Citizens’ Transportation Commission. He and his wife, Dana, have two adult children, Jared, 25, and Nathan, 22.

Frank Reid, III, Executive Vice President, Kolbe Corporation

I am a Brand Ambassador in the large corporate and HR sectors. I also work to position Kolbe as a thought leader and influencer in the workplace. I am passionate about golf and love meeting people from different cultures and countries. I love learning new cultures and visiting new places (It’s the getting there part that I hate)! When I’m not striving, I’m: enjoying quiet time and contemporary jazz.

Wellington "Duke" Reiter, Senior Advisor to the President, ASU

Duke Reiter’s portfolio features complex, multi-stakeholder projects involving university/city collaboration, sustainable urbanism, higher education, and healthcare.

Over the past twenty years, Reiter has played numerous roles: academic administrator, faculty member, architect, urban designer, community leader, and public artist. In the course of his career, he has established a track record of highly effective partnerships with public office holders, the business community, non-profit groups, professional organizations, and private sector developers. A student of higher education and economic development, Reiter is particularly interested in the symbiotic relationships between major US metro areas and the colleges and universities embedded within them. Mr. Reiter was a key player in the conceptualization and creation of the award-winning Downtown Phoenix Campus for ASU. He is presently a national Trustee of the Urban Land Institute and chair of ULI's University Development and Innovation Council.

Ben Robinson, MBA, Director of Activation Services, Collaborative Real Estate

Ben serves as the Director of Activation Services at Collaborative Real Estate (Collab), responsible for leading a team that fosters the exchange of ideas and information at Tech Square through the curation of an active community environment. Prior to joining Collab, Ben’s professional career has included service as an Infantry Officer in the US Army and positions in operations & logistics, finance, and corporate strategy & innovation at Shell Oil Company, Facebook, and Delta Air Lines, respectively. Ben holds a BA in History and German from Davidson College, NC and an MBA from Rice University, TX. 

Martha Schoonmaker, CEcD, Executive  Director of Pinkney Innovation Complex for Science and Technology (PIC MC) Martha Schoonmaker

Martha Schoonmaker is the Executive Director for the Pinkney Innovation Complex for Science and Technology (PIC MC) Foundation, the entity that develops, manages and markets the Germantown campus on behalf of Montgomery College.  PIC MC is an integrated academic, business and research campus and is the only community college with a hospital, Holy Cross Germantown Hospital, located as the anchor resident partner. Martha manages contracts, leases and partnerships with existing resident tenant partners, including Holy Cross Germantown Hospital, is responsible for the development of corporate partnerships that expand internship, learning and career opportunities for students within PIC MC. 

Rich Stanley, Senior Vice President and University Planner, ASU

Richard H. Stanley was appointed as Senior Vice President and University Planner in February of 2004. In this new position, working with the existing academic and administrative units, he coordinates the interaction of program, facility, and financial planning activities across Arizona State University’s four campuses. The focus of the work is medium-term and long-term planning to implement the vision of the New American University. He is a member of the ASU Executive Committee. He is also one of five members of the University Budget Committee which coordinates budget planning for ASU.

Prior to joining ASU, Rich spent twenty-four years at New York University, most recently as Executive Vice Provost. During his tenure at NYU he had planning responsibilities in the areas of space and facilities, academic budgeting, enrollment management, and faculty resources and support. He also had operational responsibility for admissions and financial aid and for information technology services. Earlier in his career, he held positions in internal auditing and in the publishing industry. Rich earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Yale University.

Carol Stewart, Associate Vice President, Tech Parks Arizona, University of Arizona; President, Campus Research Corporation

Carol Stewart is responsible for the UA Tech Park at Rita Road and the UA Tech Park at the Bridges and serves as president of the Campus Research Corporation. She is also president of the UA Center for Innovation, a technology business incubator serving the University of Arizona and Tucson community. Carol is an experienced research park leader with a more than 30-year career serving the academic/not-for-profit sector, as well as the high-tech industry.

Previously, she was the chief executive officer for the Association of University Research Parks (AURP) and helped to expand the organization’s international credibility by showcasing best practices to research parks across the globe. She also directed the David Johnston Research + Technology Park at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Canada, where she spearheaded the development of the park, advancing the park to over the one-million-square-foot milestone. Carol is the Co-Founder and Immediate Past-President of AURP Canada (the association's Canadian chapter) and has been an active board member of AURP since 2010.

Peter Temes, PhD, Founder & President, Institute for Large Organizations

Dr. Peter S. Temes, founder and president of the ILO Institute. Peter began his career as a full-time member of the Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and went on to found Enterprise Interactive, a consulting and research firm. Peter has led research initiatives for Goldman Sachs, ExxonMobil, Microsoft, Disney, EY, Pfizer, GM’s autonomous vehicles group and many other companies in the technology, finance and consumer marketing sectors. Peter has also served as Dean and Campus Chief Executive for Northeastern University, President of the Antioch New England Graduate School and President of the Great Books Foundation,. He is the author and editor of several books, including Teaching Leadership, The Just War, and Against School Reform. Peter holds a Ph.D. and three master’s degrees from Columbia University.

David Tyndall, Principal, Gateway Development Services

David Tyndall is co-founder of Gateway Development, the original developer and current majority, for-profit owner of the initial phases of Tech Square. He is also lead principal in the Gateway management division involved in everything from marketing to maintenance at Tech Square and co-founded the company that provides community activation and maintains the virtual Tech Square community organization.

Graduating from Georgia Tech with a BS in Building Construction, David worked in construction project management before attending Emory Law School. A 1988 honor graduate and law review managing editor, he was recognized as Emory’s most outstanding real estate law graduate and practiced both construction and real estate law before founding Gateway in 1998. Alone and in partnerships with others, David has developed, managed and consulted on research and innovation districts with multiple universities. He is also personally involved with several start-up companies, is a sponsor of university research and is an active venture investor.


James Barr von Oehsen, PhD, Associate Vice President, Advanced Research Computing, Rutgers University

Dr. James Barr von Oehsen is the Associate Vice President of the Office of Advanced Research Computing (OARC). Dr. von Oehsen is responsible for providing strategic leadership in advancing Rutgers University’s research and scholarly achievements through next generation computing, networking, and data science infrastructure. Prior to joining Rutgers, he was employed by Clemson University Computing and Information Technology (CCIT) as the Executive Director of the Cyberinfrastructure Technology Integration (CITI) group. Dr. von Oehsen has extensive experience working with diverse campus research communities throughout the nation as well as within the US industry sector. His interests are in high performance computing, high throughput computing, data science, deep learning, cybersecurity, smart cities, internet of things, mathematical modeling, parallel programming, commercial and campus cloud, and hardware architectures.