2018 Meet the Innovators Forum Presenters



Rajiv Satyal

Rajiv Satyal


Comedian; Meet the Innovators Forum Moderator

Rajiv Satyal is a Los Angeles-based comedian. His TV-clean act has made him one of the most versatile comedians working today. Satyal earned his B.S. in Materials Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, co-oping as an engineer at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and Johnson & Johnson; he even interned on Capitol Hill for a summer. Satyal worked for six years at the world headquarters of Procter & Gamble in Brand Management, media and purchasing. Immediately following that, Satyal moved to Los Angeles, where he was Brand Manager of FIJI Water. Since 2006, he has been a full-time standup comic, host and speaker. Satyal has some interesting claims to fame: He has opened for Russell Peters more than any other Indian comedian. He even hosted Dave Chappelle's very first show after his much-publicized African hiatus. Satyal co-created the world-touring Make Chai Not War, a Hindu/Muslim stand-up show. The U.S. State Dept. sponsored it, sending it to seven cities in India. The show became part of the Congressional Record after being mentioned on Capitol Hill to Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. Satyal has done stand-up at more than 100 colleges. He has recorded 130 episodes of his podcast, The TanGent Show, and has interviewed everyone from Deepak Chopra to Seth Godin to Preity Zinta.


Dr. Jan Akervall

Dr. Jan Akervall


Founder and President, Akervall Technologies Inc. Dr. Akervall studied theoretical physics at Chalmers Engineering College, Gothenburg, Sweden 1981-1983, medical school at Lund University, Sweden 1983-1990, ENT residency and PhD in Head and Neck Cancer Oncology at Lund University 1990-1998. He did a fellowship in microvascular reconstruction and oncologic surgery at University of Michigan, 2000-2001. He was division head for Head and Neck Cancer surgery at Lund University 2002-2004, became associate professor in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck surgery at Lund University in 2004. Dr. and Mrs. Akervall moved with their two children to Ann Arbor, MI the same year. Dr. Akervall was Med Dir for the Head and Neck Cancer program at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI 2008-2016, became professor at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine 2010. He founded Beaumont Biobank in 2008 and Great Lakes Biorepository Research Network in 2013. He was President of Michigan Otolaryngological Society 2014. Since 2016, he is Med Dir for the Head and Neck Cancer Program at St Joseph Mercy Hospital. He has been voted Top Doc by Hour Magazine and ranked top 1% ENT physician by Castle Connolly for 5 straight years. Dr. Akervall invented the SISU sports guard and founded Akervall Technologies Inc. in 2009. Dr. and Mrs. Akervall have been awarded Inc 5000 for 2016 and 2017 and were Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 for the Michigan and Northeast Ohio region.

Jim Behmke

Jim Behmke


Partner and Chair of the IP and Patent Group, PIB Law; Founder and CEO, Behmke Ventures, LLC

Jim is the Managing Partner of the Boston office of Parker, Ibrahim & Berg, LLC (PIB Law), and is the Chair of the Firm’s Intellectual Property and Patent Group. As a patent attorney, his practice focuses on patent preparation and prosecution in a wide variety of mechanical, electrical and computer arts, as well as opinions and IP portfolio counseling, for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups. While at PIB Law, Jim started and manages the firms “PIB e.l.i.t.e.” program, which is geared toward helping entrepreneurs grow their business (without the fear of massive legal bills). Prior to PIB Law, Jim was also a partner at a prominent AmLaw 100 law firm with international presence, and has been recognized as a New England Super Lawyers “Rising Star.”

Outside of his legal practice, Jim is an active entrepreneur himself. As founder and CEO of Behmke Ventures, LLC, Jim has started and helped start a number of successful businesses, including being a founding member of PianoArc, LLC, a 2015 Edison Award Gold winner for innovation in entertainment (prior to his joining the Edison Award Steering Committee). Jim is also the inventor on a growing number of issued and pending patents.

Jim graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, and then continued to receive his Juris Doctor from Franklin Pierce Law Center (now the University of New Hampshire School of Law).


Shravan Bharadwaj

Shravan Bharadwaj


Manager, New Enclosure Technologies, Apple, Inc.

Shravan Bharadwaj works with new enclosure technologies, novel materials and processes at Apple. He has worked as a lead in technical manufacturing operations, successfully launching several of Apple’s flagship products. Shravan also invented several advanced manufacturing processes, using robotics and smart automation to drive technical innovation in high-volume manufacturing.

Previously, Shravan worked in design engineering in the United States, India and Japan. His research work focused on smart materials, dynamic systems and mechatronics.

Shravan received his Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Technology from National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India. He is a hobby artist and enjoys conceptual art, sketching and digital creativity.


David Hurst

Robbie Cabral


CEO, Benjilock

Robbie Cabral is the CEO & Founder of BenjiLock, the world’s first traditional rechargeable padlock with fingerprint technology with the purpose to redefine the personal security experience using hybrid technology with the consumer in mind. Born in the Dominican Republic, Cabral is a young inventor and former marketing director that has won numerous awards for his innovations.


Michael Docherty

Michael Docherty


Managing Partner, NextBig Inc. and author, Collective Disruption: How Corporations & Startups Can Co-Create Transformative New Businesses

Michael Docherty brings unique perspectives to growth and innovation, having been an entrepreneur, senior corporate executive and venture capitalist. It might explain why he’s passionate about the intersection of corporate innovation and entrepreneurship.

Docherty is currently the managing partner of NextBig, a unique venture creation firm that provides 'company-building as a service'. NextBig works with leading corporations to define disruptive challenges and digital-enabled opportunities, then builds new independent ventures using a shared risk business model. The company leverages a curated network of entrepreneurial talent along with a proven venture acceleration system and deep technical development capabilities. Docherty is also CEO of Venture2, a growth and innovation consulting firm that helps leading companies transform their innovation capabilities.

Michael Docherty is the author of the recent book Collective Disruption: How Corporations and Startups Can Co-create Transformative New Businesses. The book provides established companies with a practical playbook for plugging into the startup ecosystem to fuel and incubate new businesses as entrepreneurial ventures. Docherty holds an MBA degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School and BSME degree from Drexel University. He is a frequent speaker on innovation and corporate venturing and an active supporter of the entrepreneurial community.


Dr. Christine Gulbranson

Dr. Christine Gulbranson


Senior Vice President, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of California System
Dr. Christine Gulbranson is Senior Vice President, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the University of California System. UC's Board of Regents approved Gulbranson as its "first systemwide innovation guru in 2016 and the former engineer, venture capital executive and entrepreneur appears to be the perfect evangelist for the university." With an annual operating budget of ~$32B it is the nation’s largest public research university with ten campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, and a statewide agriculture and natural resource program; it is comprised of more than 250,000 students, 200,000 faculty and staff and ~1.8 million living alumni.

Gulbranson is leading system-wide efforts to empower greater collaborations and translation of research and innovation into the marketplace. She is forging alliances and partnerships in the private, investment and philanthropic sectors, and government to create new opportunities for economic growth.

For more than a decade Gulbranson was CEO of Christalis, a strategic advisory firm. She was founding CEO of the first renewable energy accelerator, NIREC and has built national entities - Advanced Energy Economy.

As a senior fellow with the Kauffman Foundation, Gulbranson led the think tank's clean technology initiatives and supported the development of commercial innovation. She was a partner at venture capital firm, GCP where she invested in seed and early-stage companies in IT, software and materials.

Gulbranson has been recognized as “Innovator of the 21st Century” by MIT Technology Review and “40 Under 40” of Silicon Valley business leaders. She was a judge on “The Big Brain Theory,” the Discovery Channel’s engineering competition show, which aired globally in over 100 countries.

Gulbranson has served for 15+ years as Director on various boards and speaks as an expert on innovation, strategy, technology, entrepreneurship in the US (e.g. White House, Dept. of Commerce, World Bank, International Finance Corporation) and internationally (EMEA, Nordic, Asia) and has given various radio and television interviews.

Gulbranson holds 5 degrees from UC Davis: BS in physics; BS, MS & PhD in chemical engineering & materials science; and MBA.

Marillyn A. Hewson

Marillyn A. Hewson


Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation
Marillyn A. Hewson is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation. She previously held a variety of increasingly responsible executive positions with the Corporation, including President and Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin’s Electronic Systems business area.

Ms. Hewson joined Lockheed Martin more than 30 years ago as an industrial engineer. During her career she has held several operational leadership positions, including President of Lockheed Martin Systems Integration; Executive Vice President of Global Sustainment for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics; President and General Manager of Kelly Aviation Center, L.P., an affiliate of Lockheed Martin; and President of Lockheed Martin Logistics Services. She has also served in key corporate executive roles, including Senior Vice President of Corporate Shared Services; Vice President of Global Supply Chain Management; and Vice President of Corporate Internal Audit.

Ms. Hewson has served on numerous boards and currently sits on the Board of Directors of DuPont; the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation; the Board of Governors of the USO; the Board of the National Geographic Education Foundation; the Board of Visitors of the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration; and the Board of Directors of Catalyst.

Ms. Hewson is a former Chair and current member of the Executive Committee of the Aerospace Industries Association; a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society; an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. She is a Director of the Atlantic Council’s International Advisory Board and a Vice Chair of the Business Roundtable. Ms. Hewson also serves on the Board of Trustees for King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and on the Board of Trustees for Khalifa University of Science and Technology in the United Arab Emirates.

In 2016, Fortune magazine identified Ms. Hewson as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” – naming her No. 3. That same year, Forbes released its global ranking of the “World’s 25 Most Powerful Women,” listing her at No. 24.

Born in Junction City, Kansas, Ms. Hewson earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and her Master of Arts degree in economics from the University of Alabama. She also attended the Columbia Business School and Harvard Business School executive development programs.

David Hurst

David Hurst


Founder and CEO, Orbital Transports

David has been a technology entrepreneur for most of his career. He has over 30 years of experience as a software engineer, managing software development teams, developing complex systems and delivering products. He has consulted with venture capital firms and advanced technology start-ups, performing technical due diligence and business strategy assessments. In 2013, he left the IT industry to follow his passion for space exploration. David founded Orbital Transports to develop the space logistics and orbital infrastructure technologies needed for the emerging space resources economy, and ultimately to support human settlement of the Solar System. As an advocate of space-related and space-scalable businesses, he also founded the NewSpace Chicago community of space entrepreneurs and others engaged in building commercial space ventures in Chicago. Prior to Orbital Transports, LLC, he founded multiple successful technology companies, including Athena Security, Inc., a network security company, which was acquired by SolarWinds in 2012. He has received 4 patents. He graduated from Northwestern University with a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.


Don T. Jones

Don T. Jones


General Manager of Global Parts Strategy and Transformation, Caterpillar

Don is the General Manager of Global Parts Strategy and Transformation for Caterpillar’s Product Support and Logistics Division. In this role, he is responsible for creation of a multi-year, cross enterprise plan to integrate current best in class performance with disruptive technologies & cross-industry best practices to increase bottom-line results. Prior to this role, he managed a department that led the company to record and Best in Class global supply base on-time delivery, quality and packaging performance for Aftermarket Parts across all Caterpillar manufacturing facilities and over 8,500 external suppliers.

Jones, who joined Caterpillar in 1988 from Motorola, has held various positions in the areas of international telecommunications, information systems development, supply chain solution implementations, logistics sales and general manager roles. He left Caterpillar in 2004 to own and operate a residential construction corporation, returning to Caterpillar in 2008 as Global Quality General Manager where he led the company to record levels of quality control. Jones holds a degree in Business Management from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science degree in International Logistics and Supply Chain Management from The Georgia Institute of Technology.


Mark Jones

Mark Jones


Executive External Strategy and Communications Fellow (Senior Research Fellow), The Dow Chemical Company
A love of science and a passion for chemistry propelled a farm kid from Virginia to a satisfying industrial career. Mark Jones is currently Executive External Strategy and Communications Fellow for Dow Chemical, reporting directly to Dr. A.N. Sreeram, Corporate Vice President of Research & Development and Chief Technology Officer. Mark joined the CTO staff in September 2011, do, in part, to his skill in communicating science.

In 2017, he was named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, recognized for his commitment to communicating chemistry. Mark curates and hosts webinars describing successful product introductions with ACS Webinars. Mark is a frequent speaker a scientific meetings on topics of energy, sustainability, biomass conversion, and others. Mark currently serves as co-chair of the National Academy’s Chemical Sciences Roundtable. He is a co-author on the recently released National Research Council reports on “ARPA-E” and “Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels in the United States”. Mark is a member of the Board of Directors of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) Industrial and Environmental Section and is an active member of the American Chemistry Council’s Biobased Chemistry Network. The White House’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership was a focus from 2013-15, looking both at technology options and improving scale-up of new technologies. He participated in a number of World Economic Forum events, leading discussions around energy and bioproducts. He recently assumed responsibility for next generation sustainability goals associated with innovation at Dow. Mark represents Dow Chemical on the American Chemical Society’s Corporation Associates and the Chemical Heritage Landmark Committee.

Mark joined Dow in 1990 following a graduate career that had very little to do with his ultimate career path. He followed a degree from Randolph-Macon College with a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado-Boulder where he studied gas-phase ion molecule chemistry - not an area of great industrial interest. A post-doc at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science preceded coming to Dow. His early Dow career was spent in Catalysis, in what is now Core R&D. Mark discovered a family of catalysts useful for conversion of ethane directly to vinyl chloride, and other catalysts for both chlorocarbon chemistry and alkane activation. Moves to Performance Plastics, Hydrocarbons, Chemicals, Energy and Licensing R&D, Ventures and New Business Development and the Energy Storage Devices followed. Mark co-directed the Renewable Chemistries Expertise Center (RCEC) for over a decade. Mark touched many areas of technology, including experience in the processing of inorganic materials, fuel cell development for portable power applications, cellulosic conversion, and broad technology exploration.

Philippe Kavafyan

Philippe Kavafyan


CEO (as of April 1, 2018), MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

Philippe Kavafyan started his career in 1990 with EDF International before joining General Electric in 1993 where he spent 15 years. In GE Medical Systems he initially held positions as Manufacturing Leader and Technology Program Manager before moving to sales in 1997 as Account Manager for Turbine Controls in the Oil & Gas business, based in Italy. He joined GE’s Energy Services headquarters in Atlanta (USA) in 2001, before he moved to Germany in 2002 to lead the integration of the newly acquired wind business. He remained in GE Renewables until 2008 as Commercial Director for Wind Services. Philippe then joined AREVA to promote integrated offers in the nuclear business, before leading the Key Account Management program in 2010. In 2011, he moved to AREVA Renewables, eventually becoming Director for Offshore Wind in 2015. Until its sale to Gamesa in early 2017, he acted as Chairman of the Board of Adwen Offshore. Most recently, Philippe has been Director in the Power Division of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in France.

Philippe was first elected President of the Offshore Wind Committee of the French Renewable Association in 2013, then President of the industrial Wind Committee in 2016. Philippe Kavafyan is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines de Paris. He is 50 years old, married, and has two children.


Erik Lindbergh

Erik Lindbergh


President, VerdeGo Aero
An avid pilot, Erik holds commercial, instrument, flight instructor, and glider ratings. In 1996, he helped launch the XPRIZE Foundation in St. Louis. In 2002 Erik retraced his grandfathers epic 1927 New York to Paris solo flight - raising over a million dollars and 500 million pre-social media impressions for XPRIZE. This 9-year “overnight success” story helped to jump-start the private spaceflight industry and is detailed in the NY times bestselling book: How to Make a Space Ship by Julian Guthrie

In 2011 Erik awarded the Lindbergh Prize for Quietest Aircraft at the NASA Green Flight Challenge and inspired by the potential for aviation, created Powering Imagination to help accelerate the development of the electric aircraft industry and inspire the next generation of innovators. After nearly a decade working on this industry Erik and his partners have started a new company called VerdeGo Aero to build electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) Personal Air Taxi's which will transform the way people move around the planet.

Erik’s story is one of triumph over adversity. He won the Washington state gymnastics championship at age 11 and excelled in water-skiing, and alpine and telemark ski racing during his teens. After climbing and skiing Mount Rainier at age 21, he was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and by age 30 was completely disabled. Total knee replacements and a breakthrough biotechnology drug gave him a second chance at living a physically active life. Inspired by nature, he is an expert mountain biker and backcountry skier and has been creating unique furniture and sculpture designs for over 25 years.

Committed to a life of service to future generations, Erik is a passionate public speaker and serves on the Board of Trustees of the XPRIZE Foundation, the Board of Directors of NatureBridge - Olympic National Park, The Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation, and served as a Founding Director of the Aviation High School in Seattle which is now ranked the #1 school in the state.

Escape From Gravity is about practicing resistance to the things that hold us down. Gravity may win in the long run, but with enough practice we can fly!


Todd May

Todd May


Director, Marshall Space Flight Center
Todd May is director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. He heads one of NASA's largest field installations, with nearly 6,000 on- and near-site civil service and contractor employees -- including those at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, which is managed by the Marshall Center -- and an annual budget of approximately $2.5 billion. May manages a broad range of propulsion, scientific and space transportation activities contributing to the nation's space program.

May was appointed deputy director of Marshall in August 2015. Prior to that, he was manager of the Space Launch System program since August 2011. SLS, now under development, is the most powerful rocket ever built, able to carry astronauts in NASA's Orion spacecraft on deep space missions, including to an asteroid and ultimately to Mars. The program is managed at Marshall, and May led SLS through a series of milestones, including engine tests and an in-depth critical design review.

Prior appointments include Marshall’s associate director, technical, a deputy associate administrator in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA headquarters in Washington, Marshall's associate program manager for the Constellation Program, deputy director of Marshall's Science and Mission Systems Office, and manager of the Discovery and New Frontiers Programs. May managed the successful integration, launch and commissioning of the International Space Station's Quest airlock in 1998. He also joined the team that launched the Gravity Probe B mission to test Einstein's general theory of relativity. In 1994, he was deputy program manager of the Russian Integration Office for the International Space Station Program at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

A native of Fairhope, Alabama, May earned a bachelor's degree in materials engineering from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, in 1990. His many awards include NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal, the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive, NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal and the John W. Hager Award for professionalism in materials engineering. He has been named a Distinguished Engineer by his alma mater, Auburn University. In 2014, he received Aviation Week's Program Excellence Award, as well as the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Foundation’s Stellar Award in recognition of the SLS team’s many accomplishments.

Jonah Myerberg

Jonah Myerberg


Chief Technology Officer and co-founder, Desktop Metal

Jonah Myerberg is a Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Desktop Metal, a company committed to accelerating the transformation of manufacturing with end-to-end metal 3D printing solutions. As CTO, Myerberg is responsible for leading the vision and direction of Desktop Metal’s 3D printing solutions. His duties include translating the technology behind the company’s metal 3D printing systems into reliable parts for customers, and identifying opportunities to expand manufacturing capabilities through additive manufacturing.

Prior to joining Desktop Metal in 2015, Myerberg held senior positions with a variety of organizations focused on battery development and performance, including Renovo Motors and Boston Impact, which he founded, and A123Systems. At A123Systems, Myerberg established a new business unit focused on the development of high performance batteries. His team designed a new high performance cell for Formula One, as well as number of automotive partners. Additionally, he helped launch Gradiant Corp., where he managed the deployment and operation of large scale water desalination plants that converted fracking water into fresh water. Myerberg also held engineering and product development roles at both Bose and Black & Decker.

Myerberg earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing from Johns Hopkins University.


Clinton O. Robinson, P.E.

Clinton O. Robinson, P.E.


Associate Vice President, Black & Veatch

Clint is the father of three publicly educated girls; a recovering school board member; and a registered professional engineer in a global engineering corporation. Individually none of these accomplishments are significant but in concert they are a powerful force towards better connecting education and business. Clint is the great grandson of one of the first three professors at the University of Kansas teaching Greek and Latin back in 1865. He is also the great grandson of an attorney that made elixir in his basement and founded the Burma Vita Corporation. This company was responsible for one of the most successful advertising campaigns with roadside jingles for the first brushless shaving cream, Burma Shave. It is not surprising then that Mr. Robinson has dedicated himself to finding ways to improve education and how we sell it. While serving on the Blue Valley School District School Board he helped create and implement the successful Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) which revolutionized how business and education work together for a common goal. Now while providing thought leadership in his industry to the U.S. Conference of Mayors and National League of Cities, he is never very far away from the topic of how to create jobs, fill the pipeline, and change the landscape of education forever. His motto is “learn to teach” which means 1) if you can teach it then you know it, and 2) there is no value in learning something if you are not willing to teach it to someone else.


Dr. Chandan K Sen

Dr. Chandan K Sen


Director, OSU Center for Regenerative Medicine & Cell-Based Therapies

Dr. Chandan K Sen is a tenured John H & Mildred C Lumley Professor of Surgery, Executive Director of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Wound Center and Director of the Ohio State University's Center for Regenerative Medicine & Cell Based Therapies. He is also the Associate Dean for Industry Partnership at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. After completing his Masters of Science in Human Physiology from the University of Calcutta, Dr. Sen received his PhD in Physiology from the University of Eastern Finland (Kuopio). Dr. Sen trained as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California at Berkeley's Molecular and Cell Biology department. His first faculty appointment was in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. In fall of 2000, Dr. Sen moved to The Ohio State University where established a program on tissue injury and repair. Currently, Dr. Sen is a Professor and Vice Chair of Research of Surgery. A major focus on Dr. Sen's research is to induce tissue plasticity in vivo. He and his collaborators have developed the Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT) technology which was published in Nature Nanotechnology in 2017. Dr. Sen and his team have published over 300 scientific publications. He has a H-index of 87 and is currently cited over 2100 times every year for a total of over 28000 times.



2018 Edison Awards Presenters

Adam Ferrara

Adam Ferrara


Comedian; Edison Awards Gala Master of Ceremonies

Adam Ferrara, actor/comedian who Entertainment Weekly dubbed “Hilarious," is an internationally touring headliner, two-time nominee for best male stand-up by the American Comedy Awards, and has three Comedy Central Specials, who also hosted the critically acclaimed BBC sensation, Top Gear US. Adam will be soon be seen in the upcoming movie, Little Italy, co-starring Emma Roberts, Hayden Christensen and Danny Aiello.

Ferrara proudly played Chief Needles Nelson on the Emmy® nominated FX drama Rescue Me with Denis Leary, and Frank Verelli on Showtime’s hit series Nurse Jackie opposite Emmy® Award winner Edie Falco. He also co-starred alongside Kevin James in the hit movie Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Definitely, Maybe with Ryan Reynolds. Some of Ferrara's TV credits include ABC’s upcoming TV series Deception, CBS’s The Good Fight, NBC's Law & Order, ABC's Ugly Betty, CBS's The King Of Queens, as well as a series regular on the critically acclaimed ABC show, The Job, with Denis Leary.

Apart from opening for his comedy idol, George Carlin, and performing at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall and The Apollo Theater, Ferrara was asked to perform at a benefit for the President and all of the Senators. Stuck in traffic on the way to the event, Ferrara quipped, “I’m still moving faster than Congress.”


Norman R. Augustine

Norman R. Augustine


Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Lockheed Martin
Norman R. Augustine was raised in Colorado and attended Princeton University where he graduated with a BSE in Aeronautical Engineering, magna cum laude, and an MSE. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi.

In 1958 he joined the Douglas Aircraft Company in California where he worked as a Research Engineer, Program Manager and Chief Engineer. Beginning in 1965, he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as Assistant Director of Defense Research and Engineering. He joined LTV Missiles and Space Company in 1970, serving as Vice President, Advanced Programs and Marketing. In 1973 he returned to the government as Assistant Secretary of the Army and in 1975 became Under Secretary of the Army, and later Acting Secretary of the Army. Joining Martin Marietta Corporation in 1977 as Vice President of Technical Operations, he was elected as CEO in 1987 and chairman in 1988, having previously been President and COO. He served as president of Lockheed Martin Corporation upon the formation of that company in 1995, and became CEO later that year. He retired as chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin in 1997, at which time he became a Lecturer with the Rank of Professor on the faculty of Princeton University where he served until 1999. Since retiring he has chaired or co-chaired 36 pro bono committees, commissions and investigations, mostly for various levels of government.

Mr. Augustine was Chairman and Principal Officer of the American Red Cross for nine years, Chairman of the Council of the National Academy of Engineering, President and Chairman of the Association of the United States Army, Chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association, and Chairman of the Defense Science Board. He is a former President of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Boy Scouts of America. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the National World War II Museum and is a former member of the Board of Directors of ConocoPhillips, Black & Decker, Proctor & Gamble and Lockheed Martin, and was a member of the Board of Trustees of Colonial Williamsburg. He is a Regent of the University System of Maryland (12 institutions), Trustee Emeritus of Johns Hopkins and a former member of the Board of Trustees of Princeton and MIT. He has been a member of advisory boards to the Departments of Homeland Security, Energy, Defense, Commerce, Transportation, and Health and Human Services, as well as NASA, Congress and the White House. He was a member of the Hart/Rudman Commission on National Security, and served for 16 years on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology under both Republican and Democratic presidents. He is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Explorers Club.

Mr. Augustine has been presented the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States and received the Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Public Service Award. He has five times received the Department of Defense's highest civilian decoration, the Distinguished Service Medal. He is co-author of The Defense Revolution and Shakespeare in Charge and author of Augustine's Laws, Augustine’s Travels and The Way I See It, a collection of his photography. He holds 35 honorary degrees and was selected by Who’s Who in America and the Library of Congress as one of “Fifty Great Americans” on the occasion of Who’s Who’s fiftieth anniversary. He has traveled in 126 countries and stood on both the North and South Poles of the earth.

Mark Jones

Mark Jones


Executive External Strategy and Communications Fellow (Senior Research Fellow), The Dow Chemical Company
A love of science and a passion for chemistry propelled a farm kid from Virginia to a satisfying industrial career. Mark Jones is currently Executive External Strategy and Communications Fellow for Dow Chemical, reporting directly to Dr. A.N. Sreeram, Corporate Vice President of Research & Development and Chief Technology Officer. Mark joined the CTO staff in September 2011, do, in part, to his skill in communicating science.

In 2017, he was named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, recognized for his commitment to communicating chemistry. Mark curates and hosts webinars describing successful product introductions with ACS Webinars. Mark is a frequent speaker a scientific meetings on topics of energy, sustainability, biomass conversion, and others. Mark currently serves as co-chair of the National Academy’s Chemical Sciences Roundtable. He is a co-author on the recently released National Research Council reports on “ARPA-E” and “Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels in the United States”. Mark is a member of the Board of Directors of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) Industrial and Environmental Section and is an active member of the American Chemistry Council’s Biobased Chemistry Network. The White House’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership was a focus from 2013-15, looking both at technology options and improving scale-up of new technologies. He participated in a number of World Economic Forum events, leading discussions around energy and bioproducts. He recently assumed responsibility for next generation sustainability goals associated with innovation at Dow. Mark represents Dow Chemical on the American Chemical Society’s Corporation Associates and the Chemical Heritage Landmark Committee.

Mark joined Dow in 1990 following a graduate career that had very little to do with his ultimate career path. He followed a degree from Randolph-Macon College with a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado-Boulder where he studied gas-phase ion molecule chemistry - not an area of great industrial interest. A post-doc at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science preceded coming to Dow. His early Dow career was spent in Catalysis, in what is now Core R&D. Mark discovered a family of catalysts useful for conversion of ethane directly to vinyl chloride, and other catalysts for both chlorocarbon chemistry and alkane activation. Moves to Performance Plastics, Hydrocarbons, Chemicals, Energy and Licensing R&D, Ventures and New Business Development and the Energy Storage Devices followed. Mark co-directed the Renewable Chemistries Expertise Center (RCEC) for over a decade. Mark touched many areas of technology, including experience in the processing of inorganic materials, fuel cell development for portable power applications, cellulosic conversion, and broad technology exploration.