2018 Meet the Innovators Forum Presenters
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
Senior Vice President, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of California System
Marillyn A. Hewson
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation
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
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.
Executive External Strategy and Communications Fellow (Senior Research Fellow), The Dow Chemical Company
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.
President, VerdeGo Aero
Director, Marshall Space Flight Center
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.
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
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
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
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Lockheed Martin
Executive External Strategy and Communications Fellow (Senior Research Fellow), The Dow Chemical Company