Our goal is to delight…


ITECS can help you get over the hurdle of taking technology from research into product development. We do this by finding technology, partners, funding and assist in building the business case by completing due diligence on both the technology and the market.


We don’t like cookie cutter solutions—from benchmarking open innovation initiatives to finding the funding, partners and technologies needed to bring the product to fruition, our virtual business model gives us the agility to custom fit our services to match our Client’s needs without disrupting their culture—we become part of their team.


We are in it for the long haul. We don’t leave our Clients with a plan and a pat on the back for luck. Developing a powerful strategy—and implementing that strategy to bring our Client’s from concept development to a robust technology program—in short—delighting our Client—that is our goal.  

ITECS was founded in 2001, by Susan K. Ward (Neylon), PhD., as a woman-owned small business—a one woman shop—to help companies bring their technologies to market. Since then, ITECS has grown 20 to 30 percent per year. Our business model has migrated to a few key employees that manage client relationships, along with a broad network of subject matter experts that can be leveraged in diverse industries and technologies. The teams we create to address our Client’s barriers to success are cherry picked, one of the advantages of our virtual business model, to provide a custom fit to our Clients’ needs.

We believe in delighting the client. Everything we do is about meeting our client’s needs.  Our staff is empowered to find the right path, the right methods, and at the right time, to please our clients. Since we are a virtual company, we don’t have to spend time worrying about our overhead—we can keep our focus on the Client’s needs.

We strive for excellence –and to ensure that we are reaching that goal, we perform quarterly quality assurance interviews with our clients, as well as post project interviews. Not only do we ask targeted questions, meant to uncover any issues, discomforts or concerns our clients may have with our services, but we also provide a platform for them to bring forth any issues that we may not be aware of. Through these interviews, we have learned how to continually improve our services and have added additional services that are designed to help us provide the excellence we are reaching for. 

  Our Baker’s dozen of rules we live and die by:

  1. Show Up: Never outsource a customer interaction, whether it is on the phone or in person. Travel enough to show the customer that you care. Show up for all internal meetings unless you have a good excuse, and give 24-hour notice. Make sure you are prompt. (within 2 minutes of the meeting start).
  2. Check Ego at the Door: Never make anyone you are interacting with feel belittled.  Continually ask them for ways to improve your interaction (both internally and externally) allowing them to have a voice.
  3. Walk in Your Customers Shoes: Your customer has a set of challenges that might not be apparent to you.  Seek understanding and deliver what the client says they want, not what you think they want.  Adapt your behavior to best deliver your message.
  4. Complete the Paperwork: To obtain strong financial results it is necessary to have smooth communications on financial information and internal program updates.  It is everyone obligation to understand the requirements and get them in on time.
  5. Meet Commitments: Do what you say you are going to do both internally and externally.
  6. Find Solutions: If there is a challenge, help identify a solution both internally and externally.  Consider a broad range of options seeking both internal and external advice. 
  7. Support Each Other Especially in Bad Time: People will always remember when you do something kind for them.  This is especially true in bad times. 
  8. Be Responsive: Always get back to a person in the same business day even if only to tell them you can’t give it your attention until a later date.
  9. Deliver a Product to Reinforce the ITECS Way: Know how we are branding ourselves and make sure everything we deliver reinforces our brand.
  10. Make connections: It is everyone’s job to make new connections.  This does not mean that you need to sell.  It simply means that when you are at a conference collect business cards so there can be a follow up.
  11. Agree to Cost, Scope and Timing in Writing: Continually seek understanding both with the customer, other employees and with our subcontractors.  Be respectful of other people’s time.  Do not create emergencies unless the sky is falling.  Once you feel you have an agreement, get it in writing and review with everyone on the team.
  12. Say I Am Sorry: Take accountability for your actions and when you hurt someone else always say you’re sorry.
  13. Find Ways to Continuously Improve: Treat mistakes as learning opportunities. Take accountability for them and adjust behaviors to avoid repeating them in the future.   

 We can be the best tool in the technical and new business development executive’s toolbox.

Our people:

  • Have backgrounds in R&D and understand the barriers to Innovation. We don't care much for barriers.
  • Know the marketplace and the technology—we can fashion a winning strategy for success
  • Facilitate hundreds of industry, government and academia collaborations –we build innovation ecosystems.
  • Support a client base of F500 companies in every industry vertical; our clients are responsible for over $700B in combined revenue.
  • Have access to a broad range of decision makers in the commercial sector, the government agencies and in universities.
  • Customize our services to best fill our Client’s needs and culture. We become part of the team.
  • Roll up our sleeves and work the nitty-gritty, from negotiating deals to writing powerful proposals.
  • Turbo charge the commercialization process by finding technology, partners, funding and developing the business case.


Gert Bruning, Program Manager, who holds a MS in Mathematics from NYU and a BSEE from Fachhochschule, Germany, is a consulting professional with a broad industry background and boasts a successful track record in product innovation and securing R&D funding from the Federal Government. During his tenure as VP of Federal R&D Programs at Philips Electronics, Gert established relationships with multiple federal agencies to manage all publicly funded project aspects from opportunity identification, proposal development, management and submission, post award administration, contract negotiation and reporting, as well as compliance enforcement to meet FAR. In addition to the relationships he developed with U.S. federal agencies (DOD, DOE, HHS, NASA, USAID and DOT), he also secured funding from European Research divisions. Gert holds 39 patents in electrical engineering technology. He also served as Research Department Head at Philips, where he led several major clinical research programs, as well as lighting based energy efficiency technology programs resulting in designs and sales in excess of $180M. Presently, Gert is working as an independent consultant, providing services for product innovation, technology roadmapping, open innovation and the development of Federal R&D funding programs and pipelines. He supports both national and international clients.


Barbara Felton, Coordinator Business Development, brings over 25 years of experience in the corporate world to ITECS. She has held a broad range of positions ranging from insurance adjuster, to auditor with Travelers Insurance, then as executive recruiter with Bradley and Morris. Barbara joined ITECS in May 2004 in both an administrative role and a marketing function, where she continues today. Barbara graduated with a BS in a double major in psychology and sociology from East Texas State.


David McFeeters-Krone, Open Innovation Subject Matter Expert, is an experienced executive with over 20 years consulting on various aspects of commercialization. After various roles at MIT, NASA, and Intel, he started his own firm in 2001 to facilitate R&D business development between the US government and private industry. His clientele have included Sharp Technology Ventures, P&G, Deloitte, the U.S. DoD, NASA, several smaller firms, various research hospitals and the National Technology Transfer Center.  His work for ITECS has spanned materials, chemical processes, biological processes, and B2B partnerships.  He is ITECS’s resident expert on open innovation and the U.S. federal lab system (and related partnerships), as well as patent analytics.   He has leveraged his knowledge of technology, business processes and relationships to establish dozens of strategic R&D partnerships.  His technical breadth spans alternative energy to armored glass and software to sand flies.  He has created technical partnerships with the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, USDA, DHS, NASA, and DoE, as well as strong technical contacts at NIST and FAA.  His work on technology commercialization and his tireless efforts with the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) earned him the 2011 Outstanding Service Award from the FLC. Prior to forming his firm, he served as Vice President, Strategic Planning at CenterSpan (NASDAQ: CSCC), an early social communication and marketing platform. At Intel Corporation, he managed business development for Internet communication technologies, seeking outside (and internal) partners to commercialize Intel Labs’ products.  Mr. McFeeters-Krone is a member of the Licensing Executives Society, an adjunct professor at Portland State University, and on the advisory board of several firms (Innovation Assets Group, Kerstech, and Harlyn Medical). He speaks regularly on Open Innovation and Technology Commercialization. He holds a Physics degree from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.


James Neylon, Manager of New Business Development, worked in the public sector and was a business owner for 28 years.  His background includes safety management, and emergency medical training.  For ITECS, he leads the new business development effort and has been working on new market areas such as sustainability and advanced manufacturing.  He has an AS in fire science and training as a medic.


Susan Neylon, President, is a performance-oriented executive with over 20 years of experience in business and technology development. While in industry, Susan held a variety of positions in technology management and has created and led organizations in North America, Europe, and China that supported businesses ranging in size from $33 million to over $5 billion. In 2001, Susan founded ITECS. Since then, Susan and her team have secured more than $290 million in government funding and assisted in more than $500 million in successful technology product introductions for for-profit companies, universities, and non-profit companies. Susan has a PhD in physical organic chemistry from New York University.


Phil Smith, Senior Program Manager, has broad experience in minimizing the technical and financial risk of bringing platform technologies to market. Phil previously served as the Director of Research at Traycer Diagnostic Systems. In that role, he was responsible for operational program management, technical direction, and strategic vision for federally-funded projects. During his career, Phil has successfully established government and private collaborations, and facilitated agency access for clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 businesses. Phil received the Ph.D. degree in Physics from The Ohio State University as a Fowler Fellow, where he focused on optimizing the electronic properties of semiconductor interfaces.


Paula Stevenson, Program Manager, joined ITECS in 2007, following a 30-year career at The Ohio State University (OSU). At ITECS she specializes in writing and managing multimillion-dollar technical proposals to federal and state agencies for research, development, and/or demonstration (RD&D) projects. The ITECS work builds on deep experience in starting up and managing a number of cutting-edge technology programs, in close collaboration with visionary leaders and interdisciplinary teams across many scientific and engineering fields ranging from nanobiotechnology to advanced energy, as well as across diverse organizations. Prior work included writing/editing proposals, organizing team efforts, and managing the resulting government awards, with activities ranging from ideation of new technology frontiers to commercialization. She has a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering and geodetic science and a B.S. in engineering physics (specialty electrical engineering) from OSU.


Deidre Torrey, Senior Program Manager, has over 13 years of professional consulting experience in a wide range of programs across many industries. She has a natural ability for understanding the clients’ objectives and aligning the programs to the right funding and partnership opportunities.  Her experience in strategy, business development and proposal management provide her with a broad understanding of opportunity and risk assessment in collaborative innovation. Through her network of contacts from the public, private and university sectors she is able to rapidly create cross-functional collaborative teams to aggressively pursue promising opportunities. Deidre holds a BA in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia and has been a member of the ITECS team since 2009.


Christine van Steen, Operations Research Analyst, graduated magna cum laude from Long Island University with an MA in public administration with an emphasis on health care administration. Her coursework involved extensive research in public policy as it pertains to healthcare issues. Christine serves as Research Coordinator for ITECS. Her projects completed with ITECS over the past years include identifying government funds for research in healthcare, agricultural disciplines, materials, alternative energy, as well as technology pertinent to defense and homeland security applications.


Burr Zimmerman, Program Manager, specializes in early-stage funding and commercialization of technology. Burr blends deep technical experience with a strong commercialization strategy focus, allowing him unique insight into the full potential of technical innovation. Burr focuses on funding technology development efforts through grants and economic development funding. He is experienced in a broad array of state and federal funding programs, including strategy and proposal management. He is skilled in creating cross-functional collaborative teams and aligning partnership and funding opportunities to advance enterprise objectives, and leads organizations in identifying opportunities and risks associated with collaborative innovation. Burr holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University. He spent five years with Abbott Laboratories prior to expanding into the consulting area. He has been a member of the ITECS team for the past three years.


Bianca Beeks, Program Manager, has over 10 years of experience with the federal budget process from both the executive and legislative branch perspectives. Prior to consulting, Bianca served as the primary representative to the executive and legislative branches of government for Navmar Applied Sciences Corp., an R&D firm focused on defense and homeland security technologies. In that capacity, Bianca developed strategies for growing the business through congressional advocacy and direct interaction with federal departments. In addition, Bianca worked for eight years as the congressional liaison supporting the Navy for multi-billion dollar shipbuilding programs, where she gained extensive experience formulating and executing congressional strategies. In the last several years, Bianca’s focus has shifted to Department of Energy research programs. She has helped clients position their technologies for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Bianca earned a BA from the University of Washington and an MA in national security policy from The George Washington University. She has also completed courses of study in appropriations law, congressional operations, and advanced congressional budget procedures. Bianca holds a SECRET security clearance.


Rick Bentley, PhD, has over 30 years of experience commercializing advanced materials and developing commercial and military applications. Richard has gained intimate familiarity with the aerospace industry, having proposed, initiated and managed development programs with most airframe and engine manufacturers in the U.S. and Europe, as well as aircraft operators. While working with Alcoa, his team was responsible for implementing the first production applications of the novel hybrid composite materials Glare® and ARALL® on the C-17, Boeing B777 and Quantas’ B747 fleet. Later, with Goodrich Corporation, he used his skills in technical sales to write winning proposals to federal and state funding agencies. In addition to experience in the innovation phase of the product life-cycle, Richard is also familiar with the production phase, having served as General Manager of a composite parts manufacturing company. Richard earned BS, MS and PhD degrees in Engineering as well as an MBA degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is now using his wealth of technical and business experience to help companies write proposals, capture funding and manage programs with the Government.


Erin Bland, Program Manager, has over 18 years of experience in technology management and transition with Department of Defense (DoD) business development for large/small businesses and research organizations. She is the recipient of corporate-level business development awards from Computer Science Corporation and the PEO Ships Vanguard Award for her innovations in program management. Erin has developed and managed projects for Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and U.S. Navy programs such as Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), ManTech, Joint Concept Technology Demonstrations, Defense Acquisition Challenge (DAC), and Title III. Her extensive knowledge on successfully transitioning Defense related S&T and R&D programs to the Defense acquisition community contributed to her selection to participate in the development of DoD 5000.1 policy for the OSD Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) and the Navy’s Commercialization Pilot Program (CPP). She also has extensive knowledge in the technical support of the hull preservation, combat systems, and mechanical and environmental systems of the U.S. Navy’s surface fleet assets. Erin earned a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology and has technical expertise in composites manufacturing, ship systems engineering, and explosive/propellant technologies. Erin also holds a SECRET level security clearance.


Rick Carne has 30 years of experience as a small business owner, corporate executive, an appointed and elected government official, and consultant. Rick had a successful business career in the retail, consumer products, and utility sectors before entering public service. He spent 17 years as the key advisor to Ohio’s Third District Congressman, Tony Hall. One of the responsibilities in this role was to support technology companies through the appropriations process in different agencies. He supports our clients in developing new technologies by leveraging both state and federal governments. He has strong ties on both sides of the aisle in both the House and the Senate. Rick has a BA in business administration/political science from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.


Jindra Cekan, Ph.D.,  has 25 years of experience in international development, particularly in economic development, health, food security organizational learning and has provided strategic planning, project design, proposal development and M&E services.  She has worked in 16 developing countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Central America and the Balkans. She has worked in public sector, non-profits, corporate and academia and has consulted for 11 years.  Jindra has a PhD in International Political Economy from The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University and has been a Fellow at UK’s University of Cambridge. She lives in Washington DC.


Tim Comerford After relocating from Cincinnati, OH to Rolla, MO in 2004 and working with clients at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Tim became Business Director of the Missouri S&T Center for Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies (CAMT) in February, 2005. The CAMT Industrial Consortium was grown to 10 members with Boeing as the anchor member. In May, 2011, Tim formed Technology Business Group, LLC.  Earlier, as Vice President of Engineering for Mercury Instruments, a Cincinnati manufacturer of measurement and communication instrumentation, Tim managed product development, engineering, quality assurance, and software development; and built an engineering department to develop a new line of laptop programmable electronic flow computers for the Natural Gas Industry. After earning a BSME from the University of Cincinnati, Tim sold industrial control instrumentation for Honeywell in Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis; then managed process instrumentation marketing for Emerson Process Management in Minneapolis and for Foxboro in Boston. A line of process transmitters Tim developed at Rosemount became such an industry game-changer that one now resides in the Smithsonian. Graduate studies in business included MBA programs at St. Louis University and at the University of Minnesota.


Keith A. Crutcher, Ph.D., Program Manager, has over 30 years of experience in the biomedical research and technology arena including tenured faculty appointments at the University of Utah (7 years) and the University of Cincinnati (22 years), a founding role in an early stage drug discovery company (ApoLogic, Inc.), and four years serving as a Scientific Review Officer at the Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes for Health.  In the latter role, he managed the review of SBIR and STTR applications primarily in the area of neurotechnology.  His academic research program was funded by the NIH, NSF, and other agencies and included studies of brain injury and Alzheimer’s disease resulting in over 100 publications, two issued patents, and numerous presentations.  He has written and reviewed numerous grant applications, which has given him a broad perspective on how to identify the best opportunities and prepare the most compelling proposals.  He is currently using his experience to help investigators and small businesses succeed in an increasingly competitive environment.


David Doty has over 17 years of experience in working in all aspects of Sponsored Programs Administration all with The Ohio State University. This experience includes pre-award services / management such as: identification of funding opportunities, costing, submission of proposals, pre-award audits and the negotiation of resulting awards from extramural sponsors. As well as post award program management activities which include: invoicing, financial reporting, cost allowability analysis, project closeout and post award audits. David has extensive background and experience in the negotiation of grants and contracts with all major federal agencies, a wide variety of Industrial Sponsors and the State of Ohio. He also has a wide and diverse experience and dealing with issues of Export Controls (ITAR and EAR) and developing compliance management plans for the handling of export controlled information. David has a dual degree in Business and Operations Management and Marketing from OSU. David is a Certified Research Administrator, and holds a “Secret” clearance with the Department of Defense.


P.J. Dougherty is a Vice President at SMI Incorporated’s Helios Strategies. His practice focuses on clean energy technology funding, development, and deployment. He provides a range of services to clients and financial institutions with the goal of driving investment into the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors, helping to shape the policy landscape to make new energy firms viable and prosperous. He has testified in Congress and also regularly speaks at conferences and meetings on a range of renewable energy issues. Mr. Dougherty has extensive experience in a wide range of advanced energy generation technologies, including wind, water, geothermal, solar from his 17 years of federal service at the U.S. Department of Energy. During his tenure, he served in a variety of positions across the Department, including Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, acting Director of the Wind and Hydropower Division, and senior advisor in the Office of Policy and International Affairs. Mr. Dougherty served as the founding national director of Wind Powering America, a U.S. Department of Energy program to accelerate the market penetration of wind technology. In this role, he led a nationwide team that worked with national, state and local stakeholders across the energy, agricultural and environmental sectors in 34 states. He also led an inter-agency task force to address wind-siting issues potentially affecting critical federal mission areas, including Department of Defense operations and military readiness. He also served as a key Department of Energy contact to increase the development of renewable energy on Federal lands. In 2004, he served in Baghdad, Iraq, as a volunteer with Operation Iraqi Freedom. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York, and a Master’s Degree from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.


Kate Eltzroth contributes over 25 years of experience in the Department of Defense Military Health System, from the management of healthcare delivery at the individual hospital level to the Programming and Budgeting of Army Medical Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) projects at the DoD Health Affairs activity.  Through this broad experience, she has gained an explicit and extensive understanding of the Defense Health Program Budget and RDT&E operations. Her last 10 years within the DoD were spent at the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (MRMC) where she worked in several different capacities to turn state-of-the-art research into state-of-the-art care for soldiers, sailors, airmen and other beneficiaries. During her tenure, she seved as the Medical Liaison Officer and Medical Technology Staff Officer integrating the missions of the Chief Scientist of the Army and MRMC, ensuring effective coordination and partnering across several parallel DoD organization engaged in relevant medical research and development. In that capacity, she provided guidance on the annual Medical RDT&E budget and engaged in the establishment of a Strategic Partnership Office intended to provide more rapid transit of medical research to end users. Throughout her tenure at MRMC, she frequently served as the Command's "institutional knowledge" for Congressional Special Interest (CSI) programs, monitoring the legislative process and providing consultation to the Research Area Directors on all matters with Congressional impact. She also spent 6 years as the Congressional Liaison for the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), where she played a central role in growing the DoD's largest medical technology research and development portfolios. Kate's passion is to facilitate the establishment of government, academic, and civilian partnerships in the delivery of consumer-centric and information rich healthcare supporting both the government and civilian sectors. Kate has a Master of Hospital and Health Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH; a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Service Administration from Ohio University; and a Certificate in Legislative Studies from the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University. 


Greg Fess has over 25 years of experience in federal government contracting and acquisitions, principally with the U.S. Department of Energy and its laboratory complex. For 10 years, he was the General Counsel at Brookhaven National Laboratory dealing with the management and operation of this high-energy nuclear physics laboratory, including matters related to the nation’s science agenda, national laboratory modernization, and regulatory and contract compliance for the Federally Funded Research & Development Center. Greg’s experience covers major U.S. Government contract management, funding acquisition from federal agencies, and compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). This includes the conduct of sponsored research, technology transfer, the responsible conduct of research (including coordinating standards and reviews with HHS’s Office of Research Integrity), joint university-laboratory appointments, and numerous laboratory-institutional collaborations.


Doug Freitag has over 25 years of experience developing and commercializing advanced materials and related technologies for application to structural, electronic, photonic, bio, and energy devices. For the last 15 years he has supported both industry and government clients in market research, acquisition and alliances, engineering analysis, business development, technology advocacy, and technology commercialization. His technical areas of expertise include microelectronics, device packaging, flat panel displays, MEMS, composite materials, coatings, advanced ceramics, electronic substrates, biotechnology, photonics, advanced manufacturing, and energy generation and storage. Doug has participated in a broad range of federal science and technology initiatives with federal agency/lab relationships throughout the Department of Energy, NASA, the Department of Defense, the Department of Commerce, and the National Science Foundation. Doug has an MS in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.


Daryl Galloway served as Director of the Joint Science and Technology Office of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), where he provided scientific and technical program leadership, management and analytical support to military and civilian scientists, engineers and program managers in a wide variety of science and technology programs and projects. While at DTRA he also conducted technical and analytical assessments, executed projects and constructed training tools related to CB counter-terrorism, domestic preparedness and force protection issues. In 2010, he founded Galloway & Associates, LLC, a consultancy with core expertise in the area of developing medical countermeasures to biologic, chemical radiation and nuclear (CBRN) threat agents and emerging infectious diseases. He provides technical and strategic insight, access to emerging new technologies and support in all aspects of advanced development, with extensive experience in conceiving, developing and managing technologies and research programs within and between industrial, academic and governmental environments.


Bob Goldman received his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has 20 years industry experience in antimicrobial drug discovery and development, and 10 years of experience with the NIH grant and contract application and review processes. He formed RCG Consulting, a small business established to assist academic, industry, and venture capital groups seek funding and R&D investment opportunities in the life sciences. Dr. Goldman has assisted clients in obtaining over $40 M in funding from the NIH. He has 76 peer reviewed publications, 19-invited review articles, and is inventor on two US Patents.


Albert Johnson, Program Manager, brings extensive knowledge of open innovation, contract negotiation, consortia, and industry-university-government partnership to ITECS.  Before ITECS, Albert negotiated and managed dozens of collaborative research contracts in the US and abroad, participated in innovation consortia and advisory boards, and led Six Sigma projects for a major high technology corporation. Prior, he provided consulting, training and guidance to senior military program managers and industrial software organizations, and was Technical Program Administrator for a division of a federally funded research and development center.  Albert earned a BS and MSIA (MBA) from Carnegie Mellon University; Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute; certificates from the Advanced Licensing Institute of the Franklin Pierce Law Center in licensing and contracts and in management of research, development and technology-based innovation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  His activity on advisory boards involved in open innovation included the National Science Foundation, National Academies, University of California-Berkeley, University of Michigan, New York State Science & Technology Law Center and the University of Rochester.  Albert served on the Board of Directors of the Industrial Research Institute (IRI), for a time as chairperson of its Finance Committee, and earlier as chairperson of its Research-on-Research Committee, leading teams of R&D executives in developing know-how, techniques, and tools for industrial technological innovation.  In addition to his work with ITECS he is an IRI Emeritus on the Editorial Board of the Research Technology Management journal, and is an Associate of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership, National Academies.


Rebecca Silveston Keith has over 25 years industrial R&D experience as physical chemist/chemical engineer, holding roles from the bench to management in surface chemistry, chemical, consumer products, pulp and paper and digital printing companies in Europe and the US. She has led materials products to market from product concept through development, scale up manufacturing and commercialization in companies from starts-ups to fortune 500 companies. She has also developed and run open innovation programs in industry for next generation product development in collaboration with Universities. She holds a PhD from Uppsala University in Sweden in conjunction with the Institute for Surface Chemistry and a Bachelors of Applied Science in Engineering Chemistry from Queen's University in Canada.


Marty Kowalsky started his career as an engineering manager for the automotive industry in Detroit. As a consultant, he helps ITECS’ clients capture research funding and develop procurement opportunities. For the ITECS interfaces, the assignment is usually "selling to the military" for the ITECS material supplier client, where obtaining the military's support and advocacy for a project is required. Marty can operate as either a financial analyst or a purchasing agent. Marty is a graduate mechanical engineer and a graduate architect from The City College of New York.


Jim Rand has held technology leadership positions in the solar field with both large and small companies for the past 25 years. Dr. Rand plays an active role in the global photovoltaic research community – both academic and industrial. Presently, Jim consults as an expert in legal and technical matters associated with silicon-based PV. In addition, he teaches at the University of Delaware. Most recently Dr. Rand was a “Consulting Engineer” at GE Energy, a position similar to chief scientist at other large technology firms. Prior to that, Dr. Rand was Vice President of Research and Development at AstroPower, the first pure-solar public company. He has a PhD and MS in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware, and a BA with high honors from the University of Virginia. Jim has authored over 70 publications and holds 8 patents on all aspects of photovoltaics. He is the Industrial Board Chairman of the Silicon Solar Consortium, and a long-time member of program committees for a number of international conferences.


Robert C. Reynolds, Research Professor of Chemistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and founder of the RCR Consulting Group, has a BS in chemistry from the University of Virginia and a PhD in organic chemistry from Duke University.  Dr. Reynolds has a strong background in grant writing and reviewing and also provides insight and guidance on agency policies and procedures from pre-award proposal preparation to post-award contract management. He has significant experience in the life sciences, particularly relating to drug design and the pharmaceutical industry, as well as personal care products, and his clients have ranged from small and large pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, large cosmetic and formulation companies, and federal agencies that include DOD and the NIH.  Dr. Reynolds has successfully managed relationships with these organizations to secure over $100M in funding for capital improvements, major scientific research programs and establishment of robust contact and chemical screening databases. He is actively involved in several NIH review committees giving him an excellent background and insight into the federal grant system including small and large grant programs (P01, U01, R01, R21/R33 and SBIR and STTR grants).  His experiences encompass the full breadth of proposal management from establishing an expert team, budgeting, writing and reviewing as well as business analysis and client presentations.


Dr. John C. Tao, President, O-Innovation Advisors, LLC, a management consulting company that offers Partnering, Licensing, government contracting services to start-ups as well as fortune 500 companies.  He also serves on Advisory Committees and as a panel reviewer for DOE, NSF and USDA.  Dr. Tao stepped down as V.P., Open Innovation for Weyerhaeuser in 2011, where he was responsible for crafting Weyerhaeuser’s bio-based products portfolio through Early Business /Venture Development, Licensing (in and out), Technology Partnering, Government Contracts, and Intellectual Asset Management. Dr. Tao and his organization also worked across Weyerhaeuser’s business units to commercialize viable innovations. Prior to Weyerhaeuser, he worked for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. Since 1974, Dr. Tao has been involved in engineering management, R&D management, commercial development, venture management, business development and external technology and government contracting, where over $250MM of contracts were managed at any year.  Dr. Tao has a B.S. and PhD in chemical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University, and a M.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and was a board member of the Commercial Development & Marketing Association, the Industrial Research Institute, and the AIChE.


Frank Wattenbarger specializes in business development support activities for technology oriented companies who have unique and innovative solutions for defense and security programs in the Federal government. Frank retired as the Director, Advanced Technology, Special Operations Acquisition and Logistics Center, United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. He was responsible for all the planning and execution of special operations-related programs involving basic, exploratory, and advanced development science and technology (S&T). In this capacity, Mr. Wattenbarger also represented USSOCOM on several OSD executive level S&T panels, integrated product teams (IPTs), working groups, and senior steering committees. Frank also held the Navy Science Advisor position at the Naval Special Warfare Command in Coronado, California. In this capacity, he advised the Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command on technical developments and their impact on Naval Special Warfare (NSW) mission and requirements. Mr. Wattenbarger was a requirements officer at the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict during 1991. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics from the University of Florida and a Master of Science degree in Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering from University of Florida. Mr. Wattenbarger additionally obtained a Master of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.


William T. Williams is a retired Lt. Colonel (1969 to 1991) with the United States Marine Corps with specialties in infantry, artillery, intelligence, joint operations and acquisition. After retiring from USMC, Williams worked in Federal Civil Service, Department of Defense. He then worked at West Virginia University Research Corporation as the Biometrics Manager and was Vice President, Tactical Systems Group at Azimuth, Inc. Will has over 37 years of operational, management and analytical experience at the cutting edge of defense technology, biometrics, and special operations systems development and fielding. He has transitioned over 50 technology projects to acquisition or procurement since 1993 and has managed multiple high visibility acquisition programs and technology demonstrations with consistent, superlative results. Williams T. Williams has a B.S. in Geological Sciences from The Pennsylvania State University. He holds several levels of certification: DoD Certified Level III, Program Management; Level III, Systems Planning, Research, Development & Engineering; and Level III, S&T Management.


Philip Winkler assists businesses and organizations with research, development, and demonstration funding opportunities and commercial item sales with the federal and state governments. Phil served as Manager, Government Contracting for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. a global supplier of products, services and solutions. The role combined global, company-wide leadership of leveraging government funding for R&D projects and contract administration as well as providing commercial item sales leadership. During his 30 year career at Air Products he developed a successful strategic process for securing and managing government R&D funding. During his last year as Manager, Government Contracting Phil was successful in securing $1 billion of new R, D, & D funding from the Department of Energy and Department of Defense. Prior to joining Air Products he had experience in chemical engineering, marketing, and project engineering with several pollution control equipment suppliers. Phil earned his Master’s Certificate - Government Contracting from George Washington University, Washington, DC. He completed his MBA from Rutgers University in Newark, NJ and his BE, Chemical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ.