IRI is governed by an elected Board of Directors, operating under a Constitution and By-Laws formulated by the membership. The Board consists of the Chairman, Vice Chairman, immediate Past Chairman, and 12 other directors. Each member of the Board is elected to a three-year term and is not eligible for two consecutive terms. When a person is elected Vice Chairman, that person automatically becomes Chairman the following year. Two candidates for Vice Chairman and for each opening on the Board are presented to the membership by a Nominating Committee in an annual election.
Joseph R. Fox
Director, Emerging & External Technologies
Joe Fox is the Director of Emerging & External Technologies for INEOS Composites, a leading supplier of thermosetting resins for fiber-reinforced polymer composite applications. As a key member of the Global Business Development group, Joe is responsible for identifying significant growth opportunities for the composite resins business by finding new applications for composites and by developing partnerships throughout the value chain. He is the focal point for Composites’ open innovation initiatives and for identifying technology at other companies, universities and federal laboratories that can impact INEOS.
Joe served on the IRI board from 2014-17 and began a second term in 2018 as Vice-Chair. Joe is now the current Board Chair. He has served on the board of Polymer Ohio and the Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center. He also serves as director of the Miracle League of Central Ohio, a baseball league for special needs children
Senior Manager, Commercial Development
Andy Kintz works for LORD Corporation, a privately held specialty chemical and mechanical engineering company, where he is currently a Senior Manager leading the company’s Automotive Aftermarket and Specialty Chemicals business. Andy has over 30 years of broad based industrial experience (22 at LORD) in multiple areas: R&D, Open Innovation, Manufacturing, Business Development, and Marketing. He has 14 United States patents and several publications. He earned a BS in Chemistry from Bowling Green State University. He has served on several boards, including the IRI board from 2015 to 2017. In 2017, he was the Secretary/Treasurer of the IRI Board of Directors.
Immediate Past ChairDr. John F. Reid
Director, Enterprise Product Innovation & Technology
Deere & Company
As Director, Product Technology and Innovation, Reid is responsible for John Deere’s Global Technology Innovation Network. John Deere’s network of technology innovation centers in Europe, India, China, Latin America, and North America leverage internal and external R&D linkages to accelerate contributions of technology innovation to business growth. Reid and Advanced Marketing colleagues jointly orchestrate an Accelerated Innovation Process and Enterprise Technology Process to coordinate the delivery of technology innovations to the marketplace and to build capabilities to support future business growth ambitions.
In previous roles, Reid was the Technology Team Leader for John Deere’s Enterprise Technology Strategy in automated and unmanned vehicle systems including robotics and automation. Reid came to Deere and Company in January 2001 after a 14-year career at the University of Illinois where he was recognized internationally for his contributions in automation and control for off-road equipment. Reid’s expertise includes machine vision perception, controls, and hardware-in-the-loop design. Previously, Reid served as a consultant to agricultural and military industries in their effort to deploy advanced technologies into precision agriculture and systems automation. At the University, Reid was research director and chairman for 6 completed M.S. degrees and 15 completed Ph.D. students. Reid’s awards have included the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Research Fellowship (1998), the University of Illinois University Scholar Recipient (95-97) and the Karl Gardner Advising Award (1997). Reid has received 24 patents and has published more than 186 papers, including 61 refereed journal articles.
Dr. Martha Gardner
Chief Scientist and Global Quality Leader
General Electric Company
Dr. Martha Gardner is the Chief Scientist for Statistics, Quality, and Innovation Methods and the Global Quality Leader for General Electric Global Research. In her current role she helps teams develop new conceptual designs for products and manufacturing processes, and then makes them robust, reliable, and serviceable through the use of modeling and analytics. She has a Ph.D. in Statistics from North Carolina State University and B.S./M.S. from the University of Alabama. Dr. Gardner has been involved with IRI since she joined GE’s Advanced Technology Organization almost 10 years ago. Early on she was engaged in the IRI Six Sigma Conferences, and hosted this at her site one year. More recently she has been involved in different ROR projects, as well as engaging the next generation of GE participants in IRI activities.
Lee Ann Cochran
Lee Ann Cochran is an affiliated partner with Amphora Consulting. Lee Ann is a well-versed professional with expertise across the aerospace, defense, start-up and non-profit industries. She received her BS in Materials Science & Engineering from The Ohio State University and has advanced her career with experience in research, process scaling, manufacturing, proposal development, commercialization, business development, sales, marketing, licensing and market strategy.
Ms. Cochran serves on the board for the Innovation Research Interchange (IRI), Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) and is the President of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) Board.
Lee Ann received the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) Presidents award in 2018. She was recognized as a 2017 Smart Business Progressive Woman in Cleveland and in 2016 was selected for the Outstanding Soroptimist Award for Columbus and Franklin County. She was also named as one of the 2014 Women You Should Know by Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD) and acknowledged by Battelle as a Women’s History Month Honoree for bringing forward ideas to drive change and shape the future. A passionate volunteer, Lee Ann spends her free time supporting causes which champion human rights and equality.
Leggett and Platt Inc.
Ms. Johnson joined Leggett and Platt Automotive as part of the Advanced Engineering team. She scouts for external partnerships in mobility technologies, end-user markets, and applications to create products, services, business models, and user experiences. She has more than 19-years of leadership in innovation, strategy, business development, and marketing in mobility, automotive electrification, commercial engines, heavy non-road equipment and polyurethane resins, coatings, adhesives, composites, and foams. Marguerite was awarded two U.S. design patents. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from The College of Wooster and a Master’s degree in Acquisitions Management from Central Michigan University, as well as professional certifications in Data Science from Harvard and Innovation Leadership from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
As a Board of Director at IRI, Ms. Johnson collaborates with industry leaders to advance the practice of innovation in IRI Networks Conferences, Community Exchanges, SPRING Programs, and as a thought leader, speaker, and moderator.
Dr. Darin Latimer
Vice President, Strategic Innovation
Currently Dr. Latimer is in a Strategic Development role at Danaher Corporation, a Fortune 200 multi-industry global science and technology company. His small team has three primary enterprise level responsibilities: the front end for M&A; Strategic Planning; Strategic Innovation. His time tends toward the latter categories.
From 2005 to 2009 he held leadership roles at MDS Analytical Technologies including in Strategy and Business Development, Legal, Product Development, Hardware Research. Before that he was a founder or early employee in start-ups, including one he took through IPO. His academic background spans chemistry, physics and computation/mathematics with a post doc in atmospheric chemistry, a PhD in chemical physics, an MSc in spectroscopy, and a BSc in chemistry with physics minor.
Vice President, Research & Development
J.M. Smucker Company
Judy Mondello has a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Southeast Missouri State University, a Master of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition from University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master of Business Administration from Walsh University. She is currently the Vice President of Research & Development for the J.M.Smucker Company and has 27 years of experience in the Food Industry.
She joined IRI in 2012 and one of her first interactions was attending the SIL course at Kellogg’s Business School at Northwestern University. She is a regular attendee at the Annual Conferences and participates in several networking groups, particularly the Innovation Leaders Network.
Dr. Steven Moskowitz
Strategic Innovation Manager
Steven Moskowitz leads Innovation Management at Entegris within the CTO Office. In this role he drives the governance and continuous improvement of the various tools used for managing innovation, including Stage-Gate, Portfolio Management, Laboratory Informatics, and Modeling & Simulation. He also supports the identification and management of cross-divisional projects and strategic initiatives, including a recent focus on how we leverage Industry 4.0 across the company. Steve has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Washington and as B.S. from the University of Rochester.
Steve has been actively involved in IRI since joining Entegris over 5 years ago. Early on, his involvement was all about bringing ideas and best practices back to Entegris. As his involvement grew, Steve got involved in RORs and was a co-chair for the ROR on Virtual Experimentation and Simulation within the IRI focus on Digitilization. He was a Pioneer for the inaugural SPRING program and is currently a member of the PILOT Steering Committee. Steve also remains active in expanding the exposure of IRI across Entegris and bringing new voices to the IRI and new insights back to Entegris.
Dr. Spencer Pugh
Vice President, Research and Development
Spencer Pugh leads the corporate R&D organization at Michelman, encompassing New Technology, R&D Systems, Regulatory Affairs, and Intellectual Property (2016-present). Prior to Michelman, Spencer was at Battelle where he was the Vice President and General Manager of the Energy and Environment Business Unit (2005-2015). Before Battelle, Spencer was a Senior Laboratory Head in R&D at Eastman Kodak.
Pugh graduated from the College of William and Mary with a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and Physics, going on to earning a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry. Pugh has been involved with IRI since 2007 and from 2013 to 2015 served on the Board of Directors. Since stepping down from the Board previously, he has been active on the Program Committee. Pugh is happy to be nominated to serve on the board again.
Dr. Courtney Silverthorn
Deputy Director, Technology Partnerships Office
National Institute of Standards in Technology
Dr. Courtney Silverthorn is the Deputy Director of the Technology Partnerships Office at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), leading implementation of interagency technology transfer policy efforts via NIST's Return on Investment Initiative and the White House’s Lab-to-Market subcommittee. She has over a decade of experience in Federal technology transfer and has served in several roles on the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s Executive Board. Dr. Silverthorn earned a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Sweet Briar College, and is pursuing a M.S. in Leadership from Washington University in St. Louis.
Courtney has been involved with IRI since 2015 and is an active participant in the Federal Laboratory Advisory Group (FLAG). She is passionate about her efforts to connect the private sector community to the assets and opportunities available at the Federal Laboratories. Her vision for the future of IRI is two-fold: to help IRI grow and thrive through greater outreach to non-industry organizations, and to foster connections between IRI members and Federal Labs in ways that accelerate private sector research and development activities.
Dr. Timothy Swales
Vice President, Research & Development, and CSO
For ten years Tim Swales has been responsible for R&D across all of JM’s businesses, the company’s sustainability strategy and driving innovation across the company. He joined Johns Manville in 2001 as Director of Innovation. In 2002, he became Director of Innovation & Commercialization for the Engineered Products Group. He became VP of R&D in 2007. Prior to joining JM, Swales spent more than 17 years at 3M and the 3M spin-off Imation. Swales earned a bachelor’s, a master’s and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Manchester, England.
Swales has been an active participant in IRI since joining JM and has used this participation to enable him to craft a successful innovation approach for JM. He has all participated in all the most recent CTO Forums , hosting the 2017 Forum at JM in Colorado.
Dr. Srinivas Veeramasuneni
Chief Innovation Officer & Vice President
Dr. Srinivas Veeramasuneni is vice president and chief innovation officer, USG Corporation. He is responsible for leading the Corporate Innovation Center organization and the promotion of collaborative research to enhance USG’s competitive position and profitability by continuously developing effective research programs. Veeramasuneni first joined USG in 1998 with a Ph.D. in metallurgical engineering from the University of Utah and has held various research and management positions during his tenure with the company.
He has an extensive background in surface science and related application areas, including crystallization, mineral processing, and building materials. He published nearly 25 papers in surface science related journals. Veeramasuneni has been awarded 12 U.S. patents related to building materials, and has received numerous awards, including: the AIME Rossiter W. Raymond Memorial Award; Technology awards from USG Corporation; and SME Industrial Minerals Division Young Scientist Award. He was recently recognized as a 2017 Chicago Business Leader of Color by Chicago United.
Veeramasuneni is active in external organizations and has held executive positions in ASTM committees and Industrial Minerals Division of SME. He is currently serving as a Board Member of LUMITY and Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC).