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Cockrell School of Engineering 1st Place:
VinePAT - COTEC, Universidade do Minho, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Portugal

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Cockrell School of Engineering 2nd Place:
Digital Proctor - University of Texas at Austin

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Cockrell School of Engineering 3rd Place:
Emotica Games - Politecnico di Milano, Italy

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Cockrell School of Engineering Global Championship

1st Place: COTEC, Universidade do Minho, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Portugal
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2nd Place: University of Texas at Austin
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3rd Place: Politecnico di Milano, Italy
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University of Illinois
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Georgia Institute of Technology
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University of New Hampshire
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Technology Entrepreneurship Society Global Championship

1st Place: Fundação Getulio Vargas, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
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2nd Place: University of Leuven, Belgium challenge video
3rd Place: University of Florida, Gainesville
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RWTH Aachen University
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Kennesaw State University
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Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship
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McCombs School of Business Global Championship

1st Place: California Institute of Technology
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2nd Place: Penn State challenge video
3rd Place: Purdue University challenge video
Texas A&M University
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City University London
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VinePAT uses a miniaturized fiber-optics spectrometer and software tools to provide vineyard managers real-time information on grape growing process to optimize performance. Digital Proctor uses key-stroke dynamics signature to provide identification to online users, primarily in the distance education market. Emotica Games developed a new device that measures gamers enjoyment and feedbacks is integrated into providing more fun gaming experience.

Caltech Explorer is commercializing a low-cost, high resolution on-chip microscope based on microfluidics for use in blood analysis. Mashavu provides networked telemedicine solutions to developing countries, namely rural areas in Kenya, thus providing healthcare access to people in rural and impoverished regions. Medtric Biotech’s product, Osmose, utilizes patent-pending technology that maintains bacterial balance within a wound while further promoting the healing process.

Team Janus’ product is Nanoamphil, an innovative product to purify petroleum during its extraction and biodiesel in its production processes. Zeo-Light is a novel nano-engineered material that can be incorporated into solar panels to increase overall efficiency. Delta R Detection has developed and patented a highly adaptable, standoff optical sensing platform for detecting trace chemicals in the surface of objects for security purposes.

 

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2010 I2P Global Judges

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Isaac Barchas took over as the head of ATI in April, 2006. He works with companies across all of the ATI sectors – Clean Energy, Digital Media, IT and Software, Wireless, and BioSciences. In addition, he is responsible for ATI’s strategic direction and for evolving the ATI economic model. He also supports the global commercialization programs run out of the IC2 Institute. Isaac serves on the Executive Committee of the Austin Technology Council, the Board of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, and the Board of the AusTech Alliance. Isaac did his undergraduate work at Stanford University, and then went on to the University of Chicago for his master’s and law degrees. In addition, he is a member of the Central Texas Regional Center for Innovation Commercialization, which helps administer the State of Texas’ $200 million Emerging Technology Fund. Prior to joining ATI, Isaac worked with McKinsey & Company, an international management consultancy, for 8 years. Isaac did his undergraduate work at Stanford University, and then went on to the University of Chicago for his master’s and law degrees.

Carl Caricari is founder and principal of Caricari Consulting, a firm dedicated improving the he management of technology companies. Mr. Caricari was with IBM, most recently as Vice President of Product Development in the company’s Advanced Workstation Division. He was a major force behind the introduction of RS 6000 and AIX 3.1, IBM's UNIX operating system. In addition, Mr. Caricari was a key contributor to the creation of the alliance between IBM, Apple, and Motorola. He was Vice President of engineering at Platform Solutions Inc.. Mr. Caricari was a founder and CEO of System Fabric Works, a software services firm specializing in high speed fabric computing. He was also Vice President of Micro Components for Burroughs Corporation. Mr. Caricari holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University.

Dr. Scott Evans is an entrepreneur and consultant specializing in the development of products, services and businesses based on new or emerging technology. He has worked with small and large firms in several countries to improve the value of existing technology, the strategy for building out technology assets and partnerships with companies, universities and government agencies. He has hands-on experience with manufacturing from heavy industry to semiconductor fabrication. He co-founded a materials and manufacturing company based on his doctoral research and later helped to develop technology commercialization programs at UT as a researcher, lecturer and program coordinator.

David Gibson, an HP Distinguished Technologist has been in the Information Technology (IT) industry since 1985. With 25 years of experience across multiple lines of business, Dave consistently architects and implements technical solutions with significant lasting business impact for his clients. He grasps his client’s business needs, formulates appropriate strategic technology roadmaps, and executes these to produce positive business value. Dave was the first HP Systems Engineer to become a Licensed Professional Engineer with the Discipline in Software Engineering from the State of Texas.

Aruni Gunasegaram joined Austin Technology Incubator in June 2008 to manage operations and finance.  She is responsible for the internal operations of ATI as well as supporting ATI companies from an operational perspective across all verticals – IT, Wireless, Clean Energy, and Biosciences.  She is also responsible for management of ATI’s finances which includes assistance with grant compliance with ATI’s external funding sources.  Aruni is a serial entrepreneur who is well networked in the Austin community.  She is the founder of Babble Soft, a company that offers web and wireless based solutions to new parents, and she blogs at entrepreMusings.com.  Previously, she was the founding CEO of a venture funded ATI alumni company, Isochron Data Corporation, which sold web and wireless solutions into the well-established soft drink vending industry.  She coordinated the raising of $15.5 million in equity financing, built the board, closed the first $1 million in revenue, and grew the company from 2 to 35 people.  Isochron was sold in 2002. After leaving Isochron, she taught entrepreneurship for two years at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business.  She also consulted for small businesses and is a published author on the topic of success and entrepreneurship in two university alumni magazines.  Previously she worked as a staff accountant at Dresser Industries (now Halliburton) and KPMG Peat Marwick.  Aruni received her undergraduate degree and her MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.

Terry Hazell’s bio is not available.

Mitch Jacobson was one of the founders and limited partners in the Angel Investment Group, Eyes of Texas Partners, LLC prior to joining Austin Technology Incubator as the Co-Director for the Clean Energy Incubator in July 2009. For 10 years he has been investing in and working with emerging technology companies as a limited partner, board member and consultant. He was the Vice President of Sales & Operations for Tech Data Corporation in Clearwater, FL from 1996-1999. Prior to that, Mitch worked at Dell, Inc for 8 years in a variety of executive positions. He ran Dell Direct Sales for 3 years before moving to Europe to assist with the opening and running of many of the country IBUs. He then ran the Rest of World Organization for 2 years which included sales of Dell products through Distributors and Dealers in Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Mitch has been in the high tech business for the past 30 years. Mitch is a graduate of the University of Florida with a BA in Business and Marketing, and is involved in many non-profit organizations in Austin including sitting on the Board of Directors of Zach Theatre & The Long Center for the Performing Arts.

Jerry Keys is a member in the Austin, Texas law firm of Matheson Keys Garsson & Kordzik PLLC. Jerry has more than thirty four years of legal experience representing technology, industrial and other intellectual property-based enterprises ranging from Fortune 500 companies, multinationals and universities to startups in domestic and international matters. His legal practice focuses on technology business, intellectual property, and corporate law. Jerry is particularly experienced in providing strategic Board-level legal counseling to startups and emerging technology companies, both in private practice and as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of a venture capital-funded Internet/information technology company. Jerry is widely recognized for his understanding of the interplay of technology and intellectual property with business and government and for his ability to assist clients in cost effectively commercializing and monetizing their intellectual property assets. He is also a frequent author and speaker on intellectual property and technology commercialization matters. He has been selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America in the specialties of Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology Law.

Mark Murdock is a Technology Lawyer with over 35 years of experience, including over 30 years with IBM as a corporate lawyer and managing attorney, specializing in technology and product development, manufacturing and licensing, and over 5 years at Thompson & Knight, L.L.P. working closely with early stage technology, biotech and life sciences companies in Austin in the development of their business plans, their team building and their introduction to key angel and equity capital investors. Mark is an Entrepreneur In Residence at the UT- Austin School of Engineering and has judged both Idea To Product (I2P) and MOOT CORP competitions at UT-Austin, as well as business plan competitions at St. Edwards's University in Austin. Mark is a member of the Boards of Directors of Treaty Oak Bancorp and of Treaty Oak Bank and is a member of the Advisory Boards of the National Association of Corporate Directors-Austin, The School of Management and Business at St. Edward's University, and of Texchange Austin and The Wisdom Cluster, non-profit organizations devoted to the education and mentoring of the founders and leaders of early stage technology and life sciences companies in Austin. He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Texas Tech University and a Law Degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Les Nichols serves as a Licensing Specialist for Physical Sciences in the Office of Technology Commercialization at The University of Texas at Austin. In this role, Mr. Nichols specializes in evaluating commercial opportunities for physical science inventions, marketing technologies to prospective licensees, negotiating intellectual property licenses, and assisting in the formation of startup companies. To this role, Mr. Nichols brings more than 20 years of experience in industry and technology. His broad range of experience includes senior-level sales of a variety of products and technologies to the semiconductor industry and university research areas. He directed his own consultancy specializing in chemical plant process design and optimization, and he was integral in the development and startup of a division of a large diversified energy company that developed the most cost-effective means of providing high-purity chemistry to the largest semiconductor manufacturers. Mr. Nichols holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Oklahoma.

Jennifer Parks is co-founder of Redshift Inventive, where she specializes in technical marketing consulting. Jennifer works primarily with medical device start-ups, focusing on early-stage technology commercialization assessment, creation of marketing narratives based on technical concepts, and in-depth literature reviews and competitive assessments. Jennifer has a solid foundation in the medical device industry, having worked as both as a product manager with a technology focus and as a product development engineer. Jennifer also worked as a Research Fellow for the Chair of Free Enterprise at the University of Texas, helping to incorporate commercialization concepts into engineering education. Jennifer received her Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and her Bachelors in Biomedical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Dr. Rod Ruoff joined UT Austin in September, 2007, as an endowed chair in the Cockrell School of Engineering. He earned his Ph.D in Chemical Physics from the University of Illinois-Urbana in1988, and was a Fulbright Fellow in 1988-89 with the Max Planck Institute fuer Stroemungsforschung in Goettingen, Germany. Prior to joining UT-Austin, he was the John Evans Professor of Nanoengineering and a Full Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University and also the director of the Northwestern University Biologically Inspired Materials Institute from 2002-2007, a NASA URETI Institute also linked to Princeton University, UC-Santa Barbara, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and to a team of researchers working primarily at the NASA Langley Research Center.

David Schieck's professional career spans technology oriented leadership positions in industry, government and the academic sectors. David has participated in numerous commercialization assessment and strategic planning efforts for technologies ranging from medical stents, cancer treatments, drilling apparatus, to revolutionary new engines. David was one of the founders of the I2P™ Competition and has severed as Program Director for the Chair of Free Enterprise, University of Texas at Austin. Currently he provides technology commercialization services through ERSON Consulting.

Jeff Selig’s bio can be seen below.

Daniel Sharp is an attorney in the Austin office of McKool Smith. Mr. Sharp currently focuses his practice on patent litigation. Prior to joining McKool Smith, Mr. Sharp served as Law Clerk to the Hon. T. John Ward in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Before his clerkship, Mr. Sharp's practice included intellectual property litigation and technology transactions at two Silicon Valley law firms. Mr. Sharp has represented companies of all sizes in complex litigation as well as technology transactions ranging from joint software development to semiconductor manufacturing agreements, including: Apple, Yahoo!, Adobe, Conexant Systems, and Intel. Mr. Sharp is an honors graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, and he also holds a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas in Austin.

Steve Smaha has been an angel investor for twelve years. He serves on Austin’s Electric Utility Commission and the Central Texas selection committee of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund. He also was interim director of the Clean Energy Incubator. From 1989-1997 he was founder and CEO of Haystack Labs, which was acquired in 1998 by McAfee. Previous gigs included Tracor, Schlumberger, and Syntrex (his first IPO, in 1981). In the early 1970's he was a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching math in southern Africa. He has two U.S. patents and many published papers in the security area, and served as an expert witness in Federal patent litigation. Steve’s undergraduate degree is from Princeton, with Masters degrees from U. of Pittsburgh and Rutgers. He has taught as a visiting lecturer at UC/Davis, UT/Austin, St. Edwards, and Princeton.

Dr. Byron Zollars is presently the Chief Scientist of Nanohmics, Inc., a small research and development company in Austin, TX.  Dr. Zollars holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Physics from Rice University, and a B.S. in Physics from Texas A&M University, with technical focus on theoretical modeling and simulation of physical processes, electro-optical system design, optical scattering, image processing, embedded computing, and design of low-noise, high sensitivity instrumentation. As a partner with Nanohmics, Dr. Zollars shares responsibility for day-to-day operations of the company, intellectual property issues, and for identifying and maintaining key customer relationships. He also works closely with the scientific and engineering staff to realize cost-effective technical solutions to problems in both the military and industrial realms.  Over a 25-year career, Dr. Zollars has made contributions to core technology, operations, management, and business processes across the broad spectrum of academia, national laboratories, remote field experiment sites, venture-funded startups, and small companies.


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Kay Hammer currently serves as CEO for Dorsan Biofuels, an early stage company with a proprietary biocatalyst for producing hydrocarbon-based diesel and jet fuel from biomass (non-food) and waste stream feedstocks.  Previously, she spent over twenty-five years in the software industry, including fifteen years as president and CEO of Evolutionary Technologies International (ETI), an enterprise software company she co-founded in 1991.  ETI was the first spin-out from MCC, the first for-profit, industry-backed research consortium in the United States.  Hammer is the author of over fifty articles on management and technology, as well as the author of Workplace Warrior and co-author of Fundamentals of Software Integration.

Eric Hennenhoefer is CEO and Founder of Obsidian, Software, an engineering software start up company based in Austin, Texas. Obsidian is the market leader in microprocessor functional verification software and has been recognized as part of the INC500. This is an market niche Obsidian helped create. Eric founded the DV Club in Austin and is the past president of the Austin Chapter of the Entrepreneur’s Organization. Eric holds Master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Computer Engineering from Penn State University.

Hollis Bond, P.E., is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas and holds B.E.S and M.S.M.E. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. He has 35 years of professional experience in diverse domains including nuclear engineering, real time software development for defense and aerospace applications, energy conservation, simulation software development, and reliability engineering. Mr. Bond is expert in use of discrete event simulation for design optimization and performance analysis targeting high capital cost enterprises. Recent and on-going projects include reliability analysis for NASA’s Constellation program, reliability and performance analysis for major systems in the US Navy’s next-generation destroyers, throughput and bottleneck analysis for both oil sands and conventional oil and gas enterprises, and reliability analysis of several existing and to-be-built refining and petrochemical plants.  Mr. Bond is currently the principal engineer at The Fidelis Group, LLC.

Loren Kirkpatrick is currently Director of Development Services for Texas Realty Partners, LLC, a boutique real estate brokerage and development company, based in Austin, Texas.  Mr. Kirkpatrick is a past participant of the Idea to Product competition, and worked with the University of Texas I2P team to launch the International Idea to Product competition in 2003.  In addition to his current pursuits in real estate, Mr. Kirkpatrick is a founder and a member of the Board of Directors of Hot Freaks!, LLC, a music and media content startup company that in 2009 merged with WOXY.com and FutureSounds.  Mr. Kirkpatrick continues to assist commercialization and start-up efforts for various businesses, including Pegasus, Inc. a wind tower maintenance and construction system, Farmhouse Delivery, The Texas Huntress, and the Electric Co.    Mr. Kirkpatrick is a graduate of the McCombs School of Business undergraduate finance program and holds a MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.

Ms. Jerri L. Paul has worked in product and business strategy for more than 15 years consulting with entrepreneurs, investors, non-profits and companies on technology adoption and business strategy. Currently, Ms. Paul works in Technology Governance & Strategy at Dell Inc. in the office of the CTO for Services Product Group. Jerri works closely with SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) acquisition teams executing the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), managing process changes, and developing technology roadmaps. Formerly, Ms. Paul was President & CEO of a SaaS software company in Austin, Texas providing an electronic healthcare records solution for a niche healthcare market where she executed a turn-around leading to the sale of the company. Jerri honed her business savvy as a product and business strategy specialist with Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan. Ms. Paul is involved in various community and non-profit organizations, including: serving as the Chair of the Board for the Foundation for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Central Texas; serving as co-Chair for the Executive Women’s Forum of the Austin Women in Technology; serving as a Board member of the Central Texas World Future Society; active in the Texas Lyceum; and serving on the Engineering Advisory Board for the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas – Austin. She holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, M.S. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering, and M.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin.

Jamie Rhodes is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at Texas State University working with the newly-created Office of Commercialization and Industrial Relations with over 30 years of experience in technology management.  Previously, he founded the Perceptive Sciences Corporation. Over its ten-year history, Perceptive Sciences grew to be recognized as one of the nation’s top market research companies built on the use of cognitive psychology. Before founding Perceptive, Jamie entered the entrepreneurial arena as the cofounder of a venture capital funded start-up focused on the telecom industry.  Jamie spent the early years of his career as a software engineer working with numerous start-ups in Austin, Texas, most notably National Instruments.  He spent nine years in management at IBM.  While there, he led a variety of programs, including IBM’s first object-oriented system management platform and IBM’s PC Server operating system.

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Jack D. Hart received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees from the Aerospace Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Austin.  After receiving his Ph.D., he joined the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C. where he served for 7 years.  Jack then returned to Austin and spent the next 17 years at Radian Corporation in the Special Projects Department where he ultimately served as the Department Head.  Jack was instrumental in building the Department from four members to more than 50 and expanding both the technology base and the client base.  Jack has also served as Program Director in a Dr. George Kozmetsky start-up company that commercialized Global Positioning System (GPS) technology for the telecommunications industry.  Jack served as the Assistant Chairman of The University of Texas at Austin Department of Biomedical Engineering from April 2003 until August 2010 where he supported the Chairman in attaining the numerous goals of the Department and also served as the Department’s liaison to the biotechnology industry in Texas.

Dr. Cristal Glangchai is the Assistant Director for Entrepreneurship at Trinity University in San Antonio. Previously, Dr. Glangchai served as the director of the I2P® Program at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Glangchai completed her doctorate in biomedical engineering at UT Austin in 2008 with certificates in Cellular and Molecular Imaging for Diagnostics and Therapeutics, and in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.  Her dissertation covered the development of semi-conductor techniques for drug delivery applications and the fabrication of disease-responsive nano-carriers. She has placed in and won several commercialization and business plan competitions, including the ASME I-Show, the Texas MootCorp competition, the Rice Business Plan competition, UT I2P®, NANO I2P® and Global I2P® competitions.  From these competitions Dr. Glangchai has continued her efforts to commercialize NANOTaxiTM,  with the overall goal of commercializing new delivery techniques for cancer therapeutics and diagnostics. Previously she worked at 3M as a product development engineer. She holds an M.S. in biomedical engineering, a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.A. in the Plan II Honors Program from UT.

Bill Hulsey established HULSEY, P.C., Intellectual Property Lawyers (HULSEYIP) to apply a highly developed specialty and experience in a broad span of technical fields. HULSEYIP takes great pride in serving emerging growth companies competing in global markets with products and services relating to energy, life sciences, electronics, environmental, software, and aerospace technologies. As broad as are HULSEYIP’s technology proficiencies, the firm is yet tightly focused in providing its clients with the highest quality in patent, trade secret, copyright, and trademark legal services. As a practicing patent attorney, Mr. Hulsey has developed and implemented complete intellectual property protection and licensing programs for numerous companies.  Mr. Hulsey has committed his law practice and professional endeavors to promoting entrepreneurship and the protection and commercialization of his clients’ intellectual property rights. His range of legal representation covers initial IP portfolio development work through litigation in enforcing clients IP rights. Bill has represented clients in intellectual property matters before Federal District Courts in Dallas, Austin, and Houston, Texas, as well as in San Jose, California and Rochester, New York.

Tom Milner is a professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.  Professor Milner’s research at the University is directed toward the development of optical diagnostic and therapeutic modalities.  Application of his research has focused primarily in the eye, heart, skin and cartilage.  Professor Milner has contributed to technology development in the industry through the licensing of his intellectual property, co-founding a company and starting a company.  His inventions have been licensed by publicly traded companies including Candela Laser Corporation and Volcano Corporation.  He was a co-founder of Cardio-Spectra that was acquired by Volcano Corporation in December 2007.  He is a founder of DermaLucent a company developing devices for laser surgery.  Professor Milner has authored over 130 publications in the peer-reviewed literature, co-invented over 35 issued or published patents.

Norman Kaderlan, Ph.D., is President of Technology Innovation Group, Inc., an international organization that assists clients in transforming knowledge into wealth using science and technology as drivers of economic development. He works with countries, communities, and organizations to develop the infrastructure and processes that bring innovations to the marketplace. For The University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Kaderlan designed and taught “The Enterprise of Technology”, a graduate course for students in the Colleges of Engineering, Natural Sciences, Law and Business. Prior to that, he was Associate Director of Non-Degree Educational Programs for UT’s IC2 Institute; he also was Director of the Austin Technology Incubator.

John Wheeler is the Director of Product Development and Marketing at Spinal Restoration Inc., a medical technology startup that is developing a new biologic treatment for chronic low back pain.  John joined Spinal Restoration in 2005 and has been instrumental in the company’s product development, venture funding, and regulatory approval of their ongoing clinical trials. John was formerly the director of U.S. Knee Marketing at Zimmer, Inc. where he led a team responsible for the $850 million artificial knee franchise. Mr. Wheeler has more than 15 years of experience in the orthopaedic industry and has held a variety of management positions in marketing, engineering and business development. John has enjoyed a successful and diverse career. He has been assigned several patents involving orthopaedic designs and has been responsible for the development and commercialization of numerous medical technologies. Additionally, John has a passion for strategy development and implementation with a focus on marketing aspects. John Wheeler holds a B.S. in Bioengineering from Texas A&M University and an M.B.A. from Baylor University.

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Jeff H. Selig is formerly an Executive Vice President of Commercial Metals Company, a Fortune 500 Dallas, TX. headquartered company that manufactures steel products with vertical integration and distribution globally. Over a 26 year tenure, he developed his business acumen and entrepreneur expertise by gaining knowledge from P&L and balance sheet responsibility with a focus on growth through organic, turn-around, acquisition, and green field (start up) business' through-out the U.S. and the E.U. He credits a great deal of his learning thru the mentoring process and credits a number of excellent teachers/coaches.  Presently, Mr. Selig continues to evaluate business opportunities as an operating entrepreneur and has spent a considerable amount of time with community involvement and educational boards. He serves on the Boys/Girls Club, Junior Achievement, Tree of Life Congregation, Hammond School, Columbia College, Franklin College, and The University of South Carolina. Mr. Selig was born in Seguin,Texas, attending The University of Texas Engineering and Business Schools, he and his family reside in Columbia, S.C.

Lee Jones is Director of Product Engineering for venture-backed start-up Nuventix Inc. In addition, he works with seed stage companies to help them advance their technology and personal growth to prepare for venture financing. He has been active with the Clean Energy Incubator at the Austin Technology Incubator, and is committed to creating challenging, hi-tech jobs in Austin. He received a BSME from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MSME from The University of Texas at Austin.

Phong Le is Vice President of Business Development for Faradox, a startup focusing on developing the next generation of high performance capacitors capable of operating in high temperature environments.  Previously, Phong is Co-founder and former Director of the North Texas Enterprise Center for Medical Technology (NTEC).  Phong is a proven strategist and visionary entrepreneur with over 20 years of hands-on experience in developing markets for groundbreaking technologies, building interdisciplinary teams, securing strategic alliances, raising venture and private equity funding, and transforming conceptual start-ups into fully functional enterprises.  He has continued interest in leading-edge technologies including the life sciences sectors of medical devices, biotechnology, and nanotechnology.  In addition to his regular activities, Phong is involved with the Center for Space Nuclear Research and various volunteer projects including the Prison Entrepreneurship Program.  Furthermore, Phong is an author, having published LIVING IN PARADOX, Perspectives of a Refugee Made in America (#1 Local Bestseller, January 2007).  Phong received a BBA in Business Management and a Master of Science in Science and Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas at Austin.

Rebecca Taylor has been selected as 2011 IEEE Engineering & Diplomacy Fellow, serving the State Department as a technology advisor following the successful sale of her firm Taylor-Deininger Partners, Inc. in June 2010.  She is currently General Partner at RST Associates, LLC, providing intellectual property and technology portfolio management services.  At TDP, Ms. Taylor advised executives in the semiconductor, software and venture capital industries on profitability and operational improvements using technology.  Prior to forming TD Partners, Ms Taylor was Director of Software Platforms at Advanced Micro Devices’ Personal Connectivity Solutions division, where she formed its software organization creating products for wireless networks, PDA, and digital TV.  Prior to joining AMD, Becky was President/CEO and advisor to numerous startups and consultancies, notably Terrace Mountain Systems, where she provided software strategy and design services to the Global 2000, on four continents.  Ms. Taylor is a Senior Member of the IEEE and holds multiple patents.  She has a BS in Computer Science and a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from UT’s LBJ School. Her board service includes election as a director of TruWest Credit Union, and Austin Community College’s Foundation Board, where she is chair-elect.   She has one son, Daniel, a junior in college.

Bruce Thornton received his BS in ChE from UT Austin in 1970. Currently he is Chairman of Advanced Laser Materials, LLC, Chairman of Landscape Depot, President of CMS Technology, Inc, an Engineering Advisory Board Member at UT Austin, and an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Cockrell School of Engineering.


Judge Ambassadors

Dr. Cristal Glangchai (see above)

Eric Hennenhoefer (see above)

Mitch Jacobson was one of the founders and limited partners in the Angel Investment Group, Eyes of Texas Partners, LLC prior to joining Austin Technology Incubator as the Co-Director for the Clean Energy Incubator in July 2009. For 10 years he has been investing in and working with emerging technology companies as a limited partner, board member and consultant. He was the Vice President of Sales & Operations for Tech Data Corporation in Clearwater, FL from 1996-1999. Prior to that, Mitch worked at Dell, Inc for 8 years in a variety of executive positions. He ran Dell Direct Sales for 3 years before moving to Europe to assist with the opening and running of many of the country IBUs. He then ran the Rest of World Organization for 2 years which included sales of Dell products through Distributors and Dealers in Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Mitch has been in the high tech business for the past 30 years.    Mitch is a graduate of the University of Florida with a BA in Business and Marketing, and is involved in many non-profit organizations in Austin including sitting on the Board of Directors of Zach Theatre & The Long Center for the Performing Arts.

John Pearce is an attorney and certified public accountant.  He is originally from Kentucky having graduated with a BS in Accounting from the University of Kentucky and earned his law degree from the University of Louisville.  John owns a CPA firm known as John G. Pearce, CPA, P.C., which provides tax preparation and accounting services to business and individual clients.  John also practices law with The Fowler Law Firm, P.C. in the following areas: estate planning, entity formation, tax matters, and transactions.  He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Texas Society of CPAs, State Bar of Texas, Austin Bar Association, and American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants.   John is a past president of the Austin Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs, serves on the TSCPA legislative advisory committee and is on the Leadership Development Committee of the Austin CPA Chapter. He also serves as the Treasurer of the Business, Corporations, and Tax Section of the Austin Bar Association, is a member of the Austin Rotary Club, and serves on the Executive Board and as Treasure of the Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.  He is an Eagle Scout and has two sons that are Eagle Scouts.




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