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Review of Physical Science Proposals to the State of Ohio’s Wright Centers of Innovation Award Program



Robert W. Palmatier is a visiting professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, having recently received the Ph.D. degree in marketing from the University of Missouri. He retired in 2000 as the president and chief operating officer of C&K Components, Inc., in Watertown, Massachusetts. The company develops, manufactures, and markets electromechanical switches in three countries and is the second largest manufacturer of electronic switches in the United States. Prior to C&K, Dr. Palmatier worked for Raychem Corporation where he served as general manager of the European PolySwitch Division, director of European commercial sales, director of worldwide marketing, director of worldwide strategic planning, and North American sales & marketing manager, among other positions. He has also served as a lieutenant on board nuclear submarines in the United States Navy and is a licensed Professional Electrical Engineer. Dr. Palmatier holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Georgia State University. He served on the 2003 Wright Centers of Innovation NRC panel.


Daniel Akins has been a professor of chemistry at the City College of New York since 1981, and director of the CUNY Center for Analysis of Structures and Interfaces, which conducts research focused on nanomaterials and their uses, since 1988. He holds a doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley, received in June of 1968. From 1968 to 1969, Dr. Akins was a postdoctoral associate at the Institute of Molecular Biophysics at the Florida State University (FSU). From 1969 to 1970 he served as a visiting assistant professor in the chemistry department at FSU. In 1970, Dr. Akins joined the faculty of the chemistry department of the University of South Florida, in Tampa, where he rose through the ranks from assistant to associate professor of physical chemistry. In 1977, he took the reins as visiting program director of the physical chemistry subsection of the Dynamics Program at the National Science Foundation. In 1979 he assumed a position as a senior scientist at the Polaroid Corporation, until 1981. Dr. Akins has been published in numerous professional journals and has extensively lectured at conferences and universities, both national and international. Dr. Akins is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Chemical Society and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy. His principal research focus involves quantum properties of molecular nanostructures and the exploitation of such properties for formulating new nanomaterials with uses in molecular photonic devices (MPDs) and/or chemical sensors.

Tora K. Bikson, a senior behavioral scientist at RAND Corporation since 1976, is recognized for her research on the introduction of advanced communication and information technologies and their effects in varied contexts of use. She has recently completed a project to define organizational needs and identify best practices for creating, managing and distributing digital documents among United Nations organizations. In previous projects for clients including the National Science Foundation, the World Bank, the OECD, the Markle Foundation, and others,

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