Mary Good (Plenary Session Three Speaker, Final Panel) is the Donaghey University Professor at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock and serves as the managing member for Venture Capital Investors, LLC. Dr. Good was previously U.S. under secretary of Commerce for Technology and senior vice-president of technology at Allied Signal, Inc. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, she received a B.S. from the University of Central Arkansas and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Arkansas.
Carl E. Gulbrandsen (Welcome) is the managing director of Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the patent management organization for the University of Wisconsin Madison. He joined WARF in 1997, after practicing intellectual property law in private practice and with several high technology companies. He received his B.A. degree from St. Olaf College, and his Ph.D. in physiology and J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Sangtae Kim (Plenary Session Four Speaker) is executive director of the Morgridge Institute for Research. Located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, the institute is intended to become the Midwest’s premier, private medical research institute. Prior to his appointment at the Morgridge Institute, Dr. Kim served on the faculties at Purdue University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and also held positions in government and industry. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Dr. Kim earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from the California Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in chemical and biological engineering from Princeton University.
Judith Kimble (Workshop and Planning Committee Chair) is Henry Vilas Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Departments of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Her research focuses on the molecular regulation of animal development. Over the course of her career, she has made seminal contributions in the area of how stem cells are regulated to self-renew or differentiate. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Kimble earned her B.A. at the University of California-Berkeley and her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado-Boulder.
Michael Lach (Plenary Session One Speaker) is special assistant for STEM Education, U.S. Department of Education. Previously, he was officer of teaching and learning for Chicago Public Schools. Mr. Lach began his professional career teaching high school biology and general science in New Orleans in 1990 as a charter member of Teach for America. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Carleton College, and master’s degrees from Columbia University and Northeastern Illinois University.