Advanced Tissue Sciences, where she was the company’s co-founder and co-inventor of its core technology. While at SDSU, Dr. Naughton spearheaded a number of unique MBA programs in partnership with industry, played an instrumental role in the industry committee of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and served as a member of the Board of Directors of AACSB International. She has spent more than 15 years extensively researching the tissue engineering process, holds more than 90 U.S. and foreign patents and has been extensively published in the field.

In 2000, Naughton received the 27th Annual National Inventor of the Year award by the Intellectual Property Owners Association in honor of her pioneering work in the field of tissue engineering. Naughton sits on the Board of Directors of Celera (NASDAQ:CRA) and CR Bard (NYSE: BCR).

Sharon Nunes

Sharon Nunes is vice president of Global Government and Smarter Cities Strategy & Solutions, where she directs the strategy & integration of solutions for state, local, and national governments, including innovations for IBM’s Smarter Planet initiative. In 2009, she was a Women’s History Month Honoree for being one of the “Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet,” and in June 2009, she was inducted into the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame. Dr. Nunes received two awards for her mentoring of technical women: IBM’s 2004 Fran Allen Mentoring Award and National Association for Female Executives’s 2006 Women of Excellence national award. She was a National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Frontiers of Engineering fellow in 2000 and a member of the NAE “Engineer of 2020” advisory board. Dr. Nunes received her Ph.D. in materials science from the University of Connecticut.

E. J. Reddy

As a research fellow, E. J. Reedy oversees grants and conducts academic and policy research for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in the field of entrepreneurship. He has been significantly involved in the coordination of the Kauffman Foundation’s entrepreneurship and innovation data-related initiatives. He is a co-principal investigator on the Kauffman Firm Survey, an eight-year longitudinal study of new businesses, and the Foundation’s multi-year series of symposiums on data, as well as many web-related projects and initiatives. Mr. Reedy joined the Kauffman Foundation in 2003. Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Mr. Reedy was a senior analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and had extensive experience in non-profit management. Previously, he was financial director and executive co-director of the Center for Community Outreach at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Mr. Reedy is active in several civic initiatives, and has been the recipient of the Founders’ Award from the Lesbian and Gay Community Center of Greater Kansas City. Mr. Reedy earned his bachelor’s degree, Phi Beta Kappa, in economics, mathematics, and American studies from the University of Kansas.

Lucinda Sanders

Lucinda Sanders is CEO and co-founder of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), a consortium of more than 300 corporations, universities, and non-profits working to increase the participation of girls and women in computing and information technology. She also serves as executive-in-residence for the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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