On behalf of the National Academies, we express our appreciation and recognition for the insights, experiences, and perspectives made available by the participants of this meeting. We would like to extend special recognition and thanks to Luis Proenza, the President of the University of Akron, for his leadership in bringing this conference to fruition. Special recognition is also due to David Morgenthaler of the STEP Board and Richard Pogue for their leadership and support in galvanizing leading figures in Ohio’s business, education, and innovation communities to participate in this activity. We also wish to recognize the key role of NorTech’s Rebecca Bagley and Beth Elliot in the planning, support, and organization of the meeting. In addition, we are indebted to Alan Anderson for preparing the draft introduction and summarizing the proceedings of the meeting, as we are to Sujai Shivakumar for his substantive contributions and editorial skills.


This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Academies’ Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for quality and objectivity. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the process.

We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report: Anna Barker, Arizona State University; Albert Green, Kent Displays, Inc.; Ellen Perduyn, University of Akron Foundation; and, Stephanie Shipp, Institute for Defense Analyses.

Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the content of the report, nor did they see the final draft before its release. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the rapporteur and the institution.

Charles W. Wessner Mary L. Good

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