Jamie focused on expanding Russ Reid’s portfolio of STEM education and alternative energy clients. Jamie began his career at Zacks Investment Research, a financial data sales firm based in Chicago.

Jamie earned a Master of Science degree in social policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a bachelor of arts degree from Cornell University.


Beth Colbert came to the State of Ohio to manage the Ohio MEP and Edison Programs in 2008, after 25 years in private industry as a Research Engineer and R&D Manager. Beth worked for Dow Chemical, Owens Corning, and Lafarge North America as a research engineer and R&D Manager. She has 12 active patents in new products, applications, and manufacturing processes with Dow Chemical and Lafarge North America.


Robin Gaster is president of Innovation Competitions, LLC. He is also vice president for research at the Alliance for Science and Technology Research in America (ASTRA) and senior fellow (nonresident) at the Innovation and Information Technology Foundation (ITIF).

Dr. Gaster’s primary interests lie in innovation metrics, assessment, and a range of issues related to the innovation capacity of regions in a globalizing economy. His online toolkit for measuring and comparing the innovation capacity of regions is now available online at <http://www.innovationecologies.com/theindex>. He is currently working on a book, The Capital Chasm: Why America’s Innovation Ecology is Failing and What to Do About It.

Dr. Gaster has been lead researcher on the National Academies study of the Small Business Innovation Research Program and has authored many reports and publications covering a wide arrange of topics broadly related to technology, trade, and e-commerce, including a book on trans-Atlantic telecommunications issues, Bit by Bit. His work has been published in Foreign Policy, and The Atlantic.

Dr. Gaster has founded several companies, focused on aggregating and deploying electronic information, targeting local and industry-specific information services. Dr. Gaster received a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley (1985), an M.A. from the University of Kent (UK), and a B.A. from Oxford University (UK). His doctoral thesis won a national academic prize.


James W. Griffith is president and chief executive officer of The Timken Company and a member of the company’s board of directors. Since

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