MSE Advisory Board

Gregory Galvin

Gregory Galvin, Ph.D. Chairman and CEO of Rheonix Incorporated

Dr. Galvin founded Kionix in 1993 to commercialize a novel micromechanical technology pioneered by researchers at Cornell University.  From 1993 to 2000, Kionix grew from its two founders to over 40 employees and developed products in inertial sensors, microfluidics, data storage, micro-relays, and micro-optics.  Late in 2000, Kionix was acquired for its optical switching technology by Calient Networks of San Jose, CA and renamed Calient Optical Components.  Just prior to the acquisition, a new company was spun out to the then Kionix shareholders to pursue inertial sensor, microfluidics, and data storage markets.  This company regained the Kionix name post acquisition.  From the acquisition until June 2002, Dr. Galvin served as President and CEO of Calient Optical Components and on the boards of both Calient Networks and the new Kionix. In July 2002, he returned full time to Kionix as President and CEO and advanced the Company to its 2009 acquisition as a wholly-owned subsidiary by Rohm Co., Ltd. of Japan.  In addition to continuing service as Kionix's President and CEO, Dr. Galvin also serves as Chairman and CEO of Rheonix, Inc., a corporate entity established in December 2008 to commercialize a unique polymer chip microfluidic technology developed by Kionix scientists.

Dr. Galvin has a B.S. from the California Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and M.B.A. from Cornell University. Dr. Galvin served for over five years as the Deputy Director of the Cornell Nanofabrication Facility (CNF) in which the Cornell micromechanical research was conducted.  Prior to founding Kionix, he was employed by Cornell University as Director of Corporate Research Relations, focusing on transferring technology from the university to industry.  Dr. Galvin's graduate research was in the areas of thermodynamics of silicon under ultrafast melting, ion beam analysis, and thin film technologies.  He is a member of several scientific societies, has published over 20 technical papers, and holds 58 patents. Dr. Galvin is a founding member, and former chairman, of the Finger Lakes Entrepreneurs Forum. He is a member of the Cornell University Council, Advisory Council of the Cornell Engineering College, Advisory Council of the Cornell Department of Materials Science & Engineering, and serves as a Director of the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, Tompkins County Area Development, Inc., the Kensa Group, the El Portal de Belén Foundation, and Ithaca's Sciencenter. A leading authority on MEMS product innovation, Dr. Galvin is frequently invited to speak at meetings and conferences in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Awards and Recognition

  • B.S. from the California Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering
  • Ph.D. in Materials Science from Cornell University 
  • M.B.A. from Cornell University
Azhar-Hashmat Khan

Azhar-Hashmat Khan, President and CEO at Agnitus

Azhar Khan is President and CEO at Agnitus, a company focused on developing adaptive learning games and application for the iPad and tablet platform. Before starting Agnitus, he co-founded Riya/, a visual/image search company that was acquired by Google. At, he was responsible for building multiple web properties as well as overseeing company's common technology services, infrastructure, product development, business intelligence (BI), search engine, merchant and inventory operations and IT services. He is also the founder and CEO of Cubus Corporation, an Internet technology company focused on providing project collaboration solutions for the design and engineering industry.  Earlier, he spent several years in the software industry in a variety of leadership roles. As Managing Director of BuildOnline, he took on the responsibility of setting up a new product development center in Bangalore, India. At Autodesk, Azhar was responsible for developing and launching Developer Relations program and AppStore for AutoCAD and 3D Studio Max. Azhar started his career as a Software Engineer with Ithaca Software, which was acquired by Autodesk. He holds five patents and has a bachelor of science in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University, and a masters from Stanford Business School, where he was a Sloan Fellow. He resides in Woodside, California and serves on the advisory board of the Materials Science & Engineering Department at Cornell University, Bot Square and QuizSense.

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William R. LaFontaine, Jr., Ph.D., General Manager, Intellectual Property at IBM Corporation

Dr. LaFontaine is General Manager, Intellectual Property and VP, Research Business Development.  He is responsible for IBM’s IP business including technology licensing, patent licensing and sales, joint development and research collaborations globally. 

In Bill’s previous position as Vice President, Patent Software & Services, IP Licensing, he was responsible for managing and commercially leveraging IBM’s patent portfolio, as well as building IBM’s revenue and profit opportunities through commercialization of our software and services Intellectual Property assets. 

Prior he was Vice President, High Performance Computing, Analytics, and Cognitive Markets.  Bill served as the Business Line Executive responsible for the growth strategy, portfolio management, and execution of all aspects of the Power High End business.  He also drove the creation and growth of the Cognitive marketplace, securing Power's role as the premier platform in this marketplace working with Research, Services and Software lines.

Bill was also the Vice President, Technical Strategy & Worldwide Operations, Research, and was responsible for setting the direction of IBM’s overall Research Strategy across twelve worldwide labs and leading the global operations and information systems teams.  In that capacity, he led the annual creation of the Global Technology Outlook, 3 - 10 year technology projections which influences IBM’s R&D directions along with acquisition strategies.

Dr. LaFontaine also held the position of General Manager, Global Technology Services, 
Middle East and Africa.  Bill had the mandate to drive hyper growth for IBM services business in this emerging market including opening new countries in Africa for IBM.  During his tenure in Africa, IBM expanded its services operations in more than thirteen countries.  Prior to this role, Dr. LaFontaine held various executive positions in Corporate Strategy, Patent Licensing and Worldwide Semiconductor Sales for IBM.  Throughout Dr. LaFontaine’s 20+ year career at IBM, he has been on assignment in the US, Japan, Singapore and South Africa.

Dr. LaFontaine holds a Bachelor's degree in Metallurgical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University.

Donald Morel

Donald E. Morel, Ph.D., Chairman & CEO of West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc (Retired)

Dr. Morel joined West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. (NYSE:WST) in 1992 as Director of R&D and served as Chief Executive Officer from April 2002 and Chairman of the Board from March 2003 until his retirement in June 2015. He is widely recognized for his transformation of West and his leadership in the aftermath of the Kinston, NC, plant explosion and fire in 2003.  During his tenure Dr. Morel and his team delivered significant shareholder value, generating a ten-fold increase in the company's share price and market capitalization which grew from $380 million at the beginning of 2002 to more than $4.4 billion at his retirement.

Prior to joining West, Dr. Morel developed and managed a broad range of programs involving advanced materials for aerospace and biomedical applications.  He has published more than thirty papers dealing with advanced composites and environmental effects on material performance.  His aerospace work in the 1980’s resulted in his selection as a finalist for assignment as a NASA Mission Specialist in the Astronaut Office in 1989.

Dr. Morel holds a BS degree in Engineering from Lafayette College, an MS in Materials Science and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. He completed The Executive Program at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

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Jung-Hyun Oh, Chairman of Tera Metal Co., Ltd

Jung-Hyun Oh has found Tera Metal Co., Ltd. and serves as its Chairman of BOS since January 2016. Mr. Oh’s expertise in nano-metallurgy and fluoro-polymer were technological bases for Tera Metal’s R&D developing new materials for Photovoltaic Cell and module. Tera Metal Co., Ltd. has developed Ag nano-coating technology and now it is providing Ag coated metallization pastes for Solar Cell industry worldwide. In October 2013, Jung-Hyun found Luvantix ADM Co., Ltd. which is producing light management polymer coatings for special optical fiber, fibers for laser and display including LCD, OLED and flexible OLED utilizing Siloxane, Fluoro polymer and UV curable chemistry. Luvantix ADM became a global leader in low refractive index polymers industry. Jung-Hyun Oh was Chief Executive Officer of SSCP Co. Ltd., since October 2003 and served as its President. Under Mr. Oh's leadership, SSCP had expanded regional business to global operations, including: Shanghai, Tianjin, Huizhou, Thailand, USA, Japan, Germany and Spain. Mr. Oh joined the chemical paint production department of Controlling Shareholder, SSCP in 1996 and had approximately 13 years of experience in the industry. He was appointed as the head of the research and development division of SSCP in 1998. He served as the chairman of Supervisory Board at SCHRAMM Holding Gmbh and was its Member of Supervisory Board since August 27, 2008. Mr. Oh graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor degree and a master degree in material science in 1995 and 1996, respectively. 

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Paul Osenar, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer at Protonex Technology Corporation

Paul Osenar is the Chief Technology Officer for Protonex Technology Corporation.  In addition to his role on the Board of Directors of Protonex, Dr. Osenar is responsible for the technical direction of the company and the advanced development efforts.

Paul Osenar's educational background is in materials science, engineering, polymer science, and organic chemistry, with a B.S. from Cornell University ('92) and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in Materials Science ('98).  Initially, Osenar was drawn to the greater Boston area to work in contract research at Foster-Miller, Inc. given the wide range of projects included hydrophobic coatings for MEMS devices and anti-icing, polymer nanoparticles and high temperature proton exchange membranes. 

Early in 2000, Osenar and several others formed Protonex.  Leveraging their collective experience in fuel cell materials, Protonex was formed to commercialize fuel cell technology for high performance portable and remote applications.  Since 2000, Protonex has grown to 75 people, securing over $50M in private capital.

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Yonn Rasmussen, Ph.D. Vice President of Xerographic Component Systems Group at Xerox Corporations

Dr. Yonn Rasmussen is the Vice President of the Xerographic Component Systems Group at Xerox Corporation responsible for technology, product development and world-wide manufacturing operations in U.S., the Netherlands, Canada and Brazil.  She has held various technical and management positions in product development, technology and manufacturing over the years, and has deep cross-functional experience across these different operational boundaries and in commercialization of technology into products in the marketplace.  She also has many years of experience working with Fuji Xerox in Japan.  She is a recipient of the Xerox President’s Award, and currently holds eleven patents.  She has a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University, and an MBA from the Simon School at University  of Rochester through the Executive Development Program.  She is also the Xerox Executive Liaison for Cornell University with a particular focus on enhancing recruitment from Cornell Engineering for Xerox.  She is on the advisory board of the Materials Science & Engineering Department at Cornell.  Her other community involvement interests lie in encouragement of Mathematics and Science education for young people. She resides in Pittsford, NY with her husband and two children.

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Kenneth Schull, Ph.D. Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwest University

Dr. Schull's current research interests are in polymer surfaces and interfaces, in particular the adhesion of soft materials. Schull's research includes understanding the viscoelastic behavior of polymers using Quartz Crystal Microbalance.  QCM is a robust technique that is not fully utilized by the polymer community, but Schull's research is advancing the understanding of QCM and Polymer behavior. 


Dr. Schull is a Ph.D. alumnus of Cornell University Materials Science & Engineering (1990), also holding a BS in Materials Science and an MS in Electronic Materials from MIT. After receiving his Ph.D. he worked at the IBM Almaden Research Center, in 1993 he joined the faculty of Northwestern University in 1993. From 1994-1999 Schull was an NSF Young Investigator, he was also named a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2002. In 2009 he was named a Patrick Fellow of the Adhesion Society and served as the Adhesion Society President from 2011-2013.  

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Richard Vaia Ph.D., Technical Director, Functional Materials Division at the US Air Force Research Laboratory

Richard A. Vaia is the Branch Chief of the Nanostructured and Biological Materials Branch at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Lead for NanoMaterials for the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate. The 70 person government and contractor team focuses on accelerating the maturation of high-risk material-based solutions to non-conventional energy and sensor requirements for the Air Force.  His research group focuses on polymer nanocomposites, complex nanoparticle architectures and their impact on developing adaptive soft matter.  He received his BS, MS, and PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University (1991, 1993, 1995) and was a distinguished graduate from Cornell's AFROTC.  His honors and awards include Fellow of the Air Force Research Laboratory (2010), Doolittle Award, American Chemical Society (2009), MRL Visiting Professor at University of California Santa Barbara (2006), Air Force Outstanding Scientist (2002), and Air Force Office of Scientific Research Star Team (2001-2003; 2004-2006; 2007-2009, 2010-2012). Rich has served on editorial boards and external panels of numerous centers, as well as currently on the Board of Directors for the Material Research Society.  He has authored over 140 peer-reviewed papers and patents.

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Karen I. Winey Ph.D. Professor and TowerBrook Foundation Faculty Fellow of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania

Winey’s current interests include both polymer nanocomposites and ion-containing polymers.  In nanocomposites, she designs and fabricates polymer nanocomposites containing carbon nanotubes and metal nanowires with the aim of understanding how to improve their mechanical, thermal, and especially electrical conductivity and resistive switching properties.  Polymer dynamics in the presence of nanoparticles is also an area of interest.  In ion-containing polymers, including block copolymers and polymers with ionic liquids, Winey combines imaging and scattering methods to provide unprecedented insights into their morphologies.  Current efforts focus on correlating nanoscale structures with ion transport properties.  In both areas, she couples experimental studies with simulation and theory, either within her group or with collaborators.

Winey received her B.S. from Cornell University in materials science and engineering and her Ph.D. in polymer science and engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Following a postdoctoral position at AT&T Bell Laboratories, she joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in 1992.  Elected positions include chair of the Polymer Physics Gordon Research Conference (2010) and Chair of the Division of Polymer Physics within the American Physical Society (2013).  She served as an Associate Editor for Macromolecules, the premier journal for polymer science, for four years (7/2010 - 6/2014).  Her honors include Fellow of the American Physical Society (2003), a Special Creativity Award from the National Science Foundation (2009-2011), the George H. Heilmeier Faculty Award for Excellence in Research (2012), and Fellow of the Materials Research Society (2013).

Madapusi Badrinarayan

Madapusi Badrinarayan, Ph.D. Vice President, Corning Incorporated (Emeritus Board Member)

Dr. Madapusi K. Badrinarayan has recently been appointed as vice president and technology executive.  In his new role at Corning Incorporated he is responsible for all technology programs in Korea.  Prior to his present role he was vice president and research director of Inorganic and Broad-based Technologies responsible for research in Inorganic materials, modeling, process research and integration technologies. He was also responsible for research in China, Taiwan and India. Badrinarayan joined Corning in August 1997 and has held positions within Corning for process research, optical physics, and applied research for optical fiber.

Badrinarayan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a master’s degree in physics and a doctorate in electrical engineering. Prior to joining Corning, he held several management positions in Thomson CSF and Philips Display Components. He is a member of Optical Society of America and American Ceramic Society. Badri is a trustee for Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation. He served as  a member of the advisory board at the FAMU/FSU College of Engineering for 10 years