MSE Advisory Board

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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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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., Senior Scientist for Emergent Materials Systems Division at the US Air Force Research Laboratory

Dr. Richard A. Vaia is the Senior Scientist for Emergent Materials Systems in the Air Force Research Laboratory 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 serving on the Board of Directors for the Material Research Society.  He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed papers and 16 patents.

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Nancy Stoffel Ph.D., Horizontal Leader-Flexible Hybrid Electronics at G.E. Global Research

Dr. Nancy Stoffel is the Horizontal Leader for Flexible Hybrid electronics at G.E. Global Research. This division of G.E. Global Research works to marry printed electronics with conventional silica electronics, leading to more robust and cost-effective electronics solutions. Nancy Stoffel was recently named a NextFlex fellow, NextFlex is a consortium of leaders in the Flexible Hybrid electronics research and industry. She serves on the Industry Advisory Board for Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR) and the Materials Research Society (MRS) as well as being the 2019 Program Chair for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Electronic Components and Technology Conference (IEEE ECTC). 

Nancy received her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University in 1995.