Vineet Agrawal (B.S. '98) has been involved in healthcare for over 25 years, and is currently Director of International Sales at Penumbra Inc. For the last 13 years, Vineet has helped launch multiple technologies worldwide, recently for treatment of neurovascular and peripheral vascular diseases. He leads teams who introduce novel therapies to physicians and patients around the world and has traveled to over 55 countries in the last decade. Prior to Penumbra, Vineet held commercial and technical roles at several leading medical device and pharmaceutical companies, including Micrus Endovascular (acquired by Codman, a Johnson & Johnson Company), Abbott Vascular, Guidant Corporation (acquired by Boston Scientific), Baxter Healthcare and Merck & Co. Vineet has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UMD, a Master’s in Engineering Management from McCormick School of Engineering and Master’s in Business Administration from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He lives in Los Altos, CA with his wife and two children.
Adam Behrens (B.S. '10, Ph.D. '15) is currently the CEO and co-founder of Mori, a venture-backed food technology company that uses natural approaches to extend shelf life and reduce waste in the food, agriculture and packaging industries. Adam has spent his career developing and translating technologies in the areas of food, agriculture, healthcare, and nutrition. Previously, he was a postdoctoral associate in the Langer Lab at MIT where he managed several projects focused on improving healthcare and nutrition in the developing world. He was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2017. Adam holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the Kofinas lab at the University of Maryland.
Kimberly Brown (Ph.D. '01) is the CEO of both Aeon Technologies, LLC and Amethyst Technologies, LLC. Kim began working in the laboratory compliance industry in 1998 as an intern for Cell Systems, Inc. (CSI) while attending UMD and purchased the contract rights from CSI in 2007. Amethyst was then awarded CSI’s contract to continue providing health-related services to the federal government. Amethyst began with one client and since then has supported over 15 DOD laboratory programs in the U.S. and Africa, numerous biotechnology companies, and commercial companies including Coca-Cola. In 2010 and 2012 respectively, Kim was appointed by the Governor of Maryland to the Maryland Commission for Women and to the Maryland Life Science Advisory Board. A big believer in public service, Kim serves on the Anne Arundel Minority Business Enterprise Committee, is a lifetime member of the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Alumni Association, and she also created a non-profit organization, Global Outcomes, Inc., which focuses on global health, STEM education, and economic empowerment.
Jennifer Carter (B.S. '81) is the Princial at JCarter Consulting, LLC, a consultancy specializing in the complementary areas of environmental sustainability and business continuity. After graduating from Maryland with a BSChE, Jenni worked as a design engineer and environmental compliance specialist for Chevron Corporation for 8 years. She left Chevron to begin consulting on environmental compliance and process hazard analysis for Silicon Valley tech companies. As the tech industry boomed, Jenni began helping her clients move beyond compliance to more environmentally sustainable practices, and leveraged her risk assessment expertise to better prepare their businesses for disasters such as earthquakes and IT failures. Today, Jenni focuses on reducing carbon emissions, energy use, and waste generation from manufacturing operations. Her passion is getting companies to realize that their business can still thrive while minimizing impact on the planet.
Cheryl Ginyard-Jones (B.S. '85) is an executive and strategist passionate about utilizing disruptive technologies to transform traditional business models. Currently, she serves as Head of Growth and Performance for the Americas at Worley. Cheryl has extensive experience in leading strategy, operations, business development and finance, serving multiple industries including Oil and Gas, Chemicals, Industrial Products and Information Technology. Before arriving at Worley, she worked at Advisian, Verizon and BP. She also serves as managing director at ECIT Group LLC, is a member of the executive committee for the Society of International Business Fellows, and is an advisory board member for the Game Change Advocacy group.
Howard C. 'Skip' Harclerode II, P.E. (M.S. '71) is president and principal of KBD Engineering Company, Inc., specializing in mechanical, electrical, structural and environmental engineering. Since 2003, Skip has been a member of the Maryland State Board for Professional Engineers and also served as its chairman until 2016. He is a fellow of the National Society of Professional Engineers; a fellow and life member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers; and a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers. Skip is very active in the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) having received the NCEES Distinguished Service Award in 2019. He received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in chemical engineering from UMD.
William Harper (B.S. '72) is president of Linton Springs Power Consulting, LLC. His career in process engineering, project management and senior management has spanned 40+ years in the Engineering and Construction Industry. William is currently president, and provides engineering and project management services through, Linton Springs Power Consulting, LLC. His 37-year career with Bechtel Power Corporation included engineering and management positions on nuclear, fossil and renewable power projects and were both domestic and international locations. He retired from Bechtel as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Manager of Technology. William then joined Shaw Corporation (later acquired by Chicago Bridge and Iron) as the Vice President of Engineering for the Power Division. He oversaw the engineering department for domestic and international fossil and nuclear power projects and was a member of the Power Executive Management Committee. William retired from Shaw/CBI in 2013 and formed Linton Springs Power Consulting, LLC.
Jan Koninckx (Ph.D. '88) is a Business Development and Commercialization Consultant at JNCKX, LLC, and formerly the Business Director of Industrial Biosciences at DuPont. His experience includes industrial production, commodity and specialty products marketing and sales, P&L responsibility, business governance, public policy advocacy and extensive business development. In the past few years, he led the development of two advanced and sustainable biofuels/bioproducts to commercialization. These large projects include not only building and leading integrated cross-disciplinary teams, but equipping them with a compelling vision and executable plan. Additionally, the projects offered the opportunity to advocate at the national and international level for policies and statutes that support sustainability and renewable products. Jan has led global commercial activities in large specialty and commodity businesses, and dealt effectively with commercial and operational crises, working first-hand on business development projects in the Middle East, China, Europe and the U.S. He has served on boards of seven joint venture companies, one of which I have led as chief executive. Jan has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from UMD.
Mark R. Marten is a professor and the chair of the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Department of Chemical, Biochemical & Environmental Engineering Department. His research is focused on systems biology and cellular engineering. Mark is developing cutting edge proteomic analysis tools for studying gene regulatory networks. His work has been funded by NSF, NIH, the State of Maryland and a number of biotechnology companies and he has published over 50 papers in peer reviewed journals. In addition, he is on the executive committee of the American Chemical Society, Biotechnology Division and serves as an Associate Editor for Biotechnology and Bioengineering. In 1999, Mark won the NSF CAREER award, in 2007 he was honored with a Maryland Regents Award (the state’s highest achievement for faculty), and in 2012 he started a biotechnology company (MycoInnovation, LLC) to commercialize his research findings.
T. J. (Lakis) Mountziaris, Ph.D., is a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Houston, TX, and currently serves as program director for Process Systems, Reaction Engineering and Molecular Thermodynamics at the National Science Foundation (NSF). He earned a diploma with highest honors from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and a Ph.D. from Princeton University, both in chemical engineering. After completing postdoctoral studies in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota, he started his academic career at the University at Buffalo (SUNY), where he spent 16 years as a faculty member in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. From 2003 to 2005 he served as the NSF Program Director for Particulate and Multiphase Processes. T.J. subsequently joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst as Professor and Department Head. He has been an active researcher throughout his career with interests in the areas of reaction engineering, reactor design, synthesis of electronic and photonic materials, biosensors and multi-phase flows. T.J. is the recipient of several honors and awards, including the Norman Hackerman Award of the Electrochemical Society, The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from SUNY, numerous keynote and invited lectures, and honorary visiting professorships at ETH-Zürich and Princeton University. He has also been active in translational research and two of his patents on nanocrystal synthesis are licensed by a startup company. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, gardening, reading books and performing automotive maintenance.
Jason Repac (B.S. '04), Manufacturing & Operations Senior Director at Pixelligent Technologies, has more than 12 years of experience in specialty chemical and electronics materials manufacturing and nanotechnology. Prior to joining Pixelligent, Jason worked in the OLED Display group at DuPont helping to lead the scale-up, design, construction and commissioning of DuPont’s $30M OLED formulation semi-works facility in Newark, DE. Jason earned a M.S. in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Maryland College Park. Jason is a certified six sigma blackbelt and a certified lean practitioner.
Sindee Simon, Ph.D., is a professor and chair of the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University. Her research is focused on the physics and chemistry of polymers and glass-forming materials. Using calorimetry, dilatometry and mechanical experiments, coupled with rigorous analysis and modeling, Sindee's research laboratory elucidates fundamental questions in three broad areas of materials physics and chemistry: 1) kinetics and nature of the glass transition, 2) properties and reactions at the nanoscale, and 3) viscoelastic bulk modulus of polymers and nanocomposites. Sindee has tested and developed empirical models of structural recovery -- one of the few researchers in the world to be able to measure the time-dependent bulk modulus -- and has pioneered research on polymerization reaction kinetics and thermodynamics at the nanoscale. She received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton in 1992.
Judy Helsing Stein (B.S. '83), currently the CEO of Tesseract Analytics, LLC, has enjoyed variety in her career as her interests and the needs of industry and government have evolved, parlaying her UMD Chemical Engineering degree and Harvard MBA into a broad brush of alternatives to following only one track and demonstrating that almost anything is possible. With healthcare analytics as her focus and employing the use of big data, medical and pharmacy claims, Judy developed solutions for bioscience clients in evaluating the market potential for new therapeutic products, with both Qforma and most recently, with Inovalon. Judy co-founded a startup, Tesseract Analytics, which is a high-tech consulting and R&D company that specializes in solving difficult information exploitation problems facing the federal government and industry. Earlier she joined GE Healthcare to head their Performance Solutions Growth & Leadership consultancy to healthcare systems executives. Combining quantitative analysis, process improvement, and organizational development was the focus of her own consulting business, Management Strategies. Judy has taught mathematics courses, micro and macroeconomics, managerial economics and helped with curriculum development for an MBA program. She began her management consulting career with Bain & Co. in business strategy development and deployment, including some of the earliest support to hospitals and healthcare systems to adjust to Medicare’s earliest policies to change the reimbursement system. Judy then went on to Organizational Dynamics, Inc. to add the soft skills associated with TQM implementations, becoming a Master Facilitator.