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Panel: Opportunities & Methods to Encourage more Women Toward Research Commercialization

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

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June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

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June 26, 2013



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Panel: Opportunities & Methods to Encourage More Women Toward Research Commercialization

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Women in Engineering and Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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23.955.1 - 23.955.17



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Adrienne Minerick Michigan Technological University Orcid 16x16

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Adrienne Minerick received her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 2003 and B.S. from Michigan Technological University in 1998. Adrienne’s research interests include electrokinetics, predominantly dielectrophoretic characterizations of cells, and the development of biomedical microdevices. She earned a 2007 NSF CAREER award, has published research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (2006), Lab on a Chip, and had an AIChE Journal cover (2008). She is an active mentor of undergraduate researchers and served as co-PI on an NSF REU site. Research within her Medical micro-Device Engineering Research Laboratory (M.D. – ERL) also inspires the development of Desktop Experiment Modules (DEMos) for use in chemical engineering classrooms or as outreach activities in area schools (see Adrienne has been an active member of ASEE’s WIED, ChED, and NEE leadership teams since 2003 and during this time has contributed to numerous ASEE conference proceedings articles and educational journal publications.

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Babs Carryer National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance (NCIIA)

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Babs Carryer is director of faculty development and training at the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA). Babs is a serial entrepreneur and active in multiple entrepreneurial activities. She blogs about entrepreneurship on New Venturist. Babs taught entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) for 15 years, where she maintains an adjunct position. Formerly, Babs was embedded entrepreneur for CMU’s Project Olympus and innovation advisor for CMU’s Institute for Social Innovation. For seven years at the University of Pittsburgh, Babs taught the Benchtop to Bedside new technology commercialization course. Babs is President of Carryer Consulting and co-founder of LaunchCyte, which has a portfolio of five companies. Babs has a Masters in Public Management (MPM) from Heinz College at CMU and a BA from Mills College in CA.

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Mary Raber Michigan Technological University

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Mary Raber currently serves as Associate Director for the Institute for Leadership and Innovation and Director of the Enterprise Program at Michigan Technological University. She has overseen the implementation and growth of the Enterprise Program at Michigan Tech since its inception in 2000, and is responsible for its overall coordination and development. Her responsibilities include corporate sponsorship development, interdisciplinary program evaluation and assessment, and workshop/course instruction in the areas of teaming and leadership. She is also actively involved in coordination, curriculum development, assessment and instruction in the Pavlis Global Leadership program. She received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Wayne State University and is currently working on her PhD at Michigan Technological University. Before joining MTU she held various engineering and management positions during a 15 year career in the automotive industry.

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Abby Thompson Mississippi State University

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Abby Thompson is the Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator in the Office of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer at Mississippi State University. Through her current role at the University, Thompson works to cultivate a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation among faculty, staff, and students. Thompson assists faculty and student start-up companies with developing strategic business and marketing plans. Thompson manages the MSU Business Incubator and the MSU Entrepreneurship Center. Thompson also manages the Jack Hatcher Engineering Entrepreneurship Certificate program in the Bagley College of Engineering at MSU to enhance business skills in engineering students. Thompson received her Bachelors Degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering and a M.B.A. from Mississippi State University.

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Louise C. Dunlap DunlapBrowder

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Louise C. Dunlap, Biographical Information

As leaders whose work in the 1960s and 1970s helped shape the modern environmental movement, in government service, and as consultants to industry, governments and the public interest, Louise Dunlap and her partner Joe Browder have contributed to strategies that influence the relationship of business, technology and markets to environmental protection and social responsibility. Louise Dunlap, the first woman to be CEO of a major national U.S. environmental organization, joined the firm in 1986.

Louise Dunlap has been instrumental in the development of national strategies and federal policies to make energy efficiency America’s most effective response to global climate and energy security challenges. Louise played a key role in lobbying, on behalf of NRDC, for passage of EPACT 2005 with groundbreaking provisions for federal tax incentive programs for energy efficient homes, schools and commercial buildings: programs which will significantly reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the need for electric power generation, and reduce prices for natural gas. In 20l1 and 2012 she helped citizen groups from across the nation organize, through the Citizens Coal Council, a campaign to save the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) from being illegally merged into a federal coal development agency.

Louise provides strategic Washington policy advice to Global Cool Cities Alliance founder and global energy efficiency leader Art Rosenfeld, to the Citizens Coal Council about community and environmental impacts of coal mining, the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds on coal and watershed issues, and to the Abandoned Mine Lands Campaign. She serves on the Board of the Environmental Integrity Project, and has advised The Energy Foundation about buildings energy efficiency. She coordinated Congressional strategy for the community and watershed groups which in 2006 succeeded in re-authorizing the federal Abandoned Mine Lands program, securing at least $1.5 billion for Pennsylvania AML cleanup. Louise continues to work with community leaders fighting against abusive mining practices.

Louise Dunlap created and led one of the most effective campaigns in the history of the environmental movement: the seven-year national citizens’ effort to enact federal legislation, the Surface Mine Control and Reclamation Act of 1977, requiring the coal industry to protect valuable farmlands, streams and wetlands and to reclaim all surface mined lands. Louise remains a strategist and advisor for citizens in the coal fields.

The national environmental group she co-founded in 1972 supported publication of the first popular book about the urgent need for energy efficiency and alternative energy to sustain the global economy (Energy for Survival, Wilson Clark, Anchor Press 1974). Louise became an advisor on energy efficiency to the California Energy Commission in 1987, providing CEC with strategic insights about national developments influencing efficiency, fuels and transportation issues. She participated in the earliest California and U.S. alternative fuels and reformulated gasoline efforts, and was central to the development of markets and state and federal regulatory systems for alcohol fuels and fuel additives.

Louise was a principal strategist and lead lobbyist working on behalf of the Chair of the California Energy Commission for enactment of the federal Alternative Motor Fuels Act of 1988, and advised the Chair of the California Air Resources Board and the California Energy Commission regarding automotive fuels and the Clean Air Act of 1990.

Louise Dunlap began working on environmental and energy issues in 1969, as legislative advisor to the President of the National Parks Conservation Association.

In 1971, Louise became Assistant Legislative Director of Friends of the Earth, helping to coordinate FOE’s strategy in the first national environmental campaign to raise energy efficiency and climate protection issues: the successful effort to stop federal subsidies for a proposed U.S. commercial fleet of supersonic passenger planes.

From 1976 until 1986, Louise was President of the Environmental Policy Institute and Environmental Policy Center, groups she co-founded in 1972, which under her leadership grew into the national environmental community’s largest public-interest environmental lobbying organization in Washington.

Louise Dunlap has been a member of the Board of Visitors of the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment, was a founding member of Duke’s Women’s Studies Council, of Senator Jay Rockefeller’s National Alternative Fuels Task Force, and of the Democratic Women’s Leadership Forum, chairing the WLF Environment and Energy Task Force. She has also served on the boards of the national League of Conservation Voters, Clean Water Fund, Scenic America, Environmental Policy Center, and National Clean Air Coalition. In 1987, she was honored by citizens from across America, at a ceremony on the National Mall commemorating the 10th anniversary of the federal coal surface mine reclamation law, and was also honored by Friends of the United Nations Environment Programme for her global environmental leadership. In 2008 Louise received the Watershed Hero award from the Pennsylvania AML Campaign. In 1984 Louise was elected an Alternate Delegate from Maryland to the Democratic National Convention.

Louise Dunlap is a 1968 graduate of Duke University, was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and lives with her husband and partner Joe Browder in Fairhaven, Maryland.
Publications, Louise Dunlap

“An analysis of the Legislative History of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1975,” Twenty-First Annual Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute, Matthew Bender, 1976

“Environmental Perspectives on the Effectiveness of SMCRA” (with James S. Lyon), West Virginia Law Review, Spring, 1986

“From Kitchen Tables They Changed the Law,” USA Today guest column, August 3, 1987

“Environmental Protection, Competition, and Changes in World Energy Markets” (with Joe Browder), Papers, Volume II, American Mining Congress, April 1988

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Panel:  Opportunities  &  Methods  to  Encourage  more  Women  Toward  Research  Commercialization    Recent  reports  and  analyses  have  identified  that  women  tend  to  commercialize  research,  engage  with  industry/entrepreneurship  at  a  much  lower  rate  than  men  do.    This  panel  will  bring  together  individuals  with  experience  at  all  stages  of  the  process  to  talk  about     a) The  current  disparities  in  technology  transfer  by  gender   b) Existing  programs  striving  to  correct  the  disparity   c) The  process  from  research  lab  to  production   d) Resources  that  are  available  to  fund  the  technology  transfer  process  Panelists  will  include  an  individual  from  a  university  technology  transfer  office,  a  program  coordinator  for  a  women  entrepreneurship  program,  successful  academics  at  various  stages  of  the  technology  transfer  process  and  non-­‐academic  entrepreneurs  who  can  describe  the  challenges  associated  with  commercializing  technologies.    The  paper  will  include  questions  in  the  four  categories  above  and  responses  from  each  of  the  panelists  such  that  the  wisdom  from  this  session  can  be  archived  for  future  reference.  

Minerick, A., & Carryer, B., & Raber, M., & Thompson, A., & Dunlap, L. C. (2013, June), Panel: Opportunities & Methods to Encourage more Women Toward Research Commercialization Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22340

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