Author/Presenter by Alphabet: W

Wagner, Matthew

Matthew Wagner, executive director of CATI, Inc. has more than fifteen years of economic development experience involving leadership positions within local and national organizations and initiatives. Since 2001, he has directed the Center for Advanced Technology & Innovation (CATI), a private industry technology transfer organization, amassing a patent portfolio of more than $40 million from global companies such as Dupont, Kraft Foods, S.C. Johnson and Boeing, and spawning five new companies. CATI was recognized in 2007 & 2006 for its work in Technology Based Economic Development Program from the International Economic Development Council.

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Ward, Joyce

Joyce Ward serves as intellectual property counsel for the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation and is based in the Washington, DC area office of the organization. In addition to serving as IP counsel, Ward provides program development support for various initiatives of the organization, including the Collegiate Inventors Competition, a program honoring innovative university students and their faculty advisors at the undergraduate and graduate levels; ICON, the annual regional and national independent inventor conferences co-hosted with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and designed to educate and inspire independent inventors; and the Modern Marvels Invent Now® Challenge, a program created in conjunction with Invent Now, Inc. and the History Channel, and designed to recognize and celebrate everyday inventors. Throughout her career, she has worked with various outreach and mentoring projects designed to educate the public about the importance of intellectual property protection, particularly as it relates to entrepreneurship. Ward received her undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1987 and her JD degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1991.

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Weaver, Jonathan

Jonathan Weaver is professor and chair of mechanical engineering at the University of Detroit Mercy. He teaches statistics, dynamics, innovation and creativity, vehicle dynamics, robotics, machine design, design of experiments, mechanical measurements laboratory, computer aided engineering, product design and development, systems engineering, systems architecture, innovation and creativity, front end of innovation, and design for X. His industrial and research experience prior to joining the University of Detroit in 1993 included developing numerous analytical models of Naval shipboard systems and power plant systems as well as developing path planning algorithms for robotic assembly of space trusses. His research interests and publications relate to robotics, vehicle dynamics, design of experiments, robust design, engineering education, new product development, and the product development process. Weaver has worked with a big three auto maker on a variety of projects and technical training endeavors. He holds a BS degree from Virginia Tech, and MS and PhD degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He serves as the co-curriculum director for the Masters in Product Development Program, is a Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network Fellow, and is part of a team currently working to bring entrepreneurship content to engineering and other technical programs at the university.

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Weilerstein, Phil

Phil Weilerstein, Executive Director, began his career as an entrepreneur while still a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts. He, along with classmates and an advisor, launched a start-up biotech company which eventually went public. This experience, followed by several other entrepreneurial ventures, brought him a lifelong passion for entrepreneurship, which he has lived out through his work with the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance. Phil’s tenure at the NCIIA is marked by his skill for network-building and expert leverage of resources. He has a special talent for seeking out gifted educators and other important contributors and putting them to work for the betterment of invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship education in the U.S. and worldwide. As an entrepreneur in a not-for-profit organization, he has grown the NCIIA from a grassroots group of enthusiastic faculty to a nationally known and in-demand knowledge base and resource center.
Wilkes, John M.

John Wilkes is a sociologist of science with an interest in small group dynamics as they relate to the mix of cognitive styles in the group. The mixes that facilitate innovation are of special interest. He also teaches about R&D units and specializes in space agencies and R&D labs in the field of aerospace. He has received a research award for his work using the MBTI and was involved in the development of a particularly powerful measure of cognitive styles derived from creativity literature. Learning styles, cognitive styles, personality and research styles are a long standing interest of his. He is also interested in space technology and policy, the nuclear power debate, technological literacy, the experience of women in the sciences, career choice, and the debate about the value of the SAT as an aptitude test.

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Wolff, Jim

Jim Wolff is an associate professor of strategic management in the Barton School of Business at Wichita State University, Wichita, KS. Dr. Wolff’s research interests include inter-firm cooperation (joint ventures and strategic alliances), organizational learning and adaptation, small and medium-sized business performance, growth and internationalization, international entrepreneurship, and competitiveness of small firms in manufacturing supply chains. He teaches courses in strategic management, general management, and technology commercialization at the undergraduate, graduate and executive levels. Dr. Wolff received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Idaho in 1972, MBA in 1990, and PhD in 1995 from Washington State University.

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