Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Noshir Contractor

Noshir Contractor is the Jane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences in the McCormick School of Engineering & Applied Science, the School of Communication, and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Contractor is also director of the Science of Networks in Communities research center, where he investigates factors leading to the formation, maintenance, and dissolution of dynamically linked social and knowledge networks.

He received the National Communication Association’s Distinguished Scholar Award in 2014 and is a Fellow of the International Communication Association. Contractor holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and a PhD in communication from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California.

Robert H. McDonald

Robert H. McDonald is dean of university libraries and professor of library administration at the University of Colorado Boulder. McDonald’s research centers on digital libraries and large-scale humanities cyberinfrastructure, encompassing large data analysis, storage, and preservation. Additional interests include integration of learning ecosystems, lean and agile frameworks in technology management, data preservation, and data cyberinfrastructure.

McDonald has served on the HathiTrust Program Steering Committee, as chair of the Digital Preservation Network Heavy Users Committee, and as general co-chair for the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries in 2013 and 2017. He holds a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Music from the University of Georgia. 

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Jeff Agnoli

Education, Funding and Research Development, The Ohio State University – Office of Research

Agnoli oversees education, funding, and research development for the Office of Research, managing internal nomination programs for faculty and staff; assisting with identification of funding opportunities to support their research efforts; and identifying teams for interdisciplinary research opportunities.

Jim Bray

Director of Office of Corporate Engagement
Northwestern University

Bray works to ensure a company’s involvement with Northwestern is strategic, streamlined, and supportive of company and university goals. He is a founder of Chicago Innovation Mentors, which matches entrepreneurial faculty at three Illinois universities with seasoned executives and experts to guide development of new ventures.

Director, Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations
Princeton University, Office of the Dean for Research

Burrus is a member of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership and has led initiatives to increase engagement with businesses in New Jersey and New York and on the west coast and with industry and foundations abroad. She serves on the board of Choose NJ, which encourages economic growth in the state.

Professor Emeritus and VIVO Project Director
University of Florida

Conlon is author of more than 200 scholarly publications and presentations and has been an investigator on $135M in grant-funded research. His interests include information representation, the Semantic Web, and techno-social issues in research data sharing. He is co-director of the Metabolomics Consortium Coordinating Center.

Vice President, Research Intelligence
Elsevier

Falk-Krzesinski has been involved in the study and practice of team science for over a decade, with a special interest in how expert finder and research networking systems support scientific collaboration. In addition to her role on Elsevier’s Global Strategic Networks team, she is an adjunct instructor at Northwestern University.

Senior Vice President Global Strategic Alliances
Elsevier

Fenwick forges noncommercial partnerships and productive collaborations with and between universities, research centers, industry, governments, and funding bodies to enhance higher education and research productivity. He served as vice chancellor for research and engagement at the University of Tennessee, vice president of research at Virginia Tech, and chief scientist of USDA.

Service Lead for Research Information Management Systems
University of Minnesota Libraries

Fransen works with campus partners to provide library systems and data that save researchers, students, and administrators time and improve their access to vital resources. Before becoming a librarian, Fransen was a programmer, trainer, and writer focusing on helping people use technology to be more effective in their jobs.

NY Manufacturing Extension Partnership Solutions Director
FuzeHub

Henriques helps manufacturers, start-ups, universities, and business leaders advance innovation and technology. He is also president of E.H. Hall, Inc., a consulting and supplier firm in the process development, environmental, safety, and health arena, and co-founder of Plasmaco, Inc., which developed the first full-color 60-inch HD plasma display television.

President
Pathfinder Research

Johnsrud provides technology transfer and innovation support services to entrepreneurs, established companies, economic development groups, and others in the business, government, and academic sectors. She is a resource at the Santa Fe College Center for Innovation and Economic Development and serves as a mentor for entrepreneur training programs.

Executive Director
Ohio Manufacturing Institute

Kelley collaborates with state and national partners to develop public policy that supports manufacturing innovation, advocate for manufacturing needs within supply chains, and remove barriers between academia and industry. The Institute partners with the Ohio Innovation Exchange expert finder system.

Chief Executive Officer
Exaptive

King is an engineer and software architect who loves using data and code to solve problems, communicate ideas, and facilitate innovation. He has developed award-winning enterprise software and speaks internationally about data science and software and how to facilitate “aha” moments with resource networking.

Senior Research Analyst
North Carolina Biotechnology Center

Krueger provides research and data analysis services to NCBiotech Center staff and the economic development and entrepreneurial biotechnology communities in North Carolina. Transforming data from unconventional resources into easy-to-read reports and meaningful data visualizations is her specialty.

Assistant Professor and Researcher Information Systems Librarian
Texas A&M University Libraries

Lee works on design and implementation of campus research information management systems to make university expertise more discoverable and share faculty research with broader audiences. He also works on research projects to design metadata models for RIMS and develop services based on the data stored in RIMS.

Director of Special Projects
FuzeHub

Lloyd is responsibile for portal development and management for the Solutions Program, which helps small to mid-sized manufacturers overcome challenges to growth by connecting them with industry experts from the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership, universities, economic development organizations, state programs, and the private sector.

Site Manager, Central Florida Research Park Incubator
University of Central Florida

The incubator helps emerging or growing companies “be smarter, grow faster, and stay alive” by providing mentoring, coaching, and networking support--along with office and lab space. Dykes Logue was previously a librarian at the University of Florida College of Engineering and vice president of information services at a Florida start-up.

Chief Technology Officer
Academic Analytics

Moericke is focused on the technical design and development of internal and externally facing applications. The business objective of the technology group is to present Academic Analytics data in the most intelligent and easy to use manner, as well as to assist in data curation.

Technical Consultant
Tennessee Manufacturing Extension Partnership
University of Tennessee

Norman provides actionable information to small manufacturers interested in adopting advanced composite technologies. He has eight years of experience as a business manager and mechanical technology analyst, focusing on business operations, technical analysis, and marketing.

Director of Innovation
Digital Science

Porter has forged a career transforming university practices in how data about research are used. In addition to making key contributions to research information visualization and discovery within the university, Porter is known for his advocacy of research profiling systems and their capacity to create opportunities for researchers.

Collection Development and Analysis Librarian
Syracuse University

Rauh oversees collections in science, engineering, and social science and administers the research information management system, Experts@Syracuse. Her interests include collection development, open access, scholarly impact, scientific publishing, and scholarly communication.

Director of the Office of Digital Research & Scholarship
Florida State University Libraries

Soper oversees initiatives related to academic publishing, digital asset management, digital humanities projects and pedagogy, and digital cultural heritage technologies. His research focuses on the intersections of copyright and digital publishing in higher education, with an emphasis on open access and open educational resources.

Professor
Florida State University, School of Information

Stvilia’s research falls at the intersection of information and data management, and sociotechnical systems. His recent research includes studies of researcher participation in research information management systems and collaboration and data practices of condensed matter physicists.

Director, Biomedical Research Informatics Core
Harvard Medical School

Weber spearheaded the development of Profiles RNS, a social networking website for scientists that mines large datasets such as PubMed, NIH ExPORTER, and the U.S. patent database to discover investigators' research areas and scientific networks and presents those connections using temporal, geospatial, and network visualizations.

Assistant Professor
Queens College (CUNY), Graduate School of Library and Information Studies

Wu's research interests are in the intersection of knowledge organization and sociotechnical systems. She examines data practices of the earthquake engineering community, studies music literature indexing, and explores researchers’ participation in research information management systems.
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