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Innovation and Industry Partnerships Panel

Wednesday, November 28
10:30 am – 11:45 am
Hynes, Level 2, The Hub Stage—Hall D

We all know that research and innovation is at the heart of many large organizations today, but do you ever wonder what major companies look for in potential new ideas, inventions and innovators? Listen as a panel of five industry professionals (who immerse themselves in the world of innovation and technology transfer every day) explain how to develop partnerships between small businesses and large organizations, and discuss the process of transitioning small-scale prototypes to market-worthy products.



Kristen BrosnanKristen H. Brosnan, GE Global Research

Kristen Brosnan leads Metals & Ceramics Technologies at GE Global Research. Her team is working on new, early technology readiness areas for the GE Aviation business, GE Power business and for government funded programs.  In this role, she is responsible for delivering high temperature materials technologies for industrial gas turbines, including critical new alloys, CMCs, coatings for the LEAP & GE9X Aviation engines, repair technologies for legacy engines, and new investment casting technology for the GE Power HA gas turbine. She is co-chair of the 2018 MRS Fall Meeting. Brosnan has a BS degree in materials science and engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and MS and PhD degrees in materials science and engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.


Image coming soonSanket Desai, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering

Biography coming soon.


Edward GreerEdward Greer, The Dow Chemical Company

Edward Greer is member of the Scouting & Exploration Network in Dow’s Ventures and Business Development group.  In this role, he is responsible for finding and evaluating technologies and opportunities that complement Dow's robust Research & Development pipeline and have the potential to contribute to the company’s long-term success. Dow seeks innovations that extract value from the intersection of chemical, physical and biological sciences to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems. Edward has extensive experience in research management, market development and business development. He has contributed to advancements in ceramics, displays, organic electronics, optical disks, photovoltaics and microwave devices. He earned a BS degree in chemistry with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a PhD degree in analytical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He holds a Certificate of Professional Development from the Wharton Executive Education program. Edward serves on the advisory boards of the Cornell Center for Materials Research and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s Proof of Concept Centers.


Seung Ho YangSeung Ho Yang, LG Display Co., Ltd. 

Seung Ho Yang is currently a director in open innovation at LG Display Co., Ltd. and has worked at Samsung, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and Seagate Technology. He has expertise in materials science, mechanical engineering, applied physics, electric engineering and MEMS for open innovation, technology staging, engineering, research, and business development.


Bernhard von VacanoBernhard von Vacano, BASF North American Center for Research on Advanced Materials

Having held several scientific expert and managerial roles in materials R&D at BASF in Germany, Bernhard von Vacano is now heading BASF’s Strategic Research Alliance NORA. NORA is a joint initiative of BASF with Harvard University, MIT and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Based on campus at Harvard as a visiting scientist, he steers a portfolio of strategic collaborative research projects and is responsible for technology scouting on the east coast. Bernhard holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Marburg, Germany. He studied Chemistry and Physics at Tübingen University, Germany, the University of Wales at Bangor, UK and the Max-Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Munich, Germany.