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Bob Bradish is vice president of AEP Transmission Grid Development, responsible for AEP Transmission system planning, which includes organizing and managing all activities related to assessing the adequacy of AEP's transmission network to meet the needs of its customers in a reliable, cost effective and environmentally compatible manner; the real-time operation of AEP’s transmission assets in compliance with all applicable safety and reliability standards, contractual and tariff obligations and all federal, state and local regulations and laws; and advanced technical/analytical studies in support of planning, engineering, design and operation of the AEP transmission system, and for managing/coordinating the Transmission Technology/R&D Program.
Prior to his current position, he was managing director — Transmission Planning & Business Development where, in addition to planning, he was responsible for the origination, evaluation, and execution of strategic transmission investment opportunities in support of AEP’s transmission business strategy.
Prior to returning to AEP Transmission, Bradish led the Market Operations group within AEP’s Commercial Operations organization. He was responsible for the development and execution of AEP’s day-to-day commercial strategy within the RTO wholesale markets. Bradish holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Clarkson University in New York. He also holds a master of business administration degree from The Ohio State University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio and is a member of the Engineering Advisory Council of Clarkson University.
Peter V. Buca
Peter Buca is Vice President, Innovation & Technology for the Fluid Connectors Group at Parker Hannifin Corporation, where he has worked for 29 years in various engineering and management positions. Buca's current focus is leading the development of innovative new products in Parker Hannifin's oldest and largest group. Pete is recognized for his ability to create growth through innovative product development in any market. Buca earned his ENG degree from CSU in 1988.
Jeffrey D. Caracillo
Jeff Caracillo is the division director of Operations and Integration for Training Systems and Government Services (TSGS), a division of the Global Services & Support (GS&S) business unit of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. In this role, Caracillo is the Chief Operating Officer of TSGS and has deputy duties to the vice president of TSGS, focusing on day-to-day operational excellence, near- and long-term improvements and divisional leadership. Caracillo also has full delegated authority to make business and investment decisions for the betterment of the TSGS organization.
Prior to joining TSGS, Caracillo was the integration team lead, Boeing Military Aircraft Affordability, spearheading a major initiative to optimize BMA’s structure and operations by driving vision, results, action and accountability throughout the business. He also supported the Vertical Lift business as the Engineering focal on the leadership team during this assignment.
Caracillo has held a variety of positions during a career at Boeing that has spanned nearly three decades, including deputy program manager F/A-18 & EA-18 Programs in BMA Global Strike; division director for Supplier Quality, Defense, Space & Security; division director F/A-18 programs Chief Engineer and IPT (Airframe/Subsystems, Mission Systems, Flight Technology, T&E) leader ; director of the Airframe, Weapons, Technology & Subsystems Integrated Product Team for Integrated Defense Systems and Global Strike Systems, supporting the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, F-15 Eagle, T-45 Goshawk, and C-17 Globemaster III programs; and F/A-18E/F Chief Engineer and Tactical Aircraft Airframe, Technology & Subsystem Integrated Product Team Deputy Team Leader. He has also held numerous leadership positions supporting the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, TMK10, TAV-8B Harrier, and AV-8B/GRMK5 Harrier II programs.
Caracillo holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Washington University, and an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from Washington University. Caracillo is also the Boeing Executive Focal for The Ohio State University.
Stephanie Carullo is currently advising three technology Start-ups in the Silicon Valley in the Healthcare, Education and Emergency Services sectors.
Ms. Carullo spent the last year also working as head of Global Partnerships at Hampton Creek, a food technology start-up in the Silicon Valley, where she was responsible for developing strategic client and supplier relationships.
Prior to this role, she was Vice President of US Education Sales for Apple responsible for sales and management of customers serving K-12 through Higher Education.
Previously Ms. Carullo was Cisco Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Data Center & Virtualization. While at Cisco she also served as Area Vice President in Cisco’s US Service Provider business. Before Cisco, Ms. Carullo was Executive Director, Enterprise and Government Sales for Telstra, Australia. Before joining Telstra Ms Carullo spent 14 years with IBM in executive level positions spanning sales, services and operations.
Dr. Henry Cialone
Dr. Henry Cialone is President and CEO of EWI, North America’s leading independent materials joining technology organization. He has a record of creating new business opportunities through technological innovation. After joining EWI in 2005, Cialone engineered a turnaround of the company by focusing on strengthening the balance sheet, expanding the company’s portfolio of manufacturing technologies, and creating public-private partnerships like the Nuclear Fabrication Consortium. Previously, he was an executive at Battelle, where he developed and managed the commercial energy technology portfolio ultimately leading the commercial energy business and serving on the governing board of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Cialone serves on several corporate boards and advisory bodies: Energetix Group plc Board of Directors; Midwest Research Institute Board of Trustees; EnerTech Capital Strategic Advisory Board; Ohio State University College of Engineering External Advisory Council; Ohio State University College of Public Health EH&S Advisory Committee; Ohio State University Materials Science and Engineering External Advisory Council; Miami University Research Advisory Council; and Manufacturing Institute Board of Trustees.
Cialone received his BS degree in materials engineering from Brown University, and his MS and PhD degrees in materials science, also from Brown, where he specialized in hydrogen enhanced fracture. He has completed executive management programs at Fuqua and Wharton.
Nancy C. Dawes is a prestigious Research Fellow in the Victor Mills Society, a Research and Development organization that recognizes less than 1 percent of the top technologists in Procter & Gamble Company. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, she currently works on developing global hair care strategies and new product innovations for well-known brands including Head & Shoulders and Pantene.
Having worked at P&G since 1981, her many accomplishments include: designing key product and benefit platforms that drove Olay skin care brand to a billion dollar business, more than doubling Olay’s market share and fueling expansion into 15 plus global markets between 1995 – 2008; developing multiple new anti-aging product forms that became top 10-selling products around the world (Olay Total Effects, Olay Regenerist, Olay Definity); and establishing key products and claims that tripled the size of Pringles’ U.S. business between 1989-93, positioning the brand for strong international expansion. She holds six granted patents and is a published author. She is an alumna of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. Receiving many accolades throughout her career, one that she holds most dear is being recognized by Ohio State’s College of Engineering as a Distinguished Alumna in 2012.
Eric D. Evans
Dr. Eric D. Evans is the Director of MIT Lincoln Laboratory, a multidisciplinary Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) run by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the Department of Defense. The Lab focuses on advanced technology development and system prototyping for national security needs on behalf of the military services and other government agencies, such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Dr. Evans is responsible for the strategic direction and overall technical and administrative operations. Dr. Evans is a member of the Defense Science Board (DSB), where he has served on several studies, including as co-leader of the DSB Task Force on Improvised Explosive Devices, a member of the Massport Security Advisory Council, an advisor to U.S. Strategic Command Senior Advisory Group, and President of the National GEM Consortium for Graduate Education for Underrepresented Minorities. He has previously served as a member of the Los Alamos and Lawrence-Livermore National Laboratory Nuclear Mission Committee. From 1999 through 2006, Dr. Evans was the Division Head of Lincoln Laboratory's Air and Missile Defense Technology Division. Prior to 1999, Dr. Evans was the Group Leader of the Laboratory's Air Defense Techniques Group. Dr. Evans has also worked as a radar design engineer for the Navy's Radar Surveillance Technology Experimental Radar (RSTER) program. Dr. Evans is a Fellow of the IEEE and an author of over 45 refereed journal articles and conference papers. In 1996, he and his co-authors received the M. Barry Carlton Award from the IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society for a paper on advanced radar signal processing. Dr. Evans holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from The Ohio State University.
Sandra Harbrecht, Council Chair
As president and CEO of Paul Werth Associates, Sandra W. Harbrecht is leading the firm through a period of growth, achievement and national recognition. She specializes in executive-level counsel on leadership and reputation building, marketing strategy, issues management, organizational communications and crisis management.
Ms. Harbrecht oversees a team of public relations, advertising, public affairs, interactive and research professionals serving corporate, not-for-profit and association clients in the education, health care, financial and professional services sectors. She also provides coaching and facilitation in areas such as strategic communications planning, presentation techniques and leadership communication. Ms. Harbrecht is a frequent speaker for various regional and national business and professional organizations.
Ms. Harbrecht serves on the board of directors for The Davey Tree Expert Co. and The Motorists Insurance Group. Ms. Harbrecht is a trustee of the Ingram/White Castle Foundation, board member and immediate past chair of Experience Columbus and chair of the Arvin Alexander Fund of The Columbus Foundation. She is on the Dean’s Advisory Council for Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.
She is past chair of the board of trustees for Kent State University and chaired the search committee for the current president. She is immediate past chair of the Law Enforcement Foundation and served as a board member of the Columbus Chamber, Columbus Museum of Art, Easter Seals, CHOICES and COSI Columbus.
Ms. Harbrecht is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), a past chair of the Society’s Counselors Academy and a founding member of the Council of Public Relations Firms. In 2010 she was inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame. She also has been recognized by the Kent State Alumni Association for her service to the university and received The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business Pace Setter Alumni Award for distinguished community service.
She graduated at the top of her class with a Master of Business Administration degree and earned a Master’s degree in education from The Ohio State University. She is a magna cum laude graduate from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Ray Harishankar is an IBM Fellow and Vice President of Technology & Innovation within Global Business Services (GBS). He defines and operationalizes strategies for GBS to have a strong portfolio of Business Solutions & Assets, enables clients to adopt and benefit from these assets as well as from emerging technology approaches. Collaborating with IBM Research, Harishankar identifies and infuses innovative & market differentiating capabilities into these solutions & assets. An expert in Systems of Insight, Social Business and Cloud technologies, Harishankar has made significant contributions in the area of asset strategies, service-oriented architecture, actionable business architecture, reference architectures, etc. He joined IBM in 1999 as an Executive IT architect. In 2003, he was nominated an IBM Distinguished Engineer and was elected to the IBM Academy of Technology. Harishankar has received three Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards within IBM. In May 2006, he was appointed as an IBM Fellow, the highest honor an employee can receive for technical innovation.
With over 30 years of industry experience, Harishankar is actively engaged globally with clients across multiple industries. He serves on the technology advisory council for selected customers, guiding them on business related technology decisions. He was instrumental in establishing an architect profession in India and in growing and maintaining the vitality of that community. Harishankar is also very active in strengthening the relationship between academic institutions and IBM. Carnegie Mellon University, University of Kentucky in Lexington, and Indian Institute of Technology – Chennai are few of the institutions with whom he collaborates. He also serves on the External Advisory Council for College of Engineering and on the Advisory Council for the College of Computer and Information Science at The Ohio State University.
During the industry E-Week celebrations held by the National Engineers Week Foundation, Harishankar was named an Asian American Engineer of the Year for 2009. In October 2013, he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of The Ohio State University College of Engineering.
Aimee Kennedy joined Battelle as the vice president of Education, STEM Learning, and Philanthropy reporting to President and CEO Jeff Wadsworth, effective September 3, 2013. She directs Battelle’s efforts to foster innovative educational environments that prepare students for tomorrow’s career and college environment. These inclusive schools offer students access to rigorous academics and real world context, while focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These include Metro Early College, the Ohio STEM Learning Network, and the national STEMx network.
Aimee was formerly the Principal/Chief Academic Officer at Metro Early College High School, an Ohio STEM Learning Network platform school founded by Battelle and located on the campus of The Ohio State University’s. Having been at Metro since the school’s second year, she has also served as assistant principal and classroom teacher. Aimee, as principal, led the Metro Early College to unprecedented levels of student achievement during her leadership tenure at Metro. For four consecutive years, 100% of Metro’s seniors have graduated from high school on time, and have been accepted to college. Metro earned straight As on the 2013 State Report Card, and the 2013 ACT composite score was 24.3—compared to Ohio’s average of 21.8. Before working at Metro, Aimee was a teacher and leader in Canton City Schools. As a team leader and literacy coach, she effectively led district wide change and innovative school reform.
Aimee routinely consults with educators, industry partners, and higher education organizations across the country as they plan for innovation and school reform. Notably, her work in Ohio, Texas, North Carolina, and Tennessee has resulted in schools incorporating Literacy and Math initiatives in STEM and Early College schools throughout their states. Aimee is frequently called upon to share her expertise in designing responsive systems that enhance rigor and relevance in schools, and simultaneously provide opportunities for personalized learning environments for students.
Aimee earned a bachelor’s degree from Malone University in Communications, a master’s in Education from the University of Akron, and is completing a Ph. D. in Educational Policy and Leadership at The Ohio State University.
Kowalski joined Huntington in February 2014 as the Chief Information Officer (CIO). He spent the last 12 years in numerous technology leadership roles at JPMorgan Chase (JPMC). Most recently, he was the chief technology officer for the Corporate Internet Group where he was responsible for all technology aspects of JMPC’s Internet and Mobile platforms.
Before joining Bank One/JPMC, Kowalski was a manager within Accenture’s Banking and Insurance practice, aligned with the Financial Services Industry group. In this role, his responsibilities included architecture strategy development for customer relationship management solutions for a number of clients including Bank One, Bank of America (NationsBank) and First Union National Bank. Kowalski began his career as a programmer analyst at Amerilink Corporation, dba NaCom.
Eric Stephen Lagerberg
Eric Stephen Lagerberg is Executive Vice-President, Board Member and Global Retail Practice Group Leader with CallisonRTKL Architects P.C. He directs the retail practice group and has been one of the firm’s strongest leaders, steering the New York office into one of the most prominent names in the industry and forming relationships with some of the world’s most successful retailers and brands. He previously served as Principal Architect in the firm’s Shanghai and Seattle offices.
With 25 years of experience as an architect, designer, practice leader and educator, Eric’s combination of business acumen and design talent make him an ideal leader for the ever-changing retail industry.
Prior to joining Callison, Eric worked as Design Director (Europe, Middle East and Asia) and Director of Architectural Design for Starbucks Coffee Company in Seattle.
Kenny McDonald, CEcD, joined the Columbus 2020 team in July 2010. As president and chief economic officer, Kenny serves as the primary leader of all economic development and business attraction efforts for the 11-county Columbus Region.
Kenny has an extensive background in site selection, regional economic development, community marketing, business recruitment and international business development. Most recently, he served as executive vice president at the Charlotte Regional Partnership. He has also held positions at the Albuquerque Economic Development Corporation, Fluor Daniels Global Locations Strategies and Savannah Economic Development Authority. Kenny graduated with a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Dickinson State University and a Master of Public Administration from Georgia Southern University.
Kenny serves on the boards of the Columbus Chamber, International Economic Development Council (IEDC), MidAmerican Global Ventures, NAIOP Central Ohio, SciTech, and Transportation Research Center. Kenny also serves as chairman of the IEDC’s Planning and Business Development Committee.
Gary Mercer is Vice President and General Manager for Technology and Sciences, and is the Vice President and Chief Engineer GE Aviation in Evendale, Ohio. In this role he is responsible for leading the Technology & Sciences organization which includes sciences, demonstrators, and advanced components and technologies.
Mercer has more than 28 years of experience at GE, where he began as a design engineer in the Aircraft Engines Business Group in 1985. He has held engineering leadership positions with GE Energy, Oil & Gas, and GE’s Renewables business. Mercer brings his passion for engineering excellence, innovating processes and products to make GE the preferred supplier to our customers around the world.
Mercer was named the Vice President and Chief Engineer for GE Aviation in 2011. In 2012 his responsibilities grew to include the “Create” portion of the Aviation Engines Engineering division.
Dr. David A. Moody
Dr. David A. Moody is the President and CEO of Moody Engineering, a professional civil engineering company that provides innovative engineering solutions to municipalities, architects, real estate developers, contractors, planners, educational institutions, health care facilities, and industries. A mechanical engineer by trade, David has hands-on expertise in identifying, analyzing, and solving multifaceted design challenges. His diverse engineering background includes positions at Intel, Eaton, Caterpillar, Harley-Davidson and Mettler Toledo. In addition to design, David has severed as a consultant for large corporations such as Blue Shield of California, Yahoo!, Autodesk, McKesson and Virgin America. In the consultant role, he led multiple design and engineering teams from various disciplines in problem solving resulting in innovative solutions to the clients’ most pressing issues.
A leader in cultural competency and diversity inclusion, David has served on The Ohio State University Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Student Committee (2003-2004), was president of the National Society of Black Engineers (2003-2005) and president of the Black Graduate Engineering & Science Students Association (2006-2008), and he served on the University of California, Berkeley Mechanical Engineering Committee for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (2009). Today David continues to serve his community through various volunteer service projects and work in Columbus, Ohio.
David holds a PhD along with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California Berkeley. He received his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering in 2005 from The Ohio State University.
Bhavesh (Bob) Patel
Bhavesh V. (Bob) Patel is chief executive officer and chairman of the management board of LyondellBasell, one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. Patel assumed this position January 2015.
Patel first joined LyondellBasell in March of 2010 as senior vice president, Olefins and Polyolefins – Americas. In this role, he successfully led the restructuring of the U.S. business, significantly increasing efficiency. In this role, he also led the development of plans to take advantage of the shale gas expansion in the U.S. In November 2010, he was named senior vice president, Olefins and Polyolefins – Europe, Asia and International, based in the Netherlands.
In October 2013, Patel was promoted to executive vice president, Olefins and Polyolefins – Europe, Asia and International. In this role, he was given additional responsibility for the Company’s manufacturing operations outside of the Americas. Under Patel’s leadership, the company’s operations in Europe and Asia established a track record of strong performance through increased efficiency, streamlined operations and a shift toward advantaged feedstocks.
Prior to joining LyondellBasell, Patel was general manager, Olefins and Natural Gas Liquids for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, where he was responsible for all aspects of one of the company’s largest businesses. At Chevron Phillips, Patel also served as general manager, Asia-Pacific region based in Singapore, where he led all of the company’s activities in the region. Previously, he worked for Chevron Corporation and its affiliates for more than 20 years.
Patel is a board member of Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas, and serves as Vice Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Finance, Audit and Membership committee of the American Chemistry Council.
Joe H. Ritch
Joe Ritch is a partner at the Sirote & Permutt law firm in Huntsville, Alabama, where he has worked since 1982. Areas of practice include business corporate matters, with a concentration on defense and aerospace companies engaged in advanced technologies.
He is the firm’s co-chair of the Privacy & Data Security Practice Group. Outside of the office, Ritch is well-known throughout the Southeastern U.S. region for his economic development work. He has served on numerous corporate and nonprofit agency boards. Most recently, he was elected as the chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors and will begin his term on May 18, 2014, and is chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority BRAC Committee. Ritch has served on the University of Alabama board of trustees, currently chairs the University of Alabama-Huntsville Eminent Scholars Foundation, and in 1979-1982 was founder and first head coach of the University of Alabama-Huntsville ice hockey program. A native of Selma, Alabama, Ritch is married to Lana C. Ritch. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, a law degree from Samford University, and a postgraduate law degree in taxation from New York University.
Al D. Romig
Alton D. Romig, Jr., PhD is Vice President and Program Manager of Advanced Development Programs’ (ADP) Engineering and Advanced Systems for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company’s world-renowned Skunk Works®, the pre-eminent leader in aerospace innovation for over 70 years. He leads the organization in the development of advanced systems concepts, product improvements and derivatives, advanced projects and programs, while supporting major program campaigns and capture opportunities across the Lockheed Martin Corporation.
Prior to joining ADP, Dr. Romig spent more than 30 years with Sandia National Laboratories, which is operated by Lockheed Martin Corporation. He held a variety of management assignments including Chief Technology Officer and Vice President for Science, Technology, and Partnerships; Chief Scientific Officer for the Nuclear Weapons Program; and Executive Vice President, Deputy Laboratories Director, and Chief Operating Officer responsible for all aspects of Laboratory business.
Dr. Romig is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves on numerous advisory councils and boards, including the Intelligence Science Board; the Air Force Studies Board; the Standing Advisory Committee to the Special Operations Command; and the Standing Committee on Technology Insight. In 2013 he was named an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA.)
He was also appointed as part-time Visiting Associate Professor in Physics at California Institute of Technology in October 2013.
Elliot B. Ross is the co-founder of The MFL Group, a boutique consulting firm that for the past 13 years has assisted clients in developing and implementing profitable growth strategies. He was previously head of McKinsey & Company’s worldwide marketing practice. During his 15-year tenure at that firm, he became its thought leader in proactive pricing management, authoring articles in several journals, including the Harvard Business Review and the Wall Street Journal. Mr. Ross currently serves on the Board of both public and private companies.
Prior to founding MFL, Mr. Ross was President and Director of State Industrial Products, a leading manufacturer and distributor of specialty chemical and hardware products. He also led Essef Corporation (NASDAQ) as Chief Operating Officer and a Director to four years of growth to over $300 Million (in excess of 34% per year). He founded Inverness Partners and grew Inverness Castings Group (Co-Chairman and co-CEO) into a leading $70 Million tier I automotive supplier. He was selected by Inc. magazine as regional manufacturing entrepreneur of the year. He is a Director of The Stephan Company and Dunn Paper and served as a Director and Chairman of the Board of Gevity HR, Inc. (NASDAQ). Mr. Ross holds a Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Science (Engineering) from The Ohio State and an M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University.
Rick Schostek is executive vice president of Honda North America, Inc. He is responsible for planning, support, and governance in that region. Schostek joined Honda in 1987 as an attorney in the Legal Department, concentrating in commercial and environmental areas. He was named general counsel and assistant vice president of the Legal Department and Corporate Affairs in 1998. In 2001, he was promoted to vice president and given additional responsibilities over the support services area. In 2004, Schostek joined Honda Manufacturing of Alabama where he provided overall operational leadership at this facility, which currently produces the Honda Odyssey, Pilot and Ridgeline, and the Acura MDX. Schostek joined Honda Manufacturing of Indiana in 2008 to take a leadership role in the start-up of Honda’s newest auto manufacturing plant in North America. In 2011, he returned to Honda in Ohio and, in 2012, was promoted to senior vice president of Honda North America, Inc. and Honda North America Services, LLC.
In addition to his roles at Honda North America and Honda North America Services, Schostek is chairman of the board of directors of the Ohio Manufacturers Association, as well as a member of the boards of trustees for the National Association of Manufacturers and Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation.
A Cleveland native, Schostek is a graduate of the Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University and General Motors Institute (now the Kettering University) in Flint, Michigan. He and his wife, Doreen, live in Dublin and have two children.