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Jonahira Arnold, Ph.D.
Air Force Research Laboratory
Sensors Directorate/Optoelectronic Technology Branch Chief
Topic - Collaborating with the AFRL
Malcolm Daniels, Ph.D.
University of Dayton
ETHOS Program Director, School of Engineering 
Topic - LEADER Consortium Programs Q&A: Mini-grants Program

Sandra Degen, Ph.D.
University of Cincinnati
Associate Chair for Academic Affairs, Department of Pediatrics,
College of Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics
Keynote - An Academic Career in Research: Being Strategic for Success

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Barry L. Farmer, Ph.D.
Air Force Research Laboratory
Chief Scientist, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate
Topic - Collaborating with the AFRL
Fae Korsmo, Ph.D.
National Science Foundation
Senior Advisor, Office of the Director

Topic - Writing and Talking about Research: A Guide to Communicating with NSF

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David Luginbuhl, Ph.D.
Air Force Research Laboratory
Assistant to the Chief Scientist, 711th Human Performance Wing

Topic - Collaborating with the AFRL

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John Mackay, MBA
Wright State University
Technical Grant Writer, College of Engineering and Computer Science Administration 
Topic - Collaborating with the AFRL
Ms. Megan Rehberg
University of Dayton Research Institute
Grants Administrator, Office of Contracts and Grants Administration 
Topic - Marketing Your Research

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Heidi Ries, Ph.D.
Air Force Institute of Technology
Dean for Research, Graduate School of Engineering and Management
Topic - Finding DOD Research Funding Opportunities

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William E. Zamer, Ph.D.
National Science Foundatioin
Program Director, Division of Integrative Organismal Systems
Directorate of Biological Sciences
Topic - Q&A with the IOS Program Director

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Speaker Bios
Jonahira Arnold, Ph.D.
Dr. Arnold is the Optoelectronic Technology Branch Chief in the Sensors Directorate at the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL). Her Branch's focus is on conducting Basic Research for the development and exploitation of novel semiconductor devices and associated optical phenomena. Dr. Arnold earned a B.S. degree in Physics from the University of Puerto Rico and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Polymer Science from the University of Akron, followed by a post-doctoral appointment at the Federal Aviation Administration Tech Center in NJ. Prior to her present position, Dr. Arnold has worked at the Naval Air Systems Command at Pax River, MD, the University of Dayton Research Institute, AFRL's Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and AFRL's Plans and Programs Directorate. Throughout her career, Dr. Arnold has worked on structural and thermal material applications for numerous air and space vehicles.
Dr. Arnold can be reached at jonahira.arnold@wpafb.af.mil.
Malcolm W. Daniels, Ph.D.
Malcolm W. Daniels, Ph.D. is faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Dayton and currently serves as Director of the School of Engineering ETHOS Program. Dr. Daniels has served as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research, as Interim Dean and also, as Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UD. Amongst his current responsibilities, he represents the School of Engineering on the UD Faculty Development Committee. His research interests are in the generalized theory of electrical machines, machine control and appropriate technology design.
One of the original Co-PIs on the NSF ADVANCE grant that formed the LEADER Consortium,he served as the former committee chair for the LEADER Mini-grant Committee..
Sandra Degen, PhD
Sandra Degen, PhD, interim chair of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry & Microbiology in the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati, is also a professor of pediatrics and associate chair for academic affairs in the UC College of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
After receiving a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Washington, Dr. Degen completed two years of postdoctoral work at the Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basel, Switzerland. She joined the faculty and staff of the College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children's Research Foundation in 1985. A Pew Scholar in the biomedical sciences, Dr. Degen's scientific interests include the biological function of the blood coagulation agent prothrombin, as well as a protein identified in her lab that is involved in growth control. She has enjoyed continuous grant support since she received her first academic position. Degen holds three patents for her discoveries. In addition to continuous NIH support for her research until 2006, Dr. Degen has been awarded $4M in grant and endowment support since 1997 from the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Foundation to support the Center for Career Development of Women in Pediatrics.
Her many honors include an Established Investigatorship from the American Heart Association, membership of the Hematology II Study Section at the National Institutes of Health, and participation in the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program. She was also awarded the 2005 Special Recognition Award in Thrombosis from the American Heart Association. Dr. Degen currently serves on the board of directors for BIO/START, BioOhio, and the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative. Degen has been appointed by the Governor of Ohio to the Third Frontier Advisory Board.
Dr. Degen has had several administrative roles within the university, including Associate Senior Vice President for Health Affairs (200-2004) and Vice President for Research (2004-2011).
On the personal side, Dr. Degen has been married for 35 years to Jay Degen, PhD, who is also a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati. They have one child, Lindsay, who is 23 years old, who recently graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and puts their lives into perspective.
Barry L. Farmer
Barry L. Farmer is Chief Scientist in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He joined AFRL in 1998 as Senior Scientist, ST, in Polymeric Materials. Prior to that, he was Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Virginia. He received his B.S. in Chemistry (1969) and his M.S. (1972) and Ph.D. (1974) in Macromolecular Science from Case Western Reserve University. He has authored more than 150 publications on his research. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and serves on the Executive Committee of the APS Division of the Polymer Physics and the American Chemical Society Division of Polymer Chemistry.
Fae L. Korsmo
Dr. Fae L. Korsmo is a Senior Advisor in the Director’s Office at the National Science Foundation. She came to NSF from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and has been a program director in the Office of Polar Programs, the Directorate for Education and Human Resources, and the Office of Integrative Activities. She has worked with several NSF programs from ADVANCE and CAREER to the Science and Technology Centers.
David R. Luginbuhl
Dr. David R. Luginbuhl is Assistant to the Chief Scientist, 711th Human Performance Wing, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He supports the Chief Scientist in his responsibility for the technical direction of a broad, multi-disciplinary research and development portfolio encompassing human-centric aspects of decision-making, forecasting, human performance and training. Dr. Luginbuhl earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Heidi R. Ries
Dr. Heidi R. Ries is the senior research officer at AFIT, responsible for research policy and initiatives, oversight of the Office of Sponsored Programs, thesis and dissertation processing, and research data collection. Prior to joining AFIT in 1999, Dr. Ries served as Professor of Physics and Director of the Center for Materials Research at Norfolk State University (NSU) in Norfolk, VA, acquiring over $15 million in extramural funding. While at NSU from 1986-99, she collaborated on a variety of materials-related research and science education initiatives involving regional universities, Jefferson Lab, NASA Langley Research Center, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Ries’ research interests include nonlinear optical materials, radiation effects, electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy, and laser processing of materials.

Dr. Ries received the B.S. and M.S. in Physics from The Ohio State University, and the Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Old Dominion University. Dr. Ries serves as a Consultant-Evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and serves on the Engineering and Science Foundation of Dayton Board of Trustees and the American Society for Engineering Education’s Engineering Research Council Board. She received the Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 2008, was named one of the Miami Valley’s 2009 “Ten Top Women” by the Dayton Daily News, and received the Air Force’s 2011 Women’s History Month STEM role model award.


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