John A. Elliott is currently the Dean of the UConn School of Business as well as Auran J. Fox Chair in Business. He was most recently the Dean at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, which is part of the City University of New York (CUNY), Vice President of Baruch College, and the Irwin and Arlene Ettinger Professor of Accountancy. Dean Elliott received his BS and MBA. degrees from the University of Maryland and his Ph.D. degree from Cornell University. Prior to accepting the Deanship at the Zicklin School, he spent 20 years on the faculty at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, most recently as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Dr. Kazem Kazerounian currently serves as Dean and a professor of Mechanical Engineering in the School of Engineering at the University of Connecticut. He has been responsible for leading strategic initiatives focused on expanding the School’s research enterprise, institutional advancement, educational innovation, and technology commercialization. At the national level, he has been the Chair of ASME Design Division Executive Committee and has led several major national and international conferences and technical committees. He has served on the editorial boards of the ASME Applied Mechanics Review and ASME Journal of Medical Devices and has been Associate Editor of both the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design and the Journal of Mechanisms and Machine Theory. In addition, he is a Fellow of ASME and the recipient of the ASME Design Division Mechanisms and Robotics Award (a lifetime achievement award) in recognition of cumulative contributions to the field of mechanisms design and theory (2006), the George Wood Award in recognition of significant contributions to the field of mechanisms and robotics (1997), and the ABB Outstanding Faculty Award (1997). He was inducted into the Connecticut Academy of Science & Engineering (CASE) in 2008.
Andrew Zehner serves as Associate Vice President, Technology Commercialization and Industry Relations, in the Office of Vice President for Research (OVPR). He also serves in the Office of the General Counsel as Counsel for business transactions. Andrew has twenty years of experience providing strategic and business counsel to a wide variety of industries, including life sciences, health care, telecommunications, and information technology. Andrew was most recently Senior Corporate Counsel in the Legal Division of Pfizer Inc., supporting all aspects of pharmaceutical R&D in the U.S. and United Kingdom. He led the negotiations on many research, development and commercialization transactions. Prior to that, he served as counsel for Paradigm4, People’s Choice TV and HSS, Inc., all fast-growing Connecticut technology companies. Zehner received a B.A. degree in American civilization from Middlebury College, an M.A. degree in history from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Juris Doctor with Honors from the University of Maryland School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Connecticut and Maryland.
Lawrence K. Silbart, MPH, Ph.D. received his doctoral degree in toxicology from the University of Michigan and joined the Department of Animal Science at UCONN as an Assistant Professor in 1991. He has served as Department Head of the Department of Allied Health Sciences since 2006, and maintains an active research interest aimed at developing mucosal vaccines and adjuvants. Dr. Silbart has authored or co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, many in prestigious scientific journals, has held grants from federal agencies including the NIH and USDA, and has served on four federal grant review study panels. He served as Division G Chair of the American Society of Microbiology (2012), has overseen five post-doctoral fellows and has served as major advisor to twelve doctoral students including two in progress. Dr. Silbart is joint appointed in three departments, has served as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University for over a decade, and held an adjunct appointment at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine for many years. He has received two teaching awards and has taught courses in Environmental Health and Vaccine research. He maintains an active research program aimed at developing mucosal vaccines and adjuvants for infectious agents and toxins. He joined the Provost’s office in the fall of 2013 as the Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives. In this role he has many responsibilities related to the roll-out of NextGenCT and the UConn Tech Park.