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Nima Rahbar, Ph.D.
Nima earned a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Civil Engineering in 2008 from Princeton University. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Civil, Environmental, & Architectural Engineering Department at WPI where his research focus is on Mechanics and Physics of Materials. He was also a Visiting Scholar from 2019-2020 at MIT in their Department of Civil Engineering. In his own words, Nima says “my favorite aspect of teaching is working one on one with graduate and undergraduate students on research projects. I like to excite students’ curiosity towards discoveries and creative scientific advancements. In our research group, we focus on the fundamental principles that control the behavior of materials in engineering and biology at multiple scales. I am particularly interested in the bioinspired design of materials and structures. In this field, studying biological materials leads to the design of high-performance materials and structures.”
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Suzanne Scarlata, Ph.D.
Suzanne is the Richard Whitcomb Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She is known for her work on how cells respond to hormones and neurotransmitters. She is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. In 2016, Suzanne was elected president of the Biophysical Society. In her own words, Suzanne is “fascinated by the way that cells grow, move, or die depending on their environment”. Her early research examined the motion of fluorophores. She went on to examine histones under high pressure, the compression of lipid membranes, and the binding affinities of compounds within lipids. She is also interested in the use of enzymes to alter materials used in construction. In 2021, Suzanne was involved in a research project that lead to the discovery and creation of Enzymatic’s technology.
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Shuai Wang
Shuai is currently a Teaching Assistant at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and is working toward a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with an anticipated completion date in 2023.
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USAF 3-Star General (Ret) Jerry Martinez
• National Security Consultant
• Vice President, Allegiant Airlines
• Partner, International Security Industry Council
• Advisor, Center for Asia Pacific Strategy
• Advisor, SEE ID, Inc.

• Commander US Forces Japan, Commander 5th Air Force – Responsible for managing bilateral security issues, administering the Status of Forces Agreement, and enhancing the quality of life of 62,000 military and Department of Defense civilian personnel and 42,000 dependents. Partnered with The US Embassy and numerous inter-agency organizations to develop long-term strategy and manage the US-Japan alliance. BioWikipedia
Charlie Maddox, MBA
B.Sc. (Computer Science), MBA from Worcester Polytechnic Institute

• Former USAF C-17 and MQ-1b Instructor Pilot and Director of Operations. Charlie  managed continuous worldwide operations of $11.12B in USAF assets. 

• An experienced Entrepreneur, he previously co-founded three other entities in the logistics, construction and IT industries. FedVan, a transportation company provides workplace commuting and non-emergency medical transportation. Unks Construction and Miwok Construction both focus primarily on federal contracts. Miwok Construction has a unique contract vehicle, a Tribal 8(a), that allows sole source federal contracts up to $100M. SEE ID, Inc. is an Industrial IoT team providing systems to identify, locate, authenticate and status assets in real time.
Ed Nabrotzky, MBA
B.Sc. (Computer Science), MBA, PhD (ABD), Industrial Networking SME​​

• Former CTO of Omni-ID, #1 industrial RFID company in the world​​ with Annual revenue of $20M, 40% annual growth, acquired by Panasonic​

• Localization Technology Development (+20 years)​; Listed as inventor on 5 foundational tech patents​​

• Managed 4 startups to exit (+$400mm capital raised)​; Taught Entrepreneurial Finance at MBA level​​ at Rochester Institute of Technology
Jeff Andersen
Jeff earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy. He is a former C-5 and MQ-1B Instructor Pilot in the United States Air Force (USAF). An experienced Entrepreneur, he previously co-founded three other entities in the logistics and construction industries. FedVan is a transportation company providing workplace commuting and non-emergency medical transportation to disabled veterans. FedVan has expanded its original business to 3 additional franchised locations and is poised for rapid expansion across the U.S. Unks Construction and Miwok Construction are both General Contractors which focus primarily on Federal Contracts and have completed work from Guam to North Carolina and many places in between. Miwok Construction has a unique contract vehicle, a Tribal 8(a), that allows sole source federal contracts up to $100M. Jeff lead both construction companies and their success is largely attributed to his efforts.
Dr. Isaac Nardi
Isaac received his Ph.D in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics from the University of Virginia. His research interests include recombinant enzymes for industrial and therapeutic purposes. He has published across fields ranging from cancer therapeutics, disease diagnostics, and cell cycle. He started a biotech/consulting company, Epigentor Consultants, Inc., and has consulted for several biopharma companies in the field of drug and clinical trial design. His company was awarded a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the Department of Energy for membrane-based carbon capture employing Epigentor’s patented thermos & acid stable CA enzymes. Epigentor and the DOE are currently in publication review showing the robustness and stability of this enzyme for carbon capture. Epigentor has also recruited the esteemed professor Dr. Anindya Dutta as Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Dutta is head chair of the Department of Genetics at the University of Alabama Birmingham. Epigentor’s collaboration with Dr. Dutta has led to a high-throughput, low-cost antibody discovery platform that is currently in testing for novel antibodies for HPV treatment.