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Dr. John Sankovic

President and CEO

Dr. Sankovic comes to Ohio Aerospace Institute following a distinguished 31-year career at NASA, where he most recently served as center chief technologist and director of the Office of Technology Incubation and Innovation. There, he received numerous awards, including the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, six Agency Honor Group Achievement Awards and an R&D100 technology innovation award.

Board of Trustees

Lee Ann Cochran

Amphora Consulting

John M. Horack, Ph.D

Senior Associate Dean in the College of Engineering
The Ohio State University

John M. Sankovic, Ph.D., P.E.

President and CEO
Ohio Aerospace Institute

Wayne V. Denny, Jr.

Board Chairman
Independent Trustee

Dennis Irwin, Ph.D., P.E., F.NSPE

Independent Trustee

Joseph Shields, Ph.D.

Vice President for Research & Creative Activity
Dean of the Graduate College
Professor of Physics & Astronomy

Ohio University

Ali Dhinojwala

Interim Dean, College of Polymer Science and
Polymer Engineering
H.A. Morton Professor, Polymer Science 
The University of Akron

John E. Leland

Director, Research Institute and
Vice President for Research
The University of Dayton

Robert E. Tanner

OFRN, Executive Director
Parallax Advanced Research

Gail Dolman-Smith

President & CEO
Paragon TEC, Inc.

Michael McKay

Manager, Early Stage Investment Funds
Office of Technology Investments
Ohio Development Services Agency

Sherri Oblander

Executive Assistant and Board Secretary
Ohio Aerospace Institute

C. Forrest Faison, III, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation
Chief Healthcare Strategy Office
Cleveland State University

Gautam Pillay, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Research
Professor of Engineering Education
College of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Cincinnati