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Dr. John Sankovic


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

Christina Bloebaum

Dean, College of Aeronautics and Engineering
Kent State University

Lloyd R. Field

Entrepreneur & Consultant

J. Michael Oakes

Senior Vice President for Research & Technology Management
Case Western Reserve University

Meredith Bond, Ph.D.

Interim Vice President, Research and Innovation
Interim Dean, College of Graduate Studies
Cleveland State University

Carlos Grodsinsky

COO and Senior Vice President, Technology
ZIN Technologies

Mike Pearsall

Board Secretary
COO & Treasurer
Parallax Advanced Research

Mark T. Czaja, P.E.

Corporate Vice President of Technology & Innovation
Parker Hannifin Corporation

Christopher Hocevar

Board Treasurer
Chief Financial Officer
Ohio Aerospace Institute

Scott Petersen, Col (USA, RET)

Executive Director of Defense Research Initiatives
University of Cincinnati

Wayne V. Denny, Jr.

Board Chairman
Independent Trustee

John E. Leland

Leland Technologies, LLC

Brett Roubinek

President and CEO
Transportation Research Center Inc.

Gail Dolman-Smith

President & CEO
Paragon TEC, Inc.

Michael McKay

Executive Director
Ohio Third Frontier
Ohio Department of Development

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

Ohio Aerospace Institute

Doug Ebersole

Vice President
Cornerstone Research Group

John Nottingham


Biocene 2023 – Save the Date

Biocene 2023 – Save the Date

Biocene 2023 - October 18-20, 2023 Biomimicry: Transforming Materials Biocene is a conference where ideas and research on innovation inspired by nature (biomimicry) are shared,