OAI’s board of trustees today announced the appointment of Dr. John Sankovic as president and CEO effective September 24. When he takes the helm, Sankovic plans to prioritize fostering partnerships and driving research from university laboratories to Ohio’s industrial aerospace manufacturers.
Colleen K. Unsworth
Colleen is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Biology, University of Akron and a corporate Biomimicry Fellow jointly sponsored by NASA Glenn Research Center and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. At UA, her dissertation work focuses on integrating inclusive design into bio-inspired design. In the lab, she studies how animal locomotor biomechanics can inspire novel all-terrain mobility aid designs.
At NASA, Colleen works alongside engineers and data scientists to develop an AI design and translation tool (PeTaL) to streamline nature-inspired solution discovery for practitioners. She has also served as the lead organizer for Biocene 2019-2020 and coordinates NASA’s V.I.N.E. (Virtual Interchange for Nature-inspired Exploration), a collaborative network of academics, industry experts, and citizen scientists with a shared interest in nature-inspired research.