The Minds

Critical to the success of Allied Minds’ subsidiaries are the lead scientists who drive the technical development. We are proud of our scientific team.

Charles Clancy, Ph.D.

Director, Hume Center for National Security and Technology

Andrew D. Kent, Ph.D.

Professor of Physics, New York University
Charles Clancy, Ph.D.

Charles Clancy, Ph.D.

Director, Hume Center for National Security and Technology

Associate Professor, Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Co-Director, NSF Security and Software Engineering Research Center

L-3 Communications Faculty Fellow in Cybersecurity, College of Engineering

In 2015, Dr. Clancy was elected to be a member of the prestigious AFCEA Intelligence Committee.

He is co-author to over 150 peer-reviewed technical publications in academic conferences and journals.

At what point in your training or your career did you start thinking about commercial application of your work? Who or what inspired you?

“Having worked on dual-use research both as a government program manager and as a researcher in academia, I have been frustrated with the challenges of technology transition.  When I moved to academia in 2010 I finally worked in an environment with sufficient flexibility to leverage venture funding to transition research.  Allied Minds provided an ideal platform for achieving these goals.”

What are the benefits of working with Allied Minds?

“Allied Minds’ model is well suited for researchers who are interested in entrepreneurship and seeing their research commercialized, but are steeped in research culture and would like a partner in the heavy lifting required for productization.  Working with Allied Minds allows you to leverage their expertise and funding to get commercialize your research while you continue working on the next big idea.”

2001

B.S. in Computer Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

2002

M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

2006

Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Maryland, College Park

Andrew D. Kent, Ph.D.

Andrew D. Kent, Ph.D.

Professor of Physics, New York University

His research interests are in the physics of magnetic nanostructures, nanomagnetic devices and magnetic information storage. He has conducted experimental studies of quantum tunneling of magnetization and coherence in arrays of nanometer scale magnets known as single molecule magnets.

Dr. Kent has also studied spin-dependent transport and spin momentum transfer in thin film magnetic nanopillars.

Dr. Kent has expertise in thin film growth and characterization, device nanofabrication and high frequency measurements including, ferromagnetic resonance, electron paramagnetic resonance and time-resolved studies of magnetization dynamics.

1982

B.Sc. with Distinction, Applied and Engineering Physics, Cornell University

1987

M.S. in Applied Physics, Stanford University

1988

Ph.D. in Applied Physics, Stanford University

Jules White, Ph.D

Asistant Professor of Cyber-physical Systems, Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virgina Tech

Robert W. McGwier, Ph.D.

Research Professor and Director of Research, Hume Center
Jules White, Ph.D

Jules White, Ph.D

Asistant Professor of Cyber-physical Systems, Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virgina Tech

Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Vanderbilt University

Dr. White is the Director of the Mobile Application computinG, optimizatoN, and secUrity Methods (MAGNUM) group at Virginia Tech.

The MAGUM group is focused on developing next-generation mobile cyber-physical security and sensing systems with commodity mobile devices. His research through the MAGNUM group is funded by a variety of industry, government, and DoD sponsors.

2001

B.A. in Computer Science, Brown University

2006

M.S. in Computer Science, Vanderbilt University

2008

Ph.D. in Computer Science, Vanderbilt University

Robert W. McGwier, Ph.D.

Robert W. McGwier, Ph.D.

Research Professor and Director of Research, Hume Center

Dr. McGwier leads the overall execution of the Center’s research mission, Blacksburg operations, and lead’s the university’s program development efforts in national security applications of wireless and space systems.

He spent 26 years as a member of the technical staff at the Institute for Defense Analyses’ Center for Communications Research in Princeton, NJ, where he worked on advanced research topics in mathematics and communications supporting the federal government.

1976

B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics, Auburn University

1978

M.Sc. in Mathematics, Auburn University

1988

Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, Brown University

Stewart Baker

Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Tobias Ritter, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University
Stewart Baker

Stewart Baker

Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Stewart Baker was the first Assistant Secretary for Policy at the United States Department of Homeland Security (2005-2009) and was the General Counsel of the National Security Agency (1992–1994) as well as the WMD commission examining intelligence failures relating to WMD and the second Iraq war. Earlier in his career, Baker was Law Clerk to John Paul Stevens, Supreme Court from 1977 to 1978, Frank M. Coffin, United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit (1976–77) and Shirley Hufstedler, US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (1975). When not in government he has been in private practice with the Washington, DC-based law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

1970

Brown University

1976

UCLA School of Law, J.D.

2005-2009

Created and Staffed the 250-person DHS Policy Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security

Tobias Ritter, Ph.D.

Tobias Ritter, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

Dr. Ritter’s research focuses on fluorination chemistry for late-stage functionalization of complex natural and unnatural products and bimetallic transition metal redox catalysis.

His research programs are based on synthetic organic and organometallic chemistry working towards the development of new synthetic methods based on transition metal catalysis; stereoselective synthesis of biologically active natural and unnatural products.

Dr. Ritter frequently lectures nationally and internationally and he has published over 54 articles.

1999

M.S. in Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany

2004

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

2011

BASF Catalysis Award, BASF, Germany

Priya Werahera, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, University of Colorado Medical School

Jeff Carroll, Ph.D.

Director, Clinical Services and Engineering at SoundCure, Inc.
Priya Werahera, Ph.D.

Priya Werahera, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, University of Colorado Medical School

Dr. Werahera’s main emphasis scholarly activities is on clinical translational research for cancer diagnosis and treatment employing bioengineering methods in the areas of Biomedical Optics and Biomedical Imaging.

His current research areas are Biomedical Optics and Biomedical Imaging with emphasis on clinical translation for the purpose of accurate imaging, diagnosis, and treatment of prostate cancer.

1982

B.S., University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

1983

B.S., Council of Engineering Institutions (CEI)

1986

M.S., Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

1994

Ph.D., Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

Jeff Carroll, Ph.D.

Jeff Carroll, Ph.D.

Director, Clinical Services and Engineering at SoundCure, Inc.

Dr. Carroll was the founding Director of the Tinnitus Treatment Center at the University of California, Irvine, and has worked with hundreds of tinnitus patient.

At what point in your training or your career did you start thinking about commercial application of your work?

“When we started investigating tinnitus, it was really with the purpose of helping a single patient who had been a valuable research subject and friend in our lab. We never thought that it would have broader applications. After the outpouring of requests following a University Press Release, we decided to take on the endeavor to make a very niche finding applicable to a broad population.”

How did you get connected with the team at Allied Minds?

“Allied Minds learned of our technology by seeking new technology and attending a University round table function. They recognized the potential of our technology and began the steps to commercialization. Without Allied Minds, it is doubtful the technology would have ever left the lab.”

2002

B.S. in Bioengineering, University of California, San Diego

2008

Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Irvine

Joseph Culver, Ph.D.

Professor of Radiology, Physics, and Biomedical Engineering, Washington University School of Medicine

Gwyn Whittaker

Principal, Deep Water Point
Joseph Culver, Ph.D.

Joseph Culver, Ph.D.

Professor of Radiology, Physics, and Biomedical Engineering, Washington University School of Medicine

Dr. Culver’s lab explores ways of exploiting non-invasive optical measurements for both functional- and molecular- biological imaging.

He has also published over 100 articles and conference papers.

1985

BA in Math-Physics, Whitman College

1997

Ph.D. in Physics, University of Pennsylvania

1998

BS in Physics, University of Washington

Gwyn Whittaker

Gwyn Whittaker

Principal, Deep Water Point

Ms. Gwyn Whittaker is a senior executive leader with a broad base of experience in the US Intelligence Community (IC). Gwyn was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Mosaic, Inc. since October 2001 and through the acquisition by LinQuest in 2011. Gwyn founded Mosaic after the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001 with the mission to bring innovation solutions and senior technologists and strategists to focus on counterterrorist solutions for the Intelligence Community. Gwyn is an elected member of the AFCEA Intelligence Committee and has served from October 2004.

1979

BS, Electrical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

2001

Chief Executive Officer of Mosaic, Inc.

2012

Board of Advisors, Hume Center for National Security

Manuel C. Lagunas-Solar, Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Officer (retired) at RF Biocidics

Dale Larson

Managing Director of Biomedical Systems, Charles Stark Draper Laboratory
Manuel C. Lagunas-Solar, Ph.D.

Manuel C. Lagunas-Solar, Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Officer (retired) at RF Biocidics

Dr. Lagunas-Solar’s research has led to several breakthroughs in non-chemical methods of disinfection and pest control of agricultural products.

He holds several patents, both in the US and internationally, in the area of utilizing radiofrequency and ultraviolet methods for disinfection and pest control.

1968

Summa Cum Laude, Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Chile

1968

Diploma of Honor for Outstanding Performance in Pro University Integration, Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Chile

1970

Magna Cum Laude, University of Puerto Rico

Dale Larson

Dale Larson

Managing Director of Biomedical Systems, Charles Stark Draper Laboratory

Dale has over 30 years of experience in the fields of medical devices and scientific/clinical instrumentation.

Leads Draper’s Biomedical Systems business that develops technologies and products for high value clinical applications in civilian medicine and military medicine, and addresses important issues in the area of chemical-biological defense (CBD).

1980

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, University of Virginia

1981

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

John Daily, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder

Richard Hughes, Ph.D.

Consulting Physicist
John Daily, Ph.D.

John Daily, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder

Director, Center for Combustion and Environmental Research

At what point in your training or your career did you start thinking about commercial application of your work? 

“I come from a background of using laser spectroscopy to study reacting flows and plasmas. In the mid to late 1990s I was wondering whether the methods I used could be applied to medical diagnosis.”

Why did you choose to work with Allied Minds?

“As academics, we were mainly focused on the technical challenges. We meet Allied Minds through the University of Colorado Tech Transfer Office. That started our relationship and ultimately the formation of the company. I am constantly amazed at the complexities of successfully pulling off a venture such as ours and Allied Minds has provided outstanding advice along the way. It is quite satisfying to see something that will be useful to people and that we have worked on for so long approach commercialization.”

1968

B.S.M.E., University of Michigan

1969

M.S.M.E. , University of Michigan

1975

Ph.D., Stanford University

Richard Hughes, Ph.D.

Richard Hughes, Ph.D.

Consulting Physicist

Whitewood Senior Advisor

Dr. Hughes retired from a three-decade career at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in 2014, where he held the position of Laboratory Fellow in the Physics Division.

Richard founded and for two decades was co-lead of the Quantum Communications team at LANL. He was co-principal investigator of multiple research projects until his retirement.

Dr. Hughes has given many invited presentations at major international scientific conferences and research universities. He has 31 US and foreign patents and patent applications in quantum communications, and he has authored over 160 scientific papers on elementary particle physics, quantum field theory, the foundations of quantum mechanics, quantum cryptography and quantum computation.

1978

Ph.D. Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics, University of Liverpool, England

Raymond Newell, Ph.D.

Research Scientist in the Applied Physics Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Matthew Kay, Ph.D.

Faculty Member, Department of Biomedical Engineering George Washington University
Raymond Newell, Ph.D.

Raymond Newell, Ph.D.

Research Scientist in the Applied Physics Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Dr. Newell’s graduate and post-doctoral work in ultracold atomic physics provided a strong background in quantum physics and the state-of-the-art laser, optical, and photonic technologies employed in its research.

He worked as chief test and measurement engineer at Siros Technologies, a holographic data storage company. He joined the LANL QC team in 2005 and developed the first polarization-tracking system employed in free-space QC. His expertise with precision optical and photonic assemblies has led to many crucial developments in the field, including a fully automated QC receiver, a novel ultra-compact polarization analyzer, and electro-optic polarization state generators.

2000

Ph.D. Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison

1998

M.S Physics, University of Wisconsin at Madison

Matthew Kay, Ph.D.

Matthew Kay, Ph.D.

Faculty Member, Department of Biomedical Engineering George Washington University

Dr. Kay’s Cardiac Electrophysiology Research Lab studies the spatiotemporal dynamics of cardiac electrical activity during normal and disease conditions – with an overall goal of improving heart disease therapies.

What is the best part of seeing your research having an impact outside the lab?

“It is exciting to observe how my research is having an impact outside the lab. Unexpected results from the commercialization process are particularly interesting because new applications often arise from those results. I have thoroughly enjoyed participating in that process.”

Why did you choose to work with Allied Minds?

“I chose to work with Allied Minds because of the vast commercialization experience of the Allied Minds team. Our Allied Minds CEO (Omar Amirana) has been a key to our early success. He has capitalized upon Allied Mind’s extensive network of engineers and scientists to develop an innovative product that embodies the best application of our science.”

1993

Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, North Carolina State University

1996

Master's Degree in Biological/Biosystems Engineering, North Carolina State University

2000

DSc in Biomedical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis

Marco Mercader, M.D.

Associate Professor of The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Jane (Beth) Nordholt

Consulting Physicist
Marco Mercader, M.D.

Marco Mercader, M.D.

Associate Professor of The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Director of Arrhythmia Research for the Medical Faculty Associates, Division of Cardiology, George Washington University

Dr. Mercader is author of several publications and book chapters with a focus on cardiac arrhythmias.

He has multiple abstracts presented at American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, Cardiostim and Heart Rhythm Society meetings.

“The ultimate goal of most researchers is to have a translational component to their research that makes it into clinical practice.”

“Allied Minds helped us form LuxCath LLC. from the ground up. They made critical decisions on product development and provided the required expertise in the field to develop our catheter now being used for determining contact and assessing ablation lesions. They also worked closely with a team of lawyers to obtain the intellectual property rights required for our product, they went through all the regulatory requirements to start human testing in Europe and they connected us with an expert team of physicians who could perform initial testing in Europe. It is amazing that it is now a product approved for human testing and we look forward to making it into an FDA approved catheter for use throughout the world.”

M.D., University of New York Upstate Medical University

B.S. in Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering, Syracuse University

Jane (Beth) Nordholt

Jane (Beth) Nordholt

Consulting Physicist

Whitewood Senior Advisor

Beth Nordholt is the inventor of satellite-based QKD which is being pursued in many countries.

She has worked with Telcordia personnel on their Washington, D.C.-area testbed, ATDnet, and was co-lead on the development of the QC-team’s development of engineered fiber QKD systems: F3a, F3b, and F3lab, which have been the subject of many world record papers as well as many joint papers with Telcordia on QKD in networks.

Beth was principal investigator on the Genesis Concentrator, the Deep Space 1 (DS1) Plasma Experiment for Planetary Exploration (PEPE), and led the Cassini Ion Mass Spectrometer invention and development.

LANL Distinguished Performance Awards

LANL Awards Program Prizes

Mina J. Bissell, Ph.D.

Distinguished Scientist, Life Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Peter Kinget, Ph.D.

Professor of Electrical Engineering, Columbia University
Mina J. Bissell, Ph.D.

Mina J. Bissell, Ph.D.

Distinguished Scientist, Life Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Dr. Bissell is an award winning scientist, who has been recognized for her lifetime contributions to the field of breast cancer research.

Dr. Bissell is also a Faculty Member at the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California.

She holds several patents in the area of cancer research. In 2010, she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors bestowed on working scientists.

1963

A.B. in Chemistry, Radcliffe/Harvard College

1965

M.A. in Bacteriology/Biochemistry, Harvard University,

1969

Ph.D. in Microbiology/Mol.Genetics, Harvard University

Peter Kinget, Ph.D.

Peter Kinget, Ph.D.

Professor of Electrical Engineering, Columbia University

Dr. Kinget research interests are in analog, RF and power integrated circuits and the applications they enable in communications, sensing, and power management.

He is widely published in journals and conferences, has co-authored 3 books and holds 17 US patents with several applications under review. Some notable highlights of his career:

Fellow of the IEEE

Co-recipient of the “Best Student Paper Award – 1st Place” at the 2008 IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) Symposium

First Prize in the 2009 Vodafone Americas Foundation Wireless Innovation Challenge, of the “Best Student Demo Award” at the 2011 ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (ACM SenSys), and of the “2011 Outstanding Paper on New Communication Topics” for an outstanding new-topic paper in any IEEE Communications Society publication.

1990

Degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

1996

Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Dave Martin, Ph.D.

Karl W. and Renate Böer Professor, University of Delaware

Fan-Gang Zeng, Ph.D.

Professor and Director of Research, Anatomy & Neurobiology Department
Dave Martin, Ph.D.

Dave Martin, Ph.D.

Karl W. and Renate Böer Professor, University of Delaware

Dr. Martin’s innovations have applications across many diverse industries.

His research has explored the use of polymers for interfacing biomedical devices with living tissue, the micromechanisms of deformation and failure in polymer solid and molecular engineering of high-strength polymer fibers.

 

1983

BSEng in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, University of Michigan

1985

MSE in Macromolecular Science and Engineering, University of Michigan

1990

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts

Fan-Gang Zeng, Ph.D.

Fan-Gang Zeng, Ph.D.

Professor and Director of Research, Anatomy & Neurobiology Department

University of California School of Medicine

Dr. Zeng’s is an accomplished Otolaryngology expert whose research is seeking to understand human communication disorders from deafness and tinnitus to stuttering and language impairment.

Dr. Zeng’s is also the Director of Cochlear Implant Research at the University of California, Irvine’s Health Center. He holds 7 patents, is extensively published and has been invited to lecture worldwide.

1982

Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, University of Science & Technology of China

1985

Master of Science, Biomedical Engineering, Institute of Physiology Academia Sinica Shanghai, China

1990

Ph.D., Hearing Science, Syracuse University

Jeffrey H. Reed, Ph.D.

Willis G. Worcester Professor, Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech

Narine Sarvazyan, PhD

Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Jeffrey H. Reed, Ph.D.

Jeffrey H. Reed, Ph.D.

Willis G. Worcester Professor, Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech

Founding Director of the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology

Founding Director of Wireless at Virginia Tech, one of the largest and most comprehensive university wireless research groups in the US which he founding in 2006 and served as its first director.

Dr. Reed has been the PI or co-PI on over 100 different sponsored research. He also served on the President’s Council of Advisor in Science and Technology (PCAST) Advisory Group on how to transition federal spectrum for commercial economic benefits.

1979

Bachelor of Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Davis

1980

Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Davis

1987

Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Davis

Narine Sarvazyan, PhD

Narine Sarvazyan, PhD

Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

 

Dr. Sarvazyan’s research interests encompass a variety of cardiovascular topics including basic mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias, tissue engineering approaches for heart and vessel repair and new imaging modalities to visualize ablation lesions and other pathophysiological tissue states.

1983

Bachelor of Science/Physics, Moscow State University, former USSR

1986

Master of Science/Biophysics, Moscow State University, former USSR

1991

PhD/Biological sciences, Institute of Experimental Biology, Yerevan, Armenia

Catherine D. Strader, Ph.D.

Co-Founder, Synergy Partners R&D Solutions
Catherine D. Strader, Ph.D.

Catherine D. Strader, Ph.D.

Co-Founder, Synergy Partners R&D Solutions

Dr. Catherine Strader is co-founder of Synergy Partners R&D Solutions, a network of experienced biopharmaceutical drug hunters who collaborate with biotech companies to develop new medicines to clinical proof of concept and beyond.

With more than 25 years of pharmaceutical R&D experience, including as Chief Scientific Officer of Schering-Plough and leadership positions at Merck, Dr. Strader has guided more than 50 compounds through drug discovery and development, including approved drugs for cardiovascular disease, hepatitis C and cancer, as well as programs in late stage development for Alzheimer’s disease. She is the author of more than 150 scientific publications.

Dr. Strader collaborates with Allied Minds on the ABLS and other drug discovery programs.  She enjoys the intensity of the scientific challenges taken on by the Allied Minds team and the opportunity to work with diverse teams of researchers focused on developing medicines for human disease.

1976

B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Virginia

1980

Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology

1980-1983

Howard Hughes Postdoctoral Fellow with Robert J. Lefkowitz, Duke University Medical Center