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

Joseph Culver, Ph.D.

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

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

Principal, Deep Water Point

John Daily, Ph.D.

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

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

Matthew Kay, Ph.D.

Faculty Member, Department of Biomedical Engineering George Washington University

Marco Mercader, M.D.

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

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

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