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Dr. Marty Scholtz

Marty Scholtz

Executive Associate Vice President for Research
Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics
Professor of Molecular & Cellular Medicine
Texas A&M University

Campus Visit Dates

January 8-10

Public Presentation

Jan. 9 at 3:30 p.m.
Nebraska Union Auditorium

Reception to immediately follow in the Heritage Room

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Dr. J. Martin Scholtz is the Executive Associate Vice President for Research at Texas A&M University. He is also a tenured full professor of biochemistry and biophysics and a professor of molecular and cellular medicine in the Texas A&M Health Science Center. Before joining the Division of Research in 2010, Dr. Scholtz served for six years as Chair of the Department of Molecular & Cellular Medicine in the College of Medicine of the Texas A&M Health Science Center.

Dr. Scholtz graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of science in chemistry from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1984 and earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California-Berkeley in 1989, working with Professor Paul A. Bartlett. Dr. Scholtz was a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Medicine at Stanford University from 1989 until 1993 in the laboratory of Professor Robert L. Baldwin.

Dr. Scholtz joined Texas A&M in 1993 as an assistant professor of medical biochemistry and genetics in the College of Medicine. He also joined the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences as an associate member in 1993. Dr. Scholtz was promoted to associate professor and granted tenure in 1999. He became a full professor in 2004 in the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Genetics, as well as in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.

Dr. Scholtz’s research program has focused on fundamental studies on the folding, stability and solubility of proteins and peptides. His research activities have been supported by the National Institutes of Health, The American Cancer Society, The American Heart Association, The Robert A. Welch Foundation, Amgen, Inc. and The Advanced Research Program of the State of Texas. He has received multiple awards, including being named an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association, a Junior Faculty Research awardee from the American Cancer Society, a Montague Scholar by the Center for Teaching Excellence at Texas A&M and the recipient of the Teacher/Scholar Award from the University Honors program.

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Dr. Richard Hichwa

Richard Hichwa

Senior Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development
Professor of Radiology, Physics and Radiation Oncology
University of Iowa

Campus Visit Dates

January 10-12

Public Presentation

Jan. 11 at 3:30 p.m.
Nebraska Union Auditorium

Reception to immediately follow in the Heritage Room

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Dr. Richard Hichwa is the Senior Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development and a tenured full professor of radiology, physics and radiation oncology at the University of Iowa. He earned his B.S. in physics from the University of Notre Dame, M.S. in radiological sciences and Ph.D. in medical physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has held faculty positions at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Hichwa’s research focus is Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Imaging. He has published extensively on producing radioactive nuclei using particle accelerators, synthesizing radiopharmaceuticals into biologically meaningful molecules, developing miniature radiation detectors, and deriving quantitative information from images of the distribution of the radiotracers in tissues and organ systems specifically to detect brain abnormalities, cardiac defects and tumors for both research and clinical purposes. He designed and directed PET Centers at the University of Michigan and the University of Iowa. During his 29 years at the University of Iowa, Dr. Hichwa was instrumental in creating an animal imaging core and securing numerous high-end imaging infrastructure grants. In addition, Dr. Hichwa assisted groups throughout the United States, Europe and Asia to bring positron emission tomography technologies to the forefront of biomedical research.

In the office of the Vice President for Research, Dr. Hichwa has led the research compliance effort, created a research development team, and oversaw the University of Iowa Research Foundation, Tech Transfer office and UI Ventures group dedicated to creating faculty startup companies. Dr. Hichwa initiated several incubator spaces within research buildings to rapidly facilitate faculty innovation. Dr. Hichwa is Co‐PI on the NSF iCorps grant for training faculty on commercializing their research and increasing the gender balance of faculty led startup companies. Dr. Hichwa currently oversees several research centers and hi-tech cores. He directs the internal funding initiatives. As part of his responsibilities, Dr. Hichwa interfaces with the Iowa Economic Development Authority and other statewide organizations. He is a member of several NIH study sections and often assists federal agencies with new developing grant initiatives. Dr. Hichwa works closely with faculty to advance their research careers and to enhance the overall research enterprise at the University of Iowa.

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Dr. Bob Wilhelm

Robert Wilhelm

Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development
Executive Director, The Charlotte Research Institute
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Campus Visit Dates

January 17-19

Public Presentation

Jan. 18 at 3:30 p.m.
Nebraska Union Auditorium

Reception to immediately follow in the Heritage Room

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Dr. Robert G. Wilhelm is the vice chancellor for research and economic development at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dr. Wilhelm has served in executive roles since 2005 and as a faculty member since 1993.

Dr. Wilhelm has been instrumental in advancing the quality, diversity, and growth of research at UNC Charlotte by strongly connecting to academic programs and engaging regional and national partners. This advancement includes six National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers, and three focus areas for large scale research and academic programs in data science/business analytics, energy, and advanced manufacturing, as well as biomedical and bioinformatics programs. Recent initiatives support social sciences, digital humanities, and the broader research culture.

Dr. Wilhelm leads economic development efforts to start up, grow, and recruit companies for business growth. On campus, his organization supports 24 startup companies, 15 established companies with R&D presence, and numerous partnerships with companies like Sealed Air and Siemens. These efforts help attract the most talented faculty, support long term impact on the economic region, and contribute to distinctive academic programs for students.

Dr. Wilhelm joined the UNC Charlotte faculty in 1993 to work on the creation of doctoral programs and contributed to the formation of programs in biotechnology, information technology, mechanical engineering, nanoscale science, and physics and optical science. Since 2005, he has served as the Executive Director of the Charlotte Research Institute, UNC Charlotte’s portal for business-university partnerships. Dr. Wilhelm is a tenured full professor of mechanical engineering and engineering science, having lectured and worked in 38 states and over 18 countries.

Dr. Wilhelm worked at the Palo Alto Laboratory of Rockwell Science Center and Cincinnati Milacron as well as co-founder of a high-tech company, OpSource. He holds a B.S from Wichita State University, an M.S. from Purdue University, and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois. As a Rotary Foundation Fellow in the U.K., he studied the history of science and technology at the University of Leicester and the Ironbridge Gorge Museum.

Dr. Wilhelm serves on many regional, national, and international advisory boards. He led the reorganization of the University Research Park as chair of the University City Business Development District, is working to define a state-wide agenda for research and innovation while serving on the NC Board of Science, Technology, and Innovation, and has supported commissioning of ten new works as board member, and now collections board chair, for the nationally prominent Mint Museum of Craft and Design.

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Dr. Mo Dehghani

Mo Dehghani

Vice President for Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Professor of Systems and Enterprises
Stevens Institute of Technology

Campus Visit Dates

January 22-24

Public Presentation

Jan. 23 at 3:30 p.m.
Nebraska Union Auditorium

Reception to immediately follow in the Heritage Room

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Dr. Mo Dehghani is currently the Vice President for Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Stevens Institute of Technology and tenured full professor of mechanical engineering and systems and enterprises. He joined Stevens in 2013. As Vice President, Dr. Dehghani has significantly enhanced Stevens’ research, graduate education and economic development agendas. He has systematically raised funds in support of research and graduate scholarship.

Before joining Stevens Institute of Technology, Dr. Dehghani was a professor of mechanical engineering at the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering. Dr. Dehghani was the founding Director of the John Hopkins University Systems Institute. In this capacity, Dr. Dehghani was responsible for fund raising and resource development, the research, educational and applications of the university-wide institute. Dr. Dehghani was instrumental in establishing collaborative educational and application programs with many external organizations including NIH, NSF, DHS, DHHS, as well as internal divisions of John Hopkins University. Dr. Dehghani was also the associate director for engineering and a member of the executive council of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, which is a national laboratory with a budget of $1.7B and 7000 staff. In this capacity, he had fiduciary and administrative responsibilities of over 500 scientists, engineers and administrative staff and a budget of over $150M.

Dr. Dehghani has also held faculty and administrative roles at the University of California and served as the New Technologies Division Leader of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. In this role, he was responsible for strategic and administrative leadership, including the development of programmatic and educational programs in systems, biomedical engineering, process systems and all traditional engineering disciplines of mechanical, electronics, fluidics, multi-scale modeling and simulations.

Ohio University: From 1987 until 1996, Dr. Dehghani received tenure as a professor of mechanical engineering at Ohio University where he developed and taught graduate and undergraduate courses, conducted research, supervised masters and Ph.D. theses, and served on many committees and as senator on the faculty senate.

Dr. Dehghani holds a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. He serves as several boards for educational institutions and is an ABET Commissioner. Dr. Dehghani is an active pilot with instrument and multi-engine ratings.

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