2021 MSE Advisory Board Members

Photo of James Adair James Adair Penn State University

Dr. Adair received his B.S. in Chemistry and M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, all from the University of Florida. From 1981-1982, he was a Fulbright Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Western Australia in the Department of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition and the Royal Perth Hospital where he studied the biophysical chemistry origin of pathological biomineralization including human kidney stone disease.…

Photo of Terry Aselage Terry Aselage Sandia National Laboratories, Retired

Terry Aselage retired as the Director of the Material, Physical, and Chemical Sciences Center 1800 at Sandia National Laboratories in March of 2019. He held that position since May 1, 2017, leading an organization of over 400 people with broad mission impact, from basic research at the forefront of materials science to materials engineering with enduring impact to Sandia’s mission areas.…

Photo of Elizabeth DeStephens Elizabeth DeStephens California Resource Corporation

Ms. DeStephens is an executive at California Resources Corporation, where she is responsible for reserves and valuation of assets for SEC reporting, credit agreements, external audits, and business development activities. Previously, she served in senior engineering roles at Ryder Scott, ExxonMobil, Occidental, and Raymond James Energy Investment Bank. Ms. DeStephens is also a recognized expert in change management and organizational transformation.…

Photo of Ron Espeseth Ron Espeseth Advisor/Mentor

After completing an MSE undergraduate degree at the University of Florida Ron worked in scientific equipment sales and product management for JEOL, Ltd., in New York, Silicon Valley and Austin, TX. After leaving JEOL, Ron promoted himself to a full-time dad role. This second, highly rewarding, career lead to a great deal of on-the-job training, extensive volunteer work, and the development of some pretty serious cooking and laundry skills.…

Photo of Bob Hadba Bob Hadba Alcon Laboratories

Ahmad Robert “Bob” Hadba, Ph.D., MBA is a Senior Director of R&D Projects at Alcon Laboratories, Inc. Fort Worth, Texas. In this role, Bob is leading a cross-functional multi-site team charged with developing and clinically validating the performance of a new Modular Intraocular Lens Platform designed to optimize the refractive outcomes of post-cataract surgery patients.…

Photo of Margaret Kayo Margaret Kayo Scientific Affairs and Regulatory Affairs

Dr. Kayo has over 16 years of medical product experience including implantable medical devices, combination products with drugs, and biologicals. She currently runs a consulting business focusing on Scientific Affairs and Regulatory Affairs in the Combination Device, Medical Device, and Pharmaceutical industries. She is actively working with businesses in spinal prosthetics, a variety of cardiovascular and peripheral combination devices, pain management and cellular and exosome therapies. …

Photo of Tyler Lenzi Tyler Lenzi Micron Technology

Tyler Lenzi received a B.S. in Materials Science Engineering from Washington State University (Pullman, Washington USA) in 1995 and finished his M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida, USA) in 1997.

Mr. Lenzi has over 23 years of semiconductor manufacturing experience. He currently manages the Yield Enhancement, Data Science, Process Control, Corporate TEM Lab, and Wafer Level Testing teams for technology development at Micron Technology Inc.…

Photo of Beth Lewis Beth Lewis Wyman Gordon

B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering, University of Florida, 1980

M.S. in Material Science & Engineering, WPI, 1994

Director of Technology Programs for Wyman Gordon (a PCC company)

Began her career in 1980 at Wyman Gordon and has held various technical roles. Works in Superalloy and Titanium Forging development with a focus on Nickle-based Superalloy powder metallurgy, production, forging and heat treatment for Aviation Markets.…

Photo of James Marotta James Marotta Alcon Research, LLC.

Currently Senior Director of IOL Projects at Alcon Research, LLC., James Marotta has also held research and medical affairs positions at Novartis, Medtronic and Smith & Nephew.  Recipient of the Novartis 2018 VIVA Leading Science Award. More than 20 years of technical development knowledge and research experience with both medical devices and drug/device combination products.…

Photo of Steve McDanels Steve McDanels NASA (Retired)

Steve McDanels received his degree in Materials Science and Engineering, with a specialization in metallurgical engineering, from the University of Florida. His professional career began as a materials engineer performing failure analysis and crash investigations of navy and marine rotor-wing and fixed-wing aircraft. He also served as an adjunct professor of metallurgy at Pensacola Junior College.

Photo of Ananth Naman Ananth Naman Cabot Microelectronics

Ananth Naman has served as our Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Cabot Microelectronics since January 2015. Previously, Dr. Naman was our Vice President of Research and Development since January 2011. Prior to that, Dr. Naman was our Director of Product Development starting in April 2009 and Director of Pads Technology from January 2006 through March 2009.…

Photo of Wally Rhines Wally Rhines Cornami, Inc.

WALDEN C. RHINES is President and CEO Emeritus of Cornami, Inc., a fabless software/semiconductor company focused on intelligent computing for fully homomorphic encryption and machine learning. He was previously CEO of Mentor Graphics for 25 years and Chairman of the Board for 17 years. During his tenure at Mentor, revenue nearly quadrupled and the market value of the company increased 10X.…

Photo of Iris Schumacher Iris Schumacher Kimberly-Clark Professional

Dr. Iris V. Schumacher is the R&D Manager for Global Product Development at Kimberly-Clark Professional.  She is responsible for the leadership of a global team that drives end-to-end innovation for the critical hygiene categories of skincare, wipers, and towel/bath tissue supporting the Kleenex®, Cottonelle®, Scott®, and WypAll® brands. Iris has an incredible passion for building exceptional teams by fostering a team culture that enables people to bring their best selves to their work and cultivates excitement to drive results. …

Photo of Deepika Singh Deepika Singh R&D Investment Holdings

Deepika Singh is the Founder and former CEO of Sinmat- a company specializing in novel planarization processes for the semiconductor chip industry.  These processes are currently being used by leading global companies in some of the fastest-growing markets involving the manufacturing of smartwatches, smartphones advanced silicon carbide and gallium nitride electronics for electric vehicles, 5G communications infrastructure and advanced defense electronics.…

Photo of James Talton James Talton Alchem Corporation

James D. Talton, Ph.D., is the President and CEO of Alchem Laboratories Corporation. Prior to joining Alchem, Dr. Talton served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Nanotherapeutics, Inc. for seventeen years. He also is President of Nanopharmaceutics, Inc., President of Discovery Cure Institute, Inc., a Florida non-profit Corporation and serves on the Alumni Advisory Board for the University of Florida Department of Materials Science & Engineering.…

Photo of Michael Zamora Michael Zamora ExxonMobil

Mike P. Zamora is Senior Vice President of ExxonMobil Chemical Company, located in Houston, Texas. In this position, he is responsible for the company’s future growth, integration with other parts of the corporation and oversees the Basic Chemicals and Catalyst & Licensing global business units.

Prior to his current position, Mike was Manufacturing Director, Americas, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, located in Houston.…