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E&I Program Advisory Board

An advisory board of business people and academics work together toward fully preparing students for success and ensuring discoveries and solutions reach the marketplace. When commercialized, discoveries can fully benefit society, drive economic development and generate new revenue.

C. Daniel (Dan) Azzara, Ph.D., is the Director of the E&I Program and Alan R. Warehime Professor of Food and Agribusiness in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State University. Dan recently retired from The Hershey Company where he was Senior Vice President, Global Research and Development.

William R. “Bill” Donley, Chairman of the E&I Program Advisory Board, is a retired 31-year senior management veteran with extensive experience in global materials and services businesses. He led a management buyout of Tangent Rail from former owner RailWorks, then served as Tangent's president and CEO from 2005 to 2010.

Dan Eichenlaub is President of Eichenlaub, Inc., a large full-service landscape contractor serving western Pennsylvania since 1974, when Dan and his five brothers created the business.

Ray Evans has over 44 years’ experience in the tire industry, half of which was with BF Goodrich in key technical, marketing, and sales positions followed by 10 years with Continental General.

David Geiser, Ph.D., is a professor in the College’s Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology and Director of the Fusarium Research Center at Penn State.

Earl K. Harbaugh's entrepreneurial passion began in high school. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in General Agriculture from Penn State University in 1961, then worked with Cooperative Extension in Erie, Pennsylvania. He managed and started three family-owned businesses before founding five Illinois-based companies.

Vivek Kapur, Ph.D., is perhaps best-known for his pioneering work in completely sequencing the genomes of several of the world's major human and animal pathogens. He is a leader in cross-disciplinary biomedical research and has worked on successful projects with Fortune 500 companies and start-up companies.

Joy Pate, Ph.D., is the C. Lee Rumberger and Family Chair in Agricultural Sciences and the Director of the Center for Reproductive Biology and Health. Her research focuses on function of the corpus luteum, a hormone-secreting structure found in an ovary, with emphasis on the interactions between resident T lymphocytes and the steroidogenic cells within the CL.

Pamela K. Riewerts, Esq. is a partner and patent attorney with Oliver & Grimsley, LLC, an intellectual property and business law firm. Ms. Riewerts’ practice focuses on assisting clients in securing, maintaining, protecting, and commercializing intellectual property in the U.S. and abroad.

Skip Rosskam is President & Chief Operating Officer of David Michael & Co., a 117-year-old privately held global flavors company. He is directly responsible for R&D, the international operating companies, marketing and strategic business development.

Peter Tombros helped build Pfizer's pharmaceutical business from 1968 to 1994, served for eight years as CEO of Enzon, then as CEO and Chairman of the Board of VivoQuest, a private start-up drug discovery company, until 2005. He is a professor and executive-in-residence in Penn State's Eberly College of Science, BS/MBA Program.

Gary A. Thompson, Ph.D., is the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education and the Director of the Pennsylvania Agricultural Experiment Station.