Our Team

 
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Barry Rosenbaum, Ph.D

President / CEO / Co-Founder

Dr. Rosenbaum is the President, CEO, and co-founder of AAI, and also works with the University of Akron Research Foundation (UARF) as Senior Fellow focused on technology commercialization from university research, Angel Investment, and regional innovation in Northeast Ohio.  He has had experience working with three other university start-ups in leadership roles.

Prior to joining UARF, Dr. Rosenbaum worked for more than 35 years in industry, including serving as Technology Director for OMNOVA Solutions, Vice President of Technology for Advanced Elastomer Systems, and Technology Director of Exxon Chemical’s EPDM Rubber Business.  He has commercialized Bromobutyl elastomers, Santoprene Thermoplastic Elastomers, MemErase Dry Erase Films, and PolyFox Fluorosurfactants in his career.  Dr. Rosenbaum holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University.

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Kevin White, Ph.D

COO / Principal Scientist

Kevin joined AAI in 2015 to “re-found” the company and lead the transition from concept to material, application, and product, and back again after commercialization. He has been responsible for investor relations, market analysis, customer development, sales channel development, execution of quality control standards, supply chain management, risk management, environmental health and safety, inventory control, budgeting, proposal writing, materials safety auditing, interviewing and hiring, facilities design, procurement, testing standardization, website design, and training. If you need something related to AAI, contact Kevin - kevin@akronascent.com.

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Josh Wong, Ph.D

CTO / Co-Founder

Professor Josh Wong is the inventor of AAI's dry adhesive technology, co-founder of the company, and currently serves as its Chief Technology Officer. Professor Wong is a full professor with tenure at the University of Akron in the Mechanical Engineering Department. He was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in 2014, and of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) in 2015.

 

AAI Technical Team

 
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Jeremy Veillette, J.D.

Lead Engineer

Jeremy has followed an unusual path to become AAI’s Lead Engineer. In 1998, he earned a Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He has since been a judicial attorney, prosecutor, and, most recently a criminal defense and appellate attorney, still maintaining a part-time practice. In 2018, he earned a degree in Chemical Engineering, with a Bio-Tech specialization, from the University of Akron, College of Engineering. Jeremy joined the AAI team in May 2017 as a student intern and became Lead Engineer in January 2019. He currently oversees lab facilities and production, conducts applications testing, and investigates new uses for AAI’s Sheargrip® dry adhesive. His son and daughter are unofficial AAI and ShearGrip® advocates, using samples Jeremy brings home for real-world testing. Jeremy is an outdoor enthusiast, happy dork, and avid college sports fan.

 

AAI Board of Advisors

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Tom Waltermire

Strategic Advisor

Thomas A. Waltermire was Chairman and CEO of PolyOne Corporation, an international polymer company. He has also served in executive positions with BF Goodrich and The Geon Company. Tom led Geon in its initial public offering as CFO and later served as its Chairman & CEO.  After leaving PolyOne, Mr. Waltermire served for several years as CEO of Team Northeast Ohio (Team NEO), a regional private-sector-led economic development organization. Mr. Waltermire’s education includes a B.S. in Biological Sciences from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Harvard University. Mr. Waltermire serves on several business boards, spanning both large and early stage companies.  He was the founding Chairman of the Ohio Polymer Strategy Council, appointed by three Ohio Governors to the Third Frontier Advisory Board and is a Board Member of The Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Zoological Society, ideastream (PBS/NPR) and Baldwin Wallace University.

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Darrell Reneker, Ph.D

Technical Advisor

Professor Darrell Reneker works as a technical advisor with AAI, primarily in electrospinning and scale-up strategies. Dr. Reneker began working on polymer physics at the Dupont Company in 1959, after receiving his Ph.D. degree in Solid State Physics from the University of Chicago for research on electrons in semi-metals. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University.

In 1969 he joined the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) and became manager of the Center for Materials Science. He served as Executive Secretary of the Committee on Materials of the White House Science Office. Reneker came to the University of Akron as Professor of Polymer Science and Director of the Institute of Polymer Science of the University of Akron in 1989.

He discovered a family of crystallographic defects that transport and rotate a polymer molecule along its axis, in a chain folded polymer crystal, and stimulated world-wide interest in the use of nanofibers made by electrospinning.


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Elyse Ball, J.D.

CFO / Secretary

In addition to her roles as CFO and secretary for AAI, Ms. Ball is assistant legal counsel to UARF. Ms. Ball holds a J.D. from Boston University and is a licensed attorney in the State of Ohio. She has substantial experience in intellectual property law and recently co-authored a book on patents for scientists and engineers. She has assisted in the formation, organization and early-stage development of several startup companies.

 
 
 
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Rebecca Kuznarsky

Lead Product Designer

Rebecca received her undergraduate degree from the University of Akron in Chemical Engineering with a biology specialization.  She went on to receive her Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Akron in 2013, under Prof. Judit Puskas.  Her thesis work focused on using electrospun nanofibers for "nano-texturing" to improve the biocompatibility of breast implants. Upon graduation, Rebecca worked for Chemstress Consultant Co. as a process engineer and SNS Nano Fiber Technology as a research engineer.  Rebecca joined the team at AAI in October 2016.