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Jeff Rolf, President and Chief Executive Officer

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Jeff Rolf
Phone: 440.962.3001
Fax: 440.962.3004

Ann O. Heyward, Executive Vice President

Ann O. Heyward serves as Executive Vice President at the Ohio Aerospace Institute, leading all of OAI’s programs and service lines in research and technology development; industry, university, and government partnerships; and workforce development and education. Her division employs more than 55 individuals earning more than $12M in revenue through contracts, cooperative agreements, membership, collaborative consortia, and other vehicles. Her responsibilities include oversight of OAI’s sponsored research in materials, structures, propulsion, vehicle safety and health monitoring, computational modeling, and other disciplinary areas; directing OAI’s Aeroacoustics Research Consortium; leadership of OAI’s industry and university membership programs; and leadership of OAI’s workforce development efforts. Ms. Heyward also leads OAI’s business capture efforts, leading to more than $50M in secured programs over the last 5 years. She has been with OAI since 2000. Prior to joining OAI, Ms. Heyward served as the Industrial Outreach Manager at the National Center for Microgravity Research on Fluids and Combustion, Cleveland, Ohio. There she led industry outreach/technology transfer efforts, formed an Industry Liaison Board, and increased visibility for the center’s research in industrial sectors. During 1985-1997, Ms. Heyward held positions of increasing responsibility at NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland Ohio, including Chief, Commercial Technology Office (leading all technology transfer and commercialization efforts for a 4000-person Federal laboratory); Customer Focal Point, Aerospace Technology Directorate (working with leading aerospace companies to develop technology collaborations with NASA and streamline collaborative processes); and Communications Engineer, Communications Systems Branch, Space Electronics Division (representing the United States on multiple international delegations to telecommunications regulatory bodies engaged in spectrum management for commercial communications satellite services). She began her career as a software engineer for ANALEX Corporation in Fairview Park, Ohio, where she developed software for applications ranging from management reporting to numerical modeling of space communications systems. Ms. Heyward earned her M.S., Systems Engineering, from Case Western Reserve University in 1990, and B.S., Mathematics, with Honors, from Case Institute of Technology, Case Western Reserve University, in 1983. She is a recipient of NASA’s Exceptional Public Service Medal, has authored/co-authored more than 65 papers, articles, speeches, and major presentations to date, and has received more than a dozen NASA Special Act/Service Awards, Group Achievement Awards, and awards of appreciation. She also co-chairs the Workforce and Education Committee of the Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Council. Ann Heyward
Phone: 440.962.3030
Fax: 440.962.3200

Tony H. Smith, Sr., Vice President, Finance & Operations

Tony has led the Operations Team since July 2004. Prior to joining OAI, Tony was the Chief Financial Officer for the multimedia organization ideastream for seven years; Controller and minority shareholder for transportation and inventory management corporation Industrial Transport for five years; CEO and founder of the CPA firm bearing his own name for ten years; Manager for a regional CPA firm for two years; and Staff and Senior Accountant for several international CPA firms for nearly five years. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Hospice and Palliative Care Partners of Ohio and Board Secretary for The Ohio Educational Credit Union. Tony Smith
Phone: 440.962.3010
Fax: 440.962.3004

Robert Bianco, Ph.D.
FASM – Manager – Materials R&D, Central Engineering
UTC Aerospace Systems

Donald J. Campbell
Independent Trustee

Gary Cates
Senior Vice Chancellor, Innovation and Enterprise Development
Ohio Department of Higher Education

Lee Ann Cochran
Vice President and Manager
Battelle Memorial Institute

Wayne V. Denny, Jr.
General Manager of Aerospace New Product Development and Manufacturing
The Timken Company

NASA Glenn Research Center

Neil R. Garrigan
Executive Manager – Advanced Technology
Systems, Programs and Strategy
GE Aviation

Awatef Hamed
Director, Center for Intelligent Propulsion
Professor, School of Aerospace Systems
College of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Cincinnati

John M. Horack, Ph.D.
Professor and Neil Armstrong Chair
The Ohio State University

Dennis Irwin, Ph.D., P.E.
Dean and Moss Professor of Engineering
Education, Thomas Professor of Engineering
Russ College of Engineering and Technology
Ohio University

John E. Leland
Director, Research Institute and Vice President for Research
University of Dayton

Lester McFawn
Wright Brothers Institute

Michael McKay
Manager, Early Stage Investment Funds
Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Ohio Development Services Agency

Salvatore J. Miraglia, Jr. (Chairman)
Independent Trustee

Raman Ras, Ph.D.
Director of Engineering and Technology
Parker Hannifin Corporation
Aerospace Group
Gas Turbine Fuel Systems Division

Jeff Rolf
President and CEO
Ohio Aerospace Institute

Jerzy T. Sawicki
Vice President for Research
Cleveland State University

Donald P. Visco, Jr.
Interim Dean, College of Engineering
Professor of Chemical Engineering
The University of Akron