Research & Tech Transfer Personnel

Nathan Mortimer, Associate Chief Financial OfficerNathan Mortimer, The University of Akron

  • Experience: Chief Financial Officer, Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, Chief Audit Executive and Interim Director of Athletics at University of Akron
  • Prior to UARF: Office of the Ohio Auditor of State, Assistant Chief Deputy Auditor of the Canton region
  • Credentials: B.B.A. in accounting, Kent State University and certified public accountant in Ohio since 1996

Kenneth Preston, Executive DirectorKenneth Preston

  • Experience: Intellectual property planning, patent law, identifying, evaluating, developing, protecting, and marketing UA inventions and works through initiation of collaborations.
  • Prior to UARF: VP/Senior Counsel/Chief Patent Counsel TRW, Inc., Eaton Corp., Hupp Corp., Department of the Navy
  • Credentials: J.D. in law from George Washington University, B.I.E. in engineering from Princeton University/Ohio State University, Ohio Bar Association, registered patent attorney
  • Contact: presto1@uakron.edu, 330-972-8254

Mary Ellen Hinkle, Treasurer Mary Ellen Hinkle

  • Experience: Managing accounting, banking, payroll services, financial reporting and forecasting for organizations ranging from large companies to UARF-affiliated startups
  • Prior to UARF: Accounting work in hospital, retail and manufacturing organizations
  • Credentials: B.A. in accounting from Kent State University, Certified Public Accountant
  • Contact: mhinkle@uakron.edu, 330-972-8054

Susan Dollinger, UA Marketing Director and Technology Manager Susan Dollinger

  • Experience: Polymer science, polymer product development and fabrication of films, managing corporate patent portfolios, and commercializing technologies
  • Prior to UARF: Dow Chemical Company
  • Credentials: B.S. in Macromolecular Science, Case Western Reserve University, M.S. in Materials Science, Ohio State University
  • Contact: sed@uakron.edu, 330-972-2681

Elyse Ball, Assistant Counsel & Project Manager Elyse Ball

  • Experience: Technology licensing and supporting startup companies in the polymer science and biomedical fields, instructor for UA’s NSF I-Corps Site
  • Prior to UARF:  Health Care for All Boston, Community Legal Aid, and Leiby, Hanna, Rasnick
  • Credentials: B.S. in Journalism from Ohio University, J.D. in law from Boston University, licensed attorney in Ohio
  • Contact: eball@uakron.edu, 330-972-6532

Dan Hampu, UARF Project Manager, NEOSVF Vice President & Secretary Dan Hampu

  • Experience: Providing technology-based startup mentorship and consultation, instructor for UA’s NSF I-Corps Site, and responsible for the managing operations of the Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund (NEOSVF)
  • Prior to UARF: Signet Enterprises, SEED Legal Clinic, Alliance Area Development Foundation
  • Credentials: B.A. in marketing from Mount Union College, J.D. in law and M.B.A. in finance from University of Akron
  • Contact: dhampu@uakron.edu, 330-972-2364

Moses Ogunseye, Graduate Assistant Moses Ogunseye

  • Experience: Voice over IP, technical sales, logistics planning, marketing and brand promotion
  • Prior to UARF: Logistics Planner for HDI Youth Marketing, Marketing Supervisor for TouchPoints, Technical Sales Executive at QueQuest Technologies ltd.
  • Credentials: B.Sc. in systems engineering from University of Lagos, completing MBA in strategic marketing at University of Akron
  • Contact: moo6@zips.uakron.edu 

Kelly Bialek, Project Manager

  • Experience: Management of IP and patent processes, compliance for federal research and sponsored research contracts
  • Prior to UARF: Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and GAP Inc.
  • Credentials: A.A.S in Criminal Justice and B.S. Political Science from University of Akron
  • Contact: kelly.bialek@uakron.edu, 330-972-6153

Mehraj Parveen, Administrative Assistant

  • Experience: Develop flyers and brochures, assist with presentations and other materials for conferences and official meetings; event manager, provide administrative support and maintain calendar for the office
  • Prior to UARF:Marketing and Designing Assistant, Assistant to the Editor of Polymer Engineering and Science Journal; Real Estate Agent in Maryland, Virginia, and District of Columbia
  • Credentials: Bachelor Arts in Economics from American University, Washington, D.C.
  • Contact: mehraj@uakron.edu, 330-972-7840