Dr. Hadi Bozorgmanesh is a Professor of Practice at UConn Engineering, where he developed and teaches Tech Experiential Entrepreneurship for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers interested in converting research into viable businesses. Dr. Bozorgmanesh is the academic advisor to Innovation House and is actively involved with introducing entrepreneurship to UConn’s First Year Learning Communities. Dr. Bozorgmanesh also serves as a mentor and advisor to student entrepreneurs, and helps them with funding opportunities through the Third Bridge Grant Program. Prior to UConn, Dr. Bozorgmanesh was a senior executive with Science Application International Corporation (SAIC), where he held leadership positions in Europe and the U.S.
Finite Element Technicians & Staff
DAVID T. MANAN
Finite Element Technician
David Manan is a master’s student working as a research assistant for the CMSC under the guidance of Dr. Jeongho Kim. His area of study is in structural engineering and he has a great interest in finite element analysis. David has worked on a high-level project, partnering with Pratt and Whitney and NASA.
Director Proof of Concept Center
Dr. Serge Nakhmanson is an Associate Professor at the Materials Science and Engineering department and Institute of Materials Science, and jointly appointed to the Department of Physics. His area of expertise involves finite-element-based simulations of materials properties and performance at mesoscale. Prior to UConn, Dr. Nakhmanson was a staff member at the Materials Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory.
Board of Directors
Glendowlyn Thames manages CI’s Small Business Innovation Group, which includes the management of CTNext. In this role, Ms. Thames oversees vital programs that support the state’s small technology businesses and encourage innovation, collaboration and commercialization. Prior to her current role, Ms. Thames was special assistant to CEO Claire Leonardi, where she led a wide range of projects spanning board relations, new program development and operations. She has extensive experience managing high-priority projects and major initiatives including nearly 10 years of experience in high-level public administration roles and served as the special assistant to the superintendent of Hartford Public Schools. Prior to that, she was director of constituent services for the City of Hartford, where she managed citizen relations and worked on a variety of community and economic development projects.