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Leadership Team

Mike Paulus
Director, Technology Transfer 

Mike Paulus has led the ORNL Technology Transfer Office since 2009. He and his team collaborate with industry leaders and laboratory scientists to translate ORNL inventions into commercially successful products. Prior to joining the ORNL Technology Transfer Office, Mike served as Vice President of Product Management with Siemens Molecular Imaging, where he and his team were responsible for defining the product portfolio for this world-wide market leader in clinical PET and SPECT diagnostic imaging. He also served as co-founder and CEO of ImTek, Inc, an ORNL spin-out and market leader in laboratory animal x-ray CT imaging. Mike holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee, a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dayton and a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee. 

Dan Miller
Program Lead

Dan Miller serves as the Program Lead for Innovation Crossroads, where he coordinates the review and selection process for new cohorts, leads efforts to help innovators develop and execute Cooperative Research and Development Agreements with ORNL, and leads effort to connect innovators with potential customers and investors throughout the region. Prior to Innovation Crossroads, Dan started and led several public-private partnerships focused on commercializing ORNL technologies. Prior to ORNL, Dan was a licensing associate at Rice University and a mechanical design engineer at Wright Industries.  Dan has a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Tennessee and worked in technology transfer at Rice University before joining ORNL in 2010.

Kelly Wampler
Business Specialist

Kelly Wampler has been with the Innovation Crossroads program since its founding, previously supporting ORNL’s Industrial and Economic Development Partnerships Office. As Business Specialist, she draws on her extensive knowledge of ORNL’s processes and procedures, and provides guidance in all operational aspects for Innovation Crossroads; including program policies and procedures, event coordination, logistical oversight of the rigorous selection and on-boarding process, and assists fellows in navigating their ORNL experience. In addition, Kelly serves as the program communications lead. She provides communication, marketing, and digital media support for internal and external initiatives. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Tennessee Technological University.

Gary Rawlings
Senior Commercialization Consultant

Gary Rawlings, Senior Commercialization Consultant, is primarily responsible for helping each innovator create a new successful advanced technology-based company founded on their proprietary technologies. In this role he will provide guidance and coaching on all aspects of company evolution from technology validation and scale up to raising capital. Dr. Rawlings has spent most of his career creating and commercializing advanced technology based new products for large global corporations. In recent years he has been a coach and mentor for hundreds of advanced technology-based startups, helping them raise >$20 million in early stage capital. Since moving to Tennessee, he has helped mentor early stage companies for Launch Tennessee, Life Science Tennessee, Advanced Energy Business Council, and Innovation Crossroads. He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering and a Master or Science Degree and Bachelor of Science Degree in Nuclear Physics.