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 an MBA from the University of Tennessee and worked in technology transfer at Rice University before joining ORNL in 2010.
Kelly Wampler has been with the Innovation Crossroads program since its founding, previously supporting Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (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 in Interdisciplinary Studies from Tennessee Technological University.
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 M.S. and B.S. in Nuclear Physics.
Senior Business Advisor
As an engineering innovator, entrepreneur, professional engineer, and company founder most of his 40-year career, John’s mission is to help create and grow value for startup businesses and their stakeholders. He is currently a Senior Business Advisor for Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Innovation Crossroads program and the University of Tennessee Research Park's Spark Innovation Center, and is also a mentor and Entrepreneur-In-Residence in the Tennessee Energy Mentor Network, and an angel investor/member of Queen City Angels in Cincinnati. His strengths in mentoring new companies are strategic and business planning, supporting and developing leadership and teams, development of technologies in renewable energy and advanced materials, and connecting to resources, including investment capital, necessary for early growth. A particular specialty is preparing early stage technology companies for private investment. His academic training includes a B.S. in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Purdue University and the Leadership in Professional Services Firms course at Harvard Business School. He has been the recipient of many business awards, including Engineering News Record’s Top Engineering/Environmental Firms (2000) and #98 in the Inc. Magazine 500 series (1993).