Kenneth D. Singer, Ph.D.

Dr. Kenneth Singer Kenneth D. Singer is the Founder and President of Folio Photonics LLC. Dr. Singer is the Ambrose Swasey Professor of Physics and Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. He spent eight years at Bell Laboratories as both a Member and Distinguished Member of Technical Staff before joining CWRU’s faculty. He is the Founding Director of the Engineering Physics degree program and an Associate Director for the NSF Center for Layered Polymer Systems (CLiPS). Singer is a leading expert in nonlinear optics, optical and electronic properties, and devices formed from organic materials with over 200 publications in these subject areas and several patents. Moreover, he leads the CLiPS research platform on Optic and Electronic Systems, where this idea emerged. Organizing a team of about 10 researchers, he helped realize the first demonstration and its progress towards commercialization.

Felix Brueck

Felix Brueck

Felix Brueck is a Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Company in the Cleveland office. He began his McKinsey career in 1983 and also spent time in their German and Tokyo offices. Mr. Brueck led McKinsey’s Manufacturing Practice in the Americas, building up their lean manufacturing capability. Mr. Brueck is a Trustee of the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET), a regional nonprofit that has as its mission to strengthen the regional economy.  He is also on the Board of That Can Be Me, a non-profit created to enable lifelong learning.  Mr. Brueck holds a Masters of Mechanical Engineering from the RWTH Aachen in Germany and a Masters of International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.  He has co-authored the books Simplicity Wins and Quality Pays. Over the last decade has consulted extensively to leading companies in the Enterprise Storage Industry on issues ranging from strategy to engineering, operations and Go-To-Market.

Ronn Richard

2013-02 Ronn Richard

Ronn Richard is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Foundation. He joined the foundation in 2003 after several senior management positions in government, private enterprise and non-profits sectors. Early in his career, Ronn was a U.S. diplomat serving at the American Consulate General in Osaka/Kobe, Japan and at the U.S. State Department. During his 13 years at Panasonic, he served in several executive management positions, including the head of the company’s research and development operations. Prior to joining the Cleveland Foundation, Ronn was the Chief Operating Officer and Managing Partner of In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital fund. Ronn has served on a number of non-profit boards including the Council on Foundations, Spelman College, International Biomedical Research Alliance, Greater Cleveland Partnership, and the Ohio Business Development Coalition. He also serves on several corporate boards including Emergent BioSolutions, Inc.