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Academic Advisory

The Academic Advisory Group (AAC) addresses issues and provides advice and recommendations to the OC on NTI operations with respect to its research partners.

To streamline interactions with institutions, the AAC member list includes a contact representative at each individual institution. These representatives serve as efficient conduits into the relevant departments of their institutions, particularly if institutional decisions regarding intellectual property or participation in NTI programs are required.

Academic Advisory Board Members

J. Todd Abrams, Ph.D.
Director, Philanthropy & Business Development
Lankenau Institute for Medical Research
Fred A. Akl, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Engineering
Widener University

Kenneth J. Blank, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Research
Drexel University

Karen I. Winey, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator, NTI
Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

Milton T. Cole, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs
Office of Research & Sponsored Projects
Villanova University

Steven J. Fluharty, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Research
University of Pennsylvania

Andre A. Konski, M.D., M.B.A., M.A.
Clinical Research Director
Radiation Oncology Clinical Director
Prostate Cancer Risk Assessment Program
Fox Chase Cancer Center

Fredda S. London, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice Provost
Temple University

Jeremiah Mbindyo
Professor, Millesville University

Steven McKenzie, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice President for Research
Thomas Jefferson University

John Mosteller, Ph.D.
Director, Foundation & Corporate Relations
Haverford College

Kambiz Pourrezaei, Ph.D.
Professor, Drexel University

Rodney J. Wigent, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Graduate Studies
Director of Research
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

Why Is Small So Big?

Nanotechnology deals with products and processes that are measured in almost unbelievably small increments called “nanometers”—one billionth of a meter.

At the nanoscale, materials differ from larger objects in their physical, chemical and biological properties; therefore, they lend themselves to new and improved materials, systems and devices. Nanotechnology is behind the development of such diverse advancements as:

  1. Drug Delivery
  2. Biofiltration and Separation sciences
  3. Improved coatings for medical devices

Thanks to rapid advances in this exciting new field, we now have the tools and talents to manipulate materials on the molecular scale—a technology literally changing the world as we know it.