Technical Advisory Board

Meet Our Technical Advisory Board

In addition to our staff, we are supported by our Executive and Technical Advisory boards, which advise and help guide the activities of the Institute. Our Technical Advisory Board (TAB) assists in guiding our research projects. Strategic Partners have a position on both the TAB and the Executive Advisory Board (EAB).

Clark Cummings

Clark Cummings

R&D Director, ICM and Strategic Accounts, Packaging & Specialty Plastics and Hydrocarbons R&D, Dow

Clark Cummings is currently the R&D director in Packaging & Specialty Plastics and Hydrocarbons at Dow with responsibility for intellectual capital management and strategic accounts. In this role, he provides strategic leadership for the creation, management, and monetization of intellectual capital for P&SPH. Prior to his current role, Clark was in Packaging and Specialty Plastics R&D with responsibility for new business development and value chain activities.

Clark joined Dow in 1987 on the research assignments program.  He has held multiple R&D leadership roles within businesses covering a wide range of markets including engineering thermoplastics, pharmaceutical actives and intermediates, pharmaceutical excipients and packaging materials.  In addition, he also served as a program director in Dow’s Corporate R&D team where he was responsible for driving effectiveness and urgency of leveraged R&D capabilities that enable innovation growth for Dow.

Dr. Matthew Daum

Dr. Matthew Daum

Director, School of Packaging, Michigan State University

Matthew Daum, is the director of the Michigan State University (MSU) School of Packaging in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR).

For the past twenty-five years, Matthew has worked at HP Inc. (formerly Hewlett Packard) based in Boise, Idaho. Since 2016, Matthew has been HP’s Director of Engineering for the LaserJet toner supplies business. He was responsible for new product research and development, current product engineering, supplies security strategy and product/package serialization strategy and implementation. Since July 2019 he also held the position of product marketing director for the LaserJet supplies business.

He began his career at HP as a packaging engineer and eventually moved into management roles including Packaging, Supply Chain and Big Data Global Analytics. Most recently he held executive manager positions in Product Marketing and Product Research and Development for the HP LaserJet supplies business.

In addition, since 2007 Matthew has served as adjunct associate professor at Clemson University in the Department of Food, Nutrition and Packaging Sciences where he advises graduate students. He has also guest lectured on the topics of supply chain and packaging at Clemson and the College of Idaho.

Dr. Charles Hasemann

Dr. Charles Hasemann

Assistant Vice President for Innovation & Economic Development, Michigan State University, Interim Executive Director, The Axia Institute

Charles A. Hasemann, Ph.D., assistant vice president for innovation and economic development at the Michigan State University Innovation Center, earned his doctorate in Molecular Immunology and performed his post-doctoral training in X-ray Crystallography. As an assistant professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, he established an NIH-funded laboratory studying immune system-related protein structure and function. He was subsequently recruited to Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals in Ann Arbor, MI (later merged with Pfizer, Inc.) as the director of structure-based drug design, and via a series of expanding management positions, ultimately joined the Executive Management team with direction over all aspects of drug discovery at the Ann Arbor site, as well as global leadership responsibilities for Pfizer’s overall drug discovery technologies. In his capacities at Pfizer, Charles oversaw several extensive and productive collaborations with biotechnology companies and academic laboratories.

In his time at MSU, Charles has launched the Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute, Business Connect, and most recently, Spartan Innovations. Charles now leads the MSU Innovation Center, consisting of Business Connect, MSU Technologies, and Spartan Innovations; these three organizations comprise MSU’s effort to partner with the private sector in order to leverage the University’s intellectual assets for economic value.  Combining his corporate research executive experience, with his academic research and administration experiences, Charles is well credentialed to lead the MSU Innovation Center on its mission to create productive research and technology commercialization relationships between MSU and the private sector, to connect regional entrepreneurs to the intellectual and technical capacity of the University, and to participate in regional economic activity endeavors.

John D. Hatfield

John D. Hatfield

Director of Marketing and Communications, The Axia Institute, Michigan State University

John D. Hatfield is the director of marketing and communications at the Axia Institute, where he is responsible for developing marketing and communications strategies, a premier research and education facility dedicated to developing effective and sustainable solutions to improve public and private value chains.

John has extensive marketing and branding experience in the financial and professional services industries, and joined Axia from Chemical Bank, where he was senior vice president and director of marketing. In addition to his brand building experience, he has extensive web and direct marketing expertise.

John earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and a master of business administration degree from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Shrabani Jain

Shrabani Jain

VP of Product Management at Catalia Health

Currently, Shrabani Jain is the vice president of Product Management at Catalia Health (a leading healthcare management provider, delivering lasting patient engagement for chronic care management). In addition to serving as a strategic advisor to multiple startups, she is also a recognized industry speaker in the areas of Digital Transformation, Supply Chain and Innovative technologies. She is passionate about improving health outcomes, and improving patient and physician experience with innovative solutions.

Shrabani possesses a successful track record of leading initiatives leveraging edge technologies and platforms around Data Management (big and little data), Analytics – predictive and prescriptive (artificial intelligence, machine learning, enterprise analytics), Digital (mHealth, IoT, mobile apps) CoC/I – Chain of Custody / Identity (Blockchain) and Platform / Cloud (Iaas, Paas, SaaS, DaaS). She has led interactions with global and regional clients providing accelerated solutions and thought leadership for business and operational challenges. Finally Shrabani has led several C-suite driven strategic initiatives for innovation and operational excellence in Fortune 20 companies.

Shrabani has a BS in Finance, Post-Grad in Computers and Executive MBA in Strategic Management.

Daniel Reaume

Daniel Reaume

Vice President of Operations Research, Revenue Analytics, Inc.

In his role, Daniel Reaume leads a world-class organization in designing and developing advanced predictive analytics and optimization algorithms tailored to unique business needs. With a background in operations research, technology management, and law, Dan provides guidance and direction for improving modeling practices, setting technology direction, and deepening expertise in key practice areas.

Dan also serves as an adjunct professor for the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering and as an advisory board member for Michigan State University’s Axia Institute for Value Chain Research and for the Wayne State University Business Analytics program.

Dr. Swaminathan “Swami” Subramanian

Dr. Swaminathan “Swami” Subramanian

Business Development Director, The Axia Institute, Michigan State University

Swaminathan “Swami” Subramanian, Ph.D., is the director of business development at the Axia Institute, where he is responsible for cultivating corporate partnerships and supporting research efforts, innovation and growth of the institute’s research portfolio.

Swami joins the Axia Institute from Eaton, where he served most recently as a senior innovation specialist, having been with the company since 2011. Swami has over 16 years of experience in both research and industry roles. He is experienced in securing research funding, having been awarded over $15 million by the U.S. government for white space explorations. Prior to Eaton, Swami worked for Argonne National Laboratory and supported Department of Energy (DOE) funded programs.

Swami earned a Master of Science by Research in Internal Combustion Engines from Anna University, as well as a Ph.D. in Advanced Combustion Engines (Emissions and Fuel Economy) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

Jeffrey Tazelaar

Jeffrey Tazelaar

Digital Fulfillment Center Director, Dow

Jeffrey Tazelaar is the Digital Fulfillment Center director on the Supply Chain Innovation team at Dow. Jeff has extensive experience in software solutions and AutoID/RFID systems through work experience ranging from the largest retailer to systems integrators deploying solutions for the Department of Defense, CPG, Automotive and Food value chain participants.

Jeffrey holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees in Packaging from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. He also studied overseas at the University of London, where he analyzed and contrasted the British/European and United States packaging systems. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in Packaging from MSU with a focus on the measurement and justification of corporate digital programs.

Dr. John P. Verboncoeur

Dr. John P. Verboncoeur

Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering, Michigan State University

John P. Verboncoeur currently serves as associate dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the MSU College of Engineering. He is a professor of both Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering at Michigan State University. He has been involved in several technology startup companies, including the development of one of the big three consumer credit reports. He is also on the board of directors of the American Center for Mobility national proving ground for connected automated vehicles.

John is a fellow of the IEEE and was awarded the IEEE NPSS Richard F. Shea Distinguished Member Award in 2018, and the IEEE NPSS Plasma Science and Applications Committee Award in 2019. He serves on the U.S. Department of Energy Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee. John received a B.S. (1986) in Engineering Science from the University of Florida, M.S. (1987) and Ph.D. (1992) in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California-Berkeley (UCB), holding the DOE Magnetic Fusion Energy Technology Fellowship.

John M. Wassick

John M. Wassick

Fellow, Supply Chain Expertise Center, Dow

John M. Wassick is the Integrated Supply Chain Technology fellow in the Integrated Supply Chain Innovation Center. He has primary responsibility for external engagement and intellectual property strategy. In his 40 years at Dow, he has extensive experience in all aspects of control and optimization of chemical processes. During his career, he has served in technology leadership positions in Manufacturing and Engineering, Research and Development, and Integrated Supply Chain.

John has strong ties to academic researchers, and he has numerous publications. He has been recognized twice by Computers & Chemical Engineering as the author of a most cited article and was a co-author for the 2014 Best Paper Award from the same journal. John received the 2014 Computing Practice Award from the Computing and Systems Technology Division of the AIChE.