leadership team

  • Ellen Hemmerly, MBA

    Executive Director

    Ellen has led bwtech@UMBC since 1995, growing it from 2 trailers in a field to a major center of tech-business development and commercialization. She serves as president of the UMBC Research Park Corporation, and she has been twice named by The Daily Record newspaper as a most influential Marylander in the technology category. Ellen was also named an honoree of the 2017 Baltimore Business Journal Tech 10 Awards.

  • Jennifer Reynolds, PhD, MBA

    Director of Venture Creation

    Jennifer oversees bwtech@UMBC’s incubation, acceleration and entrepreneurial programming and resources. She has 25+ years of technical and business experience in molecular genetics, diagnostics and forensics, including leading the launch and operations of an early-stage biotech company and serving as a director at one the nation’s premier DNA forensics testing labs.

  • Walter Schulz, Jr.

    Director of Facilities & Leasing

    Walt handles all leasing for bwtech@UMBC, manages the incubator and accelerator complexes and is the point of initial contact for those seeking collaborative opportunities with UMBC faculty and staff. He had a distinguished career with the Maryland State Police before earning his real estate license and certification as a real estate property administrator.

  • Alagra Weaver

    Business Manager

    Alagra handles the business and human resources functions for bwtech@UMBC. She formerly helped direct finance and budget for the Information Technology and Communications Division of the Maryland Department of Public Safety. Alagra was also the Chief Financial Officer for a small and minority business lending fund in Maryland.

  • David J. Fink, PhD

    Entrepreneur in Residence

    Dave has worked in biotechnology and biomedical product development for more than 40 years and founded or was a top officer of seven start-ups. In addition to advising life science incubator companies at bwtech@UMBC, he is the Site Miner for UMBC research that,with support from the Maryland Innovation Initiative, holds the potential for commercialization.