bwtech@UMBC: Research & Technology Park

Management Team

bwtech@UMBC Management Team

Ellen Hemmerly
Executive Director
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Ellen Hemmerly is Executive Director and President of the UMBC Research Park Corporation and Special Assistant to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).  She is responsible for overseeing  a 525,000 SF high technology research and technology park (bwtech@UMBC) which includes three incubators, an accelerator and research park, and two technology commercialization programs (ACTiVATE and INNoVATE).  bwtech@UMBC currently has 130 tenants (including 55 cybersecurity/IT and 46 life science companies).  bwtech@UMBC companies have access to faculty research collaborations, student workers, specialized technology training programs, and a full range of business services including access to experienced entrepreneurs and funding.

Ms. Hemmerly received the 2011 Innovator of the Year award recognizing bwtech@UMBC's innovations in cybersecurity, was named a 2012 Corridor Person of the year finalist and also in 2012 received Leadership Through Athletics' - Leadership in Business award.  In 2013, Ms. Hemmerly was for the second time elected by The Daily Record as one of the Most Influential Marylanders (Technology category) and bwtech's Cyber Incubator won SmartCEO's Technology Implementer – Emerging award.  She regularly speaks on topics ranging from innovation, economic development, entrepreneurship, and cybersecurity and currently sits on the boards of the Cyber Association of Maryland and CyberMaryland.

Prior to joining UMBC, Ms. Hemmerly was Vice President at the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC) serving as its Senior Lender and Director of the Enterprise Development Fund, the City’s venture capital fund.  Prior to joining BDC, Ms. Hemmerly was an Associate with K.S. Sweet Associates, a real estate advisory and development firm, and TDH, a venture capital firm.  In addition, after graduating from Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management with an M.B.A., Ms. Hemmerly spent six years as a banker with Mellon Bank (formerly Girard Bank).  Ms. Hemmerly has a B.S. (magna cum laude) in Mathematics from Moravian College.

Walter Schulz, Jr.
Director of Facilities and Leasing
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Walt, director, is responsible for managing the Incubator and Accelerator complex and leasing available space at bwtech@UMBC. He is the initial point of contact for incubator and emerging technology companies interested in joining the Incubator and Accelerator Program and/or those interested in initiating potential collaboration opportunities with the university faculty and staff. He, along with the director of Entreprenuerial Services, organizes business reviews of all companies entering the Incubator Program by the center’s Business Advisory Board.

Prior to joining UMBC, Walt served 25 years with the Maryland State Police Department in positions including regional commander of the Drug and Criminal Investigation Bureaus and supervisor of White Collar Criminal Investigations within the Office of the Attorney General. He also served on federal, state and local Task Force Advisory Boards responsible for drug enforcement and drug prevention initiatives. During his career, Walt was recognized by the Maryland State Police Department, federal and local agencies and the community for outstanding service.

Walt has his Real Estate License. He earned a Bachelor of Science (magna cum laude) from the University of Baltimore and is certified as a Real Estate Property Administrator by the Building Owners Management Institute (BOMI).

David J. Fink, Ph.D.
Entrepreneur in Residence
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David’s career in biotechnology and biomedical product development spans over 40 years as a researcher, research manager, consultant, entrepreneur and officer of several start-up biotech companies. He was trained in chemical engineering at the Universities of Cincinnati and Michigan and was a post-doctoral fellow in biochemistry at Purdue University. He then joined Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio where he conducted and managed research on more than 100 projects over a 12-year period.

In 1986 he founded his own biomedical consulting business, Bio-Integration Inc., which was active until 1997. In 1988 he founded and served as president of CollaTek, Inc., in collaboration with Gattefossé SA of Lyon, France, to develop and commercialize technology licensed from Battelle for manufacturing collagen-based medical implants. David became the second employee of Osiris Therapeutics at the time it was founded in 1993. Osiris is a Maryland-based tissue regeneration company with a platform technology based on adult stem cells. In 1997 David became vice president for International Technology Development and was responsible for planning and coordination of all international programs and collaborations conducted by Osiris, including a major corporate partnership with Novartis Pharma, Basel, Switzerland. He joined Chondros Inc., a start-up cell therapy company in Baltimore, as its first employee in 2001, and continued as its President and COO until November 2003. He also served as Vice President for R&D of Cell Targeting, LLC, a cell therapy start-up in Cleveland, Ohio, from 2005-2008.

As bwtech’s Entrepreneur in Residence, David advises early-stage life science incubator companies.  He was the Program Manager and Instructor for the ACTiVATE and INNoVATE programs, two entrepreneurship training programs for women and scientists, respectively. He is an Adjunct Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, and serves as UMBC’s site miner for the Maryland Innovation Inititative. He has authored 41 scientific papers and book chapters, and he has been awarded 22 US patents.

Jennifer Reynolds, PhD, MBA
Director of Venture Creation
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Dr. Reynolds comes to bwtech with over twenty years of entrepreneurial, technical and business experience in the biotechnology and forensic sectors. She has extensive expertise in corporate and laboratory operations, strategic and financial planning, government grants and contracts, early stage product development, equities, resource management, and quality control/compliance. As Director of Venture Creation at bwtech, Dr. Reynolds oversees the Research Park's incubation/acceleration and entrepreneurial programming in life sciences, cyber security and clean technology. She coordinates the Entrepreneur in Residence program and leads and develops content for Incubator Advisory boards. Dr. Reynolds serves as a resource to the Research Park’s and UMBC’s technology commercialization efforts, working with other senior bwtech leaders to cultivate valuable connections to local, regional and state economic development partners across academia, industry and government.

Prior to joining bwtech, Dr. Reynolds was VP of Scientific and Business Operations at Akonni Biosystems, an early stage molecular diagnostics platform company. At Akonni, she worked with key thought-leaders and scientists from across the US and internationally to help the company achieve its product development and strategic business mission. Previously, she served many years as a Laboratory Director at the nation’s premier forensic DNA testing lab, Orchid Cellmark (formerly Cellmark Diagnostics). There, Dr. Reynolds led scientific teams working on critical government contracts and was a respected manager, mentor and leader. She has been a sought-after expert witness in courts of law, delivering high quality testimony in over 100 forensic cases nationwide.

Dr. Reynolds has a B.S. degree in Biology from Virginia Tech, a PhD in Human Genetics from the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, and an Executive MBA degree from the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland College Park. She serves as a Board member of the Alumni Chapter Board for the Smith School and is an active member of Women In Bio.

Alagra D. Weaver
Business Manager
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Alagra is primarily responsible for all of the general accounting functions related to the management of bwtech@UMBC, a commercial real estate complex which includes eight buildings and several state of the art conference rooms.

Prior to joining UMBC, Alagra was the Assistant Director of Finance and Budget at the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services – Information Technology Communications Division. She also served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Development Credit Fund, Inc. for 5 years.

Alagra earned her MBA from UMUC in 2009 and her Bachelor’s in Accounting from Howard University. She is also a Notary Public for the State of Maryland.

H. Victor Hess

Entrepreneur in Residence, bwtech@UMBC Cyber Incubator

Vic Hess’ career has spanned a very wide range of successful achievements. He has served in senior positions in all of executive management, marketing, sales, business development, and technical disciplines. These roles have been implemented in a variety of business entities, all the way from the launch and growth of a number of entrepreneurial startups to the creation, development, and direction of the executive team in several midsize and Fortune 1000 companies.

Mr. Hess has consulted for major technology companies such as Intel, Fujitsu America , Cadence Design systems, COMDISCO and numerous small companies both on technology development and strategic market positioning.

Vic is the designer and developer of “Systematic Entrepreneurship” a nationally award winning program that is based upon the premise that businesses can be guided through a structured process toward a more successful, sustainable and profitable growth.

Mr. Hess is a Principal in the strategic management consulting firm Development Resources, LLC and a partner at Genna Associates, LLC strategic management consultants. Additionally he is Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the Cyber Incubator a Cyber Security focused Incubator where his primary responsibilities are to help nurture and develop entrepreneurial technology companies.

Mr. Hess is the author of numerous papers on high technology sales, marketing, business development and corporate management. He was educated in physics at Frostburg State and studied engineering and computer sciences at George Washington University . He also attended the Drucker Graduate School of Management.

Mr. Hess is a member of the American Management Association, The American Marketing Association, and board member of the Howard Community College Technology Advisory Board. He was the founding Chairman of the Howard Tech Council. He also serves as a trustee for TechGrowth, Inc. a not for profit organization focused on entrepreneurial technology development.

David Oros

CEO in Residence
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David Oros has been a leader in the successful development of high-technology businesses for more than 30 years. Currently, he is a founding partner of Gamma 3 LLC. Over the last ten years, Mr. Oros has started over eight companies primarily in the technology field.

He has raised more than $2.5 billion in six public offerings and has been recognized as a leader and visionary in several technology fields. His many awards and honors include acknowledgement as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year; Mobile Computing Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2000, and the KPMG High Tech Entrepreneur of the Year.

From 2007 to 2011, David was a founding partner of Global Domain Partners, LLC, a managed futures company that uses advanced optimization modeling as a predictive tool for worldwide markets, currencies and commodities.

From 1996 to 2006, he was the Chairman and CEO of Aether Systems, Inc., a leading provider of wireless and mobile data solutions for the financial trading systems, transportation, and public safety industries. He built Aether Systems from a small consulting company with a handful of employees to an industry leader in high-end wireless applications.

From 1994 until 1996, David was president of NexGen Technologies, LLC, a wireless software development company. From 1992 until 1994, he was president of the Wireless Data Group at Westinghouse Electric. For a decade prior to that, he directed internal research at Westinghouse Electric, managing large programs in advanced airborne radar design and development.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Evolving Systems, Inc. He is on the Board of Visitors for the University of Maryland Baltimore County and on the Board of Directors for Paul’s Place, a community outreach center in Washington Village. He is Chairman of Drop Test International, Inc. (DTI), an international counter insurgency intelligence company and Chairman of Surroundart, Inc., a full service fine arts company specializing in shipping and storage.

David holds a U.S. patent for a multi-function radar system. He has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Peter Chakales

Entrepreneur in Residence

Currently serving as COO/EVP of CRE Technologies, leading efforts in the development of cyber solutions and products for the commercial landscape. Pete participated in the inaugural DreamIT Health round where he served as mentor and is very active within the Baltimore entrepreneurial ecosystem focusing on early stage Cyber and Life Sciences organizations.

Former President/CEO of Performance Technology Group, a Baltimore based provider of infrastructure engineering and outsourcing services. Pete founded and led PTG from 1996 through 2009, when it was acquired by WWT. During Pete's tenure PTG grew into a multifaceted organization providing services across Commercial, Federal and State customers. PTG was recognized as the leading Network Integration firm in the region in 2008. Pete received the Future 50 SmartCEO and ACG Deal of the Year awards in 2010.

Prior to Performance Technology Group, Pete served as the Manager of Global Technologies for Black & Decker corporation, where he oversaw all global technology deployments and standards. Pete led several organizations during his tenure at Black & Decker and implemented the vast majority of technical architectures during the Black & Decker systems replacement activities throughout the early nineties. Systems deployed included SAP, PeopleSoft, Oracle Financials, I2 and Manugistics. Before Black & Decker Pete was a Senior Staff member at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he supported a variety of research studies including Migraine Headache, Prospective study of Central Nervous System Function in Amateur Boxers and Human Genome. Pete has a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from UMBC.

Tom McCabe

Tom McCabe

Entrepreneur in Residence

Thomas J. McCabe is a mathematician, entrepreneur, and author. He is the founder of McCabe Software ( which he grew to 175 people with European subsidiaries. Tom has authored three books and is highly published in computer science; he lectures in the US and overseas on software development as well as on entrepreneurship.

In 2009 Tom McCabe’s publication on Software Complexity was chosen as one of the retrospective 23 highest impact papers in computer science by the ACM-SIGSOFT. Tom was the 1998 recipient of the fourth international Stevens Award and presented the Stevens Lecture in Florence, Italy. He also testified before congress in the hearing entitled, “Year 2000: Biggest Problems and Proposed Solutions” in June of 1998. CNN Headline News aired a segment featuring Tom McCabe where he was interviewed on the Year 2000.

In March of 2011 Tom received an award as a distinguished graduate of the University of Connecticut mathematics department. It’s the third time the award has been granted in the University’s history.

Sam Zappas

Sam Zappas
Entrepreneur in Residence

Sam Zappas heads a consulting practice focused on formulating and executing revenue strategy in the technology and life sciences sectors. He was a senior executive at ARTISTdirect, Inc.; a co-founder of CityInteractive, the Internet division of media conglomerate CHUM Limited, and a founder of Acmepet, which was acquired by PetSmart. He was also a founder of The Johns Hopkins University Media Center. Mr. Zappas has served as a Director on the University System of Maryland Foundation Board since 2001. Over the years he has been a member of numerous other boards of non-profits and private companies. Mr. Zappas has also advised several Silicon Valley early and late stage companies.