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Posted on: Monday, April 5, 2010

UH president appoints technology advisers

Advertiser Staff

University of Hawaii president M.R.C. Greenwood has chosen eight people to serve on a new advisory council on technology, the university said today.

Greenwood announced plans in February to create a President's Advisory Council on Innovation and Technology Advancement.

"While we have successful examples of technology transfer, I believe we can do more," Greenwood said in a statement. "This group will provide counsel and recommendations that will help us set the course for our journey from where we are to where we want to be as leaders in the area of research, innovation and technology.

Council members include:

Carl Bonham, executive director of the University of Hawai'i Economic Research Organization and associate economics professor, UH Manoa.

Daniel Goldin, chairman, president and CEO of The Intellisis Corp.

Katharine Ku, director of the Office of Technology Licensing, Stanford University.

Jim Lally, engineer and former general manager, Intel, and member, University of Hawai'i Foundation Board of Trustees.

Brian Taylor, dean, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, UH Manoa.

Barry Weinman, venture capitalist and philanthropist, Barry and Virginia Weinman Foundation, and chairman, University of Hawai'i Foundation Board of Trustees.

Mary Walshok, associate vice chancellor of public programs and dean of extended studies, UC San Diego.

Hank C.K. Wuh, founder and CEO of Cellular Bioengineering Inc.

The council held its first meeting today, discussing its guiding principals, timeline and objectives. U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye co-hosted the meeting.

"If we are able to harness the academic investments the University of Hawai'i makes annually in science and technology, and translate them into viable products, services and capabilities of commercial and governmental interest, it would add much depth to Hawai'i's growing technology sector," Inouye said. "I commend President Greenwood for her leadership and look forward to working with her team. It holds much promise."

The council is scheduled to issue its report to the president in August.