WestCAMP Board

Chair

G. Michael Alder

WestCAMP Inc. is very fortunate to have as its current board chair G. Michael Alder. Mr. Alder is currently the CEO of Biotechnology Association of Alabama; a Venture Partner with Redmont Venture Partners, Inc., and he also chairs the National Centers of Excellence (NCOE), a division of WestCAMP. In the last six years he has been heavily involved in the founding of Tranzyme, Inc.; Vaxin, Inc.; Folia, Inc.; Chlorogen, Inc.; Allvivo, Inc. and Cr3, Inc. All but one of these are biotechnology companies (Folia produces specialty biopolymers).

Mr. Alder has 30 years of experience in leading technology-based startup companies. He was previously CEO of Emerging Technology Partners in Birmingham, Alabama from 1997 to 2003. Prior to coming to Alabama in 1994 he co-founded the Grow Utah Fund that focused on creating technology-based businesses. In 1989 he was asked by the Utah Governor to head the State's Office of Technology Development, which he did for 5 years as its Executive Director, helping bring Utah's Centers of Excellence programs to national prominence. In 1973 he founded NPI, a plant biotechnology company in Salt Lake City, Utah and served as President, COO and Vice Chairman of that company for 15 years as it grew to over 700 employees.

Members

Dr. A. Brent Strong

Brent Strong, Ph.D., is a professor of Manufacturing Engineering Technology at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and was named the Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer for 2003, recognizing teaching and research excellence. In 2002 he was elected a Fellow of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Processing Engineering (SAMPE). He's also an Alcuin Fellow at BYU for his contributions on Creativity, and he's the Lorin Farr Professor of Entrepreneurial Technology for his technical and business abilities. Dr. Strong is the founding director of BYU's Manufacturing Leadership Forum, Creativity Laboratory, Advanced Composite Manufacturing and Engineering Center, and of the Rapid Product Realization Center. He was chair of the Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Technology from 1992-1995.

Dr. Strong's technical research interests are in composite and plastic materials and in processing of those materials. His research includes investigating new plastics, composite materials, manufacturing processes, and developing new manufacturing methods for plastics and composites. He also researches methods for improving productivity of entrepreneurs and the nature of creativity. He is the author, co-author, or editor of nine books (one of them in its 3rd edition and another in its 13th printing), over 100 peer-reviewed and invited papers, and is the inventor or co-inventor on 14 patents. He's been honored as "Teacher of the Year" four times and also an outstanding college researcher.

Dr. Strong was elected International President of the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE) in 1997. He is also a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and Phi Kappa Phi honorary society. Dr. Strong holds both a B.A. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Utah.

Prior to entering Brigham Young University, he was President of Hardie Irrigation Systems, a world-wide manufacturer of plastic equipment for the drip irrigation industry. He was also the vice president for market development for the Eyring Research and a senior research chemist and manufacturing engineering for the DuPont Company. Dr. Strong continues to be active in business -- serving on boards of directors and consulting for a number of companies.

George (Troy) A. Takach, Jr.

Troy Takach has over 20 years of experience in high tech industry, consisting of a balanced background in executive management, strategic planning, product development, sales management, marketing management, engineering management, customer relationship building and engineering design. His designs can be found in various industries including: radiation therapy machines used in cancer treatment, multiple military platforms (EA-6B, F-15, F-16, E-4C, T-33, T-38, P-3) along with level 6 product for the F-22 program. Professional highlights include founding, building and successfully selling a profitable, multi-million dollar company (Parvus Corporation) to an international parent.

Currently, Mr. Takach is a Senior Managing Partner of DesignJug, LLC. DesignJug focuses on the creation of high value electronic systems used to solve significant industry problems. Mr. Takach was appointed to the Utah Governor's State Advisory Council on Science and Technology (Chair 2002-2003, active 1997-current); is a founding board member of Utah Manufacturers Extension Partnership (1996-current); is on the College of Engineering Advisory Board, Utah State University (1999-current); and also sits on the Centers of Excellence Review Panel for State of Utah (1999-current). Awards include: "Modernization Champion Award" (1999) presented by NIST MEP; EE Product News "Product of the Year 1999" (Y2K); Community Service Awards 1998 and 1995; and Zion's Bank "Up N'Comers" Award for High Technology (1993).

You can visit Dr. Strong's website.

David K. Sorensen

Mr. Sorensen has over 35 years of experience in a wide variety of technical and managerial assignments requiring comprehensive knowledge in several disciplines relating to engineering, manufacturing, information technology and business systems. He has been directly responsible for major contracts with industry and government agencies and has a proven record of technical competence, customer relations, and business planning in rapidly expanding technical companies. Mr. Sorensen has held increasingly responsible positions in product and service organizations. He is innovative, resourceful, and aggressive in accomplishing assigned responsibilities with major strengths in strategic planning, marketing and management. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering Science and a Masters in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from Brigham Young University.

Since 1995 he's been the Director of the Utah Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP-Utah), serving primarily the 6,200 manufacturers in the state of Utah. MEP-Utah was selected to initiate and manage the NIST Information Technology Network for over 60 MEP Centers nationwide. Mr. Sorensen is also a BYU adjunct faculty member and the Associate Dean of Technology, Trades and Industry at Utah Valley State College. With a staff of 18, in one year MEP-Utah helped create or save 2,719 jobs in Utah, increased manufacturing sales by more than $121 million and increased employee payroll by more than $84 million.

He's been the Chairman & CEO for Echo Solutions, a start-up software products and services company; Executive VP of Eyring Research Institute; General Manager of EG&G Services; Director of Engineering at EG&G Idaho Inc.; Manager of Architect Engineering and Construction at Aerojet Nuclear Company and Manager of Power Generation Equipment at Bunker Ramo. He also has experience with GE's Nuclear Instrumentation as a Senior Applications Engineer, and in engineering positions at Kennecott Copper, Intermountain Industries, and F.C. Torkelson Engineers.

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