Connecting Innovation Policy and Practice Ohio (CIPPO) 2022

The Role of Universities in Building Innovative Future

About The Panel

This academic-oriented panel discusses innovation on a societal level, honing in on the Society 5.0 concept, the Pubic Interest Technology University Network (PITUN), the Internet of Things Collaborative (IOTC), and other university-led projects and partnerships across Ohio. Discussion in this panel touches on the necessary improvements in relations with industry and the greater public needed for universities to guide these innovations. 


Nick Zingale – Associate Professor, Cleveland State UniversityCo-Director, CSU T.E.C.H. Hub; and Co-D  
Nicholas Zingale, Ph.D., is an associate professor in public administration at Cleveland State University's College of Education and Public Affairs, visiting professor at Case Western Reserve University, and a senior executive fellow from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.  He has over 25 years of academic and professional experience in public administration and management. He is a former associate professor at The University of Akron and visiting professor at The Ohio State University. Currently, he is also a senior executive steering committee member for the northeast Ohio Internet of Things Collaborative, senior research associate in the Human Fusions Initiative and co-director at the Institute of Applied Phenomenology in Science and Technology. He has published over 80 editorial, technical and academic articles and is currently working on a book titled "Being There in the Digital Age - Democratizing the Human Experience."  

Dustin Tyler – Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, and Co-Director, Human Fusions Initiative 
For nearly 30 years, Dustin J. Tyler, PhD, has dedicated himself to translationally focused research in neural engineering. Tyler, the Kent H. Smith II Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Case School of Engineering, has been a faculty member at Case Western Reserve University for over 15 years and is known for his expertise in electrical engineering, artificial and biological neural systems, and biomedical engineering. As director of the Human Fusions Institute, Tyler has recruited a culturally diverse, open, transdisciplinary community of researchers, thinkers, students, entrepreneurs and world leaders to lead the charge shaping the future of NeuroReality. 

Al Emondi – Head of Partner Strategy, NTT Research, and President and CEO, Piontier, LLC 
Dr. Emondi is a neuroscientist in the Biological Technologies Office where his focus is on the exploration and use of bidirectional central and peripheral nervous system interfaces toward the transformation and advancement of human-machine interaction.  

Formerly with Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR) Atlantic (SSC), Charleston, S.C., where he was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for SPAWAR Atlantic and served as Deputy CTO to the SPAWAR HQ CTO for the Atlantic region. He also led the Science & Technology competency, which was focused on basic and applied sciences, technology transition, and technology transfer. Before his tour at SSC Atlantic, he was an early pioneer for software-defined radio research initiatives at the Air Force Research Lab in Rome, N.Y Dr. Emondi holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Neuroscience and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, both from Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Wilkes University. 

Moderator: Molly Schnoke – Interim Director, Center for Economic Development and Center for Community Planning and Development, Cleveland State University 
Molly Schnoke is the Project Manager with the Center for Community Planning & Development of the School of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. She joined the School in 2006. Molly has experience in managing and coordinating research projects in program evaluation and survey research. Molly also oversees the Unger Program which serves to support and foster economic and community development through independent research and civic education and engagement. Molly has worked with the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program to monitor and report on work taking place around regional economic strategies for Northeast Ohio. In addition to her work with the Center, Molly currently oversees the School of Urban Affairs Forum Program. The Forum brings together the university and the community to address critical public policy issues that impact Northeast Ohio, the state and the nation. 

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