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The Technological Leadership Institute's senior fellows teach courses, work with students regarding career goals, and consult with companies in Minnesota and around the world. They are outstanding experts in business and technology, and bring a variety of experience to benefit each of our degree programs.

Andrew Borene

Andrew Borene provides senior executive leadership for worldwide strategic initiatives supporting IBM’s i2 Safer Planet Division. In the private sector, Mr. Borene has provided business leadership within publicly-held international companies, directed corporate development at a defense technology startup, and served as program manager for U.S. government agency contracts.

Thomas Fiutak

Thomas Fiutak brings research experience in conflict management theory, negotiation, conflict cultures and the role perceived culture plays on adapting models of meditation to the Technological Leadership Institute. He also brings consulting and corporate experience with the World Bank; worked with the City of New York post-9/11 for the redevelopment of Lower Manhattan; and has trained mediators in the U.S., Philippines and Europe.

Betty Gladfelter

Betty Gladfelter has more than 20 years of corporate experience in technical research and development management, including more than 10 years of self-employed experience in the areas of competitive intelligence and intellectual property. As a Management of Technology faculty member, Gladfelter’s expertise ranges from competitive intelligence to project management.

Steven Y. Goldsmith

Dr. Steven Y. Goldsmith spent 32 years with Sandia National Laboratories, specializing in exploratory development of information and control systems. His laboratory developed sensor and information systems for nuclear weapon test data and seismic array monitoring. His research interests include adaptive software systems, CND/CAN for Distributed Control Systems and more.

Brian Isle

As a senior fellow, Brian Isle teaches vulnerability and risk assessment methods for critical infrastructure at the Technological Leadership Institute, and is CEO and a member of the technical staff at Adventium Labs. He’s also been published in more than 20 publications and is on the board of directors for the Minnesota chapter of the FBI-sponsored InfraGard organization.

Carl Kime

Carl Kime brings experience with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, House Appropriations Committee, Joint Chiefs of Staff and Marine Corps to his position as a faculty member within the Management of Technology graduate program. Currently serving as president of Lodestar Strategies, Kime’s expertise ranges from science and technology policy to information technologies.

Karl Mattson

Karl Mattson is senior vice president of technology risk management at PNC Financial Services in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he leads PNC’s identification and response to emerging technology and cyber security risks. He’s also spent 16 years in security and technology management roles at Target, Unisys and Citybank, and as an intelligence analyst and non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Army.

Andrew Ouderkirk

Dr. Andrew Ouderkirk is a senior research scientist developing imaging technology at Facebook-Oculus. Prior to Facebook, Ouderkirk spent 30 years at 3M as a corporate scientist developing new product platforms and establishing entrepreneurial teams within 3M’s electronics and energy business. Ouderkirk formed and led the team that developed 3M’s Multilayer Optical Film platform, which includes the world’s first commercially successful reflective polarizer, now commonly used in smartphones, tablets and TVs. While at 3M, Ouderkirk took a lead role in developing culture and processes for platforms and entrepreneurial activities. An inventor with more than 200 issued U.S. patents, Ouderkirk is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, was awarded Fast Company Fast 50 recognition, the American Chemical Society Award for creative invention, and the R&D Magazine Innovator of the year. He has a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Northwestern University.

George Welles

George Welles is president of Imaging Futures, Inc. and CEO of Allargeo Ltd. He serves as a national security subject matter expert for senior federal executives and as an advisor in future technologies and trends for a number of organizations. He’s also led numerous international conferences in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.