Advisors & Partners


Our advisors from academia, industry, and governmental organizations help us shape our research agenda and inspire others to participate in the revolution of innovation.

Arden BementArden L. Bement Jr., Purdue University

Dr. Bement is the Inaugural Director Emeritus of the Global Policy Research Institute. Prior to his current position, he was the Director of the National Science Foundation from 2004-2010. He served as a member of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO and as the vice-chair of the Commission’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Committee. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.



Katy Börner, Indiana University

Dr. Börner is a Professor of Information Science in the Department of Information and Library Science, School of Informatics and Computing, Adjunct Professor at the Department of Statistics in the College of Arts and Sciences, Core Faculty of Cognitive Science, Research Affiliate of the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research and Biocomplexity Institute, Member of the Advanced Visualization Laboratory, Leader of the Information Visualization Lab, and Founding Director of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. She is also a Visiting Professor at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in The Netherlands. She is a curator of the international Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit. She holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Technology in Leipzig, 1991 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Kaiserslautern, 1997. She became an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow in 2012. Her research focuses on the development of data analysis and visualization techniques for information access, understanding, and management. She is particularly interested in the study of the structure and evolution of scientific disciplines; the analysis and visualization of online activity; and the development of cyberinfrastructures for large scale scientific collaboration and computation. Read more about her highly innovative research here.


Jim Whitehurst, CEO, Red Hat

Jim Whitehurst was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Hat in December 2007. Red Hat is a company at the forefront of open source software development for enterprise IT, with a broad portfolio of products and services for commercial markets. Prior to joining Red Hat, Whitehurst held various positions at Delta Air Lines and before that, worked as a partner at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). A native of Columbus, Georgia, Whitehurst graduated from Rice University in Houston, Texas, with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Economics. He also attended Erlangen Nuremberg University in Erlangen, Germany, holds a general course degree from the London School of Economics and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Jeanette WingJeanette Wing, Microsoft

Jeanette Wing is Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Research, with oversight of the organization’s core research laboratories around the world and Microsoft Research Connections. Her areas of expertise are in trustworthy computing, formal methods, concurrent and distributed systems, programming languages, and software engineering. Within the computer science community, Wing is well-known for her advocacy of “computational thinking,” an approach to problem solving, designing systems and understanding human behavior that draws upon concepts fundamental to computer science.



Image result for accentureAccenture Institute for High Performance

The Accenture Institute for High Performance (IHP) is a global research center with teams based in Beijing, Boston, London, Mumbai, New Delhi, and São Paulo. The Institute’s researchers develop and disseminate strategic insights for Accenture and its clients— “big ideas” that executives, economists, and policy leaders can act upon to bring about meaningful change in their organizations. Since its beginnings in the mid-1990s, the IHP has helped establish Accenture as the preeminent authority on how to define and measure high performance, and also on how organizations can become high performers themselves. Under the leadership of its Global Managing Director, Paul Nunes, IHP researchers have developed seminal ideas on such topics as disruptive innovation, customer behavior, leadership teams, rural markets, public-sector innovation, and national and regional economic growth.

Image result for landcare researchLandcare Research

Landcare Research is a Crown Research Institute (CRI), one of seven in New Zealand. CRIs were formed in 1992 as independent companies that are owned by, and accountable to, the New Zealand Government. It has nine locations across New Zealand, including a subsidiary, Enviro-Mark Solutions at Lincoln and Auckland. Landcare Resesarch collaborates extensively with other research organizations in New Zealand and around the world. A key aspect of Landcare Research is their promotion of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Beyond visible programs of good citizenship, CSR reflects values and philosophies embedded in the organization and evidenced in day-to-day activities. As an environmental research institute the ‘social’ aspect of CSR encompasses the full range of stakeholders, local communities including indigenous peoples, the environment, and economic considerations beyond financial statements. Landcare Research’s purpose is to drive innovation in New Zealand’s management of terrestrial biodiversity and land resources in order to both protect and enhance the terrestrial environment and grow New Zealand’s prosperity.

Image result for garwood center for corporate innovationGarwood Center for Corporate Innovation

The Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation focuses on large-enterprise innovation, paying particular attention to implementation issues and development of new business models to capture the value of innovative products and services. The center houses the Open Innovation Program, the Berkeley Innovation Forum, a membership organization dedicated to sharing knowledge about innovation challenges and several other programs and conferences.



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Fraunhofer Society

The Fraunhofer Society was founded in 1949 in Munich and is now Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. It is a recognized non-profit organization. Some 13.000 employees, predominantly qualified scientists and engineers, work in 57 Fraunhofer Institutes with an annual research budget of over 1 billion Euros. Their research is geared toward people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. The Fraunhofer Society is very interested in making the results of its innovative research public and host lectures and meetings to stimulate the discourse between science and society.

Image result for bombardier logoBombardier

Bombardier is the world’s leading manufacturer of  both planes and trains. Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, Bombardier has built an extensive and diverse portfolio of winning mobility solutions. Everywhere people travel by land and in the air, a Bombardier product is ready to transport them, making mobility more efficient, sustainable and inviting. From business jets and commercial aircraft, to sleek high speed trains and smart public transit, Bombardier is focused on Evolution Mobility.



Image result for red hat logoRed Hat

Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middle-ware, storage and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training and consulting services. As the connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners and open source communities, Red Hat helps create relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT.