Board of Directors

IRI is governed by an elected Board of Directors, operating under a Constitution and By-Laws formulated by the membership. The Board consists of the Chairman, Vice Chairman, immediate Past Chairman, and 12 other directors. Each member of the Board is elected to a three-year term and is not eligible for two consecutive terms. When a person is elected Vice Chairman, that person automatically becomes Chairman the following year. Two candidates for Vice Chairman and for each opening on the Board are presented to the membership by a Nominating Committee in an annual election.
Dr. Martha Gardner
Executive Quality Leader, Process Improvement
GE Aviation

Dr. Martha Gardner is the Executive Quality Leader – Process Improvement for GE Aviation.  Prior to taking this role, she served as the Chief Scientist for Statistics, Quality, and Innovation Methods and the Global Quality Leader for GE Global Research.  She helps teams improve capability of current processes, as well develop new conceptual designs for products and manufacturing processes, and then make them robust, reliable, and serviceable through the use of modeling and analytics.  She has a Ph.D. in Statistics from North Carolina State University and B.S./M.S. from the University of Alabama. Dr. Gardner has been involved with IRI for over 10 years.   Early on she was engaged in the IRI Six Sigma Conferences, and hosted this one year.  More recently she was involved in different ROR projects, as well as engaging the next generation of GE participants in IRI activities.

Immediate Past Chair
Joseph R. Fox

Director, Emerging & External Technologies
INEOS Companies
Joe Fox is the Director of Emerging & External Technologies for INEOS Composites, a leading supplier of thermosetting resins for fiber-reinforced polymer composite applications. As a key member of the Global Business Development group, Joe is responsible for identifying significant growth opportunities for the composite resins business by finding new applications for composites and by developing partnerships throughout the value chain. He is the focal point for Composites’ open innovation initiatives and for identifying technology at other companies, universities and federal laboratories that can impact INEOS.
Joe served on the IRI board from 2014-17 and began a second term in 2018 as Vice-Chair. Joe is now the current Board Chair. He has served on the board of Polymer Ohio and the Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center. He also serves as director of the Miracle League of Central Ohio, a baseball league for special needs children.
Dr. Dan Boss
Senior Vice President, R&D
Dan was named Senior Vice President, Research and Development in October, 2016. Dan has been helping drive innovation across the aerospace, mining and metals, and building materials industries for more than two decades. His distinctive background, which includes both R&D and marketing, allows him to combine new technology development with innovative business development strategies.
Dr. Robert Heideman
Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer
A.O. Smith

Bob was named Senior Vice President – Chief Technology Officer at A. O. Smith in December 2010. He had served as Vice President of the Milwaukee-based research and engineering facility since February 2008. The Corporate Technology Center consists of technology platforms that concentrate on advanced concepts and emerging technologies supporting the long-term product development strategies of the company’s electric motor and water heating operating units. Bob joined A. O. Smith Corporation in 1994 as a Project Engineer at Corporate Technology. In that role, he worked on a wide range of projects for a number of the company’s operating units. He returned to A. O. Smith in 2002 as a Section Manager, responsible for the Metallurgy and Prototyping Group. In 2005, he was promoted to Director-Materials and Processes at Corporate Technology.

Bob holds a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering and a bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.


Matrice Jackson
Director, Research & Development 
Matrice Jackson is an innovative Senior Strategic Leader with 15+ years of experience working in the consumer goods and business-to-business sectors responsible for all aspects of process, product and technology. She began working for Kimberly-Clark in 1991 as a mechanical engineer after graduating with her Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University in 1998. Since 2012, Jackson has been a Senior Manager and Associate Director for Research & Engineering in Innovation Management responsible for implementation, product development plans and packaging innovation inclusive of budget, resources and customer relationship management.
Marguerite Johnson
Innovation Leader
Leggett and Platt Inc.

Ms. Johnson joined Leggett and Platt Automotive as part of the Advanced Engineering team. She scouts for external partnerships in mobility technologies, end-user markets, and applications to create products, services, business models, and user experiences. She has more than 19-years of leadership in innovation, strategy, business development, and marketing in mobility, automotive electrification, commercial engines, heavy non-road equipment and polyurethane resins, coatings, adhesives, composites, and foams. Marguerite was awarded two U.S. design patents. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from The College of Wooster and a Master’s degree in Acquisitions Management from Central Michigan University, as well as professional certifications in Data Science from Harvard and Innovation Leadership from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

As a Board of Director at IRI, Ms. Johnson collaborates with industry leaders to advance the practice of innovation in IRI Networks Conferences, Community Exchanges, SPRING Programs, and as a thought leader, speaker, and moderator.


Stephen Johnson
Director, Research & Development
The Timken Company
Stephen Johnson is director of R&D for The Timken Company. Named to the position in 2014, Johnson leads a team that is responsible for providing enabling technologies and cost-effective support to the company's business units. Through focusing on market alignment and capabilities in core competencies, Johnson and his team identify and propose new technologies that offer value-added opportunities for the company. He previously served in several technology related director level roles from 2006 to 2014. After joining Timken in 1975 as a technical apprentice, Johnson held several operational roles. He subsequently accumulated 15 years' experience in research and development, specializing in precision machine tool metrology and ultra-high speed grinding systems. During 8 years with the company's aerospace business, Johnson established and led technology initiatives in support of new product development programs related to gas turbine engines and helicopter transmissions.
Dr. Darin Latimer
Vice President, Strategic Innovation
Danaher Corporation
Currently Dr. Latimer is in a Strategic Development role at Danaher Corporation, a Fortune 200 multi-industry global science and technology company.  His small team has three primary enterprise level responsibilities: the front end for M&A; Strategic Planning; Strategic Innovation. His time tends toward the latter categories. 
From 2005 to 2009 he held leadership roles at MDS Analytical Technologies including in Strategy and Business Development, Legal, Product Development, Hardware Research.  Before that he was a founder or early employee in start-ups, including one he took through IPO. His academic background spans chemistry, physics and computation/mathematics with a post doc in atmospheric chemistry, a PhD in chemical physics, an MSc in spectroscopy, and a BSc in chemistry with physics minor.
Pushpa Manukonda
Director, Technology Innovation Center
John Deere
Pushpa Manukonda is the Director John Deere Technology Innovation Center at Ames, a position she has held since Nov 2017. She is responsible for Building strategic technical capabilities, developing talent, management of the operations of the center, including building relationships with key partners at the Iowa State University, recruitment of students, and engagement with Deere stakeholders that leverage the center to support their business goals.  

Manukonda joined John Deere in 1999 as a product modeling coordinator. In 2001 she was appointed Project Manager for Product Delivery Systems. In 2003, she became Project Manager for Customer Support Systems and in 2006 was made a Supervisor for Engineering. Manukonda was appointed Senior Engineer and Engineering Integration Lead for the XCG-John Deere Joint Venture in China in 2008, and the following year was named Product Development Manager. In 2010, she was made Vice President of Engineering for the Ashok Leyland John Deere Construction Equipment Co. joint venture. In 2012 she joined the John Deere Advanced Technology and Engineering team as the Manager of Technology Innovation Strategy and in 2015 she became the global lead for technology innovation strategy and product engineering technologies at John Deere

Manukonda earned her Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Andhra University in Andhra Pradesh, India and completed coursework for a master’s degree in industrial engineering at the University of Iowa.

Dr. Steven Moskowitz
Strategic Innovation Manager
Steven Moskowitz leads Innovation Management at Entegris within the CTO Office. In this role he drives the governance and continuous improvement of the various tools used for managing innovation, including Stage-Gate, Portfolio Management, Laboratory Informatics, and Modeling & Simulation. He also supports the identification and management of cross-divisional projects and strategic initiatives, including a recent focus on how we leverage Industry 4.0 across the company. Steve has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Washington and as B.S. from the University of Rochester.
Steve has been actively involved in IRI since joining Entegris over 5 years ago. Early on, his involvement was all about bringing ideas and best practices back to Entegris. As his involvement grew, Steve got involved in RORs and was a co-chair for the ROR on Virtual Experimentation and Simulation within the IRI focus on Digitilization. He was a Pioneer for the inaugural SPRING program and is currently a member of the PILOT Steering Committee. Steve also remains active in expanding the exposure of IRI across Entegris and bringing new voices to the IRI and new insights back to Entegris.
Dr. Paloma Pimenta
Associate Director, Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals
Dr. Paloma Pimenta currently leads a team in the Oral Care division of Colgate Palmolive. Her team identifies and develops new cutting edge technologies for Colgate's Oral Care business, as well as advance fundamental research within the business category, and develop new methodologies to measure product performance and support new claims. Dr. Pimenta first joined Colgate-Palolive as a research scientist in the R&D Hair Care Advanced Technology division in 2006. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from CUNY Brooklyn College and her Doctorate degree in Chemical & Biochemical Engineering from Rutgers University.
Dr. Courtney Silverthorn
Deputy Director, Technology Partnerships Office
National Institute of Standards in Technology
Dr. Courtney Silverthorn is the Deputy Director of the Technology Partnerships Office at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), leading implementation of interagency technology transfer policy efforts via NIST's Return on Investment Initiative and the White House’s Lab-to-Market subcommittee. She has over a decade of experience in Federal technology transfer and has served in several roles on the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s Executive Board. Dr. Silverthorn earned a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Sweet Briar College, and is pursuing a M.S. in Leadership from Washington University in St. Louis.
Courtney has been involved with IRI since 2015 and is an active participant in the Federal Laboratory Advisory Group (FLAG). She is passionate about her efforts to connect the private sector community to the assets and opportunities available at the Federal Laboratories. Her vision for the future of IRI is two-fold: to help IRI grow and thrive through greater outreach to non-industry organizations, and to foster connections between IRI members and Federal Labs in ways that accelerate private sector research and development activities.
Dr. Timothy Swales
Vice President, Research & Development, and CSO
Johns Manville
For ten years Tim Swales has been responsible for R&D across all of JM’s businesses, the company’s sustainability strategy and driving innovation across the company. He joined Johns Manville in 2001 as Director of Innovation. In 2002, he became Director of Innovation & Commercialization for the Engineered Products Group. He became VP of R&D in 2007. Prior to joining JM, Swales spent more than 17 years at 3M and the 3M spin-off Imation. Swales earned a bachelor’s, a master’s and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Manchester, England.
Swales has been an active participant in IRI since joining JM and has used this participation to enable him to craft a successful innovation approach for JM. He has all participated in all the most recent CTO Forums , hosting the 2017 Forum at JM in Colorado.
Dr. Jeffrey Tew
Chief Scientist & Global Director of Digital Manufacturing and Operations Innovation Program
TATA Consultancy Services
Director of Global Innovation Program in Digital Manufacturing and Operations for TCS. Leading expert in digital transformation for manufacturing and supply chain enterprises with special expertise in Internet of Things (IOT), Machine Learning Algorithms, artificial intelligence and digital transformation.
Dr. Srinivas Veeramasuneni
Chief Innovation Officer & Vice President
USG Corporation
Dr. Srinivas Veeramasuneni is vice president and chief innovation officer, USG Corporation. He is responsible for leading the Corporate Innovation Center organization and the promotion of collaborative research to enhance USG’s competitive position and profitability by continuously developing effective research programs. Veeramasuneni first joined USG in 1998 with a Ph.D. in metallurgical engineering from the University of Utah and has held various research and management positions during his tenure with the company.
He has an extensive background in surface science and related application areas, including crystallization, mineral processing, and building materials.  He published nearly 25 papers in surface science related journals. Veeramasuneni has been awarded 12 U.S. patents related to building materials, and has received numerous awards, including: the AIME Rossiter W. Raymond Memorial Award; Technology awards from USG Corporation; and SME Industrial Minerals Division Young Scientist Award. He was recently recognized as a 2017 Chicago Business Leader of Color by Chicago United.
Veeramasuneni is active in external organizations and has held executive positions in ASTM committees and Industrial Minerals Division of SME. He is currently serving as a Board Member of LUMITY and Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC).