WEPAN Accelerator Webinars: Gender Equity in Innovation

April 13, 2023
12:00 pm


The WEPAN Accelerator welcomes Forough Ghahramani and Jennifer Gottwald. Dr. Ghahramani serves as Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Sponsored Programs for Edge, Inc. and Dr. Gottwald serves as Director of Licensing for the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.

The WEPAN Accelerator works to advance equity innovation and entrepreneurship and is a 2021 winner of the Small Business Administration’s Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. The Accelerator programming includes workshops, program days, module courses with/for WEPAN partners, and webinars such as this one.



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Fourough Ghahramani
Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Sponsored Programs, Edge

As chief advocate for research and discovery, Forough serves as an advisor and counsel to senior higher education leaders to help translate vision for supporting research collaborations and innovation into actionable strategy leveraging regional and national advanced technology resources. Prior to joining academia, she held senior level engineering and management positions at Hewlett Packard (HP) and consulted to Fortune 500 companies in high performance computing environments.

Forough is consulted on the state, national, and international levels related to STEM workforce development strategies and evaluating the policies and programs that shape vibrant inclusive innovation ecosystems. Forough’s research interest areas include: fostering diversity and inclusion in the university innovation ecosystem, and broadening the reach through models for federated data sharing infrastructure for advancing discovery. Forough’s research has resulted in numerous publications. Forough is co-PI on several NSF-funded  projects including the NSF CC* OAC: Planning “Advanced Cyberinfrastructure for Teaching and Research at Rowan University and the Southern New Jersey Region”; the NSF CCRI: Planning “A Community Research Infrastructure for Integrated AI-Enabled Malware and Network Data Analysis”; the NSF ADVANCE Partnership: “New Jersey Equity in Commercialization Collective.”

Forough is an active member of the Association of University Technology Managers Women Inventors SIG, Chair of IEEE Women in Engineering Princeton, and has served in leadership roles in Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Association of Women in Science (AWIS), and Women Impacting Public Policy.  

Forough’s education includes a doctorate in Higher Education Management from University of Pennsylvania, an MBA in Marketing from DePaul University, MS in Computer Science from Villanova University, and BS in Mathematics with a minor in Biology from Pennsylvania State University.

Jennifer Gottwald
Director of Licensing, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)

Jennifer Gottwald is a Director of Licensing at the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), where she has worked for twenty years. WARF manages the patenting and licensing of the University of Wisconsin – Madison (UW), the WiCell Research Institute, and the Morgridge Institute for Research. Dr. Gottwald is responsible for the licensing of a portfolio of life science research tool and biotechnology intellectual properties, including green technologies. She is a Certified Licensing Professional and Patent Agent.

She received a B.S. in botany and German literature, and a Ph.D. in plant molecular biology, from the UW. She lectures in the M.S. in Biotechnology program at the UW, serves as a trustee of the WiSysTechnology Foundation, and is a founder and active in the AUTM Women Inventors group.

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