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Lee Ann Cochran (July 2014-June 2017)
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Lee Ann Schwope Cochran is a Vice President of Business Development for Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle). Ms. Cochran leads strategic corporate initiatives within Battelle's Contract Research Business, which covers a wide portfolio of S&T capabilities in the energy & environment, health & analytics, national security, homeland security & public safety, and pharmaceutical & medical devices industry segments. Her work covers internal business innovation and transformation initiatives, managing external innovation initiatives, such as the Battelle Innovation Program Office at the Cambridge Innovation Center in Boston, MA, and fostering customer-driven engagement programs with both government and commercial customers. Ms. Cochran's office also supports the Contract Research Business with joint R&D/strategic sourcing of external S&T innovations in support of Battelle's government and military clients, as well as commercializing Battelle developed innovations.


During the first 4 years of her career, Ms. Cochran was a leading technical and management member of the Excera Materials Group. At Excera she implemented and managed the production of armor systems that met or exceeded all government specifications regarding their performance. Additionally, Ms. Cochran managed the production MRL-advancement team in process scale-up, increasing yields, setting standard operating procedures, and laying the groundwork for an ISO 9001:2000 quality systems. In her 3 years at Solidica, Ms. Cochran continued to direct a diverse team of engineers and technicians, successfully meeting the goals and cost/timing objectives on multiple ongoing government contracts including: DOE SBIR Phase II, four year cooperative Army agreement, multi-year USMC armor program, National Science Foundation SBIR Phase II, and DARPA.  Ms. Cochran is a diversity champion and at Battelle led the Women’s Network for 3 years.  

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