Dr. Michael Bloom oversees innovation initiatives at USF including Florida High Tech Council Matching Grants Research Program, the Office of Corporate Partnerships, the Tampa Bay Technology Incubator, Student Innovation Incubator, and the Seed Florida Fund. He is also Vice Chair of the USF Pandemic Response Research Network™. Bloom has more than 20 years of experience leading major economic development, innovation and partnership projects for higher education and industry.
Prior to USF, Bloom served as Associate Vice President for Corporate Engagement and Commercialization at Kent State University, in Ohio; and he was Senior Vice President for Corporate and Foundation Relations at the Downtown Cleveland Partnership. Bloom received Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Communication from McGill University in Montreal, where he was a Doctoral Fellow of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He earned a B.A. Summa Cum Laude in Mass Communication from Cleveland State University.
Dr. Michael Bloom, Assistant Vice President
Corporate Partnerships & Innovation
University of South Florida
Dr. Brent Winslow, Ph.D. is Chief Scientist at Design Interactive, Inc., and has over 15 years of experience in studying the central nervous system (CNS) at multiple scales from a bioengineering perspective. His research has focused on studying the brain’s reaction to injury and disease and producing therapeutic strategies and devices aimed at restoring normal function. Brent has also active in advisory councils and advocacy groups from brain injury to bleeding disorders, has published several articles from in vivo electrophysiology to craniofacial reconstruction, and has presented work in various international bioengineering, neuroscience, and imaging conferences.
Brent earned a PhD degree in Bioengineering from the University of Utah, where he studied the role of inflammation due to electrode implantation on neurogenesis and cognition. Prior to joining Design Interactive, Brent did post-doctoral work at the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle WA aimed at describing the mammalian connectome using genetic techniques and multiphoton imaging, as well as the development of millimeter scale wireless bio-sensing devices.
Dr. Brent Winslow, Division Head
Dr. Svetlana Shtrom is currently directing the commercial development of technologies at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Svetlana has extensive experience in business development and technology management. She has broad expertise in collaborative partnership structuring, strategic planning, market assessment, technology evaluation, and intellectual property management.
Svetlana’s business development experience includes leadership roles in academia, government, and industry. Prior to joining UCF, she consulted for biotechnology companies and venture capital firms in business growth and technology evaluation. Also previously, she managed business development at several emerging biotechnology companies focused on development and manufacture of clinical diagnostics. Before working in biotechnology industry, she was a Technology Transfer Specialist at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) where she facilitated partnerships with industry, academia and non-profit organizations.
Svetlana holds an MBA from UCF. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health and received a Ph.D. in cell biology from the University of California at San Francisco and a B.S. in molecular genetics from the Ohio State University. Svetlana serves on the Board of Directors for BioFlorida.
Dr. Svetlana Strohm, Director
University of Central Florida
Angela M. Alban, president and CEO of SIMETRI, started SIMETRI in 2009. Although an engineer at heart, Angela has extensive experience in a wide range of disciplines, enabling her to target the essence of a problem, and allowing her to offer clients and colleagues creative, innovative and practical solutions. Angela began her career as an engineer after graduating from Emory University with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and computer science and completed a Master of Science degree in computer engineering from the University of Central Florida, while working professionally in the modeling and simulation industry and completing the Defense Systems Management College Advanced Program Manager’s Course at Fort Belvoir.
Angela transitioned into management in 2004 when she was appointed as the vice president and chief operating of a foreign-owned subsidiary. After growing Indra’s presence in the United States, she decided to start her own business, and has spent her 25 years of professional experience in the simulation and training industry. SIMETRI has allowed Angela to meet her aspirations of growing a technology firm from the ground up, while nurturing a strong and innovative culture that embraces family life and community involvement.
Along with her family and her business, Angela is very committed to the Central Florida community, and has dedicated herself to several special causes. Team SIMETRI frequently supports various community non-profit organizations across the community to include UCP of Central Florida, Samaritan Resource Center, Embrace Families, and the Early Learning Coalition of Central Florida. Angela is an active board member of the Orlando Economic Partnership, Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce, UCP of Central Florida, National Center for Simulation, University of Central Florida College of Engineering and Computer Science Dean’s Advisory Board, Entrepreneurs Alliance of Orlando Advisory Board, and Florida First Robotics Executive Advisory Board.