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Center for Assistive Technology
University at Buffalo, School of Public Health and Health Professions National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)

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CAT Staff & Affiliates

CAT MANAGEMENT
The CAT Program Office and the KT4TT Project Office are located off campus at 100 Sylvan Parkway, Suite 400, Amherst, NY 14228.

JOSEPH P. LANE, MBPA
Director of Center for Assistive Technology
KT4TT Principal Investigator
joelane@buffalo.edu, 716-204-8606 xt. 211

Joe explores the related processes of knowledge translation (KT), technology transfer (TT), and commercial transactions (CT) in the context of technology-based innovation.

For the past 25 years he has led projects that applied supply push, demand pull and corporate collaboration strategies to broker the market launch of over fifty new commercial products. At the same time he contributed to understanding the underlying mechanisms through many peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations. These published findings are integrated with the relevant global literature within the Need to Knowledge (NtK) Model, as an evidence-based and operational framework for linking the 3 methodologies of scientific research, engineering development and industrial production.

His primary conclusion is that each methodology is purposely designed to generate a different state of knowledge: conceptual discovery, prototype invention, commercial innovation, respectively. All of this work is grounded within a series of national centers, funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, conducted through an organized research unit, Center for Assistive Technology within the School of Public Health & Health Professions, University at Buffalo, New York.

SUSAN ARNOLD, AAS
Business Manager for all CAT Programs
smarnold@buffalo.edu, 716-204-8606 xt. 200

Sue coordinates all professional affiliations, instructional webcasts and social media content, provides logistic support for one research project (Industry Profiles) and one development project (NtK Model Variants), as well
as for the Center’s Utilization and Technical Assistance activities.

Since joining the Center for Assistive Technology (CAT) in 2001, Sue has led all administrative, personnel, and account management functions for the CAT. She plays a key supporting role for many related activities within each of the CAT's dozens of sponsored projects. She has also functioned as an officer (Treasurer) of UB/CAT Inc., a non-profit client service program focused on computer assessment, training, placement and support.

Prior to her career with CAT, Sue served fifteen years as an administrator for the National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored Industry-University Cooperative Research Program for Biosurfaces, directed by Dr. Robert Baier at the University at Buffalo.
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CAT CLIENT SERVICES (UB/CAT Inc.)
CAT Client Service is located off campus at 315 Alberta Drive, Suite 102 Amherst, NY 14226.

CHRISTINE R. ODDO, MS
Director,  CAT Client Service
coddo@buffalo.edu, 716-836-0230

Ms. Oddo directs Client Service operations for children, adults, families and professionals.  This includes assistive technology services for the New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI) and the NYS Adult Career & Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR), school districts and employers.  She is Project Director for the WNY Regional TRAID program operated by NYS and other sponsored projects and works with UB’s Office for Students with Disabilities.  Ms. Oddo has a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Buffalo with a concentration in assistive computer technology.

KIMBERLY NAUS, BBA, MS Ed
Program Coordinator, Client Services
ksnaus@buffalo.edu, 716-836-1350
Ms. Naus coordinates the training services for the Center for Assistive Technology including individual and group training for consumers, school districts, counselors, and other service providers.  She provides AT services for the New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped (CBVH) and VESID and is the Project Coordinator for the WNY TRAID program operated by New York State.  She coordinates AT development for pre-service students and professionals throughout New York State.  Ms Naus has a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Education, and has several years experience in the field of assistive technology.
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CENTER ON KNOWLEDGE TRANSLATION FOR TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER (KT4TT)

JENNIFER FLAGG, MBA
KT4TT Co-Principal Investigator
jlflagg@buffalo.edu, 716-204-8606 xt. 209

Jen  is focused on improving the socio-economic outcomes resulting from research and development projects. Her most recent work is embodied in the Need to Knowledge Model, which encourages the application of new product development best practices in all projects that intend to result in commercial products and services.

Jen is a published author in the domains of technology transfer and assistive technology. She is currently leading the Center on KT4TT’s Industry Profile project, and development of the Technology Transfer Planning Template. She provides technical assistance to grantees and others engaged in technology transfer activities.

Jen holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and management with a concentration in marketing - both from the University at Buffalo. She has completed the SickKids Learning Institute’s Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate course, and been brought back as a faculty member to instruct a technology transfer module. Her experience includes grant writing, consulting, and providing market research services to companies, small businesses, and inventors. She has also served on professional boards, and was a founding member of the Buffalo Niagara chapter of the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA), where she most recently held the position of vice chair.

JAMES A. LEAHY, BS
KT4TT Co-Principal Investigator
jimleahy@buffalo.edu, 716-204-8606 xt. 201

Jim generates new product outcomes from original research and development (R&D) and demonstrates effective technology transfer practices to U.S. Department of Education/National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) technology grantees.

In 1993, he brought 20 years of invention evaluation, product development, and project management experience to the University at Buffalo's Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology Transfer (T²RERC).

Over the years, Jim has led the T²RERC's Supply Push technology transfer program and created a corporate collaboration program through which theT²RERC partnered with Fortune 500 companies to improve the accessibility and usability of new mainstream products. He is a patent holder and serves as a technology transfer consultant to assistive technology inventors.
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MICHELLE LOCKETT, MBA
KT4TT Market Analyst
mlockett@buffalo.edu, 716-204-8606 xt. 203
Michelle earned her Master’s in business administration from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York., and a Bachelor’s of Arts in psychology from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. She also attended the American Marketing Association's School of Marketing Research at Notre Dame University. She has served on the board of the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the Product Development Management Association (PDMA).

Currently, Michelle is leading the Prospective Case Study involving NIDILRR technology grantees. She is also involved in the development of the Technology Transfer Planning Template, Industry Profiles and the Need to Knowledge variant models. Prior to these projects, she was involved with the creation of the Need to Knowledge Model and the compilation of supporting evidence behind each stage and step.

Michelle's research interests include understanding the technology transfer needs of NIDILRR Grantees, the challenges they face and how they overcome those challenges. In addition, she seeks to uncover methods in which Grantees may better connect with potential manufacturing partners to increase the likelihood of technology transfer.

JAMES L. PERON
Director, Design and Fabrication Shop
jimperon@buffalo.edu, 716-829-6711

Jim is instrumental in working with corporate product designers on successful projects for Fortune 500 companies.

These companies include (e.g. Black & Decker, Tupperware, White Rogers, and Whirlpool), as well as with local clients including the Research Institute on Addictions and UB’s Physical Therapy Department by building lab testing equipment. He is a co-inventor on the patented Automated Pill Crusher (First Crush) licensed to First Wave Technology.
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VATHSALA IYENGAR STONE, MS, Ph.D.
KT4TT Co-Principal Investigator
vstone@buffalo.edu, 716-204-8606 xt. 210

Vathsala brings 11 years of experience as a member of the T²RERC team as well as KT experience from consulting for educational and social programs, such as the UNICEF-funded street children programs.

In the current cycle she leads our series of RCT-based KT Intervention Studies, co-investigates the Prospective Case Study and the Industry Profiles of Key AT Industry Segments, as well as designs and monitors our Program Evaluation, to ensure the merit and worth of all projects and activities. She is our liaison to the American Evaluation Association and a colleague of leading international scholars on evaluation methods.

Vathsala holds a PhD degree in educational evaluation & research design from Florida State University, 1974; an MS in science education from North Carolina State University, 1971; a BEd in physical science & math education and a BS in physical science & math, both from the University of Mysore, India.

LAURIE YARNES, BS
Graphic Designer
lyarnes@buffalo.edu, 716-204-8606 xt. 206

Laurie's work includes the Need to Knowledge (NtK) Model game board, intellectual property modules, commercialization and contextual knowledge packages.

She also advises and contributes to conference presentations, journal publications, communication strategies and website development. Her education and professional background is in packaging and advertising design.
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