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2016 Advisory Board

Dr. Jay Bayne, PhD, Chairman & Executive Director, The Milwaukee Institute

BayneDr. Bayne received his B.S. (70), M.Sc.(71), and Ph.D. (76) degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has over 30+ years of experience in academia, executive technology leadership, consulting and entrepreneurship, For 11 years Dr. Bayne was a tenured full professor of computer engineering. He is presently an Adjunct Professor at UW Milwaukee, has started three companies, is presently a board member of several commercial companies, and is a mentor for several startups, accelerators and incubators. He is an Outside Executive Director for Mason Wells, the state’s largest private equity firm. From 1984-1998 he held consecutive positions as Chief Technology Officer for two global engineering companies (ABB, JCI) , each with revenues exceeding $30B. Dr. Bayne has served as independent consultant to the US Department of Defense. Since 2007 he has served as co-founder and Executive Director of the Milwaukee Institute, and is a Board Member of the Wisconsin Technology Council, advisors to Wisconsin’s Governor and State Legislature. Dr. Bayne’s research interests include computational science, cyberphysical systems, cybernetics and cyberspatial mechanics. He has published extensively on the science and technology of high availabilty real-time systems and their role in the automation and control of large-scale distributed systems. He holds multiple patents.

Dr. Lynn E. Broaddus, PhD, MBA, President, Broadview Collaborative, Inc.

BroaddusWith over three decades in the environmental sector, Lynn Broaddus serves as a trusted advisor to private sector, non-profit, and government clients who value her unique insights and personal networks in the water sector and the collaborative approach she brings to her work. Prior to launching Broadview Collaborative, Dr. Broaddus created and led “Charting New Waters” for The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, a ground-breaking six-year effort to address a wide range of topics on the forefront of water sustainability and resiliency. Dr. Broaddus’ career also includes nearly twenty years in water and biodiversity management with organizations including Milwaukee Riverkeeper®, The Nature Conservancy and NatureServe. Earlier work experiences include energy conservation and teaching. She earned her Ph.D. in botany and genetics from Duke University, an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and her bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences from the University of Virginia. Dr. Broaddus is a trustee for the Water Environment Federation, and serves as a non-resident fellow with the Metropolitan Policy Program of the Brookings Institution. She also chairs the board of the national organization River Network, and is vice-chair of the Board of Visitors for the Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Dr. Broaddus hosts a blog on her company’s website,, and tweets as @LynnBroaddus.

Dr. Glen Daigger, PhD, PE, BCEE, Past President, Int’l Water Assoc.; Former SVP and CTO, CH2M; Prof. of Engineering Practice, Univ. of Mich.

DaiggerDr. Daigger is currently Professor of Engineering Practice at the University of Michigan and President and Founder of One Water Solutions, LLC, a water engineering and innovation firm. He previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for CH2M HILL where he was employed for 35 years, as well as Professor and Chair of Environmental Systems Engineering at Clemson University. Actively engaged in the water profession through major projects, and as author or co-author of more than 100 technical papers, four books, and several technical manuals, he contributes to significantly advance practice within the water profession. Deeply involved in professional activities, he is currently Immediate Past President of the International Water Association (IWA). The recipient of numerous awards, including the Kappe, Freese, and Feng lectures and the Harrison Prescott Eddy, Morgan, and the Gascoigne Awards, he is a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a Distinguished Fellow of IWA, and a Fellow of the Water Environment Federation (WEF). A member of a number of professional societies, Dr. Daigger is also a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineers.

Dr. William Dougan, PhD, Judge, Wisc. Innovation Award; Coach, Water Council Seed Accelerator; Prof. of Mgmt. Univ. of Wisc., Whitewater

DouganDr. Dougan is currently a Professor of Management in the College of Business and Economics at the University of Wisconsin—Whitewater. He has nearly twenty years of experience in teaching, consulting, advising and public service in the areas of venture planning and development. He serves as contributor to the award-winning BREW water-technology startup accelerator located at the Global Water Center in Milwaukee and the Launchpad accelerator located at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. Dr. Dougan’s advisees have won cash or equity awards at the International Business Model Competition, the Rice University Business Plan Competition, the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Competition and the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization. Recently he served as an advisor to the Securing Water for Food Program, a joint venture of US Agency for International Development, the Swedish International Development Agency and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also has provided coaching to US Department of Agriculture and the Department of Energy SBIR grant awardees. In 2010, Dr. Dougan was selected as the national Advisor of the Year of the Year of the 250 chapters of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization; he serves on the National Faculty Advisory Council of that organization. In November of 2011, he participated in the “I Am an Entrepreneur” Conference at the Whitehouse. He was the recipient of the UWW 2015 Faculty Service Award for his work with the business community, including the Wisconsin Governors Business Plan Contest and the Wisconsin Innovation Awards. He received his Ph.D. from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.

Mr. Walter A. Foskett, MBA, JD, Partner, Burke and Foskett, LLC

FoskettMr. Foskett has been a corporate attorney since 1985. His experience includes business planning, contract negotiation, mergers and acquisitions, asset purchase and sales, venture capital financing, public and private offers of stock and debt instruments, long-term debt offerings under indentures, tax exempt industrial revenue bond transactions, commercial loan transactions, power supply contracts and power plant project financing and energy services contracts. He advises clients through all phases of business planning and expansion, including start-up phase, corporate structuring and integration of succession planning. His clients include energy, software and financial services companies. A seasoned negotiator, Walter has significant experience in a wide variety of contract negotiation, drafting and administration, strategic business planning and risk management. Prior to co-founding Burke & Foskett in 1996, Walter was a partner at McDermott, Will & Emery, where he maintained a corporate and securities law practice specializing in the energy and electric utility arenas. He has provided legal advice to municipal utilities, major electric utilities and their regulated and unregulated subsidiaries. From 2007 to 2013, he was also the General Counsel of World Energy, a global biofuels company. He was a member of the Hingham Municipal Light Board, the governing body that has oversight responsibility for a municipally owned electric utility in Hingham, Massachusetts from 1995 to 2015 and served on the Board of Directors of Energy New England, an energy cooperative founded in 1998 by members of the public power community where he continues to be outside counsel to the company. Walter received a BA from Boston College, a MBA from Babson College, and a JD from Boston University School of Law.

Dr. David E.J. Garman, PhD, Assoc. Vice Chancellor, Water Tech. R&D; Founding Dean, School of Freshwater Sciences Univ. of Wisc., Milwaukee

GarmanPresently Associate Vice Chancellor Water Technology Research and Development, and Founding Dean of the School of Freshwater Sciences, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, he is leading the establishment of new water research programs for industry and the environment. His career has covered the full range of environmental management from water resources and pollution control through to new environmental technologies, covering all aspects of measurement, management policy and strategic analysis. His research and interests cover all aspects of new technology, and water resource management from research and planning to large-scale operations. Dr. Garman has served as both an executive and non-executive director for private and listed companies. He has been on boards and as an advisor for small private companies and water utilities. His experience as Managing Director of the Environmental Biotechnology Cooperative Research Center cemented his commitment to the use of applied molecular methods for environmental protection and applications in industry and the community.

Dr. Andrew Jacque, PhD, Chief Scientist and Founder, Water Quality Investigations

JacqueDr. Jacque has 25 years of experience in the field of water supply and treatment, including university teaching, engineering consulting and public service. Andrew received his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1990. He returned to UW – Madison in 2005 to pursue MS and PhD degrees. Andrew earned his PhD in 2009 in environmental engineering with a minor in hydrogeology. Dr. Jacque has pioneered an analytical approach to characterize water quality issues caused by microbial occurrence in groundwater wells, drinking water distribution systems and water related infrastructure. His approach uses scientific techniques in the areas of environmental chemistry, electrochemistry, microbiology, hydrogeology and engineering to determine whether a water quality problem is the result of an impaired source, a defect in construction, an inadequate treatment process or insufficient facility/system maintenance. He has used this approach to reduce microbial induced corrosion in groundwater wells and drinking water distribution systems; reduce radium activity, arsenic/metals concentration, and microbial activity in groundwater wells; and reduce disinfection by-products in drinking water distribution systems without the need to construct treatment facilities.

Mr. Emad S. Isaac, Senior Vice President and CTO, LoJack Corporation

IsaacAs CTO, Emad sees his primary role as identifying and using technologies that reduce the time between an identified need and generating revenue. Since joining LoJack in 2013, Emad has worked closely with LoJack’s executive team to leverage knowledge assets and revitalize the company’s technology and product strategy. By partnering with global technology brands, Emad has directed the company’s expansion into new markets through the development of innovative telematics products, wireless network technology, and products in the Internet of Things (IoT) space. Before joining LoJack, Emad held senior technology and leadership roles at a range of companies in the aerospace, automotive, telematics, navigation, and electronics manufacturing industries. He was the Systems Architect and Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Motorola, where his responsibilities included defining systems architecture and requirements for key telematics technologies such as GM OnStar, BMW Assist and Mercedes Benz Systems. Owner of numerous patents, Emad received a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from McGill University, a bachelor’s degree in Science from Concordia University, a master’s degree in Biomechanics from the University of Arizona, and a master’s degree in Engineering Management from Northwestern University.

Mr. William C. Nowicki, CPA, Partner, VZN Group, LLC

NowickiMr. Nowicki is a partner at VZN Group, LLC, an experienced CPA firm that provides a host of financial services, ranging from accounting, tax preparation and tax planning to consulting, bookkeeping and beyond, for clients of all kinds, including individuals and small-to-medium size businesses. In a public accounting career that began in 1989, Mr. Nowicki has become a tax, accounting and consulting specialist, working with a wide range of businesses in various industries, gaining valuable knowledge on the needs of small-to-medium sized clients. He enjoys spending time with his family as well as golfing, coaching various youth athletics, traveling and outdoor activities.

Mr. Ron Pote, CEO, Byo-Gon

PoteMr. Pote has worked for International Paper as a process engineer, production manager, and EHS manager for 15 years. Mr. Pote founded his company, Byo-Gon, Inc., in 1998 to manufacture and distribute a patented biostimulant in the wastewater industry. His company sells online and also through both domestic and international distributors in Asia, Australia, Europe and South America. The primary product, Byo-Gon PX-109 is used in many wastewater treatment applications and has also been formulated into the ByoSoil and ByoBovine product lines. Ron has a BS degree in Chemical Engineering and Paper Science from Miami University and is an avid golfer, cyclist, and kiteboarder. He and his wife, Renee currently live in the Charleston, SC area.

Mr. Pat Whalen, CEO, LuminUltra

WhalenMr. Whalen is a professional chemical engineer with 20 years of experience in the fields of water & wastewater treatment and management for the municipal, industrial and energy sectors. As the President & CEO of LuminUltra Technologies Ltd., he has been involved in the development of its microbiological testing product line, marketing approach, sales network, and manufacturing practices since its inception in 2003. As part of these activities, Mr. Whalen has been a driving force behind establishing LuminUltra’s 2nd Generation ATP technology as a first line of defense against microorganisms in a variety of sectors. Mr. Whalen holds 3 patents and has authored or co-authored over 50 technical papers, is an active member of the American Waterworks Association, the Water Environment Association, the International Water Association, NACE International, the Association of Water Technologies, and ASTM International. Pat also sits on boards for BioNB and the Government of Canada’s Clean Technology Advisory Council.