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Jeffrey Scott McDaniel

Commercial Director
Oxford Catalysts/Velocys Inc.
MBA/MS Program 1997

Leads the technology commercialization activities for Velocys. These responsibilities include market evaluations, financial modeling, and partnership negotiations. Led formation of $30+ million investment program between Velocys and Fortune 50 firm to launch joint venture company. Previously, worked for Battelle Memorial Institute in management consulting and technology commercialization roles. Established $500K of joint development programs with the State of Ohio for bio-based materials. Completed manufacturing supervisor, marketing representative and account manager assignments while working seven years for General Electric. Educational background includes a MBA with high distinction and MS of Environmental Studies from the University of Michigan, and a BS of Chemical Engineering cum laude from Texas A&M University.

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Jose SolisResume

MBA/MS Program 2014

José is passionate about his hometown, Houston. After graduating from Cornell Architecture in 1998, he returned to Texas to positively impact his city. After a brief stint at a small architecture firm, he spent over 11 years at the large international architecture, design, and planning firm, Gensler. While there, he designed building and interiors projects for clients as diverse as Deloitte, Hilton, USAA, Chevron, and the Blaffer Museum at the University of Houston. In addition to designing buildings that increasingly incorporated sustainable systems and strategies, he also volunteered extensively for community arts and design organizations that worked to shape the city into a more livable urban center. From guest editing a design journal to helping reorganize the public arts agency to helping found an organization that will build an interdisciplinary arts center, he spent nearly as much time in his volunteer career as his professional one. In his free time, José enjoys designing, cooking, traveling throughout Italy, and doing nothing at either his parents' ranch or in Marfa, TX. Upon graduation, he plans on returning home to merge the two halves of his career and continue to shape Houston into a more sustainable city where people enjoy living. José spent his sumer 2012 internship working in New Orleans for Jack and Jake's, a startup company that acts as a wholesale distributor for local farmers, ranchers, fishers, and dairy producers in south Louisiana and provides local customers access to fresh, local foods that they might not otherwise. José spent much of his summer developing both a business plan and a preliminary design for a retail market that would focus on strictly on locally produced fresh and prepared foods.

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Catherine Dyson

MBA/MS Program 2014

Catherine is interested in sustainability as it relates to the urban environment, with a particular focus on waste management. She believes the strategic waste management plans of cities are critical to solving environmental problems related to material consumption. Prior to enrolling in the Erb Institute’s MBA/MS dual-degree program, she worked for the City of New York for 3 ½ years in business development and operations at the Department of Small Business Services and the Mayor’s Office of Operations. This experience included serving as the Strategic Operations Manager for a Mayoral initiative to enable businesses to manage their accounts with City government online. She received a B.A. in History from Columbia University. Her hobbies include travelling, hiking, writing and watching college basketball.

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