Panelist Bios

Dr. Tom Brady is Chairman and Founder of Plastic Technologies, Inc. (PTI) and five other PTI companies, including Phoenix Technologies International LLC, Preform Technologies, LLC, PTI–Europe SARL, PTI Investment Associates, PETWall LLC, and The Packaging Conference LLC, a joint venture company which organizes international technical conferences.  Prior to founding PTI, Dr. Brady was Vice President of Plastics Technology for Owens-Illinois, Inc. (O-I) where he directed the technical activities for all of O-I’s plastic product lines. After serving on the Board of Trustees at both the Medical University of Ohio and the University of Toledo (UT), Dr. Brady became the Interim Dean for the College of Education at UT.  Dr. Brady served on the Ohio Governor’s Third Frontier Advisory Board, and also serves as an outside director for SSOE, an internationally recognized architectural and engineering firm.  He remains active in the Society of Plastics Engineers and the American Chemical Society, and serves on the boards of Polymer Ohio, the Northwest Ohio Regional Growth Partnership, the Toledo Symphony, UT’s Rocket Innovations Corporation, and the Industrial Advisory Board for UT’s College of Engineering.  Dr. Brady was a founding board member of the Toledo Technology Academy, serves on the board for Toledo School for the Arts, served on the Task Force to make recommendations for Toledo Head Start, serves on the Ohio I-Corps review board and the Federal Research Network Executive Review Board, chairs the Governance Board for Toledo Early College High Schools, serves on the Toledo Public Schools Business Advisory Board, and currently serves on the board of Trustees for Lourdes University, a private 4 year liberal arts university in Sylvania, Ohio.  He was recognized as Entrepreneur of the Year in 1989, and as Manager of the Year in 1996. Dr. Brady was inducted into both the Society of Plastics Industry Hall of Fame and the Plastic Machine Manufacturers Institute Packaging Hall of Fame during 2012.  Tom and his wife, Betsy, were recognized jointly as Philanthropists of the Year in 2009, and have endowed the UT Engineering Innovation Center and Freshman Entrepreneurship Program, the Dartmouth College Thayer School of Engineering Entrepreneurship Fund, and the University of Michigan TechArb Entrepreneurship Fund.

Dr. Brandon "BT" Cesul is a Senior Scientist for Integrity Applications Incorporated, a national engineering services company, in the Ann Arbor office.   Dr Cesul leads teams supporting IAI efforts to provide detailed technical support and development solutions for the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, and commercial space systems operators. Prior to IAI, Dr. Cesul served for 13 years as an intelligence analyst for the US Air Force's National Air & Space Intelligence Center in Dayton OH, performing scientific and technical intelligence assessments on foreign space systems. Dr. Cesul has been recognized nationally for his expertise and service to the US Government with multiple awards at the Center, Air Force, and Office of Director of National Intelligence level.  Dr. Cesul holds a PhD from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Astronautical Engineering with a specialty in spacecraft test and qualification of space-rated materials; a Master’s of Engineering in Space Systems from the University of Michigan; and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan.  Dr. Cesul continues to hold an appointment as an Adjunct Professor of Engineering at AFIT. 

Matt Gibson is a Director at the College of Engineering Center for Entrepreneurship, where he oversees academic programming. As part of his work, he develops leading entrepreneurship curriculum, advises student startups, works closely with industry and alumni partnerships, and manages co-curricular programming. Matt is passionate about helping students achieve success through the practical application of entrepreneurship. He combines his unique background in engineering, business, innovation, and education to create meaningful experiential learning opportunities for students across the university.  Prior to joining the Center for Entrepreneurship, Matt served as the Vice President of Research and Development at Iontera, a startup focused on developing drug delivery and cosmetic products. Matt is also a patent agent with deep experience in intellectual property. He was a technical advisor at Ropes & Gray, LLP, where he managed the strategic development and prosecution of intellectual property related to a wide range of medical device and telecommunication technologies for both startups and large corporations. While in graduate school, Matt launched an early stage company with a novel technology for transdermal delivery of macromolecular drugs. Matt is currently working on an education-focused venture which offers coaching and education programs for middle and high school students using a curriculum based on self-directed project-based learning that allows students to develop skills of success by taking action in areas of personal interest.

Dr. David Liaw is the Corporate University Relationship Manager for the East Region for Northrop Grumman Corporation.  In this role, David is responsible for establishing and maintaining effective university, faculty, and student relationships to foster in-depth knowledge of high potential students, key faculty, and key faculty/research relationships for the universities in his region. David Liaw joined Northrop Grumman in 2013 through the selective Future Technical Leaders program, a featured rotational program that looks to recruit, identify, and groom the next generation of technology visionaries through three one-year rotations throughout the enterprise and country. David earned Bachelor’s of Science, Master’s of Science, and Doctorate degrees from the University of Michigan in Electrical Engineering with a focus in Electromagnetics with research conducted in Space Sciences and Plasma Sciences.  His graduate work focused on particle in cell simulations of charged particle thrusters and other microthrusters for nanospacecraft.

Major Christopher Orlowski was commissioned in the United States Army upon graduation from the United States Military Academy. Major Orlowski has served in various Army assignments, including as a platoon leader during Operation Iraqi Freedom and the officer in charge of the Joint Robotics Repair Detachment – Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. Major Orlowski is currently a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in the Biological Technologies Office and the Tactical Technology Office. Major Orlowski’s research focus at DARPA is improving small unit efficiency and effectiveness.  Major Orlowski has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Science degree in Astronautical Engineering from the University of Southern California and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.  Major Orlowski’s awards include the Bronze Star (oak leaf cluster), Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (one campaign star), Iraq Campaign Medal (two campaign stars), Overseas Service Ribbon, and the NATO Medal. Major Orlowski has been married to the former Ms. Eva Hess, of Grand Rapids, MI, for 14 years and they have two children, Henry 10, and Neil 8.

Judy Yu received her PhD in Space Physics and Planetary Sciences from the department formerly known as the Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Science department in the College of Engineering.  Her thesis work consisted of designing mass spectrometry instrumentation for Mars space flight.  After graduating in 2010, she started work as an R&D systems engineer in a local biomedical startup called Accuri, founded by former UM alumni, with IP from the UM tech transfer office.  In this role, she developed a novel flow cytometer used in quickly diagnosing diseases such as AIDs, leukemia, and lymphoma at a low cost.  After the company successfully exited to a multinational firm, she stayed on for 5 more years leading the R&D team through rigorous FDA clinical trials and eventually product launch.  In 2015, she founded an educational tech startup and joined a College of Engineering startup that is now in the prototyping phase.  Judy has found that her PhD degree translates to many domains other than the one she started in graduate school and is looking forward to sharing her experience with the panel.