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Kenneth Foster, Ph.D.

Dr. Foster is a senior technology executive with broad international experience developing and commercializing novel technology and products for the electronics, industrial, packaging and automotive industries. He has over 25 years of experience in product development at the Dow Chemical Company and General Electric legacy organizations (i.e., Momentive Performance Materials, Exatec, Sabic), leading teams in the U.S., Germany, China, Korea and Japan. He has had roles ranging from product developer through Global R&D Director and Sr. Director of Innovation. Besides his technical skills, Ken helps organizations identify market needs and technology gaps to develop and commercialize products based on a market-based product development philosophy he has developed and practiced. Ken has a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois.

Dr. Foster is a Spartan Innovations EIR and working with a number of potential startup companies in the areas of 3D printing and sustainable organic materials for agricultural applications.

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Entrepreneur-in-Residence
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