Boards & Committees
Oklahoma Science and Technology Research and Development Board of Directors
OCAST is governed by the Oklahoma Science and Technology Research and Development (OSTRaD) Board of Directors (Title 74, Section 5060.6). This 9-member board of directors consists of the State Secretary of Science and Innovation as the OSTRaD board chair with four members appointed by the governor and two each by the state senate and house.
Chair of OSTRaD
Elizabeth Pollard, President of Cowboy Technologies and Executive Director of the Oklahoma State University Research Foundation (OSURF). Elizabeth Pollard was appointed by Governor Kevin Stitt to serve as Secretary of Science and Innovation from June 2020 to March 2023. In this position, Pollard places a strategic emphasis on enabling science and innovation to impact health, economic development and education for Oklahoma.
In addition to her cabinet role, Pollard is a C-Suite veteran and has extensive global experience scaling businesses, building commercial and academic partnerships, and bringing to market highly specialized technology solutions for healthcare, pharma, diagnostics, and life science research. Because of her expertise in genomic tools and test development, Pollard served as part of to the Governor’s Covid Solutions Task Force - leading the COVID–19 testing response – and now the vision for the Oklahoma Pandemic Center of Innovation and Excellence (OPCIE). In addition, Pollard advises several early stage healthcare companies and has held board director roles in public, private, and non-profit organizations. Pollard is currently a Director on the Global Board of YPO and she serves on the Finance and Global Conduct Committees. YPO’s 35,000+ executive leaders represent businesses that together account for the world’s 3rd largest GDP. She is a native Michigander and received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Michigan State University and master’s in administration from Central Michigan University.
The Secretary of Science and Innovation is responsible for the following executive State entities:
- Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research Advisory Committee (EPSCOR)
- Governor’s Aerospace and Autonomous Systems Council
- Governor’s Council on Science and Innovation
- Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology
- Oklahoma Health Research Committee
- Oklahoma Science and Technology Research and Development Board (OSTRAD)
Secretary of Agriculture
Phillips 66, Bartlesville
ARL / DNA Solutions / Kupiec Group, Oklahoma City
Dr. Thomas Kupiec is CEO of ARL Bio Pharma and DNA Solutions. Dr. Kupiec received his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Pharmacy. He currently serves on the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) Board of Directors, the National Safety Council Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division Board, The Foundation Board of Trustees at the University of Central Oklahoma, Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory, and the National Advisory Board for the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy. He has served as a graduate faculty member at the OU Health Sciences Center and has held teaching appointments at several universities. He has published numerous articles and abstracts in a variety of fields including pharmaceutical sciences, forensic sciences, and pharmacogenomics. Dr. Kupiec is often requested as a guest lecturer and a speaker at national and regional pharmaceutical conferences.
Dr. Kupiec’s vision of entrepreneurial research is manifested by his responsibilities at ARL Bio Pharma and DNA Solutions as a technical and business development leader in the pharmaceutical and forensic fields. Additionally, he provides consultation and expert witness testimony in the fields of forensic toxicology and pharmaceutical sciences including litigation, patent infringement, and medication errors. He has testified in over 100 cases in state and federal courts involving both civil and criminal issues, for prosecution as well as defense.
CymSTAR, Broken Arrow
Oklahoma Christian University, Oklahoma City
Frontier Electronic Systems, Stillwater
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Kenneth Sewell, PhD is Vice President for Research at Oklahoma State University and President of the OSU Research Foundation. As OSU’s chief research officer, he is responsible for strategic research leadership university-wide; he also oversees the policies, offices, and service units that support and promote OSU’s research, scholarship, and creative artistry. Since joining OSU, Dr. Sewell has led the university in articulating the public impact of OSU research, and its interdisciplinary research strengths. He has also focused his efforts on aligning OSU for closer collaboration with industrial and defense partners.
As President of the OSU Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) entity wholly owned by OSU, Dr. Sewell leads the technology transfer and licensing enterprise, as well as Cowboy Technologies—a commercialization and investment subsidiary designed to strategically facilitate transforming OSU-owned intellectual properties into start-up companies. In addition to providing investment resources to select companies and inventions, Cowboy Technologies delivers business development services and entrepreneurship training via a partnership with OSU’s NSF-funded I-Corps program. In addition to his roles within OSU, Dr. Sewell is active in research leadership at the state and national levels. Within Oklahoma, he serves on the Governor’s Science and Innovation Council, and on the Oklahoma EPSCoR State Advisory Committee. He held similar positions in Louisiana during his tenure at the University of New Orleans. Nationally, Dr. Sewell serves on the Executive Committee of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ Council on Research. Dr. Sewell received his B.S. from Kansas State University. He then received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. Following faculty service at the University of North Texas (UNT), he entered central research leadership full time. Before joining OSU as Vice President for Research in 2015, he served as Interim Vice President for Research at UNT and Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the University of New Orleans. He and his wife, Beth, now make their home in Stillwater.
* Board member serves on Investment and Grants Process Review Committee
** Board member serves on Executive Review Committee
OSTRaD Board Meeting Information
(Dates subject to change)
Tuesday, March 21, 2023 (1st Quarter)
Wednesday, April 12, 2023 (Public Event: Innovation Day at the Capitol)
Tuesday, June 20, 2023 (2nd Quarter)
Tuesday, September 19, 2023 (3rd Quarter)
Tuesday, December 5, 2023 (4th Quarter)
OSTRaD Board Meeting Agendas
Contact a Board member
You may reach an OSTRaD Board member via email at email@example.com
Standing Advisory Committees
OCAST receives support and assistance from the Oklahoma Health Research, Oklahoma Plant Science Research, Oklahoma Applied Research and Small Business Research Assistance advisory committees for research-related programs. Research-related standing committees must consist of representatives of the “business, higher education and research communities” (74 O.S., Section 5060.9[a]) and at least one-third of the members of each committee must be researchers. Committees are approved annually by the board. The Seed Capital Investment advisory committee is created to assist OCAST in evaluating potential investments with the Seed Capital Revolving Fund (74 O.S., Section 5060.21).
Oklahoma Applied Research Advisory Committee
Kenneth E. Bartels, D.V.M., M.S., Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Cornell Cross, Apprentice Information Systems, Tulsa
David Humphrey, Industry Consultant, Broken Arrow
E. Ann Nalley, Ph.D., Cameron University, Lawton
Martha Ogilvie, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City
Monte Tull, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma (ret.), Norman
Oklahoma Health Research Committee
Tyrrell Conway, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Anna Csiszar, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City
Mary Beth Humphrey, M.D., Ph.D. University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City (Chair)
Eric Laverentz, First Presbyterian Church, Edmond
Jerry Malayer, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Gabriel Pardo, M.D., Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City
H. Anne Pereira, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City
Jamie Rhudy, Ph.D., University of Tulsa, Tulsa
Oklahoma Plant Science Research Advisory Committee
Gloria Caddell, Ph.D., University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond Kelly D. Chamberlin, Ph.D., USDA-Agricultural Research Service Richard S. Nelson, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, Ardmore
Seed Capital Investment Committee
James Dickson, BancFirst
Jeff Moen, J.D., Noble Research Institute
James Wheeler, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, Norman
Sherri Wise, Osteopathic Founders Foundation, Tulsa