Our team

Executive Advisory Board

Kyle Squires serves as the Dean of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Previously, he served as the Vice Dean and Interim Dean and as Director of the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy (SEMTE). As SEMTE Director, he oversaw degree and research programs in aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, and the professional science master’s program in solar energy engineering and commercialization.

Kyle focuses on advancing Fulton Schools through global leadership in engineering education and research and innovation. To date, Fulton Schools is among the top 5 schools in the U.S. for licenses and options, startups and invention disclosures per $10 million in research expenditures. Kyle has held numerous visiting appointments in the U.S., Japan, and France and was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2008.

Kyle Squires

Zimin Institute Chairman

Diana Bowman is a full professor in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law where she also serves as the associate dean for international engagement, and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. Her research is focused on analyzing and informing the development of smarter governance and regulation of innovation in order to simultaneously enhance creativity, improve public health, and stimulate deliberation of the ethical, legal, and societal dimensions of emerging technologies.

Diana Bowman

Zimin Institute Executive Advisory Board

David Guston is Foundation Professor and founding director for the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at ASU, where he is also Associate Vice Provost for Discovery, Engagement and Outcomes in the Global Futures Laboratory. Dr. Guston is widely published and cited on research and development policy, technology assessment, public participation in science and technology, and the politics of science policy. He was the founding editor of the Journal of Responsible Innovation and previously served as the North American editor of the peer-reviewed journal Science and Public Policy.

David Guston

Zimin Institute Executive Advisory Board

Hon. Jerry Hultin is the Chair and Co-Founder of Global Futures Group, LLC, a company that provides thought-leadership, advice, and counsel for smart city markets around the world. Jerry has also served as an advisor on innovation and urban technology to the US Department of Commerce, US Department of Defense, UN Habitat, the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils, the World Economic Forum, and cities around the world.  He is also Chair of the New York Academy of Sciences.

Jerry MacArthur Hultin

Zimin Institute Executive Advisory Board

Ken Polasko is an executive vice president of physical sciences with SkySong Innovations and professor in the Department of Physics. Ken graduated with a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and MBA from Stanford University along with has 20 years of experience in technology commercialization, research and development, and manufacturing. While at Stanford, Ken conceived and led an effort resulting in the awarding of one of the original Feynman Prizes proposed in Richard Feynman’s (1965 Nobel Prize in Physics) classic talk “There is Plenty of Room at the Bottom”. Prior to ASU, Ken was the director of business development and industry-sponsored research at UCLA and held various senior positions within Motorola and GE.

Ken Polasko

Zimin Institute Executive Advisory Board

Dr. Mark Shmulevich is a technology executive and an avid supporter of education, talent development, science and innovation. His professional track record includes both public and private sector experience, while the technology domains he has worked in range from IT to space and quantum technology. Dr. Shmulevich leads the Zimin Institutes, an initiative by the Zimin Foundation dedicated to engineering solutions advancing better lives. The Zimin Institute awards generous grants to scientific research projects with high potential for positive, real-world impact.

Mark’s association with the Zimin family dates back to 2014, when Dr. Dmitry Zimin, a philanthropist, renowned scientist and founder of VEON, the sixth largest mobile network operator in the world, invited Mark to join the Council of Dynasty Foundation, which later became the Zimin Foundation. He has served on the board ever since, focusing on strengthening the Foundation’s programs relating to science popularisation. Dr. Shmulevich is also the COO of TAIGER, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) company based in Singapore.

Mark Shmulevich

Head of Zimin Institutes & Board Member, Zimin Foundation

Technical Advisory Board

Ira Bennett is Associate Director for Research for the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. He is also co-director of the Center for Engagement and Training in Science and Society.  His research is focused developing large scale public and democratic engagements on science meets policy meets society issues. He has also developed and led educational initiatives that address content and skill sets not traditionally included in science and engineering graduate education. In an administrative role, Dr. Bennett and his team created a faculty centered Research Development and Advancement process that pairs in depth faculty development with active transdisciplinary collaboration resulting in a significant increase in proposal funding rate, proposal value and importantly, faculty confidence and empowerment.

Ira Bennett

Zimin Institute Technical Advisory Board Member

Ji Mi Choi is an associate vice president at Arizona State University advancing entrepreneurship and innovation leveraging her 25+ years of expertise in higher education at the intersection of entrepreneurial and public-private partnerships. She has previously served at New York University, including leading a merger of what is now the engineering school of NYU, the development of several startup incubators, and the actualization of the NYC Media Lab. A New Yorker by way of Seoul and an avid internationalist, Ji Mi has also served in leadership roles for Columbia University, the United Nations, and numerous start-up organizations—not-for-profit and for profit (helping take a company public in the early days of the dot-com boom)—and has been involved in political campaigns.

Ji Mi serves on numerous local and national boards and advisory councils for entrepreneur-supporting organizations and programs.  She has a master’s degree in strategic communications from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in English literature and communications.

Ji Mi Choi

Zimin Institute Technical Advisory Board Member

Zachary Holman serves as an Associate Professor in the School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering at ASU, as well as the Director of Faculty Entrepreneurship within the Fulton Schools of Engineering. He is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Swift Coat, an advanced materials company, and Co-Founder of SunFlex Solar, a solar module company. He has been named a Moore Inventor Fellow, Trustees of ASU Professor, Fulton Entrepreneurial Professor, and Joseph C. Palais Distinguished Faculty Scholar.

Zachary Holman

Zimin Institute Technical Advisory Board Member

Katina Michael is a professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering. Previously, Dr. Michael was associate dean international at the University of Wollongong (UOW) Australia. Her research focus is predominately in the area of emerging technologies and has secondary interests in technologies used for national security and their corresponding social implications. In 2017 Dr. Michael was awarded the Brian M. O’Connell Distinguished Service Award from the Society for the Social Implications of Technology. She is also the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society, which will be launched in 2020.

Katina Michael

Zimin Institute Technical Advisory Board Member

Dr. Paul Westerhoff is a Regents Professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University and the Fulton Chair of Environmental Engineering. He joined ASU in 1995 and after serving as the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Chair he was the Founding Director for the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment. Since then he has served as an Associate Dean of Research in Engineering, ASU Vice Provost for Academic Programming, and Vice Dean for Research and Innovation in Engineering.

He is the Deputy Director of a National Science Foundation Nanosystems Engineering Research Center  for Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment.  He has over 270 journal publications and multiple patents on his research related to fate of nanomaterials in water, developing novel technologies for water and reuse treatment, and understanding reactions related to the fate of pollutants during treatment or in natural systems with a focus on oxo-anions, natural organic matter and micropollutants. He is the recipient of several awards including the recipient of the 2019 NWRI Clarke Prize for excellence in the fields of water science and technology,  2017 Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization Annual Achievement Award, ASU Outstanding Doctoral Mentor for 2015, 2013 ARCADIS/AEESP Frontier in Research Award, and 2006 Paul L. Busch Award.  He is currently co-chairing the 2019 Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization annual conference in San Diego, CA in November.

Paul Westerhoff

Zimin Institute Technical Advisory Board Member

Institute staff

Gregory B. Raupp received his B.S Ch.E. with Distinction and M.S. Ch.E. degrees from Purdue University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  He is now Foundation Professor and Director of Partnerships & Innovation in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University.

Over his career he has published 120 technical articles and 12 book chapters. From 1999-2002 he was Associate Dean for Research in Engineering, and upon the arrival of President Michael M. Crow in 2002, was promoted to Associate Vice-President for Research.  In these leadership roles he was responsible for co-designing and managing a diverse portfolio of unique interdisciplinary research initiatives, including ASU’s Biodesign Institute; the Arts, Media and Engineering Program; and the Center for Conflict and Religion.  He became the Founding Director of the Flexible Display Center at Arizona State in 2004 through a $94M, 10-year Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory.

Under his leadership, a world-class industry-government-university partnership was created that enabled organizations with dramatically different missions and scales to collectively advance flexible electronics science and technology on a broad front, with more than 56 patents granted and with a significant portfolio of enabling manufacturing technologies commercialized. His current focus is on flexible and conformable flexible electronics fabrication and seamless integration in novel medical/wellness/human performance products and in smart spaces, and on catalyzing and fostering associated start-up companies.

For any technical or partnership related inquires please contact Greg at [email protected].

Gregory Raupp

Zimin Institute Director

Gabe Rice earned a B.S. in Psychology with minors in Chemistry and Spanish from Northern Arizona University. He then earned a M.S. degree in Neuroscience from Tulane University in New Orleans. He worked in research laboratories focused on Alzheimer’s disease, pediatric neurogenetic disorders research, and studied pharmacy. He then turned his focus to clinical research where he worked with caregivers and their loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease. Gabe’s career transitioned into administrative roles as he gained management skills coordinating a large multiyear COVID-19 research project sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the ASU Biodesign Institute and multiple collaborating hospitals. ASU was chosen by the NCI to be one of four SeroNet Capacity Building Centers in the country.

Gabe became a project manager at the Fulton Schools of Engineering in the Office of the Vice Dean of Research and Innovation in December 2023. His management portfolio includes the Zimin Institute for Smart and Sustainable Cities at ASU. He enjoys cultivating meaningful collaborations that optimize research outcomes and may be implemented to improve the quality of life.

For general questions or information about the Zimin Institute for Smart and Sustainable Cities, contact Gabe Rice at [email protected]

Gabe Rice

Institute Manager