2015 Distinguished Leader
A.E. “Bud” Osborne
Bud Osborne was presented the Distinguished Leader Award, recognizing a leader who supports the Research Park’s mission with an investment of time and wisdom.
He is a founding member of Research Park and was a member of the Florida Atlantic Research and Development Authority for 22 years.
2015 Distinguished Researcher
Joseph Ouslander, M.D.
Dr. Joseph G. Ouslander is a professor and senior associate dean for geriatric programs and chair of the Department of Integrated Medical Science at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine of Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton. He has had an enormous impact on his field, and has created a quality improvement program that assists long-term care facilities in improving care and reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and their related complications and costs. This has resulted in the creation of a new company that was assisted by the Technology Business Incubator, and is working with healthcare facilities around the country. Dr. Ouslander has been endorsed by noted clinicians and researchers from FAU and institutions such as Northeastern University and Emory University.
2015 Distinguished Entrepreneur
President and CEO of Aerospace Technologies Group, located in the Research Park, employs more than a dozen Florida Atlantic University (FAU) graduates among its more than 130 employees. Under Kay’s leadership, Aerospace Technologies Group has positioned itself as the largest tier one supplier of electromechanical aircraft window shade systems. The company works with the major airlines and aircraft manufacturers, making it a premier developer and supplier.
2015 Distinguished Organization
Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research
Describing itself as a “one-stop-shop for investors and entrepreneurs who are seeking new opportunities,” the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research works collaboratively with Florida’s universities and research institutions, delivering both company building and company funding programs to create tomorrow’s leading products and companies. Formed in 2007 by the Florida Legislature to help commercialize more than $2 billion in publicly funded research conducted annually in Florida universities and research institutes, the Institute works collaboratively with 28 research partners across the state to support new company creation, capital attraction and job growth in innovation industries that are driving the global economy, including life sciences, information technology, clean tech, aviation and aerospace, homeland security and defense, and other emerging sectors.