“As Sr. Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development at the University of New Orleans, I have responsibilities for UNO’s outreach in support of local and regional economic development. I eagerly volunteered to serve on the Life City Board of Advisors because I feel the New Orleans area, and the country for that matter, need companies as Life City to help ensure quality-of-life issues are addressed as key considerations in our economic development efforts. Life City is the type of company that can help citizens and businesses achieve smart, sustainable and environmentally sensitive growth as they build communities for the 21st Century.”
Dr. George Harker is currently the Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Technology and Economic Development at the University of New Orleans (UNO). He has been involved in various UNO economic development, NASA,DOD and research park initiatives. He has had the responsibilities for evaluating, protecting and commercializing, when appropriate, the intellectual property (e.g., inventions, copyrighted materials) generated by the faculty, staff and students of UNO. Prior to joining UNO in 2008, Dr. Harker was the Associate Vice President for Technology Transfer (Engineering and Physical Sciences) and the Executive Director of the $20 million, state of Ohio funded, Wright Fuel Cell Group (WFCG) at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Harker was the Director – Office of Technology Licensing (OTL) and Assistant Vice-Provost for Economic Development and Technology Ventures for the Georgia Institute of Technology (GA Tech) from 2001-2007, where over 50 companies were started over his time. From 1999-2001, Dr. Harker was the Director – Office of Technology Transfer at West Virginia University. Prior to 1999, Dr. Harker held a variety of positions in large, mid-size and small companies, including DuPont, Chemtex International, Ensign-Bickford Company and Nelson Brothers, Inc. His business experience covers a wide variety of functions, including Technology Transfer, R&D, Manufacturing, Marketing and Sales, Business Development, Strategic Alliance and Joint Venture Development, Project Management, Financial Analysis and Legal. He has conducted business in over 45 countries on 6 continents. Dr. Harker earned his BS in Chemistry from LSU-New Orleans and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of New Orleans.