Active entrepreneur in Corvallis innovation community. Helped start NuScale Power, LLC to commercialize small modular nuclear reactors. Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from Oregon State University (2002) and Courtesy Faculty.
Dynamic professional with administrative acumen, networking skills, teaching expertise, and a passion for learning and leadership development.
Lead business development efforts for new product introduction in the energy market. Lead customer interface for commercial development project activities. Establish functional supply chain supporting new product development. Consult and lead technical development activities related to new products. Identify and evaluate new market opportunities, estimate market volume and potential market share.
Business leader with experience producing multi-million dollar profits, transforming customer relationships in both stable and volatile markets. Led a company turnaround resulting in 100% growth over three years. Collaborative management approach to improve team productivity and decrease costs. Solid grasp of technology and creative translation of new products into increased revenues. Hands-on experience in marketing and sales.
President of VDOS Global and Co-Founder of Compiler Enterprise.
Tom Nelson was hired in 2012 as the new Economic Development Manager for the City of Corvallis/Benton County. He previously worked in the same capacity for the City of Sherwood. Tom spent 25 years in the private sector, working 22 years as a plant manager for Air Products & Chemicals, Inc, a Fortune 500 industrial gas manufacturer.
Tom served on the Albany City Council for 11 years, and worked part-time at the Linn Benton Community College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) as a business adviser and trainer. He also served as the SBDC Director at Chemeketa Community College for three years before being hired by the State of Oregon where he worked for seven years as a Finance Officer and Community Development Coordinator for the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department.
Tom has been in numerous leadership positions at the Oregon Economic Development Association, Association of Oregon Redevelopment Agencies, and the Portland-Vancouver Regional Partners for Economic Development. Tom is a graduate of both, Linn Benton Community College and Oregon State University, where he received his MBA. He is also a member of the OSU Alumni Association.
Responsible for the independent collection, compilation and presentation of meaningful and timely market and competitor intelligence to facilitate strategy and executive decision-making at Trimble.
Brandi Fuhrman is the Director for the Career Success Center in the College of Business at Oregon State University. With her team, she helps more than 3,000 Business students with their career development. She works directly with companies to help in their recruiting efforts and help build their brand on campus. Prior to joining OSU, she spent eight years in Distribution for Target Corporation. She received her MBA from Oregon State University and Her Bachelor of Arts from University of Portland.
Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator
Karl joined OSU in September 2015 as Senior Program Manager. He was formerly Director of Research Programs for Oregon BEST.
As Director of Research Programs for Oregon BEST, a State Signature Research Center focused on advancing the cleantech cluster, he worked with University and National Lab researchers to advance technology to market.
His recent past includes stints as an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Oregon BEST and as the President and CEO of BioReaction Industries that developed an air pollution control technology utilizing microbes to digest industrial process exhaust. This natural system created a 90% reduction in energy intensity and reduced customer’s carbon footprint by 85 percent.
Growing the company from prototype to commercialization created significant IP, sales and license agreements across three continents along with the development of customer engagements with Fortune 500 companies such as Toyota, Weyerhaeuser and 3M. He is an advisor to a new cleantech venture fund and various cleantech startups. Karl also designed and teaches Innovation and Business Model Generation in Concordia University’s MBA program and holds a courtesy faculty position in Oregon State’s College of Business.
Carl Niedner is a founding member of Coelo Company of Design, a 16 year-old startup focused on creating great technical solutions, and dedicated to putting creative technical people in control of their own destinies. He has participated in Coelo’s growth from solo consultancy to 15-person software house, and has led the launch of the Code3Simulator software for resource planning in municipal fire/EMS agencies. Prior to Coelo, he has been active in software development since 1983, serving as developer, architect, and development manager for Digital Equipment and Simplex/Tyco, among others. On the WIN Board, where he is proud of his honorary distinction as the “Chairman of Uncool,” his interests include building the peer/peer education and internship/mentorship aspects of the innovation community. He’s an undistinguished but enthusiastic trail runner and has been a volunteer in the fire service since 1979; he currently serves on the downtown engine/ladder company at Corvallis Fire Department and is a member of the department’s technical rescue team.
Experienced entrepreneur, co-founder, business planner, corporate developer, capital raiser, investor, board member, and process-driven team-oriented executive in marketing, business development and innovation management — who began life as a software engineer in large software R&D organizations before getting the entrepreneurial bug.