Board of Directors celebrates Larry Ellingson and welcomes four new members
October brings change to the NDSU Research & Technology Park as the board celebrates the hard work and dedication of member Larry Ellingson, who will be retiring from the board in early October, and welcomes four new board members to the RTP.
“Larry Ellingson’s service to both the Research & Technology Park and NDSU has been extraordinary. As a founding RTP Board member, the success of the Park is closely tied to the vision and leadership he has provided for over a decade -- a level of service that has few parallels.” - NDSU President Dean Bresciani
Larry Ellingson graduated from NDSU with a degree in Pharmacy and he has been changing the world ever since with his passion for the awareness, prevention and cure of diabetes. Larry has been honored several times for his achievements and involvement at Eli Lilly and Company and on the national diabetes stage. Larry was the first and only non-scientist to receive both the President’s Award and the Lilly Research Award for his contributions to diabetes research. Eli Lilly and Company created the Ellingson Legacy Award in 2001 to honor those who provide outstanding customer service. Larry served the greater diabetes research community as the Chair of the Board of the American Diabetes Association and received the ADA’s highest honor, the Charles H. Best award for outstanding service to the cause of diabetes research in 2005 and he continues to serve the diabetes research community in many other positions. Larry has also served as an Advisor to the Pharmacy School at NDSU and as an NDSU Trustee. “Larry’s commitment to NDSU, his experience and connections around the world have been instrumental to the success of the RTP,” RTP Executive Director, Chuck Hoge said. “We will greatly miss him on the board, but look forward to the participation of these outstanding new board members.”
President and Business Development Manager of Wahpeton’s product development and manufacturing company ComDel Innovation, Jim Albrecht will be joining the board. Jim held a variety of positions with 3M/Imation in St. Paul related to development and data storage manufacturing. When he moved with 3M/Imation to their location in Wahpeton, he formed ComDel Innovation to carry on the development and manufacturing traditions of 3M/Imation once they announced their exit from manufacturing in 2007. Jim currently sits on two boards at UND as well as the NDSCS Small Business Incubator Advisory Board and now he will lend his knowledge of development and UND degrees in Chemical Engineering and Applied Mathematics to the NDSU RTP Board of Directors.
Miguel Danielson is Founder and Managing Partner of Danielson Legal LLC with locations in Cambridge, MA and Downtown Fargo. His diverse skill set is matched by his diverse educational portfolio with degrees from the University of Minnesota and Harvard Law School. Miguel has advised hundreds of technology focused clients on strategy, intellectual property issues, licensing and technology transactions, domain and internet issues and other related matters. Miguel is a co-founder of Emerging Prairie. The RTP Board of Directors is happy to welcome a great legal and entrepreneurial mind to the table.
Dave Ekman joins the board with an impressive list of entrepreneurial accomplishments preceding him, a degree in Agricultural Business from the University of Minnesota, Crookston and an undying love of Bison athletics. The former CIO of Multiband has founded multiple successful companies including Corporate Technologies, Corporate Communications and Bridge Hospitality. Dave’s knowledge, entrepreneurial spirit and passion for NDSU are welcome additions to the RTP Board of Directors.
A North Dakota native, Shane Waslaski is an active member of the Fargo community, having served as a volunteer for Hospice of the Red River Valley and as a board member for the ND State Board of High Education and The Village Family Service Center. He currently is a member of the board for Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest and volunteers in local elementary classrooms for Junior Achievement of the Upper Red River Valley. With degrees from NDSU in Biochemistry and Zoology and many years as President of Varistar, and an executive with Otter Tail Corporation and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and a former consultant to Towers Perrin, Shane is now the President, CEO and a Board Member at Intelligent InSites and an Advisory Board Member to Myriad Mobile in Fargo and looks forward to sharing his business expertise with the NDSU Research & Technology Park as a board member.
The NDSU Research & Technology Park is dedicated to enhancing the investments in North Dakota State University by the citizens of North Dakota. Through partnerships with international, national, and regional centers of excellence, as well as high technology-based businesses and the research community at NDSU, we help develop technology-based businesses and broaden the economic base of North Dakota.
This 501 c (3) non-profit corporation is an equal opportunity provider and employer.