Lee Cheatham has focused his career on leadership in research management and operations, especially in the translation of that research into high-impact commercial products. Dr. Cheatham recently joined Brookhaven National Laboratory to launch its Office of Strategic Partnerships. The mission of this new Office is to engage the laboratory with industry, federal agencies and state/regional organizations in collaborative research efforts, including commercializing laboratory technologies. Previously, Dr. Cheatham served as Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of Commercialization for The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. For twelve years prior to Biodesign, he led the Washington Technology Center, an organization chartered by the state to accelerate growth and expand economic impact of small- and medium-sized businesses. WTC funded these companies’ collaborations with university researchers and provided programs to ease their access to growth capital. Dr. Cheatham’s private sector experience includes positions as Vice President of Worldwide Product Engineering for a market-leading library software company and founder of a startup real estate information services company. An electrical engineer by training, he has served in scientific, development and research program management roles in energy systems modeling, large-scale environmental and military information systems and medical device development programs. Dr. Cheatham received a Ph.D from Carnegie- Mellon University, M.S. from Washington State University and B.S. from Oregon State University.