Robert “Skip” Rung
Skip Rung is President and Executive Director of ONAMI, whose mission is to accelerate research and commercialize technology via startup and spinout companies in order to extend the success of Oregon’s world-leading “Silicon Forest” technology cluster. Building on early work assisting Oregon research universities grow materials science research revenues and expand their related shared user facilities, ONAMI’s commercialization “gap” fund has made $8.8 million in grant disbursements (as of June 2016), enabling over 40 science-based companies employing 240 Oregonians to raise over $300 million (~85% of which is private capital) in leveraged funding. In October 2012, ONAMI received the State Science and Technology Institute Excellence in TBED (Technology-Based Economic Development) award for Commercializing Research. Mr. Rung was appointed to the National Science Foundation SBIR/STTR Advisory Committee in October 2012, and currently chairs AdCom’s Assessment Working Group. He is also an active angel investor through the Oregon Angel Fund and Willamette Angels (WAC 2015 LLC Managing Member). Previously, Mr. Rung was Director of Advanced Research and Development at Hewlett-Packard’s Corvallis, OR, facility, responsible for multiple generations of HP’s world-leading inkjet printing technology. He began his industrial career in 1977 at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto, CA, after receiving his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. co-terminally in 1976 from Stanford University, where he was elected to both Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi in his junior year.