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Advisory council members

Standing Members

Robert A. Buhrman, PhD, Chair

Senior Vice Provost for Research, Cornell University Research Division (

Robert Buhrman is the John Edson Sweet Professor of Engineering in the School of Applied and Engineering Physics and since September 1, 2007 the Senior Vice Provost for Research at Cornell University. Immediately prior to assuming that position, Buhrman was the founding Director of the Center for Nanoscale Systems in Information Technologies, which is a National Science Foundation and New York State supported multidisciplinary research center that was established at Cornell in 2001.

Buhrman has been a member of the Cornell Faculty since 1973. He served as Director of Applied and Engineering Physics from 1988 to 1998. His research is in the area of applied condensed matter physics and nanoscale science and engineering, with a current focus on nanomagnetic materials and devices. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. In 2000 he was the recipient of the College of Engineering Dorothy and Fred Chau Distinguished Teaching Award.

Buhrman’s recent professional service activities include service on the NSF/DARPA WTEC Panel on Spin Electronics (2001-2003) and Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee, Argonne Center for Nanoscale Materials (2003 - ). Buhrman has supervised the thesis research of 37 Ph.D. graduates and the post-graduate research of 12 post-doctoral scholars. Buhrman has authored or co-authored over 190 publications to date, which in total have received more than 10,000 citations in the scientific and engineering literature.

Aimee Turner

Vice President for Finance (or Designate), Cornell University Division of Financial Affairs (

Aimee Turner has been named Associate Vice President and University Controller since Oct. 17, 2015. Before joining to Cornell, she was chief financial officer and treasurer of the J. Craig Venter Institute. In her first year, Aimee will focus on continued improvements to the Kuali Financial System user experience, and she will work to effect more efficient processes and policies while maintaining the integrity of internal controls.

Aimee earned her B.S. degree in accounting with a minor in psychology in 1988 from Frostburg State University in Frostburg, MD. A Certified Public Accountant, Turner is a member of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accounts, National Grants Management Association, Association of Independent Research Institutes and National Council of University Research Administrators.

Lou Walcer, Secretary and ex officio non voting member

Director, The Kevin M. McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences

Lou Walcer was appointed in June 2011 as the first Director of the Kevin M. McGovern Family Center For Venture Development in the Life Sciences at Cornell University. Lou came to this role with a long track record of building and launching new products and new ventures as a Marketing/Business Development/New Product Development Director and Consultant to Merck, Schering-Plough and Wyeth; as Officer, and Consultant to many Biotech/Medical Device companies; as President of the medical device drug delivery company Medimop USA, and as a Consultant to and Senior Commercialization Officer at Cleveland Clinic Innovations.

Lou earned a B.A. degree from Cornell University’s College of Arts & Sciences, and a Master of Business Administration from New York University’s Stern School.