Erik Sander - President
Erik Sander began his career as a Project Manager and Senior Engineer analyzing advanced fighter aircraft engines and the Space Shuttle Main Engine for NASA, Lockheed Martin, General Electric, and Pratt & Whitney.
He was also a Lead Technology Transfer Officer for Lockheed Martin and the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.
In 1995, Erik joined the faculty of the University of Florida College of Engineering as Director of the University Center, Associate Director for the Engineering Research Center, and most recently, Director of Industry Programs - programs all directed at fostering industrial collaboration, entrepreneurship, and technology commercialization across a $100M research base.
He also manages the UF-High Tech Corridor research fund.
Erik was a Principal for Cenetec Ventures, a private technology incubator and early stage venture fund.
Along the way, he
grew several successful start-up companies in areas ranging from real estate development to technology deployment.
In 2005, Erik joined V2R Group to provide executive level advisory services to growing companies in markets from banking automation and medical device development to real estate investing.
He draws on these experiences as he teaches entrepreneurship at the graduate engineering level at the University of Florida.
Erik received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida and Master of Science in Management of Technology (Cum Laude) from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
He serves on the boards for several world class organizations, is a published technical author, and is a recipient of the NASA Achievement Award and the Martin Marietta Eagle Award.
has given invited presentations on bringing technology to market at over 50 conferences internationally.