Gary F. Seamans, raised in Iowa City, received his Bachelors of Science degree, magna cum laude, in Electrical Engineering from the University of Iowa in 1971. During his thirteen-year career with AT&T he served in executive management positions in operations, engineering, sales, marketing, human resources, finance, and strategic planning. His AT&T career was interrupted for three and a half years of military service with the U.S. Air Force in California. He was responsible for 27 successful launches as reentry systems Launch Director. Seamans served with high distinction, receiving multiple citations, including the Air Force Commendation Medal with Five Oak Leaf Clusters for Meritorious Service in the program. In 1984, he left AT&T and became a vice president of sales and marketing for MCI Telecommunications in Chicago. In 1987, he was named chairman, chief executive officer, and president of Westell Technologies, Inc. In 1995, he led the company to a very successful Initial Public Offering. He retired in 1998. In October 1997, Seamans and his wife, Camille, provided the major gifts to the College in honor of his family, to name the UI Engineering Building complex the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences. He is currently a board member, officer, and executive committee member of the University of Iowa Foundation. He is also a current and founding board member of the Institute for Vision Research at the University of Iowa. In 1998, Seamans created the College of Engineering Student Leadership Institute - a twice yearly seminar on leadership skills development for undergraduate and graduate students from the UI College of Engineering, Henry B. Tippie College of Business, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, along with select students from Iowa State University, the University of Arizona, and medical students from the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.
Dr. Michael D Abramoff, MD, PhD is a fellowship‐trained medical retina specialist with a PhD in image analysis, and the Robert C. Watzke Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, with joint appointments at Biomedical Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is the author of over 300 peer reviewed publications that have been cited over 18,000 times in total, on machine learning, neural networks, retinal image analysis, diabetic retinopathy, and other retinal disease, as well as many book chapters including the chapter on “Retinal Image Analysis” in Ryan’s Retina textbook. Dr. Abramoff is the inventor of 10 patents and 6 patent applications, editor of the scientific journals Investigations in Ophthalmology and Visual Science (IOVS), and Nature Scientific Reports, past editor of IEEE Transactions in Medical Imaging (TMI), and past Program Chair for the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) annual meeting. His accomplishments are widely recognized, shown by the many awards he received, including the Young Investigator Award from the Macula Society (2013) and the President’s Award of the American Telemedicine Association (2011), many keynote addresses (such as the one for SPIE Medical Imaging 2012 “Automated detection of retinal disease: when Moore's law meets Baumol's cost disease”) and visiting professorships, and a widely read and highly favorable editorial by Peter McDonnell, MD, chair of Ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins, ‘Retinator: revenge of the machines’. Dr. Abramoff has been funded continuously since 2004 by the National Eye Institute, the Veterans Administration, the Beckman Foundation and other federal, state and philanthropic funding agencies in the US and Europe.
Stefan D. Abrams, CFA, is the Managing Member of Bryden-Abrams Investment Management LLC, a firm he formed in 2006 with his two sons, Roy Q. Abrams and John B. Abrams, to manage securities portfolios for wealthy individuals and family groups. From 1992-2006, Mr. Abrams was a Managing Director and the Chief Investment Officer for Asset Allocation at the Trust Company of the West. Previously, he had been for nearly twenty years a General Partner of Oppenheimer and Co. He is currently Vice Chairman of the Board of IDx, LLC. In the past, he has served as Director and Chairman of the Finance Committee of Westell Technologies, and as a Trustee and Treasurer of the American Ballet Theatre, The School of American Ballet, Vassar College and Concord Academy. He is a past President of the East Hampton Tennis Club. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a member of the Economic Club of New York and a former member of the New York Society of Security Analysts. Mr. Abrams has an A.B. Magna Cum Laude from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Dr. Folk has been a Retinal Surgeon at the University of Iowa for 30 years and is the Judith (Gardner) and Donald H. Beisner Professor of Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery. He has won numerous awards and is a world recognized leader in retina. He has written over 200 papers, book chapters and books in his field including the American Academy of Ophthalmology's books on the treatment of diabetic retinopathy. He has been the principal investigator of 12 clinical trials. He is on the editorial board of the journal RETINA, and serves on the AAO Preferred Practice Panel and the Executive Board of the Macula Society and corporate board of Medrounds, Inc.
William H. Frist, MD, is a nationally recognized heart and lung transplant surgeon, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, and Chairman of the Executive Council of Cressey and Company. Senator Frist represented Tennessee in the U.S. Senate for 12 years where he served on both the Health and Finance committees. He was elected Majority Leader of the Senate having served fewer total years in Congress than anyone in history. His leadership was instrumental to the passage of the 2003 Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act and PEPFAR, the unprecedented national commitment to fight HIV/AIDS globally. Dr. Frist is currently Adjunct Professor of Cardiac Surgery at Vanderbilt University and Clinical Professor of Surgery at Meharry Medical College. He is also Co-Chair of the Health Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center. His board service includes the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Senator Frist is one of only two individuals to rank in the top ten of each of the five inaugural Modern Healthcare Magazine annual surveys of the most powerful people in healthcare in the United States.
Martin G. Carver is the former chairman of the board and chief executive officer and President of Bandag, Incorporated, a Muscatine, Iowa-based company that provided retreading materials, equipment and tire management services to franchised dealers in more than 100 countries. A native of Muscatine, Carver earned a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Iowa in 1970 and a M.B.A. from Indiana University in 1972. Following stints at The Northern Trust Company and Consolidated Foods (now Sara Lee) in 1979, Carver was named a regional vice president of Heavy Duty Parts, Inc., (then a Bandag subsidiary) and elected to Bandag's board as an outside director. He became chairman of the board in 1981 and chief executive officer in 1982. In 1986, Financial World magazine named Carver CEO of the Year in the rubber and plastics industry. Then in 1989, the same magazine named him as the CEO of the Decade in the broader category of the chemicals industry. Carver's accomplishments are also recognized outside the business world. He is a motorsports enthusiast, and even set a world land speed record for diesel trucks in 1988 while driving the Bandag Bandit truck equipped with Bandag retreads. Carver is a member of the Aspen lnstitute's Society of Fellows, serves as Trustee on the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust and the Wynn Institute for Vision Research Advisory Board, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Aspen Music Festival and School. Carver formerly served on the board of directors of Muscatine Connected, an educational foundation. In 2010, Carver was named as the first Randall L. Tobias Chair and Executive in Residence at the Kelly School of Business, Indiana University. A big fan of the University of Iowa, Carver supports UI athletics, business and arts. Most recently, Carver was honored by the University of Iowa Alumni Association with a Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement. Carver has received recognition for his support and contributions to the Muscatine community and to the University of Iowa.
Howard Leach was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to France on July 16, 2001. Until entering his post as U.S. Ambassador to France, Mr. Leach was the president or chairman of several commercial and financial companies: Foley Timber and Land Company in Florida; Leach Capital and Leach McMicking & Co. in California; and Hunter Fan Co. in Tennessee. Ambassador Leach was directly involved in a number of public interest associations, such as the National Legal Research Center for the Public Interest in Washington and the Pacific Research Institute in San Francisco. Member and former chairman of the Board of Regents of the University of California, he was also vice president of the San Francisco Opera Association. A businessman and private investor, Howard Leach began a long entrepreneurial career as co-founder and president of various food-processing corporations from 1958 to 1971 in his hometown of Salinas, California. He obtained a B.S. degree from Yale University in 1952 and studied at Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1953 and at Stanford Advanced Management College in 1968. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a 1st Lieutenant from 1953 to 1955. Ambassador Leach and his wife, the former Gretchen Cooper, were married in 1977.
Drew Oetting is a co-founder and Managing Partner at 8VC, a Silicon Valley based venture capital fund which manages over $2.5B. Drew is a co-founder of Affinity and Anduin Technologies and is a Forbes 30 under 30 recipient. Drew serves on the Competitiveness Council of Cerberus Capital, a $30B private equity fund where he advises on the impact of technology on their portfolio. Drew is a board member of Thorn, a non-profit which builds technology to prevent child trafficking and LivingOnOne, a impact film making studio. He is a board trustee for the Claremont McKenna Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and a board trustee for the Robert Day Financial Economics Institute. Drew grew up in Iowa City, Iowa and attended Claremont McKenna College where he received degrees in math and economics.
Sarah London is an Sr. Principal with Optum Ventures. Most recently, Sarah served as the Chief Product Officer for Optum Analytics, responsible for driving strategy and commercialization of Optum’s integrated analytics solutions into both the provider and payer markets. Sarah previously led Client Success and Operations for Humedica, which was acquired by Optum in 2013. She was also part of the team that launched Accretive Health’s Quality & Total Cost of Care business. Sarah holds a A.B. from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.