Company and Leadership

Key Management

Yun Li, PhD, Chief Executive Officer. Managing Director of VIC Technology Venture Development’s New Mexico Branch. Dr. Li’s multifaceted professional career spans from R&D and global program management in Fortune 500 companies to technology commercialization/startup and business consulting. In 2006, she started a consulting firm in business and professional development. In this capacity, she has assisted a wide range of companies in building commercialization strategies and capabilities, clarifying value propositions, defining applications/markets, building teams, and raising capital. She is a founding member of five technology startups. Dr. Li is an advocate for international collaboration in technology commercialization and is deeply immersed in the US-China collaboration ecosystem. She was a board member of Startup New Mexico, and serves on the board of advisors at Technology Venture Corporation. Dr. Li graduated from Tsinghua University, China, with a BS in Electrician Engineering and a MS in Nuclear Physics. She received her PhD in Materials Science from Arizona State University.

Reza Foudazi, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer and Associate Professor at New Mexico State University (NMSU). Dr. Foudazi has a MS in polymer engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT), Tehran, Iran, where he worked on modeling non-Newtonian fluid flows in mixers. He received his doctorate in chemical engineering from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), Cape Town, South Africa on the structure and rheology of High Internal Phase Emulsions (HIPEs). He worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Flow Process and Rheology Centre at CPUT on replacing surfactants by nanoparticles and controlling the rheology of HIPEs. Then, he joined the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University (Ohio, USA) as a research associate, and worked on the polymerization of HIPEs and the production of fibrous porous polymers. Dr. Foudazi joined the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at New Mexico State University (NMSU) as a tenure-track assistant professor in fall 2013. He has established Soft Matter Research & Technology (SMaRT) lab at NMSU.