Robert Ferris


Robert Ferris, Ph.D. specializes in advanced materials commercialization. Prior to leading Adama, Robert was part of Emerson Electric working in corporate strategy for the Process Management Platform and product management for their Micro Motion ELITE Coriolis brand. Previously, he was a Young Entrepreneur in Residence at Idea Fund Partners and a process automation engineer at Wyeth pharmaceutical. Over his years of work, he has worked with products in every stage of the technological life-cycle, from a small start-up looking for SBIR funding to a well-established, multi-hundred million dollar product portfolio. His passion for advanced materials started with research at Duffield Hall and continues to drive him today to building disruptive companies.

Robert holds a Bachelors and Masters in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, a Doctorate in Materials Science Engineering from Duke University, and an MBA from The Fuqua School of Business. At Cornell Robert was awarded the presidential scholar award for leadership integrity while at Duke he was awarded a fellowship in nanotechnology by the NSF.

Disruptive companies cannot rest on the quality of their invention. A company also has to understand their technology, their business, and their market environment. Only then can it start to drive meaningful change.

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