Meet Our Team



Dr. Tim Marler has extensive experience ranging from industry to academia to science-and-technology policy.  His expertise revolves around software development and modeling-and-simulation, having worked with training simulators and virtual environments, computational optimization, digital human modeling, advanced manufacturing, emerging technology, and technology transfer.  Additional experience ranges from software design to manufacturing, at Ford Motor Company, Amana, Pacific Northwest National Lab, and Hon.  Tim currently serves on the Department of Commerce’s Materials and Equipment Technical Advisory Committee within the Bureau of Industry and Security.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Rochester, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State University, and a Ph.D.  of mechanical engineering from the University of Iowa.


Co-Founder/Lead Business Advisor

Mr. Herman Reininga has an extensive career in the field of advanced manufacturing.  Most recently he was the program advisor at the Center for Computer-Aided Design and the director of The National Advanced Driving Simulator at the University of Iowa.  He was chief engineer for the Next Generation Manufacturing Technology Initiative (NGMTI).  Herm was both the senior vice president of operations and a corporate partner at Rockwell Collins.  He was responsible for overall management of Rockwell Collins’ global production and material operations, including manufacturing, material, quality, and facilities and manufacturing activities until retirement in 2004.  Herm has bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in industrial engineering from Iowa State University.


Co-Founder, Chief Research Officer (CRO)

Dr. Ibrahim Ozbolat is a Harzt Family Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics Departmnet, and the Biomedial Engineering Department at Penn State University.  He is also a faculty member of the Huck Institute of the Life Sciences, Material Research Institute, Center for Neural Engineering, Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition, and Center for Research on Advanced Fiber Technologies.  Ibrahim has bachelor’s degrees in industrial engineering and mechanical engineering from Middle East Technical University in Turkey and a Ph.D. in industrial & systems engineering from the University at Buffalo, SUNY.  He specializes in manufacturing, design, modeling and simulation, and tissue engineering.  He belongs to The Institute of Industrial Engineering, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Alpha Pi Mu Honor Society and Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society.


Chief Operations Officer (COO)

Mr. Lee Groeschl brings a breadth of experience with with technology transfer, entrepreneurial programming, and new venture development.  He currently serves at North Idaho College as the Venture Center Program Manager.  Lee has served in several entrepreneurial leadership roles at University of Iowa, Ohio University, and most recently at University of Minnesota.  While serving as an Executive-in-Residence at TechGROWTH Ohio, Lee led technology commercialization programming and led the implementation of I-Corps@Ohio across Ohio University.  Lee has been involved in launching several new technology-based ventures and has been focused on developing the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders.  Lee earned a bachelors of business administration degree and a masters of business administration degree from The University of North Dakota.

Cesar Bonezzi

Technical Lead

Mr. Cesar Bonezzi has extensive experience with software design and development, including both interface and back-end design.  He served as a Software Engineer for engineering companies such as Rockwell Collins, University of Iowa Virtual Soldier Research Program, and ARRIS (Pace Americas).  Cesar has been in charge of full-life cycle development of software, while working with various teams to bring solutions to customers hands.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Iowa with a focus on web technologies and mobile applications.  He has designed and developed solutions using software architectural patterns for implementing enterprise solutions to leverage re-usability and maintainability for the code base.