Entrepreneurship Bios - Onsite
Dr. Samuel J. Kernion
Dr. Samuel J. Kernion is the President & Chief Executive Officer for CorePower Magnetics, an early stage start up with a mission to design and manufacture high performance magnetic cores to power the future. Prior to this role, he held multiple leadership roles in R&D and Operations at Carpenter Technology Corporation. In R&D, he performed alloy development on multiple alloy systems including soft magnetic alloys, resulting in submission of 8 patent applications with two granted to date. During this time he co-developed and implemented a new Stage Gate product development process for improved commercialization activities. He additionally launched a new group focused on soft magnetics R&D, including leading a multi-million dollar capital investment project. In operations, he led the Product Metallurgy team for the $1.8B Specialty Alloy Operations division. With responsibility for engaging with customers on current product offerings, he led a market-facing reorganization of the group to better connect customer feedback into engineered line ups for improved reliability and enhanced performance. Subsequently, he took on responsibility for product compliance functions at the front end order entry process and back end quality control testing and product certification, leading a group of ~200 technicians, metallurgists, and analysts. Sam earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and his B.S. from The Pennsylvania State University in the same field.
Paul R. Ohodnicki Jr.
Paul R. Ohodnicki Jr. is currently an associate professor in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science department at the University of Pittsburgh and the Engineering Science program director, as well as the founding director of the Advanced Magnetics for Power and Energy Development (AMPED) consortium. In addition to his university role, he also serves as the Chief Technology Officer for the newly established start-up, CorePower Magnetics, which seeks to commercialize advanced amorphous and nanocrystalline magnetics technologies developed in the Greater Pittsburgh region over the last 15 years. He is currently the chair of the TMS Functional Materials Division and a member of the Board of Directors, and has served on numerous other leadership roles within TMS throughout his career. Prior to his current roles, he was a materials scientist and technical portfolio lead in the Functional Materials Team of the Materials Engineering & Manufacturing Directorate of the National Energy Technology Laboratory. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005 with a B.Phil. in engineering physics and a B.A. in economics and subsequently earned his M.S. (2006) and Ph.D. (2008) in materials science and engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Ohodnicki has published more than 150 technical publications and holds more than 20 patents, with more than 20 additional patents under review. He also is the recipient of a number of awards and recognitions, including the Federal Employee Rookie of the Year Award (2012), Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (2016), and the Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Innovation Category Award for the Carnegie Science Center (2012, 2017, 2019). In 2017, he was a nominee for the Samuel J. Heyman service to America Medal.