USU Research Foundation Elects New Board Chair

June 6, 2003

LOGAN - Utah State University Research Foundation’s (USURF) Board of Trustees elected member Garrison Rapmund, M.D., of Bethesda, Maryland, as its new chair today.

The Utah State University Research Foundation, incorporated in 1967 as a nonprofit corporation owned by Utah State University, was established primarily to provide an organization for the management and physical support of applied research, the discovery of new ideas and the advancement of new technologies.

The Research Foundation currently has four units: the Space Dynamics Laboratory, the National Center for Design of Molecular Function, the USU Office of Technology Management and Commercialization and the Foundation’s newest unit, the Water Dynamics Laboratory.

“I am honored and excited by this opportunity,” Rapmund said. “I think there is an excellent match between the capabilities of Utah State’s community and the research needs of the nation in upcoming years.”

Rapmund succeeds Charles K. Watt, PhD, who has served on USURF’s board since 1996 and as chair since 1999. The board of trustees provides oversight and direction for the foundation’s policies, procedures and development. There are currently 16 members of the board with backgrounds in academia, industry and government.

A board-certified pediatrician, Rapmund is a Senior Fellow, the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at the George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. He is a graduate of Harvard and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. He was awarded the Joseph E. Smadel Medal of the Infectious Diseases Society of America for his research on mite-borne typhus in Asia.

Rapmund has spent his entire career in biomedical research. He was the assistant surgeon general of the U.S. Army for Research and Development and retired in the grade of major general. From his role as a scientific advisor at the National Institutes of Health, at the Federal Aviation Administration and at national laboratories of the Department of Energy, he has extensive knowledge of biological science activities in the civil sector.

For 10 years Rapmund was also a member of a review panel concerned with technology transfer and commercialization of technology from the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization to the life sciences.

He served for six years on the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board where he was exposed to technologies addressed in various projects of the Space Dynamics Laboratory. He also serves as an external advisor to the Applied Physics Laboratory of Johns Hopkins University.

According to Rapmund, the board plans to strengthen and broaden the portfolio of research within USURF. “I hope that the advice from this board may facilitate the growth of research activity here at Utah State and enhance the education of undergraduate and graduate students alike.”