The Alliance was created and is led by academics who have strong backgrounds in industry. This gives them unique insight into the needs of both worlds, and allows them to tailor programs and benefits to the unique needs of each audience.


Lawrence Gastwirt

Dr. Gastwirt came to Stevens after a 30-year career with Exxon Chemical Co. (now ExxonMobil), and has been leading the Alliance since 1992. As an executive in the chemical industry, he managed multinational technology organizations, as well as technology-intensive business operations of global scope. His areas of expertise include new product and new business development, product and project management, strategic planning, industrial R&D management, strategic alliances, and intellectual property licensing and protection. Upon his retirement from Exxon Chemical in 1992, Dr. Gastwirt became an affiliate professor of management and engineering management at Stevens and director of the Alliance. He also served for 12 years on the Board of the Stevens Technology Ventures Incubator, helping guide early-stage technology companies. He is co-author of the book “Turning Research and Development into Profits: A Systematic Approach” and holds a B.Ch.E. degree from City College of New York, M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University in Chemical Engineering, and an MBA from NYU in Finance and Economics.

Lemuel Tarshis
Director of Management Technology Transfer

Dr. Tarshis has had an industrial career of more than 25 years in management, product development, project management, strategic planning and R&D management in the communications, electronics, consumer products, materials and related industries. He has worked at General Electric, Timex Corp., Times Fiber Communications and General Instrument Corp. He became a research professor at the Howe School in 1991, and has been with the Alliance since its inception. He has a consulting practice in innovation, product development, strategic planning, organization and technology application. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University, and MBA (equivalent) management courses from General Electric Executive Institute, Stanford University and the Wharton School.

Senior Associates

Anthony Le Storti

Tony Le Storti is president of Ideatects Inc., a firm specializing in innovation, leadership and the dynamics of human systems. His work focuses on problem solving, decision making and strategic thinking. He founded and directed the Center for Creative Studies at Gwynedd-Mercy College, and has published numerous articles on a range of topics, including invention and discovery, innovation, conflict resolution, and decision making. A former special operations officer decorated for his combat command skills, he transformed the knowledge from his military experience into the book “When You’re Asked to Do the Impossible,” which sets out the methods of U.S. Army Rangers for use by civilian teams and organizations. Tony holds degrees from LaSalle and Temple, and executive certificates from MIT. 

Steven A. Jacobs

Steve Jacobs, a senior business manager, consultant, leader and communicator, is president of Global BioPharm Solutions LLC. He has been heavily involved in innovation, global cultural dynamics, high-performing teams, and clinical supply chain operations in the life sciences. He has presented globally on creativity, leading global teams, emotional intelligence, clinical supplies logistics, project planning and contract negotiations. He was a logistics and aviation officer in the U.S. Army, where he rose to the rank of major. His undergraduate degree is in pharmacy from the University of the Sciences, in Philadelphia, and his MBA is from the University of Phoenix with a specialization in global management.

What they say about HSATM

“This is one of the few venues where academia and business are blended so well. The organizers work hard to make that blend happen — it hasn’t been accidental.” 
Don Gulliksen, senior scientist, Johnson Technology

“Tony Le Storti is excellent at being able to get everyone interacting and still get through the material. He really expects interaction — a lot of other presenters out there sort of say, ‘Let me present my material, and then we’ll discuss,’ but Tony is really able to move the room.”
Susan Miller, technical manager, Alcatel-Lucent