With over 120 years in combined experience, this team of dedicated executives share the same goal for the University of Arizona – elevate UArizona to become a well-recognized contender when it comes to research in the cybersecurity, hypersonic, space, health, and optics fields. 

NAME: Austin K. Yamada
TITLE: President/CEO
EMAIL: AKYamada@ua-arc.org
PHONE: 520-621-3811
LINKEDIN: /austin-yamada-5b1a183
As the President and CEO for the UA-ARC, Austin Yamada is responsible for the strategic development and operations of the University of Arizona’s Applied Research Corporation.
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NAME: Patrick L. Kerr
TITLE: Chief of Staff and Vice President, Corporate Operations and Administration
EMAIL: PLKerr@ua-arc.org
PHONE: 520-621- 9776
LINKEDIN /patrick-kerr-322012174

Serving as the Chief of Staff and Vice President for Corporate Operations and Administration for UA-ARC, Pat directly supports and empowers the growth of relationships with DoD and industry partners to identify collaboration opportunities for University of Arizona researchers to develop effective and practical technology solutions the most difficult challenges in national security and defense.
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NAME: Christine A. Fox
TITLE: Vice President, Business Operations
EMAIL: CFox@ua-arc.org
PHONE: 520-621-2040
LINKEDIN: /chrisfox10
As the Vice President for Cyber/AI/Machine Learning for the UA-ARC, Chris Fox assists in finding business operations that align the University of Arizona faculty researchers doing work in the area of cyber with Department of Defense and Industry partners in offering real solutions and innovative results to their current defense challenges.
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NAME: John Hoffman
TITLE: Program Manager
EMAIL: jahoffman@ua-arc.org
PHONE: 520-621-4085

John Hoffman is a Program Manager and is currently working to address the dynamics challenges that Cyber and Intelligence Operations impose on the DoD and their partners, through the University of Arizona’s robust research enterprise.
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NAME: Mendy McIntire
TITLE: Contracts Manager
EMAIL: mmcintire@ua-arc.org
PHONE: 520-621-7860

As the Contracts Manager for the UA-ARC, Mendy assists in pre-award and post-award functions for the various business opportunities ARC pursues with Department of Defense, other federal agencies, and industry partners. She helps to ensure we maintain compliance with the FAR and DFAR as well as state and federal laws when working with potential and current opportunities.
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NAME: Charles Hennings
TITLE: Information Systems Technician
EMAIL: chennings@ua-arc.org
PHONE: 520-621-7164

As the Information Systems Technician, Charles Hennings implements best DoD IT security practices which he has gained from serving 6 years as an IT professional for the United States Air Force. Charles coordinates the UA-ARC’s IT requirements with the university’s IT, both Internet Service Providers, Mission Service Providers, IT Auditing representatives, and DISA to ensure an exceptional and compliant workspace is available for our stakeholders.

Charles is pursuing his Bachelors of Science in Cybersecurity & Information Assurance at Western Governors University. During his enlistment, he has earned the following certifications; A+, Network+, Security+, CEH, CNDA, and ITILv4.

NAME: Georgine Speranzo
TITLE: Executive Administrative Assistant
EMAIL: GSperanzo@ua-arc.org
PHONE: 520-621-7863

Georgine Speranzo joined the UA-Applied Research Corporation as Executive Assistant in March 2019. She provides general administrative support to the UA-ARC team.

Prior to joining the UA-ARC, she worked at the University of Arizona where she gained experience in both academic and administrative departments. 

Georgine is an alumna of Penn State University (French/English) and the University of Arizona (Linguistics/Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences).  She has lived and worked in Tucson more than 20 years.

NAME: Ryan Searfoss
TITLE: Administrative Assistant
EMAIL: rsearfoss@ua-arc.org
PHONE: 520-621-3811

Ryan Searfoss joined the UA-ARC team November 2021 as an Administrative Assistant. Pulling from his work experience with Northern Arizona University, he will help with several projects and assignments including planning events/meetings, keeping track of documents, and general assistance in helping the organization meet its goals.

He is an alumnus of Northern Arizona University’s W.A. Franke College of Business and has plans to pursue a master’s degree with the University of Arizona.



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