Dorothy Air, PhD is the Associate Senior Vice President for Entrepreneurial Affairs at the University of Cincinnati. In this role, she serves the regional community as an advocate for transitioning scientific breakthroughs into marketing opportunities. This has included creation of a commercialization infrastructure for the university, regional educational programs and networking systems and university-industry collaborations.
Dr. Air developed and runs the UC Launch Pad, which provides gap funding and mentoring to advance the most promising research technologies. She is a co-founder of SoundingBoard and serves on the Board of Directors of BIO/START, Edison Materials Technology Center (EMTEC), Hamilton County Business Center and the Greater Cincinnati Venture Association. Dr. Air was the initiator of the Ohio Valley Affiliates for Life Sciences (OVALS), a consortium of 5 universities in Ohio and Kentucky and the AFRL, to create university-industry networking opportunities.
In 2005, she was appointed by the University of Cincinnati to serve on a part-time basis as a loaned executive to CincyTech, where she holds the title of Vice President of Operations. In 2006 she was recognized by Women’s Business Cincinnati as one of the Top 10 Women in Technology in the Cincinnati Region, and she is the recipient of the 2007 Leading Women of Greater Cincinnati for Entrepreneurship. Dr. Air has recently been appointed to the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport Board.