Lantz Named Research Shop Operations Director

By Roger AndersonDecember 14, 2016

Northwestern has named Frank Lantz as operations director at the University’s Research Shop, located in the Technological Institute on the Evanston campus.

Lantz will oversee daily operations of the former professional Instrument Shop and Student Shop (now called the Research Shop)­ and will advise and consult on projects; coordinate with the operations directors of the Ford and Electronics Shops, when appropriate; and manage outsourcing decisions.

“The Research Shop is a critical part of the Office for Research portfolio of Core facilities,” says Phil Hockberger, assistant vice president for research. “Frank will work with Faculty Director Brian Odom, physics and astronomy, to ensure students and faculty can move ideas from design to implementation.”

The Research Shop’s ongoing modernization provides expanded space to design and build new instruments, create parts, make repairs, or outsource machining needs. Construction of the renovated and expanded space is expected to be complete in summer 2017.

Lantz previously worked as director of manufacturing at NanoInk, helping to bring micro- and nanoscale technologies, instruments, as well as medical test products, from R&D to production. He also has consulted on manufacturing and operations at Methode Electronics, a leading developer of custom-engineered and application-specific products. There, he planned and directed lean manufacturing and continuous improvement programs within the dataMate & MDC divisions, which were responsible for creating solutions to increase data transmission speeds and develop conductive inks used in the electronics industry, respectively.

“Northwestern has provided me with the opportunity to tackle the myriad challenges involved in developing an excellent operation with the capacity to help bring ideas and systems to fruition, strengthen communication, and bolster relationships,” says Lantz. “I am very happy to be here and look forward to fulfilling the needs of our shop customers, while attracting new customers with our expertise and execution.”

Fisher to Lead Finance, Administration at INVO

Northwestern has named Danny Fisher as the senior director of finance and administration at the University’s Innovation and New Ventures Office (INVO).

Fisher will be responsible for all INVO business operations, finance, information technology, and human resources. He will also be engaged in the office’s strategic planning with INVO Executive Director Alicia Löffler and the INVO leadership team.

“Danny will play a key role in executing our strategy to help move University innovations to society, where they can contribute to economic growth,” says Löffler.

Prior to joining INVO, Fisher was executive director for the Department of Chemistry.

“I am excited to join the INVO team and continue to support the innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem at Northwestern,” says Fisher. “I look forward to leveraging my experiences from the Department of Chemistry to serve the broader research community.”

INVO assists researchers with invention disclosure, patenting, licensing, marketing and startup creation. Researchers are paired with an invention manager to guide them through this process and assess their invention’s commercialization potential.