Robert D. “Skip” Rung is the founder (2003), President, and Executive Director of Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI), Oregon’s first “Signature Research Center” and an unprecedented collaboration among Oregon’s research universities and the private sector. ONAMI’s mission is to accelerate research commercialization via startup and spinout companies in order to extend the success of Oregon’s world-leading “Silicon Forest” technology cluster. ONAMI’s commercialization “gap” fund has made $12.6M in grant disbursements, enabling over 60 portfolio companies to raise over $500M (~85% of which is private capital) in leveraged funding and revenue.
In October 2012, ONAMI received the State Science and Technology Institute Excellence in TBED (Technology-Based Economic Development) award for Commercializing Research.
Mr. Rung was appointed to the National Science Foundation SBIR/STTR Advisory Committee (now a subcommittee of the Engineering Advisory Committee) in October 2012.
Mr. Rung is a member of the Oregon Venture Fund Investment Committee and the Willamette Angels (WAC 2015 LLC Managing Member).
From 1987 to 2001, Mr. Rung was Director of Advanced Research and Development at Hewlett-Packard’s Corvallis, OR facility, responsible for multiple generations of HP’s world-leading inkjet printing technology.
Mr. Rung began his industrial career in 1977 at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto, CA, after receiving his BSEE and MSEE co-terminally in 1976 from Stanford University, where he was elected to both Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi in his junior year.