Dr. John C. Nemeth Senior Consultant

Dr. Nemeth has had a distinguished career in academia and the private sector. His experience, spanning over four decades, has included research and education in the classroom and laboratory, university research administration and development, as well as executive positions with major environmental consulting firms.

Most recently Dr. Nemeth served from 1998 – 2009 as Vice President of Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), the largest science and technology based university consortium in the US. During his tenure, he established and developed ORAU’s University Partnerships enterprise into the nation’s largest science and technology university consortium consisting of 122 campuses, including 99 major research institutions, over fifty of which had medical schools and large health-related centers. He worked with presidents, vice presidents, deans, and senior administrators of public and private universities in the development of research and education partnerships valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Projects included a full array of science and technology involving universities, national labs and government, and industry. While at ORAU, he was also responsible for identifying, vetting, and nominating board members, and was frequently asked for assistance in recruiting by the member institutions, and recruited weapons of mass destruction experts for use at the highest levels of the Department of Homeland Security.

Prior to ORAU, Dr. Nemeth spent 15 years at Georgia Tech as Director of the Environmental Science and Technology Laboratory with a staff of over 100. Much of the research surrounded the detection of toxic materials and prevention of occupational exposures. He was on senior staff of the $100 million per year Georgia Tech Research Institute responsible for strategic planning, business development, institute operations, and managed the GTRI state appropriations process.

Dr. Nemeth’s clients include the foremost research universities, Federal and State agencies and departments, as well as numerous firms in private industry. He is active in many organizations such as AAAS, and the Scientists and Engineers for America. He is a member of the National Academies’ Committee on Under-represented Groups and the Expansion of the Science and Engineering Pipeline, and he is Fellow to The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute.  He and his wife also run CGJC Enterprises, a consulting firm focused on establishing research partnerships with universitties and the government.

Dr. Nemeth has a PhD from North Carolina State University.

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