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Industry Liaison

Ron Spangler

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Ron Spangler comes to OCR with 20 years of experience working to turn advanced technologies into real-world products - most recently focusing on the difficult transition from advanced prototype to production-ready product. His work has covered aerospace systems, adaptive optics, sporting goods, semiconductor fabrication equipment, sensors, energy, and building technologies, in roles ranging from R&D engineering through engineering management, general management, product management, and business development.

Most recently, Spangler headed Government Business Development at TIAX LLC, where he developed new technology transition opportunities in energy and defense, including securing external R&D support, negotiating licensing agreements, and selling high-value sensor products. Prior to TIAX, Spangler spend nearly nine years as part of the core team of MIT-spinout Active Control eXperts (ACX), developing new consumer and industrial products based on MIT technology. He was instrumental in the sale of the company to Cymer, Inc., where he served for several years in a product marketing role.

Spangler has also served as VP of Marketing and /business Development at MIT-spinout Mide Technology Corporation, and as a senior electrical engineer at the Itek Optical Systems division of Litton, Inc.

Spangler is a 1994 graduate of MIT, with a Ph.D. in Estimation and Control from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He holds 14 U.S. patents.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Ph.D. in Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (1994)


Phone: 617-253-0404
Fax: 617-253-0002
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Phone: 617-253-8990
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