Meet your Industry-Academic Development Officers (IADOs)

Please join us in welcoming the complete team of IADOs to the SOSCIP community. Over the past few months, you may have already met with your regional IADO to discuss how SOSCIP can guide you to success with your SOSCIP-supported R&D project. If not, please allow us to introduce you to our team of dedicated IADOs.  Each team member brings with them a suite of strong communications and project management skills, as well as unique strengths that will help SOSCIP researchers meet their project milestones and facilitate innovation.

Andrew Jones, Eastern Ontario
University of Ottawa, Carleton University and Queen’s University

Andrew Jones completed his PhD at the University of Ottawa with a specialty in Cellular and Molecular Medicine. He’s spent four years working in business development related to university-industry related research partnerships and HQP support/development. As an IADO serving the Eastern Ontario Region, he says: “Our biggest resource is being able to communicate and understand the research challenges that faculty and industry partners are facing. This role is a great opportunity to continue to support leading research groups while helping Ontario-based SMEs innovate and remain competitive.”

Jones is a proud father to not one, but two toddlers, who keep him and his wife busy but grounded.

Nataliya Mykhaylova, GTA
University of Toronto, OCAD University, Seneca College

Natalia is working on her PhD in Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto. She was drawn to the role of IADO through her interest in developing concepts into ideas and ideas into projects which can have an impact on society. Researchers can count on her to make introductions to potential industry partners; evaluate research questions and suggest best technologies and platforms; offer feedback on proposals, visuals and presentations; and ensure researchers have everything they need to move the project forward.

A data scientist at heart, her PhD work involves the development of real-time data analysis pipelines for wireless sensor networks for air pollution monitoring. Her research has been featured in UofT Magazine,, Metro News and CTV News. She also participates in hackathons and works on projects to test machine learning techniques, platforms and hardware. “I’m passionate about well-designed circuits, clean code and well-orchestrated data visualizations.”

Sedef Kocak, GTA
Ryerson University, York University, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Sedef recently completed a PhD in Environmental Applied Science and Management and Data Science at Ryerson University and holds an MBA from Ankara University in Turkey and an MSc from the University of Maine. With more than eight years’ experience in academic research projects with a variety of industry partners, strong communication and project management skills, Kocak is well-suited to the role of IADO. She plans to support researchers with her expertise in big data and by identifying opportunities to collaborate with industry. “Big data plays a big role in my life. I study, work, and teach in big data, and encourage researchers to do research in big data.”

As someone who has never enjoyed winter, Kocak challenged herself to find something enjoyable about the chilly season. “I started to learn how to ski. It took me a very long time to learn as an adult. Now I spend my extra time in the winter skiing and ending the day resting with a warm drink by the fire.”

Amy Hackney
University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, McMaster University

Amy Hackney completed a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Waterloo. She says: “During my graduate degree, I saw first-hand how important the services and skills provided by the office of research were to both junior faculty starting new labs, as well as senior faculty looking to extend their research projects. Researchers working with me can expect a dedicated service provider who will provide timely, effective responses to their inquiries, a thorough review of their proposals and an organized project manager who will help keep projects on track to meeting their project milestones.”

On a side note, Amy was previously a competitive figure skater and could skate on three different styles of skates: “I taught both figure skating and hockey, and I took up speed skating for recreation.”