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Robert M. Mroz
Chief Executive Officer
Robert Mroz oversees the strategic direction of the Maryland-based HY-TEK Bio, LLC. Bob is the Founder and CEO of this dynamic company; he holds the pending patents that allow HY-TEK Bio to mitigate greenhouse gases, and he has advanced the company’s development with other complementary technologies. Bob holds a BSEE from the University of Maryland and has spent 40 years developing and successfully managing large technology projects. Prior to starting HY-TEK Bio, Bob excelled in both the public and private sectors, first with a successful 30-year career with the FCC as its Director of Advanced Technologies before retiring in 1997, and then by creating and growing a performance-based sports software firm, HY-TEK Sports Software, with 59,000 Customers in 36 countries.
Chief Financial Officer
Carolyn Mroz is Chief Financial Officer of HY-TEK Bio, and a member of the Executive Council. As CFO, Carolyn oversees the company’s financial strategy, business support, analysis, audit, and tax functions. Prior to joining HTB, Carolyn served as the chairman of the American Banking Association's America's Community Banker Council, during which she represented the interests of hundreds of small banks throughout the U.S. Carolyn was President of Bay Vanguard Federal Savings Bank in Baltimore, MD, where she directed the management of more than $175M in assets while engaging in community and legislative affairs. Carolyn's dual expertise in financial and advocacy matters has been critical to advancing HY-TEK Bio. Carolyn received her BA from the University of Maryland.
Chief Engineering and Technology Officer
Gary is Chief of Engineering, Operations & Technology and reports to HY-TEK Bio’s CEO Robert Mroz. In addition to serving on the company’s Executive Council, Gary oversees the development and implementation of emerging technology strategies. Gary has run a successful environmental controls company – Creative Construction Services, Inc. – and he applies his expertise to HY-TEK Bio’s innovative technology by driving direction on engineering and operational improvements. As a licensed automation control contractor, Gary's relevant disciplines include design, programming, installation and servicing of DDC control systems. With 30 years of construction experience, Gary understands the importance of leadership in energy and environmental design, and integrates green and energy-efficient considerations throughout HY-TEK Bio’s design, development and operational phases.
Pat has over two decades of diverse leadership in law, business, military aviation and intelligence, congressional affairs, stealth technology applications and weapon systems integration. He currently provides investment and strategic business consulting to small and medium size businesses. Pat has significant trial experience in Federal District Court and executive level expertise in emerging technologies and new company startups. He has served as federal prosecutor, company president, chief operating officer, senior vice president and board member, export control officer, F-22 pilot with combat experience and as an Air National Guard commander. Pat has extensive experience working with the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Justice, along with state and local law enforcement and emergency management agencies.
Andy is a certified electrician and certified welder, and an expert in fabrication in all materials. Andy’s broad expertise in all phases of plumbing, containment and marine construction (with a specialty in waterproofing), are critical to the operational efficiency of the mitigation process.
Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology
Drs. Chen, Hill, and Li and their staffs have collaborated with HY-TEK Bio for the past 4 years under a contract with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences (UMCES), via the Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) program. They bring to HY-TEK Bio their world-renowned expertise in algae growth, strain isolation and life sciences experience along with the resources and facilities of the University.
Dr. Feng Chen
Associate Professor / IMET
Dr. Feng Chen is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology with expertise in marine microbial ecology, microbial oceanography and biogeography, microbial diversity, genomics and functional genomics, phage-host interactions, and clean green biotechnology. His research focuses on marine virus ecology; cyanobacteria and cyanophage; roseophages and gene transfer agent (GTA); biogeography, physiology, genomics and functional genomics of microorganisms living in the sea; algae-based clean and green biotechnology.
Dr. Chen earned his Ph.D. in Marine Microbial Ecology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1995.
Dr. Russell Hill
Director and Professor / IMET
Dr. Russell Hill is the Director of the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology with expertise in marine actinmycete ecology and molecular biology, microbiology of marine natural products, bacterial and cyanbacterial symbionts of marine sponges, marine bacteriophages, metal resistance in actinomycetes and application of bioremediation.
The major research focus of the IMET laboratory is the investigation of symbiotic bacteria associated with marine invertebrates, in particular, sponges. Many important compounds with pharmaceutical potential have been discovered in sponges and other invertebrates. In some cases, the compounds of interest are produced not by the sponges themselves, but by the bacteria associated with the sponges. IMET is identifying many of the bacteria present in sponges by cloning the genes encoding the 165 ribosomal RNA from these sponges, selecting culture conditions to be able to grow a higher proportion of bacteria, and finding the ones that produce important compounds.
Dr. Hill earned his Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Cape Town South Africa in 1988.
Dr. Yantao Li
Assistant Professor / IMET
Dr. Yantao Li is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology with expertise in algal molecular biology and biochemistry; metabolic engineering for biofuels and bio-products, and algal biotechnology and environmental bioremediation. His research aims to study lipid synthesis, turnover and lipid body biogenesis in microalgae, and engineering of algae for biofuel production and bioremediation. He earned a Ph.D. in Microbial Biotechnology from the University of Hong Kong in 2007.
The facilities of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) and Institute for Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) located in the Inner Harbor of Downtown Baltimore City are known for their excellent facility, staff and outstanding technical capabilities.
HY-TEK Bio and the University have enjoyed a successful relationship for years under state funding from the Maryland Industrial Partnership Program.