DRI's brightest scientists working with business and industry experts.


Brian Speicher, DRC President

Brian comes to the DRC with more than 20 years of leadership and management experience in the life sciences private sector, where he focused on scaling up research focused ventures, translating innovation into competitive products and visioning new market opportunities.  He served in a diverse array of roles focused on product R&D, project management, business development and corporate development.

Brian earned an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT, and an MPH from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins.

Joseph Grzymski, Ph.D. - AIC Senior Director

Joe Grzymski is the Senior Director of the Applied Innovation Center (AIC) at Nevada’s Desert Research Institute (DRI). He is an associate research professor of computational biology and microbiology at DRI and co-founder of Evozym Biologics, a company created to bridge the gap between research and innovation and commercial value related to synthetic biology and drug target development. He and a team of leading Nevada doctors and engineers also formed EMS Genomics, LLC in 2013. The company uses proprietary emitter technology to alter plant biology. He has over 20 peer-reviewed science publications ranging from microbiology, evolution, physical chemistry and modeling.

Leading the AIC, Grzymski directs a unique team of scientists, programmers and business development experts working to advance DRI’s applied research opportunities with private-sector and non-traditional research sponsors.


Eric Wilcox, Ph.D.  - Climate Applications Leader

Eric Wilcox's research addresses the interactions among aerosols, clouds, and precipitation towards a goal of improved understanding of precipitation, cloud variability and radiative forcing of climate at regional scales. This work relies on satellite and in-situ observations, as well as simulations with numerical models of the atmosphere and climate.

Wilcox manages DRI's climate modeling group, which implements a wide range of numerical models, including fine-resolution atmospheric models for regional climate studies and applied research in water resources and renewable energy projects, air quality and chemistry models, and global coupled ocean/atmosphere climate models.

Wilcox teaches Atmospheric Physics (ATMS 411/611) at University of Nevada, Reno. He is a member of the NASA MODIS science team and also serves as a member representative to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) on behalf of the Nevada System of Higher Education.


John Mejia, Ph.D.  - Climate Modeling Frameworks

John Mejia has extensive experience in development and operation of multi-dimensional and ensemble forecasting models, observational and model data processing, data assimilation, and in the research areas of improvement in numerical weather forecasting. He also has experience operating atmospheric models of different generations to investigate atmospheric dynamics and cloudiness at regional scales; real-time weather forecasting; atmospheric flows over complex terrain; and evaluation methods applied to atmospheric models using aircraft and satellite data. 

Mejia research focus involves the development of a regional climate modeling frameworks using the Weather Research Forecasting Model (WRF) and RegCM4 to examine regional aspects of climate change over the complex terrain, and uncertainty identification in Global Climate Models and gridded products.

He is also a research faculty for the Atmospheric Science Graduate program, University of Nevada, Reno, NV; courser taught include Climate Modeling, Atmospheric Modeling, Applied Data Analysis, Atmospheric Turbulence, Mesoscale Modeling.


Ming Liu, Ph.D.  - Technical Leader for Hardware & Software

Ming Liu has more than 18 years working in California’s high-tech industry. His most recent position was Director of Engineering with MoSys, Inc. (NASDAQ: MOSY), a leader in semiconductor solutions that enable fast, intelligent data access for network and communications systems. While at MoSys, Inc. he led an advanced engineering team that developed the company’s high bandwidth serial memory solutions for the international computing and networking market. Liu previously worked for several other high-tech companies including Sandisk Corp., Matrix Semiconductor, Inc., and Motorola. He has a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Brown University. His Ph.D. research at Brown and postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) concentrated on kinetics of solid state reactions, rheology of materials and their applications to geological processes. 
As Technical Leader, Dr. Liu will apply his formidable skills to a variety of software and hardware engineering solutions in the AIC, including the new WINDS™ (Weather Intelligence and Numerical Decision Support) platform unveiled last month at TechCrunch Disrupt, explained Joseph Grzymski, Ph.D., AIC Senior Director.


Justin Broglio - Communications & Marketing

Justin Broglio leads DRC's Communications and Marketing efforts. He oversees all web and social media content and engagement. He serves as the primary contact for media and press inquiries for the DRC and the scientific research team from DRI's Applied Innovation Center. 

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