Dr. Ron Hann is the Director for Technology Integration at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM), Wake Forest University Medical School in Winston-Salem, NC. In this role, Dr. Hann supports development and growth across a myriad of activities including the RegenMed Development Organization (ReMDO), the Innovation Quarter, staff professional development, and international and government business development.
Formerly, Dr. Hann was a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES), in the Department of Defense. As an SES, he served as the Acting Director, Research and Development Directorate (RD) for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), located at Fort Belvoir, VA. While RD Director, he supported DTRA’s mission to enable the Department of Defense (DoD) and U.S. Government to prepare for and combat weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and emerging threats and to ensure nuclear deterrence.
Prior to that position, Dr. Hann served as Director of the Chemical and Biological Technologies Department, which developed tools and capabilities to mitigate the threats posed by chemical and biological weapons to our Nation’s warfighters. Dr. Hann also served as Director for the Joint Science and Technology Office, a component of the Chemical and Biological Defense Program, which was established by Congress in 2003 and tasked to coordinate, integrate, execute, and transition DoD chemical and biological science and technology medical and nonmedical programs.
Dr. Hann retired from the U.S. Army Chemical Corps in 2014, following nearly 27 years of active-duty service. Assignments included command and staff positions at all levels within the Army. Academically, Dr. Hann served two tours as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Researcher at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. While there, he not only taught Organic Chemistry, but also professionally developed the Army’s next generation of future leaders. He is a combat veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also served in the NATO peacekeeping mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina as part of Operation Joint Forge.
His awards include the Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the National Defense Service Medal with Service Star, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal with two campaign stars, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with two service stars, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NATO Service Medal, Liberations of Kuwait Service Medals, and other service ribbons.
Dr. Hann holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry from the College of William and Mary and a doctorate in organic synthesis from the University of Virginia.