Dr. Frank Vallese is currently Managing Director for the Launch Acceleration Program, an NYU program supported by the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN). The program seeks to commercialize defense technologies developed at DoD research labs by leveraging a university ecosystem with the goal of spinning off dual-use startup ventures. Previously, Frank was owner and CEO of Electrophysics Corp., a manufacturer of dual-use night vision imaging systems. In 2009, Electrophysics was acquired by Sofradir SAS, a world-leading manufacturer of imaging sensors based in France. Frank remained as President of the US subsidiary for 6 years. Thereafter, he mentored early-stage startups participating in NY-area accelerators, including Urban-X, Techstars IoT, ERA, TechLaunch and FutureWorks. Frank holds a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from MIT.