Dr. Ahmet-Hamdi Cavusoglu is the Executive Director of the Academic Venture Exchange (AVX). AVX focuses on solving the 'talent valley of death' for deep technology ventures emerging from inventions from preeminent research institutions in the United States. Over the past 4 years, AVX has worked with over 520 proto-ventures from 33 different universities and has generated over 10,000 connections for these teams with advisors, board members, co-founders, c-level leaders, and investors who have experience helping inventors build ventures. Prior to AVX, Hamdi completed his BA/BS in Chemical Engineering at Tufts University and his PhD at Columbia University in the lab of Dr. Ozgur Sahin. Hamdi’s research interests lie at the intersection of biology, energy, and the environment; his thesis is titled “A Theory of Renewable Energy from Natural Evaporation”. Hamdi has co-authored several papers in Nature Biotechnology and Nature Communications. During his PhD, Hamdi served as the President of the Graduate Student Advisory Council at Columbia University and worked for 6 years as a Fellow (3 years) and Senior Fellow (3 years) at Columbia Technology Ventures – the tech transfer office at Columbia University in the City of New York. Hamdi previously served as an assistant and advisor to both the BioMedX Accelerator at Columbia University and the New York City Regional Innovation Node (NYCRIN) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) i-Corps program.