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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Policies and Compliance

The Senior Officer with ultimate responsibility for export control compliance at UW–Madison is the Chancellor. The Chancellor has designated the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education as the Key Senior Officer with oversight over the export control compliance program.

The key personnel for this program are:

Thomas Demke
Title: Export Control Officer
Principal Responsibilities: preparation and maintenance of campus export control compliance plan; assisting campus units with preparing unit-specific export control compliance plans and technology control plans; outreach and training on export control compliance; export control assessments of specific projects; preparation of export license applications; tracking and monitoring export licenses; record-keeping.

Bethany Nelson
Title: Export Control Coordinator
Principal Responsibilities: developing and maintaining a technology control plan and chain of custody plan; outreach and training on export control compliance; export control assessments of specific projects; assistance with preparation of export license applications; assist with export control certifications for visa applications; tracking and monitoring export licenses; record-keeping.

Benjamin Griffiths
Title: Senior Legal Counsel
Principal Responsibilities: legal advice and counsel regarding application of export control laws and compliance matters; maintenance of DTRADE and SNAP-R accounts; preparation and submission of export control license applications; coordination of license tracking with the Export Control Office; outreach and training on export control compliance.

Raymond Taffora
Title: Vice Chancellor, Office of Legal Affairs
Principal Responsibilities: chief legal official at UW–Madison and member of University’s executive leadership group that includes the Senior Officer and Key Senior Officer; general oversight of institutional legal affairs including regulatory compliance matters.

In addition to the key personnel, the following individuals also provide support and resources to the University’s export control compliance function:

Steve Ackerman
Title: Associate Vice Chancellor for Physical Sciences
Principal Responsibilities: coordinating export control compliance with other campus regulatory compliance functions; providing resources and support to Export Control Officer and Export Control Coordinator.

Jennifer Taylor
Title: Director of International Faculty and Staff Services
Principal Responsibilities: interface with Export Control Compliance.