Industry Relations Across Campus

Industry Relations Team

Brent Burns

Brent Burns

Director of Federal & Industry Relations

Cell: 906-281-7746
Lakeshore Center 202F


  • Leads the activities of the Industry Relations team through the Office of Innovation and Industry Engagement
  • Directs strategies for greater engagement and support between industry partners and University stakeholders
Pete Cattelino

Pete Cattelino

Associate Director of Strategic Industry Partnerships

Lakeshore Center 202G


  • Leads relationship development of strategic industry partnerships
  • Directs the engagement of key corporate partners in cooperation with multiple University stakeholders
  • Coordinates broad-based proposals that support multiple University stakeholders yielding a broad range of industry partner benefits

Jim Desrochers

Associate Director of Industry Relations

Lakeshore Center 202E


  • Solicit and secure partnerships and funding with corporate employers of Michigan Tech students
  • Initiate and maintain relationships with corporate representatives on behalf of Industry Relations
  • Collaborate with University administrators in the stewardship of corporate gift programs and proposals
Shannon Kokkonen

Shannon Kokkonen

Coordinator, Operations & Industry Outreach

Lakeshore Center, Second Floor


  • Lead Salesforce software user interactions and system interfaces
  • Develop and lead the coordination of industry campus visits
  • Manage industry stewardship development
  • Maintain customer relationship management system
  • Lead and support Industry Relations & Research Development staff on a variety of projects/initiatives


Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson

Senior Advancement Officer

Cell: 906-281-6983
Huntington Bank Building 610


  • Directs the development of sustainable funding models for University programs that provide benefit to the University and industry partners
  • Leads development of initiatives to increase industrial funding for institutes, centers, and strategic programs at the University

Career Services

Stephen Patchin

Director, Career Services

About Steve

  • Steve has a passion for researching how teaching techniques need to change to adapt to how future generations learn most effectively. He enjoys traveling and meeting people, then writing about their unique stories. The avid boater knows his way around the grill and enjoys spending time with his family, including two black Labs, Zeus and Apollo.
Sharon Attaway

Sharon Attaway

Associate Director for Employer Relations

220G Admin Bldg

Links of Interest

About Sharon

  • A self-proclaimed life launcher, Sharon creates exciting engagement strategies and meaningful partnerships that enhance internships and career on-ramps for students.


  • Lead corporate partnership team in expanding internship and career opportunities for Michigan Tech students.
  • Engage corporate sponsorship of activities across campus
  • Enhance collaborative efforts to develop students’ career skills

Center for Pre-College Outreach

Cody Kangas

Director, Center for Pre-College Outreach

About Cody

  • The proud father of two girls spends his free time with his wife and family, traveling, and playing the guitar.

Great Lakes Research Center

Elizabeth Hoy

Assistant Director, Business & Program Development

Great Lakes Research Center

GLRC 309


  • Facilitates partnerships that support Institute growth
  • Directs the development and distribution of outreach material to external partners
  • Oversees administrative operations

Keweenaw Research Center & Clean Snowmobile Challenge

Brian Hannon

Brian Hannon

Assistant Director of Industry Sponsored Programs

Cell: 906-370-2423
Lakeshore Center 202H


  • Leads opportunity engagement with industry partners for sponsored programs at the University, including Clean Snowmobile Challenge and Mind Trekkers
  • Develops external prospects for Keweenaw Research Center research and testing
  • Identifies industrial support for sponsored research

Student Sponsored Projects

Richard J. Berkey

Richard J. Berkey

Director of Industry Engagement and Educational Partnerships

Director, The Enterprise Program

Advisor, Supermileage Systems Enterprise


  • Corporate/Industry Sponsorship
  • Product Development
  • Program Management
  • Lean / Six Sigma / Design for Six Sigma Methodologies
Joe Thompson

Joseph H. Thompson

Sponsored Projects Manager


  • Design for Manufacturing
  • Product Development
  • Foundation/Corporate/Alumni/Nonprofit Project Sponsorship
  • Student Engagement Strategies
Robert DeJonge

Robert DeJonge

Senior Research Engineer II

Senior Design Projects Coordinator

MEEM 207

Research Development & Foundation Relations

Peter A. Larsen

Peter A. Larsen

Director, Research Development

Lakeshore Center 202D


  • Enhancement of the research environment for external proposal success through networking/collaboration/information sharing events and related campus-wide efforts.
  • Pre-submission assistance for proposals (federal, state, foundation, and others), in particular large and strategic university initiatives
  • Assist investigators with internal research processes (e.g., cost sharing, budget strategy, research administration)
  • Proposal development assistance: writing, editing, and assistance with submission logistics
  • Development of non-technical proposal sections (e.g., broader impacts, education, management, and outreach plans.
  • When not in the office, can usually be found camping in the Keweenaw
Jessica Brassard

Jessica Brassard

Assistant Director, Research Development

Lakeshore Center 202A


  • Pre-submission assistance for federal and state sponsored proposals
  • Proposal development—writing, editing, gathering required items for submission
  • Student advising for development of external fellowship proposals, including NSF, GRFP, DOD SMART, and related programs
  • Manage the proposal development process (coordinating milestones, internal deadlines, meetings, e-mail reminders, etc.)
  • Support for early career faculty including assisting in finding funding opportunities, navigating processes at Michigan Tech, and developing white-papers and proposals
  • Gets super excited about summer

Natasha Chopp

Director, Research Opportunities

Lakeshore Center 202B


  • Establish, manage, and market a public investment program for research initiatives
  • Develop, expand, and provide oversight for activities designed to assist researchers with their success at obtaining external private funding
  • Work with departments, schools, centers/institutes, and research faculty to develop coordinated strategies for increasing external private funding
  • Develop and maintain websites, social media sites, and other marketing tools
  • Oversee the coordination of VPR campus education
  • Student mentoring for development of external fellowship proposals, including NSF, GRFP, DOD Smart, and related programs
Jodi Lehman

Jodi Lehman

Associate Director, Research Development & Director, Foundation Relations

Lakeshore Center 202C


  • Manage/steward foundation relationships
  • Strategic research advancement planning
  • Proposal development - idea-generating, writing, editing, visual design, evaluation plans, and broader impact/training sections
  • Enhancement of collaboration/team science and project management
  • Provide research development opportunities - seminars, workshops, and webinars
  • Faculty liaison with federal agencies
  • When not in the office, can usually be found on the Tech Trails or Lake Superior

Athletic Sponsorships

Joel Isaacson

Joel Isaacson

Associate Athletic Director for External Relations


Technology Transfer and Innovation

Jim Baker

Jim Baker

Executive Director, Innovation and Industry Engagement

ATDC 210


  • Intellectual property/patents
  • Technology licensing
  • Corporate research
  • Spin-off/start-up business development
John Diebel

John Diebel

Assistant Director for Technology Commercialization, Innovation and Industry Engagement

M&M 706


  • Solicits reviews and receives invention disclosures from faculty, students, and research personnel
  • Describes features of disclosed inventions to patent counsel and office personnel for patentability assessments
  • Assesses market potential for licensing of inventions or for sponsored research funding based on inventions
  • Develops technology commercialization strategies and strategies for intellectual property protection
  • Participates in negotiations for non-disclosure agreements, license agreements, material transfer agreements, and other related IP agreements with industry
Robin Kolehmainen

Robin Kolehmainen

Patent/License Manager, Innovation and Industry Engagement

ATDC 208


  • Reviews, negotiates, and processes Non-Disclosure Agreements, Material Transfer Agreements
  • Manages the University Trademark Program entailing the processing of license agreements with vendors to use university logos
  • Administering legal matters (patents)
  • Processes and manages license agreements with the university
  • Information system management
Mike Morley

Mike Morley

Assistant Director of Technology Commercialization, Innovation and Industry Engagement

ATDC 209


  • Invention disclosure and portfolio management
  • Commercial and intellectual property assessment for new technologies
  • Technology marketing, commercialization planning, and licensing

Industrial Contracting and Student Design Contracts

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"A problem well stated is a problem half solved."
—Charles F. Kettering

Diane Garrow

Mgr, Academic Agreements, Student Design Contracts, and Unrestricted Sponsored Programs, Innovation and Industry Engagement

ATDC 207


  • Student Design project contracts (non-governmental) review, negotiation, authorization, and pre- and post-award administration
  • Domestic and International Academic Agreements review, negotiation, and processing
  • Gift proposal review, interpretation, and authorization
  • PERC Partnership Agreements review, negotiation, authorization, and processing
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Marilyn Haapapuro

Associate Director for Industrial Contracting, Innovation and Industry Engagement

ATDC 203


  • Administration of industrial sponsored research agreements, including negotiation practices, proposal and award processes, and contract language.
  • Develop, review and approve budgets and proposals prior to submission to industrial sponsors, including those with federal pass-through funds.
  • Review, interpret and negotiate agreement terms and conditions with industrial sponsors.
  • Review, interpret and determine applicability of Federal Acquisition Regulations in federal pass-through awards.
  • Provide post award support (eg. time extensions, changes in principal investigator, budget modifications, changes in project scope).
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Tom Holzberger

Contracts Analyst, Innovation and Industry Engagement

ATDC 204


  • General oversight of industry/corporate contracts including those funded by another source (eg. federal or state agency) through an industry sponsor
  • Develop, review and approve budgets and proposals prior to submission to sponsor
  • Review, interpret and negotiate contract terms and conditions
  • Provide post award support related to contract terms (eg. time extension, change in principal investigator, budget modifications, change in scope)