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Industry Relations Across Campus

Industry Relations Team

Brent Burns

Brent Burns

  • Director of Federal and Industry Relations

Specialties

  • 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
  • Identify research opportunities and faculty experts based on your company's priorities
Katie Buehner

Katie Buehner

  • Assistant Director of Industry Relations

Specialties

  • Enhance and expand engagement of industry on campus
  • Initiate and maintain relationships with corporate representatives on behalf of Industry Relations
  • Identify research opportunities and faculty experts based on your company's priorities
Jim Desrochers

Jim Desrochers

  • Associate Director of Industry Relations

Specialties

  • 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
  • Identify research opportunities and faculty experts based on your company's priorities

Advancement

Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson

  • Senior Advancement Officer
  • 906-487-1087
  • Cell: 906-281-6983
  • adam@mtu.edu
  • Huntington Bank Building 610

Specialties

  • 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.

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

Elizabeth Hoy

  • Assistant Director, Business & Program Development
  • Great Lakes Research Center

Specialties

  • 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

Specialties

  • 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 Sponsor Projects

Richard Berkey

Richard J. Berkey

  • Professor of Practice
  • Director, The Enterprise Program
  • Advisor, Supermileage Systems Enterprise

Specialties

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

Trained Safe Place Ally for LGBTQIA+

Joseph Thompson

Joseph H. Thompson

  • Associate Director, Industry Engagement

Specialties

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

Safe Place Ally for LGBTQIA+

Robert DeJonge

Robert DeJonge

  • Senior Research Engineer II
  • Senior Design Projects Coordinator

Research Development & Foundation Relations

Peter Larsen

Peter A. Larsen

  • Director, Research Development

Specialties

  • 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

Specialties

  • 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

Natasha Chopp

  • Director, Research Opportunities

Specialties

  • 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

  • Director of Foundation Relations and Special Research Projects

Specialties

  • 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

  • Associate Vice President for Research Administration

Specialties

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

Robin Kolehmainen

  • Manager of Agreements and Operations, Innovation and Industry Engagement

Specialties

  • 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

  • Director of Technology Commercialization, Innovation and Industry Engagement

Links of Interest

Specialties

  • 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

Marilyn Haapapuro

Marilyn Haapapuro

  • Director for Industrial Contracting, Innovation and Industry Engagement

Specialties

  • 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).
Tom Holzberger

Tom Holzberger

  • Senior Contracts Analyst, Innovation and Industry Engagement

Specialties

  • 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)