Innovation and Industry Engagement Directory

Innovation and Industry Engagement

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
Shivam Bharti

Shivam Bharti

Technology Commercialization Associate, Innovation and Industry Engagement

ATDC 212


  • Lead technology commercialization activities including review of invention disclosures, development and execution of patent protection strategy, and execution of commercialization plans.
  • Develop licensing opportunities and negotiate license terms with existing and startup companies.
  • Participate in the formation and growth of new companies started for the purpose of commercializing University intellectual property.
  • Interpret and explain University policies and practices related to a number of areas including intellectual property rights, sponsored research, and conflict of interest.
  • Develop and implement commercialization strategies including cultivation of licensees and strategic partners and recruitment of research and development funding from public and private sources.
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
Margaret Dunstan

Margaret Dunstan

Administrative Aide VII

Walker 319
Carol Frendewey

Carol Frendewey

Assistant Contracts Analyst, Innovation and Industry Engagement

ATDC 201


  • Assist Contracts Analyst with industrial sponsored research proposals and awards processes
  • Manage departmental general fund finances and budgets
  • Assist Unrestricted Sponsored Programs and Student Design Contracts Manager with Student Design/Enterprise proposals and awards processes
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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)
Paul Hoppe

Paul Hoppe

Associate Director, Research & Industry Development

202I Lakeshore Center


  • Pre-submission proposal development assistance for proposals (federal, state, foundation, and others), including: writing, editing, and submission logistics
  • Assist faculty and research staff with research development strategy, finding funding opportunities, and leveraging relationships across potential funders
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

Brent Burns

Director of 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
Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson

Director of Industry Program Development

Cell: 906-281-6983
Lakeshore Center 202E


  • 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

Elizabeth Hoy

Assistant Director, Business & Program Development

Great Lakes Research Center

GLRC 308


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