Innovation and Industry Engagement Directory

Innovation and Industry Engagement

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Jessica Alger

Office Assistant, Innovation and Industry Engagement



  • Data entry
  • Assist Analysts with proposal and award processes
  • Administers room reservations for the Ford Conference Suite
  • Assists Patent/License Manager in non-disclosure, material transfer agreement and invention disclosure processes
  • Assists the manager for unrestricted sponsored programs and student design contracts with Student Design/Enterprise proposals and awards
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
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
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
Carol Frendewey

Carol Frendewey

Assistant Contracts Analyst, Innovation and Industry Engagement

ATDC 201


  • General oversight of Foundation, Association and Society proposals and awards
  • Develop, review and approve budgets and proposals prior to submission
  • Review, interpret and negotiate agreement terms and conditions
  • Provide post-award support (e.g. time extensions, budget modifications, changes in scope, excluding accounting functions)
  • Assist with industrial and foreign sponsored proposals and awards
  • Manage departmental general fund and research project finances and budgets
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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)
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
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
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