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Innovation and Industry Engagement Directory

Innovation and Industry Engagement

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
Jim Desrochers

Jim Desrochers

  • Associate Director of Industry Relations

Specialties

  • 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
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
  • Build deep relationships and connect University priorities with the interests of corporations
Brenda Da Costa

Brenda Da Costa

  • MTRAC Commercialization Program Director, Innovation & Industry Engagement
Carol Frendewey

Carol Frendewey

  • Contracts Analyst, Innovation and Industry Engagement

Specialties

  • 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
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)
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
Shannon Meller

Shannon Meller

  • Coordinator, Operations & Industry Outreach

Specialties

  • 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

  • Director of Technology Commercialization, Innovation and Industry Engagement

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Specialties

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

Kathleen Terando

  • Assistant Contracts Analyst