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Innovation & Commercialization Staff

Industry Relations Team

Brent Burns

Brent Burns

  • Director of Federal Relations & Corporate Research

Specialties

  • Chief federal relations officer for the University.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key legislative branch and executive branch officials, their staff members, and higher education and other policy advocates and associations.
  • Develops and implements research strategies for engaging agencies, companies, and organizations.

Advancement

Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson

  • Senior Advancement Officer
  • 906-487-1087
  • Cell: 906-281-6983
  • Huntington Bank Building 610

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.

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

  • Assistant Director of Industry Sponsored Programs

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

Sponsored 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+

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 Operations and Faculty Liaison

Specialties

  • Establish, manage, and market a public investment program for research initiatives
  • Manage the University's space management system, ASPIRE
  • Provide assistance to conceptualize plans and tactics for establishing and enhancing relations with sources of long-term support
  • Develop and maintain websites, social media sites, and other marketing tools
  • Oversee the coordination of VPR campus education

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
Brenda Da Costa

Brenda Da Costa

  • MTRAC Commercialization Program Director, Innovation & Commercialization
Robin Kolehmainen

Robin Kolehmainen

  • Manager of Agreements and Operations, Innovation & Commercialization

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 & Commercialization

Links of Interest

Specialties

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

Nate Yenor

  • Technology Commercialization Associate

Industrial Contracting and Student Design Contracts

Marilyn Haapapuro

Marilyn Haapapuro

  • Director of Industrial Sponsored Programs

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, Sponsored Programs Office

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)