Track F

F6 Bringing Technology Transfer into Classroom Curriculum

Track: Administrative & Operations

Target Audience: Intermediate

Becky Stoughton, Fuentek, LLC

Justin Anderson, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)
Steven Ferguson, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Lesley Millar-Nicholson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

We’ll explore how technology transfer offices (TTOs) can plug into business, law and engineering schools for mutual benefit. When TTOs collaborate with academic departments, students can learn key principles for commercialization and technology-based entrepreneurship. The collaboration also provides an opportunity to augment the TTO’s in-house expertise and labor force. We’ll describe several models for such cooperation, including business school degrees or specializations in technology management or commercialization; using technology assessment and business plan development as MBA projects; TTO internship programs; and guest lectures from technology transfer professionals. We’ll also discuss how these various models were established, program characteristics that have been key to their success, and advice for initiating a program.

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