With more than 30 committees, AUTM offers a variety of opportunities for new and senior members to volunteer. You must be a member in good standing to volunteer.

Why Volunteer?

  • Volunteers play an integral role in the day-to-day operations of the association and contribute to the decision-making process that helps shape AUTM as an association.
  • Volunteers make connections with other volunteers and leaders in the profession, creating a powerful professional network.
  • Volunteerism adds leadership skills and professional dedication to your resume.
  • Click here and log in to register your interest in the online volunteer portal 
  • AUTM recognizes significant contributions through its Volunteer Award Program. Learn about the AUTM Volunteer of the Year and the AUTM Volunteer Service Awards.

What Our Volunteers Are Saying

Laura McKnight, RTTP
University of Rochester
Planning Committee Co-chair

“Without hesitation, I endorse the opportunities AUTM provides for its members to become involved as volunteers.  Professionally, my volunteer activities provide networking opportunities along with the chance to enhance my leadership and management skills and to develop additional skills beyond those required in the course of my job. Recognizing these benefits, my Director supports my involvement and knows that volunteering with AUTM is time well-spent.”

Doug Hockstad
University of Michigan
AUTM Software Course
Planning Committee Co-chair

“Working on the AUTM Software Course Planning Committee has been an invaluable way to get and stay connected with licensing professionals dealing with similar issues. The relationships formed will stay with me throughout my career.”

Eric W. Guttag, JD
Eric W. Guttag IP Law Office LLC
AUTM 2012 Advocacy Volunteer
Service Award Winner

“Being part of the AUTM Public Policy Committee has allowed me to have an ‘up close and personal’ involvement in some very interesting court cases, including seeing what others have to say in various amicus briefs. The experience is frankly beyond words to describe.”

Laura A. Schoppe, MBA
Fuentek LLC
AUTM Vice President
Strategic Alliances

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to learn from and work with my fellow AUTM members by serving as a volunteer. It has enhanced my knowledge about all the great things AUTM and its members have to offer, resulting in a far greater level of engagement with colleagues in this profession. From a business prospective (for all you service providers) it has also helped me better understand what is of most value to our university clients and all the pressures they deal with from their varied stakeholders.”

Christopher Harris, PhD
Vanderbilt University
AUTM Assistant Vice President
Metrics and Surveys

“Serving on AUTM committees has greatly expanded my network of tech transfer colleagues and allowed me to contribute in small ways to the development of this profession. I believe that it is both a necessary and rewarding activity.”

Khera L. Douglass
Arizona Tech Enterprises (AzTE)
Planning Committee Co-chair


“Being a volunteer for AUTM has been a great experience for me both personally and professionally.  Through AUTM I have made connections with people from all around the world.  Many of the process changes in our office have come from discussions that I’ve had with other people in the technology transfer community and the friendships that I’ve made as a result of my volunteerism have been invaluable.”

Andrew Cohn
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
AUTM Vice President

“I have met so many people through my work on advocacy. I have learned so much about the wide diversity of skills and interests of AUTM members. Most important I have made lifetime friends from all over the world.”

John A. Micah
Institute of Dev & Tech Management
Cape Coast, Ghana
AUTM 2012 Membership Committee Volunteer Service Award Winner

"Becoming a volunteer has opened up opportunities for learning, sharing, networking and professional development for advancing commercialization of intellectual property and promoting innovation-based economic development."
Mark Bloom, CLP, RTTP
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
AUTM Technology Transfer Practice Manual
"Having served as the Editor of the AUTM Technology Transfer Practice Manual since 2007, I can say it has been one of the most stimulating and rewarding volunteer activities of my 20-year career in technology transfer."