Tech Transfer eNews Blog

Comings and goings


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: August 21st, 2019

Princeton University has chosen professor of chemical and biological engineering Rodney Priestley to serve in the newly created position of Vice Dean for Innovation.

Priestley will work closely with the Princeton Office of Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations to continue to build ties with industry, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, alumni and other potential innovation partners. He will also work with the Office of Technology Licensing to help researchers turn their discoveries into products and companies, and will foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship through workshops, training, networking opportunities and other crucial resources.

In addition to his experience in academia, Priestley has co-invented four patent-pending technologies and co-founded start-ups based on his research at Princeton.

“His wide-ranging experiences and successes as a scholar, entrepreneur, and partner with industry are exactly what this leadership role needs,” says Emily Carter, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton.

Priestly comments, “I am extremely honored to have the opportunity to work with colleagues across campus and to help define and implement the next phase in Princeton’s emergence as a leader in innovation and entrepreneurship.”

Source: The Daily Princetonian.

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Jenna Dix has become Technology Transfer Director for the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) in the center’s new Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA). Dix previously served as NSWC Crane’s tech transfer agreements administrator.

In her new role Dix will conduct strategic management of the lab’s intellectual capital and help to connect academia, industry and start-ups to resources available at NSWC Crane. She’ll be working to support and expand efforts to commercialize Crane-developed technologies, while at the same time helping to spur non-military economic activity in the form of small businesses and start-ups.  Dix will also focus on strategic partnerships, enabling the NSWC Crane lab’s scientists and engineers to work collaboratively with their peers in industry and academia to develop technical solutions for the warfighter.  

“I am honored at the opportunity to serve NSWC Crane as the T2 Director,” says Dix. “I look forward to the continuing to serve the Navy and the warfighter by ensuring the T2 program is strategically situated to help meet their needs.” 

Source: Naval Sea Systems Command

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