Tech Transfer eNews Blog

Comings and Goings


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: February 10th, 2021

The University of Louisville (UofL) has hired David Calzi, former longtime partner at Ernst & Young, to serve as director of industry partnerships in the Office of Research and Innovation.

In his new role, Calzi will serve as the point of contact for companies looking to collaborate with research talent from the university. He will also work with each UofL school to launch strategic alliances and business development initiatives, such as corporate training, internships programs and corporate-sponsored research.

Calzi has extensive experience in fostering collaborations among universities, government and industry. At Ernst & Young, he served as Louisville office managing partner and led the firm’s Government and Public Sector practice, encompassing a 14-state region including Kentucky.

“We are excited to have Dave on board and working with us to further the university’s relationships with industry,” says Kevin Gardner, executive vice president for research and innovation at UofL. “UofL has made important changes so we are better aligned to partner with businesses, and we are excited for Dave to help us create, develop and foster these partnerships that are critical for economic development in Louisville and the Commonwealth.”

Calzi comments, “I’m excited to continue to be of service to our community and to get started building strong relationships between UofL and our many industry partners. UofL offers a wealth of resources for companies looking to find solutions, innovate and grow, and I look forward to working with them to create meaningful partnerships.”

Source: U of L News

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) under the Biden-Harris Administration has selected Vanessa Z. Chan, professor of innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), to serve as Chief Commercialization Officer and as Director of its Office of Technology Transitions.

In her new role, Chan will lead the DOE’s tech transfer activities, ensuring that taxpayer-funded innovations make their way out of labs and into the marketplace, where they can have a real impact on individuals’ lives and on society at large.

Chan brings to the role her experience with helping large companies commercialize their technologies, as well as developing academic programs that help engineering students maximize the social impact of their work. She is also the founder of Kinetic Creators, a virtual summer program for students around the world whose career-development internships were put on hold by the pandemic.

Source: The University of Pennsylvania Almanac

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