The Technology Transfer Office (TTO) works to commercialize the inventions of MSU faculty, spur entrepreneurship based on MSU technology, and provide a gateway for industry looking to utilize MSU resources. The benefits of technology transfer accrue to faculty, MSU centers, departments and colleges, as well as local and national corporations.
Daniel joined MSU in 2016, following 16 years of technology development experience in industry. His first 8 years were in the semiconductor capital equipment industry, developing processes and equipment to deposit ultrathin conformal layers of metal on silicon wafers, a critical step in the manufacture of cutting edge electronics. His most recent role included product development and senior management at a VC-funded startup company that grew to 500+ employees, including responsibility for creating and managing the corporate intellectual property program. Daniel has been granted 24 US patents, and has BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Senior Technology Manager
Nick works with faculty to help develop intellectual property and facilitates agreements with industry for MSU to conduct research, perform testing and to license university technology. He has worked in technology transfer for over twenty years in positions that include being a liaison to industry for a university engineering research center, facilitating licensing of technology from federal laboratories, and licensing university intellectual property. He holds a B.A. in biology and B.S. in engineering from Humboldt State University and a M.S. in engineering from Rice University.
Senior Technology Manager
Quinton specializes in biomedical and related biotechnologies. He joined TTO in 2016 after working for a large tech firm negotiating complex transactions with commercial and public sector customers. He has a law degree from the University of Montana, and a doctorate in molecular biology from Montana State University. Quinton is also a certified licensing professional.
Nida joined the TTO as an intern during 2020. Upon graduating with her Ph.D. in Chemistry from MSU in 2022, she joined the TTO full time as a Licensing Associate. Nida is involved in evaluating, licensing, and marketing technologies developed within MSU across several departments. She is passionate about providing a gateway for inventors to collaborate on research and to commercialize inventions.
Intellectual Property Manager
Madeleine monitors patent, trademark, and annuity deadlines, and works with inventors, patent counsel, and licensees to coordinate legal documentation for patent and trademark applications. She also manages the intellectual property database and maintains the TTO website and metrics. She holds a B.S. from Millikin University.
Tricia provides fiscal oversight to the Technology Transfer Office. She has over 25 years of experience working with accounting and budgeting in higher education and has a B.S. in Business Accounting from Montana State University.
Jessica coordinates Non-Disclosure and Material Transfer Agreements for the Technology Transfer Office. She has been at MSU since 2006 and has served in various roles on campus. She holds a M.Ed. in adult education from Montana State University and a B.S. in animal science from the University of Idaho.
Denise supports the TTO staff in various administrative activities, including processing incoming and outgoing agreements, fulfilling MSU's federal invention reporting requirements, updating our database, and accounting support.