We are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Jason Heikenfeld to the new position of Assistant Vice President for Entrepreneurial Affairs and Technology Commercialization. This position is a reflection of the growing priority and activity in the commercialization of UC’s technology. Jason’s primary appointment will be in the Office of Research while maintaining a portion of his academic responsibilities in CEAS.
In this new role, Jason’s primary responsibilities will include: providing leadership and oversight for the Accelerator for Technology Commercialization; ensuring seamless and well-integrated operations across commercialization, licensing, and intellectual property functions; serving as a key resource and mentor for faculty and staff interested in technology commercialization; and providing oversight and advising on marketing strategy for the Accelerator and the University's portfolio of technologies. He will also be responsible for increasing outreach across the University and for assessing overall performance, identifying gaps and barriers and making recommendations for improvement. This position will report to the Associate Vice President for Entrepreneurial Affairs and Technology Commercialization.
Jason is imminently qualified for this role and we are fortunate to have someone of his caliber to join our staff. He is a highly accomplished researcher as evidence by his research lab, the Novel Device Lab, and its recognition as an international leader in display technology, electrowetting, and most recently wearable biosensing technology. His research accomplishments have led to accumulating more licensed patents in the last 10 years than any other UC faculty member. His experiences as a serial entrepreneur with three start-up companies to his name will be a significant asset to the Accelerator and his ability to advise faculty on pursuing entrepreneurial paths. He is well-known for his many accomplishments as an educator and has led the creation of programs and coursework at the University of Cincinnati that foster innovation, entrepreneurship, and an understanding of the profound change that technology has on society. He is consistently rated by students as one of the top UC professors.
Please join the OoR in welcoming Jason to his new role on February 1, 2017.