ASTI's director is John Doe. He is excited about the state's vision of establishing a technology transfer consortium involving the state's strongest corporate citizens. "These are ideas that many people have shared and promoted," Doe said. "I'm hoping to work with units around the state to implement these and other ideas related to research agreements with industry." Doe understands the need for State to strengthen connections with the private sector.
He joins ASTI from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in MoneyCity, State, where he worked as technology transfer manager in the Environmental Technology Division. He has a Ph.D. in low-temperature geochemistry from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., and a post-doctoral fellow from Yale University.
He believes the technology transfer consortium is a natural mechanism to allow large and small enterprises to make use of the expertise at the member institutions and allow faculty to participate in entrepreneurial pursuits. "I will promote ideas such as an entrepreneurial sabbatical for faculty where they could pursue business start-ups and the universities will receive some benefit in return," Doe said. "I'm excited about the opportunities and look forward to working with the Technology Development Council and promoting the critical research efforts occuring at the institutions that ASTI represents."
ASTI's director position is full-time. In addition, ASTI will also have three full-time employees; a research associate that will be responsible for research data collection, a communication associate who will be responsible for the program's publications, and a full-time administrative assistant.