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Leadership

  • Kenneth Porter, PhD, MBA

    Director, UM Ventures - College Park

    301-405-4779

    kwporter@umd.edu

    Ken Porter is the Director of UM Ventures - College Park and leads a team of dedicated professionals who serve faculty, staff, and students at the University of Maryland at College Park.  UM Ventures - College Park manages the University IP portfolio, engages corporate partners for research, supports faculty startups, and provides experiential learning opportunities for students.

    Ken served most recently at Innovate Calgary as VP for IP Management and Director of Social and Clinical Innovations, and where he co-founded the Western Canadian Innovation Offices (wcio.ca).  WCIO is a consortium of 46 western Canadian academic institutions that together create “Market Pull” opportunities for cross-border industry-academic research partnerships.  He has led teams at the Universities of Colorado and Texas, and each team held the aim of building stronger relationships for faculty and students with industry, government, and entrepreneur communities.

    He holds a BS degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel, and Ph.D. (Chemistry) and MBA degrees from Duke University.  Ken is an active member of LES and AUTM, and is currently a member of the AUTM Board of Directors.

  • Felicia Metz, JD

    Associate Director

    301-405-2797

    fametz@umd.edu

    Felicia Metz is the Associate Director of UM Ventures - College Park. Felicia advises on patent prosecution, IP-portfolio development, and licensing.  Felicia received her B.S. in biological sciences from the University of Maryland and her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She is a member of the Maryland bar and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Administration

  • Debbie Auerbach

    Technology Transfer Manager

    301-405-3948

    dauerba1@umd.edu

    Debbie Auerbach joined the Office of Technology Commercialization in 2012. As Coordinator, Debbie’s responsibilities include managing the invention disclosure submission process, providing guidance to inventors on the process, and compliance reporting as well as coordinating actions related to inventions such as intellectual property protection, marketing, and licensing. Prior to joining the OTC, Debbie worked in the Office of Technology Transfer at JHU/APL. Debbie holds a Bachelor's Degree in Personnel and Labor Relations from the University of Maryland.

  • Emiko Kawagoshi, PhD, MBA

    Finance Specialist

    301-405-2788

    ekawago1@umd.edu

    Emiko Kawagoshi is the Finance Specialist for UM Ventures - College Park.  Emiko joined the UM Ventures team in April of 2019.  Previously, Emiko worked as the Tax Incentive Specialist at Maryland Department of Commerce for 7 years.  Emiko holds a Ph.d in Economics and an MBA from American University.

  • Yolanda Kerr

    Technology Transfer Coordinator

    301-405-0716

    ykerr@umd.edu

    Yolanda Kerr joined the Office of Technology Commercialization in 2016.  Yolanda is the initial point of contact for faculty, staff and all visitors to the office. She provides general support to our office as well as assists in the management of the invention disclosure submission process and provides guidance to inventors on the process.  Her responsibilities also include tracking intellectual property by receiving, reviewing and docketing all legal correspondence. Prior to joining OTC, Yolanda worked in the University of Maryland's Office of Research Administration as a Sponsored Programs Assistant.

  • Livia Horton

    Technology Transfer Coordinator

    301-405-3947

    lhorton@umd.edu

    Livia Horton is a Technology Transfer Coordinator in UM Ventures - College Park with over seven years of experience working in technology transfer. Livia joined UM Ventures in 2018 and is responsible for handling matters pertaining to government compliance, reviewing and docketing legal correspondence and invention disclosure intake. 

     
    Prior to joining UM Ventures, Livia worked as VCU Innovation Gateway's Intellectual Property Administrator, where she provided support to technology managers, patent attorneys, and researchers while ensuring responses to patent office actions were timely filed.

Intellectual Property

  • W. Caroline Chen, JD, PhD

    Intellectual Property Manager

    301-405-3790

    chenc@umd.edu

    Dr. Caroline Chen manages the University’s intellectual property assets at UM Ventures - College Park. She handles patent prosecution and IP portfolio development. She also liaises with and advises inventors, staff, licensees, and outside counsel on IP matters, including patent strategy.   

    As a patent attorney, Caroline has in-depth experience in both research and law practice. She investigated synthetic methodology in organic chemistry in her dissertation and postdoc research. During her tenure in the pharmaceutical industry, she was named inventor in several patents related to novel small molecule drugs. Prior to joining the University, she practiced patent law in an IP boutique firm, where she specialized in patent prosecution, patent litigation, and client counseling.

    Caroline received a Ph.D. degree in chemistry from University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. degree from the George Washington University Law School. She is licensed to practice law in DC and New York, and is registered before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

  • Corey Ferrick

    Intellectual Property Analyst

    301-405-4775

    ferrickc@umd.edu

    Corey began as the Intellectual Property Analyst for UM Ventures - College Park in July 2018. Prior to this position, Corey worked in UM Ventures as an undergraduate intern for one year. In his role as IP Analyst, Corey assesses technologies disclosed market potential, advises on necessary intellectual property protection, and helps coordinate patent prosecution. Additionally, Corey produces reports reflecting disclosure, licensing, patenting, and finance metrics. Corey earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and his B.A. in Spanish Language, Literature, and Cultures from the University of Maryland, College Park.

  • Charlene Thompson

    Intellectual Property Associate

    301-405-8410

    cthomp19@umd.edu

Licensing

  • Piotr Kulczakowicz, MBA

    Sr. Licensing Associate

    301-405-3899

    pkulczak@umd.edu

    Piotr Kulczakowicz is a Sr. Licensing Associate for UM Ventures - College Park. Piotr is focused on the University of Maryland's physical science technology portfolio. Before joining the UM Ventures team, Piotr was involved with Quantum4D, a software startup, and held various positions at McKinsey&Company, a management consulting firm. Just after graduation Piotr worked as a Research Assistant in the Laser Spectroscopy Group at the Institute of Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Piotr holds Master's degree in Applied Physics from the Warsaw University of Technology (WUT) and an MBA from a joint program founded by WUT, HEC Paris, London Business School, and Norwegian School of Economics.

  • Afsar Mir

    Technology Licensing Associate

    301-405-6757

    aqmir@umd.edu

    Afsar Mir is a Technology Licensing Associate for UM Ventures - College Park and is focused on the protection and commercialization of new inventions developed at the University of Maryland.

    Prior to joining UM Ventures, Afsar worked at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Innovation Gateway office focused on commercializing medical devices and physical science inventions. Additionally, Afsar has experience working as an Open Innovation Manager at MeadWestVaco and a Project Manager for global health organizations.  

    Afsar has received a B.S. degree and a M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University.

  • Aswani Valiveti, PhD, MBA

    Licensing Analyst

    301-405-5965

    valiveti@umd.edu

    Aswani Valiveti is the life science Technology Licensing Analyst at UM Ventures - College Park. Prior to joining UM Ventures, Aswani was an external consultant (at RHT Consulting) helping the Office of Technology Transfer at the National Institutes of Health develop a longer term technology transfer strategy. He obtained Bachelors from Osmania University India majoring in Biochemistry and Microbiology, Masters in Biochemistry from University of Hyderabad, India and PhD (Molecular and Cell Biology), MBA and MS (Business and Management) from the University of Maryland, College Park

  • Joyce Kamande, PhD

    Licensing Analyst for Physical Sciences

    301-405-7753

    jkamande@umd.edu

    Joyce Kamande is the Physical Sciences Technology Licensing Analyst for UM Ventures - College Park.  Prior to joining UM Ventures, Joyce was a fellow at the Office of Commercialization and Economic Development (OCED) at the University of North Carolina (UNC) - Chapel Hill, where she assisted in the vast portfolio management of invention disclosures from UNC’s School of Dentistry and UNC/NC-State joint Biomedical and Engineering Department.

    Joyce obtained her Doctoral Degree in Chemistry from Louisiana State University and thereafter performed her postdoctoral studies at UNC-Chapel Hills’ Biomedical and Engineering Department for three years. Her graduate and postdoctoral research studies were focused on the development of microfluidic platforms for Cancer and Neuronal research. Joyce is an author of several published research articles as well as an inventor for a patent pending device fabrication platform. Joyce also worked for Xona Microfluidics LLC., a microfluidics based company that provides the neuroscience community with disposable platforms to sustain viability in vitro to cellular organization in a capacity of R&D and product development.

  • Virinchi Juttukonda

    Licensing Analyst for Information Sciences

    301-405-2555

    juttukpv@umd.edu

    Virinchi Juttukonda is a Technology Licensing Analyst for Information Sciences at UM Ventures - College Park.
    Prior to joining UM Ventures, Virinchi worked as an intern at the Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization at Vanderbilt University where he also earned his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering.

Startup Support

  • Alla McCoy, MBA

    Director, Startup Support

    301-405-4146

    acmccoy@umd.edu

    Alla Corey McCoy has developed and launched Faculty Startup Support program at the University of Maryland in 2018. Alla joined UM Ventures - College Park as a Technology Licensing Associate for Information Sciences in 2013. 

    Prior to UM Ventures, Alla worked at the University of Maryland's Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship designing and managing experiential learning opportunities for student entrepreneurs. During her tenure, Alla also worked with regional entrepreneurs and investors, in particular she managed Dingman Center's angel investor group.

    Prior to joining the Dingman Center, Alla spent 8 years in the publishing industry. She led marketing, publicity, and sales efforts for small independent publishers specializing in professional, trade, and academic titles.

    Alla completed her MBA at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, in May 2013, and received a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. in English Language and Literature and from the State University of Moldova.

Entrepreneurs in Residence

  • Harry Geller

    Entrepreneur in Residence

    Harry Geller is an entrepreneur whose career has spanned a broad range of successful startup companies. Geller has started, owned and managed fourteen multi-million dollar businesses, primarily focused in the logistics, food services and real estate fields. Four of his companies have been named to the INC. 500 list of fastest growing companies, the most recent one in 2009. He was named the EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 1992.

    Mr. Geller’s earliest venture, Global Mail, LTD, founded in 1987, was twice named to INC. 500 list of fastest growing companies. Global Mail was acquired in 1999 by the Deutsche Post and Geller was appointed CEO of the America’s from 1999 - 2004. The company continues to thrive operating under the DHL/Global Mail brand. Mr. Geller was also the founder and owner of SoDel Concepts, a successful restaurant development company focusing on upscale, relaxed resort dining. SoDel Concepts has opened and operates five fine and casual dining seafood restaurants, all located at the Delaware Seashore. They were named to INC. 500 list as the nations fastest growing restaurant company in 2009.

    For the past few years Mr. Geller has focused his love of entrepreneurship towards mentoring and educating others and serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence and member of the Board of Advisors at the University of Maryland’s Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship.

    Geller grew up in Montgomery County and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1981 with BS in Business. He serves on advisory boards of various businesses in the Washington, DC area. He has held various volunteer positions including Chairman of his Logistics Trade Association and Treasurer of Young Presidents Organization (YPO).

    To schedule a meeting with Harry or to learn more about resources and support offered to campus startups, contact Alla McCoy, the director of the Startup Support program.

    Geller grew up in Montgomery County and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1981 with BS in Business. He serves on advisory boards of various businesses in the Washington, DC area. He has held various volunteer positions including Chairman of his Logistics Trade Association and Treasurer of Young Presidents Organization (YPO).

  • Glen Hellman

    Entrepreneur in Residence

    Glen Hellman graduated from the University of Maryland in 1978 and has been involved in technology startups ever since. Including joining Progress Software and building a $20 million revenue base that propelled the company's successful $360 million initial public offering. He led directed Call Technologies, strategic plan, raised $12 million in Venture Capital funding, and engineered the company's $92 million cash sale to 3Com. He spent 10 years as a hired-gun turn-around executive in the employ of private equity investors. For the last 10 years, Mr. Hellman has worked as an executive coach, helping business leaders figure out what to do and holding them accountable to do it.
     
    Glen is a former Angel Investor and was named the by Tech Cocktail as the #1 Angel Investor in America. He's an avid startup and technology blogger, affectionally known as DC's own Mr. Cranky. He served on the Board of Advisors of the University of Maryland Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship. Was named by Vistage, a global executive coaching firm with over 15,000 coaching clients as the 2011 Rookie Coach of the Year. He's a frequent keynote speaker on leadership, raising capital, and using neuroscience to influence others.
     
    To schedule a meeting with Glen or to learn more about resources and support offered to campus startups, contact Alla McCoy, the director of the Startup Support program.
  • Doug Humphrey

    Entrepreneur in Residence

    Doug Humphrey is a Serial Entrepreneur. Likely he can't help himself—probably some genetic pre-disposition to starting companies. He has started many, had success and failure, and serves today on a variety of boards of advisors and directors, and also as a business consultant to companies of all sizes. For a detailed rundown of his entrepreneurial journey, click here.

    To schedule a meeting with Doug or to learn more about resources and support offered to campus startups, contact Alla McCoy, the director of the Startup Support program.

  • Laura Neuman

    Entrepreneur in Residence

    Laura Neuman is a leader with a record of delivering results in both the public and private sectors. She is a change agent in all aspects of building and managing organizations. Her experience includes financing and building/motivating great teams, and combines an entrepreneurial focus with a wide range of experience in corporate development, strategic planning, operations and government.

    Neuman has held public office and was CEO and company-builder in the private sector, ranging from venture-backed start-up to established national organizations. She has mentored, consulted or evaluated hundreds of early stage or start-up companies. Most notable achievement in business was to build technology startup Matrics, raising $17 million in venture capital; sold for $230 million.

    MBA from Loyola University in Maryland without a high school diploma or college degree and completed Executive Program at Stanford Business School.

    Frequent speaker and guest lecturer on leadership, entrepreneurship, government, and advocating for women. Subject of numerous business and human interest articles/news programs for overcoming significant challenges and achieving success.

    To schedule a meeting with Laura or to learn more about resources and support offered to campus startups, contact Alla McCoy, the director of the Startup Support program.

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