University of Maryland, College Park
2130 Mitchell Building, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
Aswani Valiveti is the life science Technology Licensing Analyst at the Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC). Prior to joining OTC, 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
Alla McCoy, MBA
Alla Corey McCoy joined the Office of Technology Commercialization as a Technology Licensing Associate for Information Sciences.
Prior to OTC, 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.
Virinchi Juttukonda is a Technology Licensing Analyst for Information Sciences at the Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC).
Prior to joining the OTC, 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.
Technology Licensing Associate for Physical Sciences
Piotr Kulczakowicz is a Technology Licensing Associate for the Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC). Piotr is focused on the University of Maryland's physical science technology portfolio. Before joining the OTC 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.
Felicia Metz, JD
Felicia Metz is the Assistant 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.
Site Miners, Maryland Innovation Initiative
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).
Louis J. Cantolupo
Louis J. Cantolupo is a Maryland Innovation Initiative Site Miner for the University Maryland, College Park. He has worked in the biotechnology industry for nearly 20 years, both at the bench top, as a founder of a contract services firm, and in business development roles both in the US and EU for firms including GenVec, Omnia Biologics, Crucell Holland, and Valneva. Over his career, Lou has developed broad experience in the licensing and partnering of biological platform technologies and products, particularly in the areas of cell-based biomanufacturing technologies, vaccines, and monoclonal antibodies. Lou holds an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business and a BS in biotechnology from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Daniel Lathrop is Professor and Associate Dean for Research, College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland.
Administration, Finance and IT
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.
Carolyn Garrett, the Office of Technology Commercialization's finance manager, joined the staff in 1990. Her services to the office have also included marketing and technology management. In her current position, Carolyn is responsible for tracking income, which exceeds $1 million annually; annual calculation and disbursement of technology transfer income; tracking the expenses of both OTC and its intellectual property account; and monitoring the office's license agreements. Carolyn also assists the executive director in budgetary tracking, income projections and tracking various key performance indicators for annual reporting.
Richard M. Sigler, the computer systems manager and software designer for the Office of Technology Commercialization, began providing services to OTC in 1992 and joined the office's staff in 1994. Richard's main mission has been to create and design the information system that the office uses to track its intellectual property. He is also responsible for designing and maintaining OTC's Web site. Richard has a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. He also holds a master's degree in education and a master's degree in information and telecommunications systems from Johns Hopkins University. Richard is a retired major from the U.S. Army Reserves. His job experience prior to joining OTC included several years in the financial area as a stockbroker and investment counselor and as a teacher in Baltimore, Md.
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.
Entrepreneur in Residence
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.