Tomblin named interim VP for research and technology transfer
Because of a new emphasis on research and technology transfer, Wichita State University President John Bardo has renamed the Office of Research Administration.
It is now the Office of Research and Technology Transfer. The renamed office will report directly to the president.
Tomblin’s role in technology transfer will be expanded to enhance the transfer of intellectual property out of the university, to increase partnerships with businesses, government agencies and non-governmental organizations. It also is the first step in readying the university for potential development of a public/private research and development center on campus.
According to Bardo, Tomblin and the incoming vice president for academic affairs will work closely with the college deans, Faculty Senate and Research Council to assure that the new structure enhances support for faculty and staff researchers.
New tech transfer director
In addition, a director of technology transfer position will be established and a search will begin later this spring.
The director will focus on business spinouts and partnerships. Patenting and licensing will be outsourced to specialists, according to Bardo.
Since becoming president at Wichita State in July 2012, Bardo has emphasized five key areas for development, two of which are research and technology transfer.
“Moving this office to the university level is an important step in enhancing our capacities in these two critical areas,” said Bardo. “WSU already does more than $55 million in funded research each year, and we intend to increase that amount substantially.
“At the same time, we recognize that taking the products of research, as well as good ideas from students, faculty and staff to the market to create new businesses and jobs is an important activity for universities today.”