08/26/2014 03:45 PM
BATON ROUGE – Commercialization and tech transfer are important to major research
universities, and to that end, LSU has brought in Andrew Maas to serve as LSU’s assistant
vice chancellor for research and technology transfer director. As technology transfer
director, Maas serves as the director of the LSU Office of Intellectual Property,
Commercialization & Development.
“Here at LSU, we have great researchers that are doing a wonderful job educating the
next generation of scientists, engineers and practitioners, which has ultimately lead
to some incredible inventions and patented technologies,” Maas said. “In order to
further disseminate this knowledge, we are always looking for commercial partners
to help evaluate and implement some of these early stage technologies.”
Maas, who began at LSU in June, serves as the industry liaison, developing relationships
with the Baton Rouge and Louisiana business community and promoting LSU’s research
and its role in economic development. In the Office of Intellectual Property, Commercialization
& Development, he oversees identifying, evaluating, protecting and licensing inventions
and copyrights developed through research at LSU.
“Critical in the technology transfer process is engagement with local and regional
commercial partners that can help LSU researchers by providing early stage, consumer
specific feedback as technologies are being developed,” he said. “Specifically of
interest is the way our scientists can help solve real world problems that keep our
partner organizations awake at night.”
Maas is an engineer by training with a BS and MS in civil engineering from Brigham
Young University and the University of Texas at Austin, respectively. He is a licensed
professional engineer in the state of Texas, where he worked for several years and
grew a start-up engineering company from two individuals to 14 employees in 18 months.
Maas also has a JD from the University of Akron School of Law, as well as a LLM with
a focus on intellectual property. His research focus for his LLM degree was “early
stage patent valuation under the new America Invents Act.” He has been published in
the Journal of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, as well as in Cement
and Concrete Research. Maas, a licensed attorney and licensed professional engineer,
is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.
The LSU Office of Intellectual Property, Commercialization & Development has the mission
to effectively commercialize inventions and discoveries emerging from research and
other scholarly activities conducted at the university. The office serves as a bridge
between the university research community and commercialization partners to facilitate
the transfer of intellectual property created at LSU. This mission supports LSU’s
goal of maximizing its impact on the intellectual, economic and social development
of Louisiana and beyond – an aim of the university’s Flagship 2020 Agenda.
“I am excited about engaging with the local business and entrepreneurial community
to help solve real-world problems with high tech solutions from LSU,” Maas said.
Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014