LSU Brings in Andrew Maas as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Technology Transfer Director

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.

For more information on the LSU Office of Intellectual Property, Commercialization & Development, visit, or call 225-615-8967 or email   

Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014