Staff

Keith Strassner, Director, Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development
M.A. in Marketing, Webster University; B.S. in Chemistry, Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla)

Keith is responsible for the identification, analysis and development of licensing and academic entrepreneurship opportunities on the campus. He works with individual researchers, various research centers, and the Office of Sponsored Research to promote the economic development mission of the University. Prior to joining Missouri S&T, he served as Assistant Director for Alliances at Brewer Science, Inc., focused on the identification and development of strategic alliances and partnerships leading to the creation of new business and technical opportunities. This included a key role in the formation of the Jordan Valley Innovation Center at Missouri State University which is designed to commercialize university and industrial technology. Keith also served as Brewer Science's key liaison with Missouri's congressional offices and Department of Defense (DOD) contracting agencies. He is a 25-year member of the American Chemical Society and has served on the Semiconductor Industry Trade Association Strategic Material Conference planning board. Prior to joining Brewer Science, Inc. in 1998, he spent 16 years with Petrolite Corporation, a specialty chemical company, in St. Louis and Tulsa, holding a variety of technical, business development, and marketing positions including Manager of New Business Development as well as Research and Development Manager.

 

Eric Anderson, Sr. License and Patent Specialist
J.D., MBA, University of Missouri-Columbia

Eric reviews invention disclosures for the likelihood of intellectual property protection and technology commercialization. He is the advisor of the Technical Innovators and Entrepreneurs Society (TIES) student group at Missouri S&T and is an adjunct faculty teaching Business Law and Cyberethics. Prior to joining the University, he represented the Missouri Public Service Commission in utility company regulation and litigation, as well as analyzed proposed state legislation for recommendation to the Department of Economic Development, Governor, and General Assembly. At the Missouri Department of Revenue, Anderson conducted fiscal and impact analysis of tax and small business legislation as well as enforcement of the state's income tax laws. A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, he is a licensed Missouri attorney and registered patent attorney with Bachelor's degrees in Business Administration and Economics and a Master's degree in Business Administration.

 

Vera Anderson, Licensing Assistant
M.S. in Information Science and Technology, Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri – Rolla); L.L.M. in Corporate Law, Yaroslavl State University


Vera helps process invention disclosures, maintains technology case files, and identifies licensing opportunities for University technologies. Before joining Missouri S&T, she worked as a business process engineer with Knowledge Sharing Systems. Vera holds a Master of Science in Information and Science Technology from Missouri S&T and a Master of Laws in Corporate Law from Yaroslavl State University in Yaroslavl, Russia. She is also certified in the SAP Enterprise Resource Planning System.

 

Robert "Robbie" L. Davis, Jr., Business Development Specialist
B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting, Drury University

Robbie provides business counseling to aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses, focusing primarily on community-based businesses. Before joining Missouri S&T, Robbie held several administrative and accounting positions with several retail, healthcare, and manufacturing companies. In addition, he spent several years as a tax auditor with the Missouri Department of Revenue assisting Missouri businesses with tax compliance issues. Robbie is a graduate of Drury University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting.

 

Le Ann Nicole "Nicki" Stoddard, Administrative Assistant
Moberly Area Community College

Nicki joined the Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development (TTED) in November 2013 and manages the administrative support functions of the office. Before joining TTED, she worked as a sourcing specialist with University of Missouri System. Previously, Nicki was employed with Salton, Inc. for over 9 years where she served as a compliance analyst and logistics distribution supervisor.

 

Malcolm S. Townes, Associate Director
MBA, Indiana University; B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla)

Malcolm focuses on developing and implementing programs to drive technology commercialization, new venture development, and economic development. His responsibilities include the development and management of Missouri S&T's research park, called Innovation Park. He also provides business counseling to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business clients of the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) program. Before joining Missouri S&T, Malcolm worked as a management consultant helping clients implement continuous improvement initiatives. Prior to his position as a management consultant, he worked in the field of product management with several industrial products companies. Malcolm is a graduate of Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri – Rolla) where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME). He also has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Marketing from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. Malcolm is an ASBDC Certified Technology Business Counselor and has earned the NBIA Incubator Management Certificate. He is a member of the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) and the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA).

 

John Woodson, Business Development Specialist
B.S. in Business Administration, Columbia College

John provides business counseling to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business clients of the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) program. He focuses primarily on technology commercialization. Previously, he served as an Intellectual Property Manager for a privately held specialty chemical manufacturer and served with the United States Marine Corps.  John earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Columbia College. He is also an ASBDC Certified Technology Business Counselor.

 

Student Assistants
The student assistants engage in a variety of projects, including (but not limited to): business plan development, marketing research, patent and licensing research, data transfer, file management, advertising, event planning, and publication development.