900 Innovation Drive
Rolla, MO 65401
Phone: (573) 341-4690
Fax: (573) 341-6579
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.
Patricia Leonard , Administrative Assistant
B.A. in Psychology, Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla)
Pat has been with the Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development (TTED) since 2003 and manages the administrative support functions of the office. For 10 years prior to joining TTED, she worked in the Center for Environmental Science and Technology with similar responsibilities. Her pre-Missouri S&T experience included customer service, product management, technical writing, and sales for the telecommunications division of Rockwell International (formerly Wescom, Inc.) in Chicago and Seattle as well as sales and proposal management for ADC Telecommunications in Chicago and Minneapolis. Earlier in her career, Pat was a personnel clerk for the US Geological Survey.
Mary Love , Missouri PTAC Program Specialist
Mary manages the Missouri Procurement and Technical Assistance Center (MO PTAC) located in Springfield, Missouri. She counsels clients concerning issues pertaining to federal, state, and local government solicitations and contracts as well as innovative research grant opportunities. She provides training to local businesses in the form of monthly seminars that educate them concerning registration, certification, and clarification of solicitations, contracts, and regulations necessary for doing business with the various government entities. Mary also helps small businesses identify and complete proposals for grant opportunities to help fund research for innovative ideas that may be of value to the federal government. Prior to joining Missouri S&T, Mary was a PTAC counselor for the State of Arkansas. In May 2007 she retired from her position as a level II contract specialist for the Department of the Army where she wrote and managed numerous complex Department of Defense contracts for more than 20 years.
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.
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.