Director, Tech Transfer
Dick Cox joined Notre Dame Research in 2008 as the Director of Tech Transfer. He has overall responsibility for helping faculty convert promising new technologies into useful products and services. As Notre Dame’s faculty identify solutions and develop technologies to solve society’s challenging problems, Dick and the Tech Transfer team are working to accelerate and amplify these solutions. Prior to joining Notre Dame, Dick was the Director of the Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development at the University of Hawai’i. Dick holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee.
Arnaud Cottet joined Notre Dame Research in 2015 and is a Licensing Professional for Tech Transfer. In this role, he assesses, markets, negotiates, licenses, and manages complex, early stage technologies developed at the University. Arnaud is also responsible for creating, growing, and managing the portfolio of licensable technologies. Before joining Notre Dame, Arnaud worked as a business developer with a technology transfer acceleration company. He holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the UniversitÃ© de CompiÃ¨gne in France, as well as a Master of Science and a PhD in Aerospace from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Karen Deak joined Notre Dame Research in 2016 as a Commercialization Specialist. As a registered Patent Agent, she is responsible for helping faculty commercialize their research, assisting inventors with obtaining patent protection for their inventions, and supporting the California Initiative in relation to the University’s research enterprise. Karen came to the University in 2011 as Director of the MS in Patent Law. Previously, she was a patent prosecutor at an AmLaw 100 firm. She holds a PhD in Genetics from the University of Chicago and a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Page Heller is a Licensing Manager for Tech Transfer within Notre Dame Research. In this role, he negotiates license agreements and assists start-ups. Page has more than 20 years experience of managing intellectual property for large organizations and is also an entrepreneur who has owned and operated five technology companies. Page has evaluated more than 600 innovations for commercial potential and negotiated more than 200 license agreements. In addition, he has self-, angel-, or venture-funded companies and formed strategic alliances with major corporations. Before joining Notre Dame, Page worked with Texas A&M University and Russia’s National University of Science & Technology MISiS.
Tim Joyce is a Licensing Associate with Tech Transfer. Tim reviews market elements and opportunities relevant to faculty research and advises on matters relating to the commercialization of University intellectual property. In addition, he coordinates with patent counsel to manage patent filings and works with companies interested in the commercial prospects of Notre Dame’s research enterprise. Prior to joining Notre Dame in 2007, Tim was an engineer with the Linde Group and served in the U.S. Navy. Tim has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a MBA from Indiana University South Bend.
Technology Commercialization Program Director
Pat McMahon is the Technology Commercialization Program Director with responsibility for the Proof of Technology Demonstration Center. In this role, he works closely with faculty to validate new research that will translate and scale into potential commercial applications. Prior to joining Notre Dame Research, Pat served as Executive Director of Project Future and as City Engineer and Director of Public Works for the City of South Bend. Pat holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and master’s degree in Environmental Health Engineering from the University of Notre Dame; he is also a Licensed Professional Engineer.
Commercialization Program Manager
Michelle Wheeler joined Notre Dame Research in 2015 as the Commercialization Program Manager. She manages all business, human resources, and systems activities for Tech Transfer. She also helps to promote Notre Dame technologies by supporting commercialization efforts along with assisting faculty inventors, administering compliance reporting, and database management. Before joining Notre Dame, Michelle was the Intellectual Property Coordinator in the Office of Technology Transfer at the University of Idaho. Michelle holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Idaho, is a Certified Paralegal, and is currently working on her Master of Accountancy degree.