January 16, 2004
I recently sent a letter to our new governor letting her know that Tulane University was looking forward to working with her administration to make Louisiana a better place to live and work.
One way to accomplish this goal is to ensure that Tulane's research is brought to the marketplace for new products and technology. Hence, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Jacob Maczuga as associate vice president of technology transfer and business development at Tulane. Jake will be responsible for managing, marketing and licensing the intellectual property of the university in order to spur economic growth and improve lives throughout Louisiana and the world.
Jake comes to Tulane after serving as executive vice president for the Science and Technology Campus Corporation, a private, nonprofit subsidiary affiliated with Ohio State University. There he raised awareness of the university's intellectual property base and worked with the entrepreneurial community in Ohio and nationally. Jake was also president and CEO of Kansas Innovation Corporation, director of Technology Development at North Carolina Biotechnology Center, licensing executive at University Technology Corporation and an engineer/scientist at the Western New York Technology Development Center. He has also worked as a research and development engineer with several Fortune 100 companies. Jake earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry and a master's degree in chemical engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Association of University Technology Managers.
I want to commend the search committee, headed by Yvette Jones, senior vice president for External Affairs, for finding such a qualified person to fill this crucial position.
As vital as technological and economic progress is to all of us, this coming week we suspend the business of the university momentarily to pay tribute to the life and dream of Martin Luther King Jr. I will attend an interfaith service in honor of Dr. King on Monday at Xavier and a special convocation at Dixon Hall Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. A full schedule of activities planned by Tulane, Xavier, Loyola and Dillard universities for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week for Peace can be found at http://www2.tulane.edu/article_news_details.cfm?ArticleID=5044.
I hope you will be able to attend at least one of these events.
Have a great weekend,
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