Joseph Janda is currently the Assistant Vice President for Research at Portland State University (PSU). He has led innovation commercialization activities at research universities for 15 years, spanning university technology transfer offices at Stony Brook University in New York, George Mason University in Virginia, and Oregon Health and Science University focusing on the Knight Cancer Institute. He led the Innovation & Intellectual Property (IIP) office at PSU from 2011 to 2019, and as AVP also leads PSU’s Center for Entrepreneurship and the Portland State Business Accelerator, an entrepreneurial community providing space, programming, and support for ~20 tech, bioscience and clean-tech companies. Joseph currently sits on the board of three state Signature Research Centers (Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute, VertueLab and the Oregon Biosciences Incubator, for which he is board chair), the Portland Innovation Quadrant, and as an alternate for the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center. In these roles and on various committees for Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency, he has facilitated the growth and interconnection of Oregon’s innovation ecosystem. Joseph has also designed and taught entrepreneurship and technology transfer curriculum, having spent three years on AUTM’s Essentials course faculty and over a decade presenting courses at conferences. He has also been invited to teach entrepreneurship and technology transfer abroad, including trips to Thailand and Bahrain.
Andrew J. Maas is the Assistant Vice President for Research and Director of the Office of Innovation & Technology Commercialization at Louisiana State University. Andy 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. Andy 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.
Brian Shedd is currently the Interim Executive Director for the University of Houston Office of Technology Transfer and Innovation, where he previously served as the Director of Licensing. At UH he oversees management and commercialization of the UH intellectual property portfolio, comprising about 2000 different technologies and generating $60M+ in revenue to UH each year, and operations for the UH Technology Bridge, a 75-acre research park located next to the UH main campus. Prior to UH he was the President and Founder of Precision Technology Consulting, a freelance consulting company providing technology commercialization assistance to companies and research institutions. He has also previously held university technology transfer positions at UCLA and LSU. While at LSU, he served as the lead administrator of LSU’s NSF I-Corps Site Program that prepares scientists and engineers to move beyond their lab and into the market. At UCLA he developed and managed BRUINcubate, the UCLA Entrepreneur Support Network, involving more than 20 different entrepreneurial support organizations located in and around campus. He has also served as a Board Member to PortTech Los Angeles, a business incubator focused on developing technologies for the Port of Los Angeles, a Leadership Council Member for the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, and a lecturer in the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He received his MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA. Brian is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana but has lived and worked across the US and internationally.
Pattie Vargas is a recognized leader in performance and change management with a proven track record in behavioral, organizational and personal change, and designing and implementing key strategies to create and sustain a high performing organization. She possesses the balanced blend of business acumen, behavioral competencies and common sense to produce aligned, consistent and repeatable results. Her work focuses on issues of employee retention, leadership development and team effectiveness. She collaborates with leaders across a variety of industries and disciplines, to deliver coaching and workshops unique to their corporate culture and organizational maturity, demonstrating that her methodology and approach is applicable to all situations.
Pattie holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. She is certified in the use of DISC Behavioral assessments and is a certified speaker, coach and trainer with the John Maxwell Company. From her technical days, she holds the Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification from Project Management Institute as well as a certification in Total Quality Management and Process Improvement from University of California, San Diego. Pattie is a frequent conference speaker with a collaborative and facilitative style that brings about dramatic improvements in workplace and personal performance. She is also President of the American Business Women’s Foundation, a Board focused on Gender and Wage Equity.
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