University Innovation Summit

A One-day Event for Leaders in University Research-based Innovation

NCIIA partnered with the University of Maryland - College Park, George Washington University, and Virginia Tech to host the University Innovation Summit, bringing together leaders in university research-based innovation to catalyze the growth of effective ecosystems supporting their work.

Short panel presentations were followed by group discussion and small group work to develop ideas for resources, programs and processes that can help improve innovation ecosystems in the topic area. Participants helped achieve the objective of a highly productive meeting that produced useful ideas to inform a report and whitepaper for NSF, NCIIA and the participating institutions. 

Summit resources:

  • Session slide decks
  • Search Twitter for #uisummit for a detailed account of the day's proceedings. We had a lively group of Summit participants engaged throughout the day, providing a rich record of the day's highlights.

DATE:  November 8, 2012

TIME:  8:00 am - 5:30 pm

LOCATION: The Virginia Tech Research Center & the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel, N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA


8:00 am

Registration and check in

Westin Reception Area

8:30 am

Welcome and overview: Building the pipeline

Westin Ballroom

Phil Weilerstein,
Executive Director, NCIIA

9:00 am

New era of global science and engineering

Westin Ballroom

Dedric Carter, NSF

Subra Suresh, Director, NSF

Grace Wang
Division Director IIP, NSF

9:45 am

Teaming for innovation: Building university capacity

Westin Ballroom

Babu DasGupta
Program Director I/UCRC & I-Corps,NSF

Anita LaSalle
Program Director CNS & I-Corps, NSF

10:30 am

Priorities for improving opportunities for commercialization

Participants will break into small groups to brainstorm top issues for healthy ecosystems

Westin Ballroom

Craig Forest, GA Tech

Phil Weilerstein, Executive Director, NCIIA

11:15 am BREAK - Westin Reception Area
11:45 am

Keynote talk: Translating basic science into products and the role of diversity in making it happen

Joseph DeSimone, Director, Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise; Chancellor's Eminent Professor of Chemistry, UNC;
William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, NCSU

Introduced by Alexander Nicholas, The Lemelson Foundation

Westin Ballroom

12:30 pm



at Virginia Tech Research Center (VTRC)

  Track A
Track B Track C
1:15 pm

Cutting edge ideas for university innovator-driven commercialization - panel, discussion, active engagement exercise

Dean Chang, U Maryland


Michael Poisel,
U Pennsylvania

Merrick Furst, Georgia Tech

Jim O' Connell, U Michigan

Seeding innovation: funding and resources to support emergent innovators - panel, discussion, active engagement exercise

Phil Weilerstein, NCIIA


Anita LaSalle, NSF

Aileen Huang-Saad
U Michigan


Improving intellectual property for research ventures - panel, discussion, active engagement exercise

Jim Chung, George Washington U


Mark Sedam, UNH

Gayatri Varma, U Maryland

W. Mark Crowell, U Virginia

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

Going from research teams to commercialization teams- panel, discussion, active engagement exercise


Jonathan Aberman, Amplifier Ventures


Nathalie Duval-Couetil, Purdue U

Keith McGreggor
Georgia Tech

Bob Proctor, FlexEl; co-founder, Blu Venture Investors

Neil Goldsman, U Maryland; co-founder, CoolCAD, TRX Systems, FlexEl


Getting funded: Strategies for initial seed investment funding - panel, discussion, active engagement exercise


Babs Carryer, Carnegie Mellon U


John Burke, True Ventures

John Serafini, Allied Minds

Karen Kerr, USC



Mentoring: Creating an effective program - panel, discussion, active engagement exercise


Jack Lesko, Virginia Tech


Paul Olean
MIT Venture Mentor Service

Gordon McConnell
Arizona State U

Rosibel Ochoa
von Liebig Center, UCSD



4:30 pm

Return to Westin

4:45 pm

Report back and closing remarks

5:30 pm

Reception and informal networking - Westin Ballroom


TRAVEL STIPENDS: A limited number of travel stipends are available on a first-come, first-served basis for invited participants.  Stipend amounts are determined by geographical proximity and will be paid out after the workshop with proof of attendance

Baltimore/metro DC:
No stipends available
East coast, east of the Mississippi River: $650
West coast, west of the Mississippi River: $1000

Please download and fax or email a W-9 form to NCIIA before the meeting date, with a note requesting the travel stipend.  Please include to whom the check should be made and a mailing address. (Fax to: attn: Patricia Boynton, 413-587-2175; email to

Stipends are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

QUESTIONS?  Contact us.

We look forward to seeing you there!



This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1261806