The University of Arizona has named a University of Michigan administrator to head its office of technology transfer.
Doug Hockstad, associate director of software and engineering licensing in Michigan’s Office of Technology Transfer, starts his new role Monday.
Hockstad spent the last 11 years managing Michigan’s software licensing portfolio and program, including the last six as a member of the executive management team.
The UA Office of Technology Transfer is operated under Tech Launch Arizona, a new, cabinet-level agency headed by former University of Colorado administrator David Allen.
The revamped tech-transfer office provides services to faculty, streamlining the technology commercialization process and finding applications for university research.
The director position has been vacant since the departure of Patrick Jones, who left in January 2012 for a position at the University of Oregon.
Tech Launch Arizona Executive Director David Allen said in prepared remarks that Hockstad was a “high-level participant” in Michigan’s turnaround in technology transfer.
According to the Michigan tech-transfer office, the school posted 368 new inventions in 2012 while completing 121 licensing agreements and spinning out 11 start-up companies, roughly doubling licensing and start-ups compared with 2002.
Prior to joining Michigan, Hockstad worked in product management, marketing and sales in high-tech markets, mainly with software companies.