Office of Industry Collaboration

The Office of Industry Collaboration (OIC) supports corporations seeking a substantial strategic relationship with Georgia Tech and can help tailor your company’s needs with the university.

OIC works with units across campus to seamlessly craft, nurture, and expand an “Institute-to-Corporation” relationship tailored to the needs of the company. OIC also assesses market opportunities, develops corporate access strategies, and supports public-private funding opportunities. Our team provides personalized service to companies of all sizes and is ready to help your company remain competitive by discovering what’s new and what’s next.

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Donald P. McConnell
Vice President

404.407.6199
don.mcconnell@gatech.edu

Don McConnell serves as Georgia Tech’s Vice President of Industry Collaboration with responsibility for the Institute’s engagement with industry through strategic research collaborations and in the commercial deployment of innovations arising from Tech’s research. He also serves as the Executive Director for industry collaboration and commercialization at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. The Office of Industry Collaboration reports to Steve Cross, the Georgia Tech’s Executive Vice President for Research.

Carl A. Rust, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for International Initiatives and Principal Director, Industry Collaboration

404.407.8835
carl.rust@gatech.edu

Carl A. Rust is the Associate Vice President for International Initiatives and Principal Director in the Office of Industry Collaboration at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he is responsible for pursuing the university’s international goals, particularly those related to international industry-university collaboration, entrepreneurship, commercialization, and economic development. Between his tenure at both Georgia Tech and the University of Maryland, Rust has accumulated over 24 years of experience in industry-university partnerships, technology transfer, new business development, commercialization, innovation-led economic development, and global collaboration.

William B. Cutts
Senior Director

404.407.6476
cutts@gatech.edu

Bill Cutts is currently a Senior Director in the Office of Industry Collaboration. He is responsible for facilitating industry engagement and business development across a broad spectrum in the technology sectors. He is responsible for identifying, developing and maintaining relationships with organizations strategically important to Georgia Tech.

Cynthia Sundell, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Life Sciences, Office of Industry Collaboration and the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience

770-576-0704
cynthia.sundell@ibb.gatech.edu

Cynthia Sundell provides expert support in developing strategies for expansion of Georgia Tech's innovation collaboration efforts with industry, specifically focusing on building relationships based on the life sciences industries.

George White, Ph.D.
Senior Director

404.407.6313
george.white@gatech.edu

Dr. George White is a Senior Director in the Office of Industry Collaboration,with speciality in electronic materials and systems. Dr. White provides expert support in developing strategies for expansion of Tech's innovation collaboration with industry specifically focusing on building relationships based on electronic materials and systems with the electronics and communications industries.

Gloria Griessman
Director, Commercialization

404.407.8516
gloria.griessman@gtri.gatech.edu

Gloria Griessman serves as an architect for technology commercialization strategies. She is responsible for directing and guiding the assessment of commercial market opportunities for expanding contract research opportunities, developing commercialization strategies for intellectual property and for developing commercialization strategies for public-private collaborative research programs.

Andrea Bé
Assistant Director, Business Operations

404.407.8078
andreabe@gatech.edu

Andrea Bé is the Assistant Director of Business Operations for the office. She is responsible for the overall business actitivies of the office, project management of key initiatives, and serves as the human resource contact.

Rasha Shawky
Administrative Professional Senior

404.407.6312
Rasha.Shawky@gatech.edu

Rasha Shawky is the Assistant to the Vice President and provides administrative support and scheduling for the unit. She is responsible for calendar maintenance, preparing and managing correspondence, coordination of travel arrangements, providing technical and logistical support for meetings, conferences, and workshops, processing of visit requests.

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