Martin Schmidt to oversee MIT's industry facing offices
Associate provost will oversee
Technology Licensing Office and Office of
Corporate Relations; retains duties around
November 27, 2012
Martin Schmidt, an MIT professor of electrical
engineering and associate provost, will lead two
offices that serve as important connections between
industry and the faculty and staff at MIT who
conduct industry-sponsored research: the
Technology Licensing Office (TLO) and the Office of
Corporate Relations (OCR), which includes the
Industrial Liaison Program. The change was
announced to the MIT community today in an email
from President L. Rafael Reif outlining this and other
As associate provost, Schmidt manages the
Institute’s space and its budgets for capital projects.
He will maintain that responsibility as he takes on
his new duties.
The TLO, which manages the patenting, licensing, trademarking and copyrighting of intellectual property
developed at MIT, currently reports to the vice president for research. The OCR, which currently reports to MIT's
Office of Resource Development, works to foster relationships between companies and MIT.
In his email to the community, Reif cited Schmidt’s experience as "a manufacturing entrepreneur in his own right."
Schmidt consults with industry in the commercialization of technology and is a co-founder of a number of
companies that are commercializing products enabled by microelectromechanical systems. Schmidt also recently
served as the faculty lead in the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, a White House–led task force of
government, industry and academic leaders charged with charting a path toward a renaissance in American
"Professor Schmidt already serves as a point person for many MIT faculty who either conduct or are interested in
conducting industry-sponsored research," Provost Chris Kaiser said. "By making this change, we can give a
wider part of MIT’s entrepreneurial ecosystem the benefit of Professor Schmidt's talent for establishing
relationships that move MIT-born innovation into the marketplace. I am thrilled that he has accepted this
Schmidt received his BS degree from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his SM and PhD degrees from
MIT. Since 1988 he has been a faculty member in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer
Science. From 1999 to 2006 he served as the director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories.
Schmidt is the co-author of more than 80 journal publications and 120 peer-reviewed conference proceedings. He
is also an inventor on more than 30 U.S. patents.