Author Archives: Laura Schoppe

Fly Me to the Moon: NASA Moonbase Alpha Game Launches

Yes, you can be an astronaut based on the south pole of the moon! How? With NASA Moonbase Alpha, the first installment in NASA’s massive, multiplayer online (MMO) game. NASA released the game on Valve’s Steam network. In the game, … Continue reading

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Invest in Your Inventors: Training Pays Off

Schoppe leads a training session for innovators at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. (NASA photo by Chris Gunn) In most organizations, the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) is where the rubber meets the road when it comes to intellectual … Continue reading

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The Dos, Don’ts, and Benefits of TTO Use of Social Media

Last Tuesday, I had the pleasure of serving on a panel discussing the rising trend in Technology Transfer Office (TTO) use of social media to market intellectual property portfolios. Sponsored by Technology Transfer Tactics, the webinar was designed to help … Continue reading

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Oil Industry Struggles Could Be Solved by NASA

As we continue to hear about the deteriorating conditions in the Gulf of Mexico and await word as to the exact cause of the BP oil spill, I am reminded of the many innovations emerging from NASA that can help … Continue reading

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NASA Impacting Our Lives: A View from the NASA Spinoff Day on the Hill

Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to attend the annual NASA Spinoff Day on the Hill event sponsored by NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist and the agency’s Innovative Partnerships Program. This event was established to raise awareness about NASA’s … Continue reading

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How to Structure an Effective Tech Transfer Internship Program

Back in November, I urged technology transfer offices (TTOs) to take caution when using interns. They can be a great help… if you structure it right. There’s a lot more to say about this topic. So, I decided to write … Continue reading

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Keep Your Eyes Wide Open When Offered a “Free” Service

As I monitor the technology transfer profession via industry newsletters and blogs, a frequently recurring theme is technology transfer offices seeking to keep their costs down by making use of “free” sources of service. It might be internship programs at … Continue reading

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Gracious Professionalism Triumphs at NC FIRST Robotic Competition

What a fantastic time I had being a judge at the 2010 North Carolina Regional Tournament of the FIRST Robotics Competition this past weekend! Not only was it a first-class event that was incredibly well run, but I was inspired … Continue reading

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Developing an Effective Internship Program for Your University’s Technology Transfer Office

White Paper Developing an Effective Internship Program for Your University’s Technology Transfer Office There has been much buzz throughout the technology transfer industry about using MBA candidates and other graduate students as an inexpensive resource for university technology transfer offices … Continue reading

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Professor Start-Ups: Hedging Your Bets with a Hybrid License

A discussion on the Techno-L forum reminded me of an answer Fuentek came up with a few years ago to the question most commonly facing university offices of technology management (OTMs): What do you do when professors-inventors want to form … Continue reading

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