Fuentek News Release
Laura Schoppe Elected Chair of AUTM Foundation
“Laura Schoppe is the best person to guide the Foundation’s rapidly expanding work,” said Kelly Markey, AUTM Foundation’s executive director. “Her career aligns perfectly with the Foundation’s core initiatives—to educate, communicate, advocate and innovate.”
Schoppe is constantly upholding the Foundation’s mission: Enabling Opportunity, Expanding the Profession. She works closely with staff on the Diversity & Inclusion efforts, the Global Professional Development initiative and the Technology Transfer Career Training Program.
In her new position, she is also supporting the Susan Riley Keyes Fellowship, which benefits the Technology Transfer Career Training Program.
“Susan took me under her wing when I first joined the AUTM board. I have always sought to emulate her leadership and spirit of mentorship,” said Schoppe. “I’m honored that one of my first acts as chair is to help establish a permanent endowment in her honor.”
Schoppe founded Fuentek in 2001. Under her management, Fuentek has served university, government, corporate and nonprofit research organizations throughout the United States as well as in the European Union, the Middle East and Asia. Schoppe has given highly regarded training presentations to university governing boards, federal agency leadership, tech transfer directors, and university and government innovators.
Schoppe is also passionate about encouraging women and minorities to pursue careers in STEM fields. She served on the board of FIRST North Carolina for five years and is currently a sponsor and judge during robotics competitions.
Within AUTM—the Foundation’s parent organization—Schoppe previously served as the Vice President of Strategic Alliances, spearheading the design, development and deployment of the Global Technology Portal, now known as the AUTM Innovation Marketplace.
Schoppe received her Master of Business Administration in technology marketing from Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina. She received her Master of Science in Engineering in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University and her Bachelor of Science in Engineering in mechanical engineering and engineering public policy from Carnegie-Mellon University.
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