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NewsRIT College of Engineering Technology (CET) & ATVentureCenter Launch a Joint Technical Entrepreneurship & Commercialization Certificate Program

Rochester, New York, , February 18, 2019 (Newswire) -Michael Crowley, JD, RIT Research Professor for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Co-Founder of ATVentureCenter and S. Manian Ramkumar, Ph.D. RIT - CET Interim Dean today jointly announced a new Certificate series of workshops in Technology Entrepreneurship.

“Our new series of continuing education workshops in technical entrepreneurship and advanced technology commercialization, in conjunction with the ATVentureCenter, is designed to create a new army of technology entrepreneurs in the Western New York Region and beyond. Our goal is to create a new breed of highly-trained professionals who will be armed with all the skills necessary to engage in university sponsored research or to reach into the vast collection of advanced technology patents available through RIT, and other universities, government sponsored labs, research centers and institutes, and bring those products and services to the global marketplace. These workshops are aimed at reenergizing the regional economy by bringing new advanced technology jobs.”

__ S. Manian Ramkumar Ph.D. RIT - CET Interim Dean


“You can’t go a few days without hearing about the importance of bringing our local, regional and national economy back to the days when technology giants like Kodak, Xerox and Bausch & Lomb were producing major advanced technology breakthroughs and commercializing our regionally developed technology on a global scale. It is time to stop talking about the past and start taking positive and inventive steps to in the present to reshape our future,” said Erin Crowley, Co-founder and Managing Director of ATVC and a 2008 RIT mechanical engineering alumnus. “This program is a terrific opportunity for RIT-CET and ATVC to encourage more professionals, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and employees to become qualified in advanced technology licensing, commercialization and internal and external Techtreprenuership.”


“The shortage of skilled and qualified advanced technology entrepreneurship and commercialization professionals is one of the biggest issues facing our world of manufacturing, corporate development and university licensing today,” said Ryan Ellis, Director of Supply Chain - Gleason Worka

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