About TTO

Internship Program

The USF Technology Transfer Office (TTO) offers opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students to participate in office activities for professional development and get paid to do it!

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Internship Program:

The Technology Transfer Office offers a paid internship program for graduate students currently enrolled at USF, providing education and experience in technology evaluation, intellectual property protection, commercialization, and licensing.  This position allows interns the opportunity to experience career alternatives outside of a traditional research lab environment. Interns will be exposed to technology transfer, business development, economic development and patent law. They will be mentored by both life science and physical science professionals, as well as business and economic development professionals.

Intern Program Goals:

  • Provide opportunity to improve analytical thinking and technical writing skills
  • Gain exposure to intellectual property protection management process
  • Learn in-depth market research and technology evaluation skills

Current Students


Madhav Khindri

Madhav Khindri

I am a graduate student in Electrical Engineering at USF. I selected USF as my graduate school because of its name in the premier research institutes. What attracted me to this office was its extensive patent portfolio and its in-house IP cell (TTO) which makes it more valuable as a research-based university. Since working with the office, I am contributing my experience and learning new skills in the field of patent licensing, marketing, and new tools related to the field of IP. I firmly believe that one should try and leave a place better than one found it so that you know you have given your best. The knowledge of IP is necessary for any technical course, so one knows how to launch an idea or product in the market to secure and monetize it.

Muhammad Arslan Saleem

Muhammad Arslan Saleem

I am a graduate student in Electrical Engineering, and I am doing my specialization in wireless communication. What attracted me to USF is the diversity within students, faculty and staff as they utilize their expertise in preparing you in your professional field. I started working at the Technology Transfer Office and immediately felt connected. I strongly believe that we should not only work for a living, but our profession should ideally provide meaningful work that can impact the lives of others. Working at Tech Transfer, I can say that because of the work that is being done at USF, and because of my role in getting that technology to market, I am making a tangible impact.


Sheffina Roy

Sheffina Roy

I am a biomedical engineering graduate student at the University of South Florida. I did my Bachelor's in electronics and instrumentation in India. After my undergraduate, I focused on gaining practical experience in the field of my study, along with opportunities for research, which was my driving force to join the University of South Florida. The internship program at the TTO will be my foundation to learn about the background process of what happens in the scientific research office along with wide exposure to the innovations. The skills I develop and the experience I gain will allow me to use my education to its full potential. 

 


Student Program:

The Technology Transfer Office offers paid opportunities for our USF undergraduate students to work alongside our team of professionals in marketing, patent law, and business development. Students will be able to acquire real-world experience, sharpen their skills, and add to their individual portfolios for future employment opportunities.

Student Program Goals:

  • Opportunity to develop skills in various areas of marketing, patent law, and business
  • Exposure to a unique blend of disciplines and variety of projects
  • Develop detailed and precise organization skills

Current Students


Alyssa Kruse

Alyssa Kruse

I am a student assistant at the TTO, helping the marketing department in various ways including database management and general administrative duties. I am also a fourth-year undergraduate student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. The wide variety of opportunities for learning and growth here are what inspired me to come to USF. As a student assistant, I hope to continue learning as much as I can about the incredible amount of research USF takes part in and the processes involved with bringing innovations to the real world.


Where are they now:

We love to see our interns graduate and move out into the world.

Past Students


Berker Pekoz

Berker Pekoz

I graduated from USF in May 2020 with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. What I enjoyed most while there was working with brilliant people: the licensing managers, marketing team, IP specialists, directors, and of course, my bullpen buddies. I learned the most about IP and patenting from the licensing managers (thanks to their tireless discussions), how to break down an invention into claims, and how to analyze the prior art with regards to patentability of the invention and freedom to operate, which is crucial in my profession. The main takeaway I got from being in the program is the legal, financial, and professional extent on which technology ownership and licensing is laid down in the U.S. Today, I'm working as a Senior Wireless Digital Signal Processing Applications Specific Integrated Circuit Systems Engineer at Qualcomm Flarion Technologies Incorporated New Jersey Research Center.

Christopher Conners

Christopher Conners

I graduated from USF in August 2017 with a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. I was an intern at tech. transfer for four years. While interning there, I enjoyed having the opportunity to learn about the wide array of research being done at USF and getting a chance to learn more about all of those various scientific areas outside my personal experience/research. There is so much more to research than just experiments, data, and publication. What happens after the research is done? How do new discoveries/research actually make its way to the public to make an impact? Just as research is interdisciplinary, the path to commercialization is as well. It involve the science, business acumen, sales and marketing, patent and contract law, etc. There are so many more career paths out there than most people realize as well.


 

Claire Brown

Claire Brown

I graduated with my master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology in 2020. I worked as an intern at the Tech Transfer Office for just under a year, and I enjoyed every minute of it! I most enjoyed getting to work with the fantastic licensing team and marketing team; everyone made sure that we knew how important our work was as interns. I grew so much throughout my time as an intern. Since my career goal is to be a patent agent, I learned what was necessary to meet this goal, and I left the program feeling confident that I would succeed.

Kristine Rudzik

Kristine Rudzik

I graduated from Stetson University in May 2016 with my Juris Doctorate while interning at TTO. During my time, I worked closely with the licensing managers, such as Steven Medina. Steven took the time to answer my questions while being a great source of information when looking at different Patent Rules for the USPTO. No day was the same, each day was a chance to gain something new within the technology transfer process. My main takeaway was learning more about patents, the prosecution process and marketing.


Melissa Merz

Melissa Merz

I graduated in August 2019 with a MS in Biomedical Engineering. I interned with the TTO office for two years, and currently work at NACCME, LLC as a Manager of Educational Development. The main duty of this position is to write medical grants for continuing medical education meetings. I learned so much during my time as a TTO intern, and particularly enjoyed the wide range of topics that the position allowed me to research and write on. The program also permitted me to gain versatile experience with a broad selection of novel biotech-related technologies at USF, helping to shape the next phase of my career after graduation.

Rejus Reddy

Rejus Babu Reddy

I graduated from USF with a Masters in Electrical Engineering in May 2019. I was an intern for more than a year beginning Jan. 2018. Currently, I work at Qualcomm Technologies INC., as an MST Engineer. As an intern I have received many gifts, such as enhanced creativity, technology insights, sense of professionalism, bright work environment, motivation and support. The most important takeaway was innovative thinking — each and every application has innovation. My technical knowledge helped me to receive a great experience and joy in understanding the innovation and also think in similar ways. 


Teja Irigala

Teja Irigala

I was an intern at TTO during the time I was getting my master’s degree at USF. After receiving my Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, I began my Master’s for Biomedical Engineering, which I graduated with in May 2020. Being an intern at USF TTO taught me a number of skills that I apply to my full-time job now as an Assistant Vice President AML Sr. Analyst at Citi. I learned how to efficiently conduct research and communicate my findings with my peers. By taking part in this program, I was able to interact with intelligent people and learn how to effectively manage my time. These are skills that will be valuable in both my professional and private life. I am grateful for my time at the TTO and would encourage any student to get involved and/or utilize the resources provided by the office.

Victoria Bergman

Victoria Bergman

I’m a graduate student in the Biomedical/Medical Engineering program. After I received my bachelor’s degree in Cellular & Molecular Biology from USF, one of the main reasons I chose to continue my education at USF is because of the plethora of opportunities and resources offered both on and off campus. One takeaway from my time in the intern program has been gaining a better understanding of the nuances of the patent process and creative ways in which technologies can be advanced and transferred from academia to industry. Something that I look forward to is seeing how implementation of the new changes regarding increased intern involvement with the inventors takes root to set a precedent that will help to further improve the program for future interns.

This internship program is highly competitive and no one is guaranteed admittance. Nor is there any implied or guaranteed offer of employment upon completion of the internship.

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