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

 

Alejandra Dominguez

Alejandra Dominguez

I was born and raised in Miami and after graduating with my Bachelor's in Biology, I knew I wanted to step out of my comfort zone whilst staying close to home. I decided to continue my path towards a career in medicine by enrolling in USF's Masters in Medical Sciences within the Morsani College of Medicine. I thrive in new environments and the opportunity to learn a "behind the scenes" aspect of scientific research, attracted me to this technology transfer internship program. I know I will develop new skills within the licensing and patenting realm and get to implement the knowledge in my future as a diversified physician. 

Anurag Gaonkar

Anurag Gaonkar

I am a graduate student pursuing Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Communication and networking. In a world of emerging technologies, our USF professors and faculty are innovative and proactive in making an impact by providing real world solutions. It is a great opportunity for me as a student intern in the Technology Transfer Office, to be a part of this wonderful journey. Working at TTO will help me gain knowledge about the process required to patent new technology, and how it’s being marketed to the world. The research carried out in the field of wireless communication on the latest 5G technology, PHY and MAC intrigued me to join USF. 


Asim Alogaili

Asim Alogaili

I am a Ph.D. student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at the University of South Florida. My research interests mainly focus on Transportation Safety. My tasks as an intern at the Technology Transfer Office include conducting thorough prior art searches, completing licensing agreement comparisons, performing market analysis for new technologies, and developing marketing materials for patented technologies. By joining the office, I hope to learn more about the process of patent-marketing as well as expose myself to the most recent innovations in the field. I chose USF for its research-dominant focus and diverse student body.

Madhu Sowmya Bandi

Madhu Sowmya Bandi

I am a graduate student in Electrical Engineering with a  specialization in systems and security. What drove me to join TTO is my interest in learning about patent procedures, technologies marketing, and how research is patented and commercialized. My duties as an intern include research, prior art search, marketing summary, generating company lists, and comparing license agreements. I chose to do my graduate studies at USF because of its ability to make inventions from the proof of concept to commercialization. Their research work in cybersecurity and security analytics is exceptional, and I am proud to be a Bull.


Minh Tran

Minh Tran

I am an MS student in the Biomedical Engineering Program at the University of South Florida. After completing my Bachelor’s Degrees in Biochemistry and in Psychology, my research interest grew to include an interdisciplinary view of Biomedical Engineering that incorporates both of my other areas of study. As an intern at the Technology Transfer Office, I perform detailed prior art searches and current market analysis for new patentable technologies. I appreciate the opportunity to be here and to learn how Intellectual Properties are licensed for commercial usage. I was drawn to USF for its research-focused ethos, so I am excited to be exposed to the latest innovations here.

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 recently started working as an intern 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 TTO, 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.


Nolan Harrell

Nolan Harrell

I am currently a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in the Biomedical Engineering program. I chose USF due to its esteemed reputation as a prominent research university, as I wanted to pursue a career in research and development in the future. I look forward to applying my technical knowledge to the business side of industry, as well as learning more about the patent and licensing procedures to make an invention a reality. I hope to one day apply my combined knowledge of engineering and the invention process to create a series of prostheses that are cheap, reliable, and efficient.

Skoervitch Emile

Skoervitch Emile

I'm currently a master’s student in the Master of Public Administration program at USF’s School of Public Affairs. I also received my bachelor’s at USF in Social Work. I decided to attend USF for its diversity, its social work program, and its financial and educational resources. It also runs in the family. Reporting to the Fiscal & Business Manager in the Technology Transfer Office, I perform administrative duties to help IP specialists in the patenting and licensing process. I hope to strengthen my administrative abilities and expand my understanding of the patenting process.


Tristan Guelpa

Tristan Guelpa

I was drawn to USF by their Morsani College of Medicine and the school’s extensive history in medical research. I’m attending their Medical Science Master’s Program for Pre-Professionals, and pursuing a career in medicine. In the Technology Transfer Office, I work closely with the licensing managers and associates to develop market insights and potential company profiles for the biomedical technologies. One takeaway I hope is to not only learn more about the process behind establishing a successful patent, but also how to look at medicine and biotechnology from a completely different perspective, and apply this new insight as a tool to help people live healthier and more wholesome lives.

 


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.

Alyscia Quichocho

Alyscia Quichocho

The diversity and innovative culture brought me to USF and inspired my decision to pursue a degree in Integrated Public Relations & Advertising. At TTO as an intern within the internship program, I help IP specialists retrieve necessary documents to help smoothen the process of obtaining patents. While working at TTO, I hope to learn more about the patenting and licensing process. I also want to become more familiar with how the public becomes aware of technologies through marketing.


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. Today, I work at TTO as a Licensing Manager.


 

Claire Brown

Claire Brown

I graduated with my master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology in 2020. I worked as an intern at TTO 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. Today, I work at TTO as a Licensing Associate.


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.

 

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