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Chris Gesswein
Executive Director

Highly respected for his deep understanding of business, research, and product development, Chris Gesswein is charged with commercializing innovative Clemson technology and intellectual property and nurturing private-sector partnerships that will advance scientific discovery at Clemson and support economic growth.

Chris joined CURF in 2014 as Director of Licensing for technology transfer, becoming Interim Executive Director of CURF in 2017. Having more than 20 years of experience bringing various technologies from concept to market working as a new product development and technology transfer specialist for early-stage startups as well as large multinational companies, Chris’s leadership is shown by his unwavering commitment to maximizing the societal impact of Clemson University’s research and innovation.

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Vincie Albritton, MS

Deputy Director, CURF
Director of Operations, Technology Transfer 
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Andy Bluvas, JD

Technology Commercialization Officer
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Brittany Souto

Executive Assistant
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Alan Alfano, PhD

Technology Commercialization Officer
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Clarissa Williams, MS

Marketing Manager
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Cindy Sauer

Contracts Administrator
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Chase Kasper

Director of Business Development
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Melissa Ioannidis

Technology Commercialization Associate
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Pamela West

Accounts Payable and Receivable 
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Board of Directors

George Acker (Chairman)

Retired, Vice President External Relations
Duke Energy South Carolina

Stanley Ahalt, PhD

Director of the Renaissance Computing Institute University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Joseph Bailey, PhD

Retired, Research and Development Vice President, Industrial and Electronics Sector
3M Company

Andrew B. Cajka, Jr. (Chair-Elect)

Founder and President
Southern Hospitality Group, LLC

James Clements, PhD

Clemson University

Christie Corbett

Senior Managing Director
FTI Consulting

Steven Crump

Interim Vice President and CFO
Clemson University

A. Chris Gesswein

Executive Director, Director of Licensing
Clemson University Research Foundation

Anand Gramopadhye, PhD

Dean, College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences
Clemson University

Tanju Karanfil, PhD (Vice Chair)

Vice President for Research
Clemson University

Dennis Kekas, PE

Associate Vice Chancellor
North Carolina State University

Brij Khorana, PhD

Retired, Chief Operating Officer
Rose-Hulman Ventures

Martine LaBerge, PhD

Retired, Professor and Chair, Bioengineering Department
Clemson University

Frank Landgraff, JD

Senior Intellectual Property Counsel
GE Power & Water

Cindy Lee, PhD

Chair, Department of Engineering and Science Education Professor, Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
Clemson University

Joseph Swann

Retired, President
Rockwell Automation Power Systems

Charles Tegen (Treasurer)

Associate Vice President for Finance
Clemson University

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Next Board Meeting:

Thursday, September 5, 2019


Executive Board Room, Madren Conference Center