Thursday July 19, 2012 0 comments
FORT COLLINS - Mark Wdowik, an administrator with CSU Ventures since 2006, has been named vice president for research and industry partnerships by Colorado State University.
Wdowik will help the university expand its sources of research support and collaboration at a time when federal research-and-development funds are level or declining, CSU officials said.
The expansion is consistent with recommendations from the recent refresh of the university's three-year strategic plan still being finalized.
CSU is one of the nation's top research universities with annual expenditures topping $300 million four years in a row.
"A concerted effort is needed to expand CSU's portfolio of industry research, and Mark is well known in the industry and at peer institutions as having the knowledge, background and expertise needed to move this program forward," said Rick Miranda, CSU provost.
Wdowik has held various administrative roles for CSU Ventures, which is responsible for the commercialization of all CSU research. CSU Ventures is part of the Colorado State University Research Foundation, a private, non-profit advocacy organization for the university.
Before joining CSU, Wdowik served as executive director of the Office of Technology Transfer at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the University of Kansas Information and Telecommunication Technology Center.
He also successfully managed two technology-based businesses in Colorado, including a multi-million advanced materials and optoelectronics company, Bandgap Technology Corp.