Director – Technology Transfer
Mike Paulus and the ORNL Technology Transfer Division are responsible for delivering the intellectual property and scientific capabilities of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to industrial partners to ensure the fullest use of the results of the nation’s federal investment in research and development. The technology transfer team fulfils this mission by licensing ORNL intellectual property to industrial partners, negotiating research collaborations (CRADAs) and non-federal Work for Others agreements, and negotiating and managing User Agreements which make ORNL’s eleven user facilities available to external partners.
Prior to joining the ORNL Partnerships Directorate, Mike served as Vice President of Product Management with Siemens Molecular Imaging, where he and his team were responsible for defining the product portfolio for this world-wide market leader in clinical PET and SPECT diagnostic imaging. He also served as co-founder and CEO of ImTek, Inc, an ORNL spin-out and market leader in laboratory animal x-ray CT imaging before its acquisition by CTI, Inc, and Siemens. He has nineteen years of experience as a research and development engineer with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, CTI, Georgia Tech and The United States Air Force, where he served as a commissioned officer. He has co-authored more than 100 peer review publications, book chapters, and conference proceedings and holds 12 patents.
Mike holds a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee, a Master’s Degree in electrical engineering from the University of Dayton and a Bachelor’s Degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee. He and his wife, Margaret, live in Knoxville and have two daughters.