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Our Staff

Our mission is to promote and facilitate the commercialization of University of Delaware technologies for the benefit of the public and the university. OEIP includes the Technology Transfer Center (TTC) and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

Office of Economic Innovation & Partnerships (OEIP)

David Weir

David Weir

Director, OEIP

302-831-7140 | dsweir@udel.edu

Dr. Weir holds a doctorate in chemical physics and lectured at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland before a 35-year career with DuPont. He is a former vice president for global research and development at DuPont and the founding director of the Delaware Biotechnology Institute.

J. Michael Bowman

J. Michael Bowman

Associate Director, OEIP

State Director, SBDC

302-831-4283 | jmbowman@udel.edu

Mike provides fiscal oversight, strategic planning, funding advocacy, and resource development and deployment for the entire SBDC organization. Mike was the business founder and vice president and general manager of DuPont’s Advanced Material Systems. Most recently, he was the chairman and president of the Delaware Technology Park. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Fraunhofer USA, DE Bio Science Association, and First State Innovation.

Michael Blaustein

Michael Blaustein

Business Development Specialist

302-831-7353 | mblau@udel.edu

Michael is responsible to pursue partnership opportunities and facilitate interaction and collaborations between the University research community and private industry partners. Michael comes to us from an extensive career at E. I. DuPont de Nemours & Co.

Cheryl Honaker

Cheryl Honaker

Administrative Assistant IV

302-831-7140 | chonaker@udel.edu

Cheryl is responsible for all HR processes and communications, brand development, integration of OEIP units, as well as the daily administrative operations of OEIP and the Office of the Director. Cheryl serves as the primary point of contact between the OEIP office and stakeholders.

Stephanie O’Leary

Stephanie O’Leary

Financial Analyst

302-831-7140 | udsteph@udel.edu

Stephanie is responsible for budget planning, development, and control. She manages the administration of all financial operations , as well as pre- and post-award management for programs and initiatives of OEIP, SBDC, PTAC and the Technology Transfer Center.

Amalea Rassias

Amalea Rassias

Assistant Director, OEIP

302-831-7140 | apm@udel.edu

Amalea is responsible for leading the operational functions of HR, budget, finance, brand development, and the integration of these functions to support all units of OEIP. Amalea manages the integration of program activities for all units to ensure a seamless process. Amalea also leads the Spin In® program, which partners interdisciplinary teams of students with faculty and entrepreneurs who have promising ideas.

Technology Transfer

Denise Bierlein

Denise Bierlein

Manager, Technology Transfer Center

302-831-4005 | deniseb@udel.edu

Denise manages the operations of the Technology Transfer Center and oversees the activities regarding UD’s intellectual property portfolio.  She is responsible for the integration of technology transfer activities within the OEIP units, programs, and services.  She leads and manages the Intellectual Property Commercialization Committee.

Frances Galvin

Frances Galvin

Technology Transfer Associate

302-831-0783 | fgalvin@udel.edu

Frances works with UD’s faculty and staff to manage university owned intellectual property by seeking industry partners to assist with development and commercialization.  She also serves on the Intellectual Property Commercialization Committee.

Joy Goswami

Joy Goswami

Assistant Director, Technology Transfer Center

302-831-3547 | jgoswami@udel.edu

Joy is actively involved in managing UD’s intellectual property, establishing start-up and spin-off companies, and developing University-industry collaborations and partnerships. He also serves on the Intellectual Property Commercialization Committee. Please visit Joy’s Experts at UD page.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

J. Michael Bowman

J. Michael Bowman

Associate Director, OEIP

State Director, SBDC

302-831-4283 | jmbowman@udel.edu

Mike provides fiscal oversight, strategic planning, funding advocacy, and resource development and deployment for the entire SBDC organization. Mike was the business founder and vice president and general manager of DuPont’s Advanced Material Systems. Most recently, he was the chairman and president of the Delaware Technology Park. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Fraunhofer USA, DE Bio Science Association, and First State Innovation.

Denita Henderson

Denita Henderson

Associate State Director

302-831-0777 | denita@udel.edu

Denita is responsible for the operations of the Northern Delaware office and the Lead Center. Denita brings over 20 years of experience as a business and economic development executive to the SBDC. She previously worked as a business development consultant lending her expertise in strategic planning and management to corporations, government agencies, small businesses and nonprofits.

David Root

David Root

Center Director, Georgetown

302-856-1075 | dgroot@udel.edu

David Root is the Center Director of the Delaware Small Business Development Center (DSBDC) in Georgetown. In this capacity, he is responsible for the operations of the southern Delaware office. He has been with the SBDC since 2017.

Jacob Blacksten

Jacob Blacksten

Manager, SBDC

302-831-0772 | jacobb@udel.edu

Jacob Blacksten is a Manager, SBDC in New Castle County. A University of Delaware graduate of the Lerner College of Business and Finance, Jacob received his BS (2016) as dual major in Finance and Management Information Systems.  With expertise in cybersecurity, database management, digital marketing and finance, Jacob is passionate about technology, gathering market information, and applying data to drive sales and decrease costs.

Lou DiNetta

Lou DiNetta

Manager, Technology Business Development

302-831-0778 | ldinetta@udel.edu

Lou comes to us with 40 years of experience in start-up and small technology companies and began his career at UD’s Institute of Energy Conversion. He has SBIR/STTR and Federal R&D grant and contract experience and has assisted companies with procurement of over 200 awards.

Gabrielle Latinski

Gabrielle Latinski

Administrative Assistant II

302-856-1555 | glatinsk@udel.edu

Gabrielle has over 25 years experience. Previously, she served as an Executive Assistant for a top five accounting and consulting firm and worked with several members of the team by providing administrative support. At SBDC, Gabrielle works closely with the Center Director and other Business Advisors by handling various responsibilities including: organizational planning; client communications; assisting with events; and client data management systems. With her strong organizational skills, Client Relationship Management expertise, and a positive can-do attitude, her focus is on providing exceptional service to the client.

Margo Reign

Margo Reign

Business Advisor

302-831-0770 | mreign@udel.edu

Margo’s work with businesses primarily involves their finances, including helping to prepare loan packages, doing cost analysis to improve profitability and/or helping to prepare projections.  Margo also organizes SBDC’s family business seminars.

 

PTAC

Walter Blaney

Walter Blaney

Director, PTAC

302-831-0780 | wblaney@udel.edu

Dr. Walt Blaney is the Director of the Delaware PTAC at the University of Delaware. Walt joined PTAC in 2018. Prior to joining PTAC, Walt was owner and principal consultant/trainer of a VOSB, Contract Management Consultant (CMC). Walt spent 40 years in Federal government acquisition and contracting as a contract specialist/contracting officer in DoD and other Federal agencies. Walt retired as a Navy Supply Corps Commander after 32 years of service as a contracting and logistics officer. Walt has also worked in academia as a certified comprehensive science teacher in NJ public schools, an assistant professor at Nyack University, and a Project Officer on a TITLE II Science—Technology—Mathematics grant at Rowan University. Walt is certified CPCM, DAWIA Level III Contracting, and VA Verification Assistance Counselor.

Dave Baldini

Dave Baldini

Business Analyst, PTAC

302-831-3412 | dbaldini@udel.edu

Dave is a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) counselor and is an expert in management and government contracting. He has served as a PTAC counselor at George Mason University, the president and CEO of Aerosonic Corporation, the president of Avionics Specialties, Inc., and fulfilled numerous positions at Teledyne Industries.

Dana Reece

Dana Reece

Program Support Specialist II, PTAC

302-831-0781 | dmreece@udel.edu

Dana Reece is the program support specialist for the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and has been with the Delaware PTAC since 2009. Prior to joining the organization, Dana worked for more than 10 years as a computer programmer and systems analyst. She specializes in the SAM (System Award Management) Government Registration and holds a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems.

Please note that University of Delaware’s Office of General Counsel oversees all legal services for the University of Delaware. Matters pertaining to research (including research-related agreements, research-related compliance, and research-related intellectual property) may be directed to the Research Office, which will coordinate with the General Counsel’s Office, as appropriate.

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