November 07, 2008

Hungarian physicist is latest international resident affiliate in Technology Transfer at Case Western Reserve University

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Tamás Csörgő, a scientific adviser and member of the Scientific Council at the KFKI Research Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, has been named the second resident affiliate in the Office of Technology Transfer's International Resident Affiliates Program at Case Western Reserve University.

By expanding the international reach of the technology transfer office, Case Western Reserve is poised to facilitate possible international business deals through the new program, as well as give the resident affiliate the opportunity to learn the ropes at an existing office. The program's first resident affiliate, Andrea Frosini, a tech transfer manager in the Liaison Office at the University of Siena, Italy, spent three months in Cleveland last summer. During his time at Case Western Reserve, he identified several opportunities for both universities, as well as institutions in the Tuscany region, to collaborate on several projects.

"The program is intended to share best practices and to develop global capital and talent networks," said Mark Coticchia, vice president for research and technology management. "This is taking networking to an international level."

Coticchia adds that cultivating relationships between American and overseas institutions can help both gain access to gain development money they might not otherwise be able to access, such as European Union funding.

Resident affiliates have the opportunity to participate in meetings, courses and workshops at minimal cost to their sponsoring organizations, and the university's tech transfer office recommends courses to help affiliates acquire new skills that they can take home.

Csörgő holds a Ph.D. in physics from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the title of Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He has completed the Science Communication and Research Management training course of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

He also serves a the principal investigator of the Hungarian team in the PHENIX Experiment at RHIC, at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, and principal investigator of the Hungarian team in the TOTEM Experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. He has previously been a guest researcher or guest professor at a number of leading research and educational centers, including Columbia University in New York, the University of Lund, Sweden, the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil and the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Csörgő is already exploring future opportunities with the physics department, including strengthening the collaboration between the department and Csörg?'s team within the TOTEM experiment at the LHC in CERN. In addition, Csörgő is working with Cyrus Taylor, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, to learn more about the Science Technology Entrepreneurship Program (STEP), which has become an international model for developing cutting-edge physicists who are empowered to innovate and commercialize technology, either as entrepreneurs creating and growing new companies or "intrapreneurs" working within established companies and organizations. Csörgő's stay at Case Western Reserve is sponsored by HAESF, the Hungarian American Enterprise Scholarship Fund, and OTKA, the Hungarian National Science Fund.

Technology transfer at research universities like Case Western Reserve is the process of bringing research and innovation from the university to the marketplace through licensing agreements with capital investors and commercial companies. The resident affiliate program recruits technology transfer professionals from other parts of the world to help both parties understand differences and commonalities in intellectual property issues around the world.

For more information contact Laura M. Massie, 216.368.4442.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, November 7, 2008 01:18 PM | News Topics: Collaborations/Partnerships, Faculty, HeadlinesMain, Research, news

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