Center for Leadership in
Management Department, New Mexico Tech
What is the CLTC?
The Center for Leadership in Technology Commercialization is:
- A STEM university innovation ecosystem
- A STEM innovation workshop based on private/public partnerships
- The place where NMT students get hands-on technology commercialization experience
- A vehicle for fast development of licensing and intellectual-property sharing opportunities
About the Center
The CLTC's primary goal is to transform New Mexico Tech into an
Entrepreneurship University. The CLTC is not an incubator, and is
not composed of new buildings or bureaucracy. The CLTC is instead a
tool enabling NMT students, faculty, and researchers to work on
real market-driven commercialization projects from the ground up.
Located within the NMT Department of Management the CLTC is a
single location for essential entrepreneurial resources. Here
students and faculty are assisted with market analysis,
patent searches, strategy development,
technology performance analysis, and all of the other steps vital
to successful commercialization.
The CLTC's vision is to foster an environment where researchers,
faculty, and students are actively engaged with the outside world
(partners and potential customers) in their research and
development of new technologies and ideas. This will not only
provide game-changing learning experiences for students, but will
also result in unique business opportunities for both inventors
and New Mexico Tech.
This rich campus-wide environment of innovation will prepare
students graduating directly contribute to new technology
companies forming in New Mexico. These graduates will be uniquely
able to drive the innovation ecosystem - in startups, VC firms,
and many other roles - in New Mexico and elsewhere.
Three student teams tackled exciting new projects in 2014. These
projects come from across the STEM spectrum, pulling from Biology,
Chemistry, Computer Science, and Materials Engineering. Each
project is in a different stage of commercialization.
- Anti-Bacterial Agent
Dr. Snezna Rogelj and her team in the Biology and Chemistry
Departments have developed a compound that is effective in killing
antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as MSRA. This innovation has
many applications and is ready for a proof-of-concept run in
equipment and facility sterilization. This CLTC-sponsored
interdisciplinary student team is currently attending research and
industry trade shows as well as developing application breadth for
the invention. They have also conducted an extensive patent
- Network Monitoring
A team of students is collaborating with scientists at Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory to develop markets for an innovative
network-monitoring tool. The student team members are working with
customers, interfacing between them and the inventors of the
- Novel Refrigeration
Materials Engineering Professor Dr. Bhaskar Majumdar and his team
of students are developing a new refrigeration technique, based
upon the use of a novel material. This project is currently in the
prototype phase, with many potential applications for this project
envisioned in the market. The student team is traveling to trade
shows, doing extensive patent research, and working toward
intellectual property protection and licensing partnerships.
Timeline and Milestones
- The CLTC wil continue relationships with funding sources,
specifically those interested in fostering entrepreneurial
- At least three interdisciplinary student technology
commercialization projects will be fostered by the CLTC.
- New Management Department faculty will supervise student
projects, introduce new innovative courses, and conduct
cutting-edge commercialiation research.
- Graduate students will be placed in innovative firms and
- Cross-disciplinary graduate students - in Engineering,
Management, and at least one further STEM field - will be
started at the university.
- A CLTC Director will be in place, and will assume responsibility
for student teams, graduate students, patent and IP issues, and
communication with CLTC partners.
- New Management Department Faculty will be added to work with and
support the CLTC.
- The CLTC maintains an active presence throughout all departments at
New Mexico Tech.
- New student projects will be added as more faculty and students
become involved in Intellectual Property creation - both for
themselves and the University.
- The CLTC will have an established presences in the Tech community as
determined by student and faculty involvement in economic
- A thriving campus culture will have been created that
encourages and nurtures new ideas and innovations, particularly
those with the potential to solve wideranging problems.
- The CLTC will offer easy access to funding sources and partnership
opportunities with private entrepreneurs.
- The CLTC will offer applied research and commercialization
opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students.
- The CLTC will guide research efforts directed at the process of
technology innovation and commercialization.
Faculty and Staff Funding Opportunites
CLTC Director and Adjunct Faculty Positions
These positions would allow us to reach out to industry, better
assist student teams, and provide part-time instruction as
Management Department Faculty Position
This position would enable us to teach new courses in technology
commercialization, supervise undergraduate and graduate student
teams, and conduct further cutting-edge applied research.
Off-Campus Graduate Student Intern Fellowships
This fellowship would support participating students complete
their master's degree while working on commercialization of
University innovations at private firms and national
Project Funding Opportunities
This fund would serve to move existing ideas to the prototype
and patent stages, as well as prioritizing CLTC market research-
This fund would increase NMT's capacity fo file provisional patent
applications for CLTC-backed commercialization projects, in
addition to enabling partnerships on utility patents backed by
Web Presence Fund
This fund would help develop a virtual-technology incubator at
NMT, support the creation of webinars showcasing CLTC
advancements and capabilities, and enable a fully integrated
website and social media presence.
Student Projects Fund
This fund would support interdisciplinary teams of 3-4
undergraduate students working on faculty-led commercialization
projects, the seeding and expansion of successful CLTC-initiated
programs, and increased interaction between students and the
On-Campus Graduate Fund
This fund would allow joint-degree master level students to work
on the initial phases of commercialization of applied thesis
projects. It would also support further faculty research with