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.

Student Projects

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 search.
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 technology.
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 ventures.
  • 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 national laboratories.
  • 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 development activities.
  • 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.

Board Members

David Burleigh
Professor, Associate Chair
Dept. of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering
New Mexico Tech
Micheal Heagy
Professor and Associate Chair
Dept. of Chemistry
New Mexico Tech
Subhasish Mazumdar
Associate Professor and Chair
Dept. of Computer Science
New Mexico Tech
Frank Reinow
Associate Professor
Dept. of Management
New Mexico Tech
Snezna Rogelj
Professor and Chair
Dept. of Biology
New Mexico Tech
Warren Ostergren
VP of Academic Affairs
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
New Mexico Tech
Raul Deju
Director, Founder
Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership
Chairman of Deja Management Advisers
Peter Atherton
Senior Manager
Industry Partnerships
Sandia National Laboratories
Jon Barela
Cabinet Secretary
NM Economic Development Department
John Chavez
Chairman of the Board at Zocere Inc.
Director of Phase One Ventures
President of New Mexico Angels
John Hood
Executive Vice President
Inside Sales and Support
Mark Murphy
Strata Production Company
David Pesiri
Division Leader
Technology Transfer
Los Alamos National Labs
Stuart Rose
President, CEO, Founder
BioScience Center
Director of NMBio
Kim Sanchez Real

Thomas J. Stephenson
President, Treasurer of
New Mexico Venture Capital
Co-Founder of the Verge Fund


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 adjunct faculty.
  • 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 laboratories.

Project Funding Opportunities

  • Gap Fund

    This fund would serve to move existing ideas to the prototype and patent stages, as well as prioritizing CLTC market research- backed projects.
  • Patent Fund

    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 market intelligence.
  • 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 market.
  • 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 student-led teams.


Dr. Peter Anselmo
Director of the CLTC, Professor of Management
801 Leroy Pl
Speare 132
Socorro, NM 87801
P: (575) 835 5438
E: anselmo@nmt.edu