The Robotics Institute

RI | Seminar | April 14, 2006

Robotics Institute Seminar, April 14, 2006
Time and Place | Seminar Abstract | Speaker Biography | Speaker Appointments

Technology Transfer at Carnegie Mellon

Robert Conway
Senior Manager, Business Development and Licensing
Center for Technology Transfer
Carnegie Mellon University

Time and Place

Mauldin Auditorium (NSH 1305)
Refreshments 3:15 pm
Talk 3:30 pm


Carnegie Mellon has an active and successful technology transfer practice. Each year CMU licenses many technologies spins off several new companies. Rob Conway from CMU's Center for Technology Transfer will explain the reasons and ways CMU transfers technologies and helps commercialize research results. He will also discuss touch on patents, types of licenses, and spin-off companies.

Speaker Biography

MS Management and Finance, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
MS Electrical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
BS Electrical Engineering, Washington State University

Rob has 20 years' experience in engineering, marketing and business management in electric power generation, defense, telecommunications, business software and consulting. Following military service as a nuclear submarine officer, he joined Westinghouse, where he led engineering and marketing organizations.

Following Westinghouse, Rob managed software product lines and led Asian business development for Serviceware, including managing a partnership with a major Japanese firm. Following Serviceware, Rob led telecommunications software and cable television product lines for Tollgrade Communications.

In 1999 he founded a market research and sales consulting firm with clients in high technology, business services, information technology, engineering, transportation, education, environmental services, and manufacturing.

As a Captain in the Naval Reserve, Rob has worked with US joint forces, and the naval and air forces of NATO. He helped establish the Navy Warfare Development Command, and served with the Department of the Navy eBusiness Operations Office, Fleet Forces Command, the Naval War College, the Naval Post Graduate School and the US Pacific and Atlantic Fleets.

Rob is on the advisory boards of technology companies and is active in the Pittsburgh Technology Council, Association for Corporate Growth, MIT Enterprise Forum, and the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association. He received two Engineering Excellence awards from Westinghouse, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and Florida.

Carnegie Mellon Chronicle
Rob joined the Center for Technology Transfer in October 2003.

Center for Technology Transfer Concentration
Rob's focus areas include: Carnegie Institute of Technology (Electrical & Computer, Chemical, Mechanical and Civil Engineering) the Robotics Institute, National Robotics Engineering Consortium (NREC) and the Entertainment Technology Center (ETC).

Speaker Appointments

For appointments, please contact Robert Conway (

The Robotics Institute is part of the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University.