IP Committee Members

The Intellectual Property (IP) committee meets monthly to determine the best path forward for University-based IP. The committee is composed of the Vice President for Research, AIME personnel, OTT personnel, legal counsel, and six faculty members, which serve on a rotating basis. Dr. Rick Swatloski, Director of the Office for Technology Transfer, chairs this committee.

The IP Committee was established per guidelines set forth by Patent Policy 509: “The President of each campus shall appoint an officer or Patent Committee or designate a non-profit organization established for the benefit of the campus to administer this policy. Each campus President may promulgate additional regulations and guidelines pursuant to this Policy to administer this policy within his/her respective campus.”

Committee Chair and Director, The Office for Technology Transfer

Dr. Rick Swatloski

– PhD in Chemistry from The University of Alabama

– Certified Licensing Professional


IP Committee Members

Dr. Carl Pinkert

– Vice President for Research and Economic Development

– PhD in Pathobiology from the University of Georgia


Dr. Dan Daly

– Director, Alabama Innovation and Mentoring of Entrepreneurs Center

– PhD in Chemistry from the University of Florida


Mr. Michael Spearing

– Office of Counsel

– JD from The University of Alabama


Faculty Representatives

Dr. Tim Haskew

– Professor and Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

– Research interests include electromechanical actuation, power electronics, and electric machines


Dr. Clark Midkiff

– Professor and Interim Head of Mechanical Engineering Department

– Director of the Center for Advanced Vehicle Technologies


Dr. Julie Olson

– Associate Professor in Biological Sciences

– Research interests include sponge-microbial interactions, molecular genetic techniques, and microbial recoverability from various environments


Dr. Dave Nikles

– Professor in Chemistry

– At Hoechst Celanese, he was a co-inventor of a novel material for a write-once optical data storage media and served as a member of the commercial development team


Dr. Steven MacCall

– Associate Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies

– Teaching areas include health librarianship, health informatics, and a doctoral seminar in social media and mobile computing


Dr. Rob Morgan

– Executive Director for Innovation Initiatives in the College of Commerce

– Director of the STEM Path to the MBA program