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 and Economic Development, 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 Members

Dr. Rick Swatloski

  • Committee Chair and Director, Office for Technology Transfer
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry from The University of Alabama

Dr. Carl Pinkert

  • Vice President for Research and Economic Development
  • Ph.D. in Pathobiology from the University of Georgia

Dr. Dan Daly

  • Director, Alabama Innovation and Mentoring of Entrepreneurs Center
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Florida

Mr. Michael Spearing

  • Office of Counsel
  • JD from The University of Alabama

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