About OIP

The Office of Industrial Partnerships (OIP) was formed as part of a broader strategic initiative at the Pennsylvania State University to enhance both economic development and student career success.

The Office of Industrial Partnerships (OIP):

  • Fosters strategic relationships with industry partners
  • Supports Penn State’s entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Accelerates the pace of meaningful discoveries
  • Delivers new-found value & differentiation to industry
  • Impacts economic development in Pennsylvania and beyond

Our team works with companies to understand their needs and identify faculty that have expertise or existing IP in their area of interest that can be used to address their needs. We support a company’s relationship from the idea state through contracting and beyond

The Office of Industrial Partnerships (OIP):

concierge program

Our concierge program puts a friendly face and conversation to exploring partnership with Penn State. Contact your concierge to help solve any of your problems.

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Funding Research

Identify new ways to fund research.

Innovation Gateway is the new OIP platform to connect Penn State researchers to companies searching for solutions.

Other ways to engage through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

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Invent Penn State

Invent Penn State is a Commonwealth-wide initiative to spur economic development, job creation, and student career success.

Launched in 2015 by Penn State President Dr. Eric Barron, Invent Penn State is a coordinated effort to create a University environment that welcomes and encourages entrepreneurship.

Invent Penn State leverages Penn State’s research, knowledge, and entrepreneurial spirit in collaboration amongst industry, entrepreneurs, and academia to develop products and services that will benefit Pennsylvanians and humankind.

Learn More About Invent Penn State
VIP Conference

The Venture and Intellectual Property Conference brings together promising technology companies from across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the nation with investors seeking ground floor investment opportunities.

Learn More About the VIP Conference

The OIP Team

Jeffrey B. Fortin, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President for Research Director, Office of Industrial Partnerships

Jeffrey B. Fortin, Ph.D., was appointed associate vice president for research and director of research and industrial partnerships at Penn State on October 13, 2014. ...

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Don Mothersbaugh

Associate Director

Donald L. Mothersbaugh joined the Office of Industrial Partnerships in November, 2014.  During his tenure at Penn State, Don has served as Associate Director for ...

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Daniel R. Leri

Director of Innovation Park at Penn State

Mr. Leri is currently the Director of the Innovation Park Office at Penn State University. He is responsible for directing all aspects of Park operation, including ...

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Machelle (Seiner) Reese

Administrative Coordinator

Shell is the office coordinator for the Office of Industrial Partnerships and brings with her over 25 years of experience in the Penn State ...

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Brenda Cummins

Executive Assistant at Innovation Park

Brenda Cummins provides administrative support to the Director of the Innovation Park Office at Penn State University. She serves as the voice for the Park answering ...

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Michelle Cook

Event Coordinator at Innovation Park

Michelle Cook plans and organizes events for the entire Innovation Park community. She has planned tours of various places of interest both on and off ...

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