HIIE staff.

Kathy Nugent

Kathy Nugent Ph.D.

Associate Vice President, Executive Director
(205) 996-2556
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Karthik Gopalakrishnan

Director of Licensing and New Ventures
(205) 975-9443
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Shawnda Jones

Executive Assistant
(205) 934-9911
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Neelima “Nilu” Agarwal

Director of Admin & Financial Affairs
(205) 975-6068
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Karen Bernard

Senior Licensing Associate
(205) 934-8826
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Diptiman Chanda

Diptiman ChandaPhD, MSPH

Licensing Associate
(205) 934-7871
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Helena Christine

University Counsel
(205) 996-6636
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Natalie A. Cox

Senior Licensing Associate
(205) 996-7578
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Francis “Wink” Crittenden

Licensing Associate
(205) 934-7871
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Amanda Dove

Business Development Analyst
(205) 996-4740
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Amy Jones

Marketing Manager
(205) 934-2838
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Thaddaeus Kwan

Project Analyst
(205) 996-2538
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Kristine Mims

Program Coordinator
(205) 934-7871
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Patrick J. Murphy

Goodrich Endowed Chair for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
(206) 486-5163
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Rubin Pillay

Chief Innovation Officer – School of Medicine
(205) 934-8830
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Innovate Fellows are graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who help the Harbert Institute team manage the newest inventions on campus while also exploring careers within technology transfer. Fellows are tasked with performing market, prior art, prior art and patent analyses to assess the commercial merit of new inventions. Their research also identifies competition and potential industry partners. With the large volume of invention disclosures received by the office each year, the Innovate Fellows are a key component to our workflow and allow the office to make quick, informed decisions. To learn more about the Innovate Fellows program, email Project Analyst Thaddaeus Kwan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..