Erienne Olesh has stepped up to serve as executive director of student and faculty innovation at West Virginia University.

Erienne Olesh

Erienne Olesh has been appointed executive director of student and faculty innovation at West Virginia University (WVU), a position in which she will work alongside the Office of Technology Transfer.

The new position is located within the Research Office and will aim to create small businesses commercialising faculty and graduate student research. Among her responsibilities will be increasing WVU’s share of the National Science Foundation’s various grant funding programmes.

Olesh has been with the institution and its affiliates in various capacities since 2011, first serving as a graduate research assistant during her PhD studies before becoming a technology scout at the Health Sciences Innovation Center in 2014.

She completed a five-month stint as associate technology analyst with WVU-aligned but independent non-profit applied research organisation University Innovation Corporation in 2017, before returning to the Health Sciences Innovation Center…

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Thierry Heles

Thierry Heles is the editor of Global University Venturing, host of the Beyond the Breakthrough interview podcast and responsible for the monthly GUV Gazette (sign up here for free).