Our Team

WSU Ventures is a team of multi-disciplinary professionals dedicated to the business of industry-university collaborations, commercialization of intellectual property and entrepreneurship at Wichita State University. Our goal is to create new products, businesses and jobs that improve the quality of life for Kansas and beyond.  

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Mark Torline, M.B.A.
Director

Mark serves as director of both WSU Ventures and Wichita State’s Center for Entrepreneurship. He is an investment management firm executive with demonstrated success in both start-up entrepreneurial and large corporate settings. He founded and served as CEO of Allegiance Capital. After selling that firm, he served as an officer of the successor company, Macquarie Allegiance Capital, and of Trilinc Global. Torline has a B.A. in marketing from Wichita State and an MBA in finance from Northwestern University.

Phone: (316) 978-7607      Email     LinkedIn Profile

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Tracee Friess
Director of Communication

Tracee leads communication and publicity initiatives for WSU Ventures, and is the Director of Communication and Special Programs for Wichita State University’s Office of Research and Technology Transfer and National Institute for Aviation Research. She has more than ten years of experience in communications; specializing in public relations, news and copywriting, event planning, advertising and social media. She is adept at grasping complex technical details and communicating them to a broad audience. Her industry experience and knowledge of university resources allow her to skillfully navigate both arenas.

Phone: (316) 978-5597     Email     LinkedIn Profile

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Alan Goodnight, M.B.A.
Director of Strategic Investments

Alan is the Director of Strategic Investments for WSU Ventures. He is a highly accomplished, entrepreneurial executive with 20 plus years of success in creating value, financial best practices and revenue growth within the technology and manufacturing industries. For the past five years Alan has worked as an independent consultant, providing turnaround, financial and business development solutions to leading companies both large and small. Alan is viewed as an expert with early-stage companies and managing turnarounds with full P&L responsibility.

Phone: (316) 285-3456      Email

 

Rob Gerlach
 Director of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer

Rob is the Director of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer at Wichita State University.  He is tasked with protecting the University’s intellectual property, facilitating technology development, and transferring innovation from the University to the marketplace, where its true potential can be realized by customers and end-users.  Rob believes that building relationships with industry partners is a key component to successfully transferring technology into the commercial marketplace through collaboration agreements or licensing negotiations, and doing so in a way that creates value for all parties involved.  Prior to joining WSU Ventures in 2018, he was a patent attorney at Thompson Coburn LLP and previously at Patterson + Sheridan, where he dealt heavily with patent prosecution, litigation, and inter partes review (IPR).  Rob received his B.S., magna cum laude in Mechanical Engineering from Wichita State University in 2011.  He then went on to St. Louis University School of Law, where he became a registered patent agent in 2012 before obtaining his J.D., magna cum laude, with a concentration in Intellectual Property Law.

Phone: (316) 978-6980      Email     LinkedIn Profile

 

Jason DeGarmo
Technology Analyst Student Lead

Jason is the student lead for WSU Ventures’ Technology Analyst Team.  He has been with WSU Ventures for over two years and leads a multidisciplinary team of STEM-major students.  Jason and his team directly apply their undergraduate studies to effectively assess, evaluate, and manage the wide-range of technology and intellectual property developed at the University.  Jason is a senior and will graduate in May 2019 with a B.S. in a field major of Chemistry/Business and a minor in Biological Sciences.  His technical skills are balanced by three years of personal selling experience from an off-campus job and a lifetime of customer interaction at farmer’s markets, where his family sells produce and honey during the summer months.  Future plans after graduation include pursuing a master’s degree at Wichita State, becoming a patent agent, and attending law school to become a patent attorney.

Phone: (316) 978-5812      Email     LinkedIn Profile




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Jenny Stauffer, M.A.
Assistant, WSU Ventures Projects / WSU Strategic Planning

Jenny's career in program management and higher education administration positions her well to manage projects and activities and to serve as planning aide for innovation ecosystem initiatives. Jenny coordinates operational processes and participates in team development. She brings to WSU Ventures broad experience interacting with diverse customers and community constituencies.

Phone: (316) 978-5362
Email: jenny.stauffer@wichita.edu
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Jenny Stauffer, M.A.
Assistant, WSU Ventures Projects / WSU Strategic Planning

Jenny's career in program management and higher education administration positions her well to manage projects and activities and to serve as planning aide for innovation ecosystem initiatives. Jenny coordinates operational processes and participates in team development. She brings to WSU Ventures broad experience interacting with diverse customers and community constituencies.

Phone: (316) 978-5362
Email: jenny.stauffer@wichita.edu
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Jenny Stauffer, M.A.
Assistant, WSU Ventures Projects / WSU Strategic Planning

Jenny's career in program management and higher education administration positions her well to manage projects and activities and to serve as planning aide for innovation ecosystem initiatives. Jenny coordinates operational processes and participates in team development. She brings to WSU Ventures broad experience interacting with diverse customers and community constituencies.

Phone: (316) 978-5362
Email: jenny.stauffer@wichita.edu
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Jenny Stauffer, M.A.
Assistant, WSU Ventures Projects / WSU Strategic Planning

Jenny's career in program management and higher education administration positions her well to manage projects and activities and to serve as planning aide for innovation ecosystem initiatives. Jenny coordinates operational processes and participates in team development. She brings to WSU Ventures broad experience interacting with diverse customers and community constituencies.

Phone: (316) 978-5362
Email: jenny.stauffer@wichita.edu

Phone: (316) 978-5362     Email
Phone: (316) 978-5362     Email