Bonnie Bachman, an economics professor with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship from Missouri University of Science and Technology, is the inaugural director of the newly formed Technology Entrepreneurship Office (TEO) at the University of Wisconsin­­–Madison.

A partnership among the School of Computer, Data & Information Sciences (CDIS); the College of Letters & Science, and College of Engineering, the office will accelerate the commercialization of UW–Madison science and technology advances by increasing the speed and frequency at which UW research is translated into usable technology. TEO will support STEM-based innovations from any faculty, staff or student at UW–Madison.

In addition to her role as a faculty member, Bachman directed the Missouri University of Science and Technology’s National Science Foundation I-Corps Site Program, an effort that enhanced existing innovation and entrepreneurship programs at the university and expanded participation in its tech-transfer programs. Bachman’s leadership experience also includes corporate entrepreneurship, and she has led research and development departments for several Fortune 100 and 500 firms.

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