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Student Spotlight - Erienne Olesh

Graduate Student

Erienne Olesh

Neuroscience Graduate Student and intern in the Office of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Commercialization

I grew up just outside Berkeley, California, and went to college in Tacoma Washington at the University of Puget Sound, where I majored in exercise science. After graduating I worked as a research consultant for Crocs Shoe company, assisting with the testing and development of shoe prototypes. Currently I study human movement impairments caused by stroke with a focus on improving current rehabilitation methods. During this research I worked on developing and testing software that uses the Microsoft Kinect video camera to track and score stroke patient movement. As a result of this, I was invited to give a talk at the Microsoft Research Center in Redmond, Washington.  This was the spark that led to my interest in becoming involved in the technology transfer process at the University.

When individuals at the Office of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Commercialization found out that I was working to establish connections with industry and had an interest in the translation of research between academia and industry, they offered me an internship position to help professors make similar transitions with their research. This internship has evolved over the last few years and I currently serve as a technology scout for the office. My main responsibility is to assist professors through the process of patenting and commercialization of their research. I am currently studying for my Patent Bar, which will allow me to be a registered Patent and Trademark Agent. During my time as a PhD student I have published several papers and have placed in the top three of every poster competition I have entered, I also placed second in the Centers for Neuroscience’s Annual Retreat Science Idol competition.

In my free time I enjoy being outdoors fishing, camping, and gardening with my husband and two dogs (Sidney and Fleury, yes we are BIG Pittsburgh Penguin Fans).  We are expecting our first baby (a boy!) in September!

Erienne Olesh

Erienne Olesh

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