Dr. Maha Krishnamurthy is Vice President of UTRF at the Multi-Campus office and manages the operations of the Knoxville office. This office is responsible for all aspects of the commercialization of technologies developed at UT Knoxville, UT Institute of Agriculture, UT Chattanooga, UT Space Institute, and the Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville. The Knoxville UTRF office is responsible for a variety of activities, including: assisting various sponsored program offices in negotiating confidentiality and material transfer agreements; offering educational programs on technology transfer and entrepreneurship; and connecting researchers with local and regional economic development resources.
Before joining UTRF in 2011, Krishnamurthy spent time at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as an intellectual property commercialization, licensing, and maturation consultant and assisted with managing the privately funded technology transfer program. Krishnamurthy obtained a master’s degree in laser and plasma physics from the University of Mumbai, India. She then earned a Ph.D. in particle physics, doing her graduate and then post-doctoral research at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, California. Krishnamurthy also received an MBA from the University of Tennessee.